Posted on May 8, 2010
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The pace of the Red Bull cars this weekend has really shocked its rivals, all of whom are heading back to the drawing board after the updates their brought here seem to have taken them further away rather than closer to the pace setters. Mark Webber took pole today with a lap which was 9/10ths of a second faster than the McLaren, a second faster than the Ferrari and 1.3 secs faster than the Mercedes. “I came here thinking that we could really put on a challenge now and it’s not gone that way. We really need to look into More…

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Posted on May 8, 2010
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Mark Webber took a dramatic pole position in qualifying for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel, with the next fastest car almost a second behind. Webber was fastest in the eliminator stages of qualifying, as he often is, but when it counted this time he held on to the advantage, beating Vettel by a tenth of a second. “Both of us have done thousands of kilometres around here, so it´s hard to get an advantage over him, plus he´s got a great record for pulling a lap out. Today I had to do something special to More…

Posted on May 8, 2010
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The impression that Red Bull are untouchable this weekend in Barcelona was reinforced this morning in the final practice session before qualifying. Sebastian Vettel set a time of 1m20.528, while team mate Mark Webber aborted his final run after setting the fastest first sector time.So the margin was 7/10ths of a second between them. It looks like being a titanic scrap between the pair for pole position once again as on their previous runs there was only 2/100ths between them. A similar margin separated the McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in 3rd and 4th places. While a resurgent More…

Posted on May 8, 2010
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Walking through the tunnel to the infield here in Barcelona I noticed something unusual about one of the images which have been put up to make the walls more colourful. Two years after his ill fated partnership with Fernando Alonso at McLaren, looks like some Spanish fans still cannot get over their negative feelings about Lewis Hamilton!

Posted on May 7, 2010
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The Spanish Grand Prix, round five of the F1 world championship is the first European round after the flyaway races and as such is always an event where all the teams bring updates to their car to a greater or lesser extent and this year is no exception. What we are seeing this weekend is in most cases not as extreme as last season, when many teams were trying to catch the Brawn team by copying the double diffuser, but there are some quite significant and eye-catching changes on many cars. Perhaps the team with the most eagerly anticipated changes More…

Posted on May 7, 2010
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Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the first day of practice for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. The German, who has had three pole positions already this season and one win, easily topped the times in the faster second session in the afternoon. He set a lap of 1m 19.965, which is 1/100th of a second slower than the outright fastest lap in qualifying last year. Red Bull team mate Mark Webber was second fastest with Michael Schumacher in the revised Mercedes third. The Red Bull pair were separated by just 2/10ths of a second. Many rivals, including More…

Posted on May 7, 2010
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This morning in Free Practice the Red Bull team did a back to back test on the new front wing it has brought to the Spanish Grand Prix. After one run mid way through the session a mechanic took the wing off Vettel’s car and fitted it to Webbers and vice versa. They would do this to check some fine detail on how the wheel behaved in steering and to look at the yaw. This is the kind of fine detail work the teams are involved in as they test out their new aerodynamic parts ahead of qualifying and the More…

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Posted on May 6, 2010
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Nico Rosberg said this afternoon that he expects his team mate Michael Schumacher to come back strongly in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, after a disappointing start to the season, now he is armed with the updated Mercedes car. Rosberg has had the edge on Schumacher at every race so far and in China the gap between them was significant. But both men believe that this was an aberration and Rosberg expects a tough fight from Schumacher from now on, starting this weekend, “He was very fast in Malaysia and China was a complete anomaly, so we need to be More…

Posted on May 5, 2010
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Among the teams bringing updates to Barcelona the ones likely to make the biggest gain are the new teams – because they are coming from the furthest back. In the case of Lotus their entry for 2010 was only accepted in September last year and they had one month to finalise the design before going into production, in order to make the pre-season tests. They put out a fairly conservative car for the opening races, always aiming at a major upgrade package for Barcelona. And technical director Mike Gascoyne says that a gain of around 1.5 to 2 seconds per More…

Posted on May 5, 2010
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Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) we will be in the pit lane in Barcelona closely studying the updates the teams have brought to their cars for the start of the European season. It will not be as radical as last year’s first European event, when the race was on to fit a double diffuser as soon as possible to many cars. Nevertheless this year we will see some major aerodynamic and mechanical updates and F duct rear wings, the devices which ‘switch on’ at top speed to allow a car to shed drag on the straights, first pioneered by McLaren. The Ferrari More…



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