Posted on July 5, 2013

Sebastian Vettel suffered little hangover from last week’s late retirement as he topped Free Practice ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, with Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber completing the top three. The running order from Silverstone seems to have changed little in the wake of Pirelli’s product change for this weekend; Red Bull had an edge in single lap and long run pace over Mercedes with the rest following. However Red Bull’s drivers suggested afterwards that Mercedes had possibly masked its single lap pace with a bit of extra fuel in the soft tyre runs this afternoon, More…

Posted on July 5, 2013

It is very rare for Grand Prix drivers to threaten to boycott a race. So the actions of the drivers ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix should be taken seriously. They met to discuss a response to the five tyre failures experienced during last week’s British Grand Prix, which came close to being stopped by Race Director Charlie Whiting. But it wasn’t stopped and following a meeting of the Grand Prix Drivers Association in the Nurburgring paddock on Thursday, a strongly worded statement was issued, which ramps up the heat in this situation significantly. “The drivers of the Grand More…

Posted on July 4, 2013

Nurburgring hosts the German Grand Prix on alternate seasons with Hockenheim. So the read across on data is two years old. Some fundamentals about strategy planning do not change, such as the circuit characteristics and the pit lane loss time, which are unchanged, but the cars themselves are two years more advanced and the tyres are a different story altogether. After the series of tyre failures at Silverstone last weekend, Pirelli has been forced to come up with a short term solution for this weekend, which is a revised rear tyre construction, tested briefly by teams at the recent Canadian More…

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