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    2012 May 16
    Branding for Mercedes AMG F1, 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday. Image © Mercedes AMG F1 - 15th May 2012 - www.f1reports.com

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    #F1 News: Vettel defends Schumacher after Senna crash

    May 16 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel has defended his former mentor Michael Schumacher.

    The seven time world champion has been roundly criticised since last Sunday's Spanish grand prix, after crashing into Williams' Bruno Senna at the end of the Barcelona straight.

    He called the Brazilian driver an "idiot" on the radio and later defended the outburst, but the FIA did not agree, imposing a five-place qualifying penalty for Monte Carlo for causing a collision.

    "For us, that manoeuvre of Michael's cost us a lot," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said on Austrian Servus TV.

    He said the debris from the crash not only damaged Vettel's front wing, but led to the reigning world champion having to serve a drive-through penalty due to activating his DRS wing in the yellow-flag zone.

    German Vettel, however, defended Schumacher.

    "In those situations we don't have much time of course," he said, "and you can get very great speed differences (between the cars) on the straights.

    "I think it should be classified simply in the category of racing accidents. Unfortunately it happens," said the reigning world champion.

    "Of course you can always say what is what afterwards," added Vettel, "just as you can say that it always takes two to tango."

    Mercedes' Norbert Haug was less eager to comment, although he did tell Germany's Sport1 that the team "accepts the verdict of the race stewards".

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    #F1 News: Pirelli ready to supply qualifying tyres 16/05/2012 10:10am

    #F1 News: Pirelli ready to supply qualifying tyres

    GMMf1NET

    May 16th 2012

    May 16 (GMM) Pirelli stands ready to supply special 'qualifying tyres' to formula one teams next year.

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    Number of people required to put up and take down Pirelli's hospitality unit in Europe: 6

    #F1 News: Alguersuari says 2013 return '100 per cent'

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    May 16th 2012

    May 16 (GMM) Jaime Alguersuari has told Spanish publications he is "absolute certain" he will be on the 2013 grid.

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    Total average number of stops per race: 58.4, i.e. 2.25 per driver

    #F1 News: Russia has GP preparations 'on back burner'

    GMMf1NET

    May 16th 2012

    May 16 (GMM) Preparations for the inaugural Russian grand prix in 2014 appear to have hit a roadblock.

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    Longest race of the year: Montréal with 4hrs 04min 39.537s

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Williams F1 - Spanish GP Review

    www.williamsf1.com

    May 15th 2012

    Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, giving Williams F1 its 114th victory in Formula One. He came home 3.1s ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. Our Chief Operations Engineer, Mark Gillan, sums up the weekend.

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    Fastest pit stop time: 2.82 seconds (Mercedes GP, Chinese Grand Prix)

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Daimler - Jenson Button to drive 'race taxi'

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    May 15th 2012

    Jenson Button to drive Mercedes DTM 'race taxi' at Brands Hatch.

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    Number of people required to put up and take down Pirelli's hospitality unit in Europe: 6

    #F1 News: McLaren sure gaffes won't hurt Hamilton talks

    GMMf1NET

    May 15th 2012

    May 15 (GMM) Martin Whitmarsh is sure McLaren's recent errors will not affect contract negotiations with Lewis Hamilton.

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    Track with the 'easiest' corners in terms of tyres: Montréal

    #F1 News: Alonso 'stands out' amid 2012 chaos - Klien

    GMMf1NET

    May 15th 2012

    May 15 (GMM) Even amid the chaos of the 2012 pecking order, the star performer is obvious.

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    Average life span of a dry compound this season: 120 km

    #F1 News: Vettel shrugs at F1's 'crazy' pecking order

    GMMf1NET

    May 15th 2012

    May 15 (GMM) Five races in, F1's cleverest brains are still yet to decode the mystery of the bizarre and fascinating 2012 season.

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    Highest speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 349.2 kph (Sergio Perez in Monza Qualifying)

    #F1 News: Massa's F1 career on brink of collapse

    GMMf1NET

    May 15th 2012

    May 15 (GMM) Felipe Massa's formula one career is on the brink of collapse.

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    Least pit stops in a race: Italy (35)

    #F1 News: Williams denies cigarette caused Barcelona blaze

    GMMf1NET

    May 15th 2012

    May 15 (GMM) Two days after winning in Spain, Williams is scrambling to put together the equipment it needs to contest next weekend's Monaco grand prix.

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    Pirelli in F1 - Podium places: 196

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Williams F1 - Statement

    www.williamsf1.com

    May 14th 2012

    Following yesterday’s fire which occurred in the team’s garage after the Spanish Grand Prix, Williams F1 can confirm that a further two team members have now been released from hospital and have returned home having received treatment for smoke inhalation.

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    Coldest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: German Grand Prix at 13 degrees Celsius; coldest overall: Valencia winter testing at 6 degrees

    #F1 News: Sutil resurfaces as Massa axe rumours louden

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    May 14th 2012

    May 14 (GMM) Rumours that Felipe Massa is now on his last legs at Ferrari are beginning to gain in volume.

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    Number of hours that Paul Hembery has been interviewed at GP events: 61 hrs, 25 min