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    "When we're going round three seconds slower than a GP2 car did in qualifying, and only six seconds quicker than a GP3 car did in the race, there's something wrong,"
    #F1 News: Mercedes' Lauda also made Newey offer - Marko 01/01/1970 1:01am
    2013 May 13
    Branding for Pirelli, 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday. Image © Pirelli - 12th May 2013 - www.f1reports.com

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    #F1 News: F1 reaches 'T-word' tipping point

    May 13 (GMM) There is an angry 'T- word' on everybody's lips after Sunday's puzzling and painful Spanish grand prix.

    "Can anyone tell me what's going on?" an exasperated Paul di Resta asked his team during the race in Barcelona.

    With that, he summed up the situation in F1 at present: Pirelli's unprecedentedly heavily degrading tyres are confusing even the sport's drivers.

    Lewis Hamilton, having qualified on the front row, sounded amazed, sarcastic and incensed when he informed his Mercedes bosses that "I've been passed by a Williams now".

    Only 24 hours earlier, the same Williams had failed to make it out of 'Q1', while many were tipping a Mercedes victory.

    "When we're going round three seconds slower than a GP2 car did in qualifying, and only six seconds quicker than a GP3 car did in the race, there's something wrong," said McLaren's Jenson Button.

    Hamilton, asked to slow down to protect his tyres during Sunday's race, replied that he couldn't go any slower "otherwise I'm going at walking pace".

    "That is the way the sport has gone to improve overtaking," he told reporters afterwards. "It is for the public to judge."

    Until now, Pirelli has vigorously defended its mandate, having come into F1 tasked with spicing up the action by supplying tyres that will force multiple pitstops per driver.

    But, amid the post-race vitriol in Spain from both inside and outside the paddock, motor sport director Paul Hembery announced that Pirelli will now make changes.

    "It's too late for Monaco but we'd look to change things for Silverstone," he said.

    Gerhard Berger, a former grand prix winner and team co-owner, explained: "They can't go on like this.

    "Every 14 days it's just negative advertising for them. And the fans no longer know their stuff."

    In short, the pressure has built to tipping point, spurred on by vocal opponents like Red Bull, and also the media.

    "Is this really a formula one world championship?" said Nicola Pohl in the mass-circulation German newspaper Bild.

    She quoted Red Bull team boss Christian Horner saying: "It's like chess now.

    "And chess is not necessarily a sport that has many fans."

    Hembery is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport: "In the last two years, the public has supported us. The races have become much more exciting.

    "But the criticism has reached a level where we can no longer be indifferent."

    However, not everyone supports a major change. Apparently Ferrari and Force India are quite happy with the 2013 tyres, as is - obviously - Lotus.

    "It's like football," team owner Gerard Lopez said. "As soon as one team is always hitting the post, the discussion becomes making the goals a bit bigger."

    Another factor is that if Pirelli makes significant compound or structure changes, they want a day of testing prior to Silverstone.

    "They'll never get it through," said Sauber team manager Beat Zehnder, "because all the teams would have to agree."

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    #F1 News: Lotus sells team stake, Mercedes on F1 board 13/05/2013 10:10am

    #F1 News: Lotus sells team stake, Mercedes on F1 board

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    May 13th 2013

    May 13 (GMM) F1 team Lotus has reportedly sold a $1.5 million stake to a British property investor.

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    #F1 News: Spanish Grand Prix - Wallpaper

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    May 12th 2013

    The fifth wallpaper in the 2013 Victor's Series commemorates Fernando Alonso's victory in the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix held at Catalunya, Spain.

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    Total number of F1 drivers to have driven on P Zero compounds: 57 (including third drivers and young drivers)

    #F1 News: Spanish GP - Sunday Press Conference

    FIA Press Conference

    May 12th 2013

    Post-Race Press Conference organised by the FIA for the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. SUN 12.05.13, 6:06PM. DRIVERS: 1 – Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari), 2 – Kimi RAIKKONEN (Lotus), 3 – Felipe MASSA (Ferrari).

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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Lotus F1 - Spanish GP Race

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    May 12th 2013

    Drinking from the Bottle...

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

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Ferrari - Spanish GP Race

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    May 12th 2013

    Spanish Grand Prix Montmeló, 12th May 2013.

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

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Force India F1 - Spanish GP Race

    www.forceindiaf1.com

    May 12th 2013

    Paul Di Resta scored six points for Sahara Force India in today’s Spanish Grand Prix. Teammate Adrian Sutil’s race was compromised by a slow pit stop, which denied him a chance to join Paul in the points.

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    Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Caterham F1 - Spanish GP Race

    www.caterhamf1.com

    May 12th 2013

    SPANISH GRAND PRIX 2013. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - 12th May 2013.

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    Most overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race (= most ever): 126 at the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Sauber F1 - Spanish GP Race

    www.sauberf1team.com

    May 12th 2013

    Weather: sunny, 21-19°C air, 35-39°C track.

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    Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl tests): 28,612

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Marussia F1 - Spanish GP Race

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    May 12th 2013

    LITTLE REWARD. 2013 Spanish Grand Prix - The Race.

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    Race lap records broken: 2

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Williams F1 - Spanish GP Race

    www.williamsf1.com

    May 12th 2013

    Spanish GP Race. Sunday 12 May, 2013.

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    Most overtaking manoeuvres in a wet race (= most ever): 125 at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: McLaren F1 - Spanish GP Race

    www.mclaren.com

    May 12th 2013

    “A solid platform from which to move forwards from here on in”

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    Pole position lap records broken: 11

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Pirelli - Spanish GP Race

    www.pirelli.com

    May 12th 2013

    ALONSO PUSHES FROM START TO FINISH TO WIN HIS HOME GRAND PRIX.

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