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Tuesday’s F1 News – The Up’s…And The Down’s

Posted by Mole on July 26, 2011 | No Comments

After a positive German Grand Prix for McLaren, Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has made bold claims that he believes that both McLaren and Ferrari are fully capable of catching the run-away Red Bull’s of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. As a result of these claims, Whitmarsh added “Hopefully we can make this another fantastic championship like we had last year”.  However, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has an array of mixed feelings, and predicts that the Red Bull’s will bounce back from the Germany defeat. In light of this though, he has said “you (Red Bull) can’t win them all”.

BBC F1 Commentator David Coulthard has expressed that for high-profile drivers, their is a dramatic, direct increase of pressure when racing at a ‘Home Grand Prix’.  The former McLaren and Red Bull ace somewhat thought that part of the reason Sebastian Vettel failed to get on the podium in Germany, was down to the pressure Vettel was recieving. He also boldly stated that the last driver to win at his home Grand Prix was Brazilian Felipe Massa, and that was back in 2008.

Forms of overheating in the Williams FW33 have lead the team to bring some rapid updates to the car in time for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Next race, viewers will apparently be able to visually notice aerodynamic improvements to the outer skin, in a bid to increase airflow over the car, and thereby giving better cooling to the Cosworth-powered V8 Engine.

What’s more, Williams will need all the cooling they can create, as their Technical Director Sam Michaels, has insisted that both Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado will be running the Kinetic Electronic Recovery System (KERS) in Hungary. Some have suggested that is not the brightest of ideas, but Michaels thinks otherwise.

Meanwhile, Renault boss Eric Boullier has ordered for a dramatic improvement after the teams disastrous German Grand Prix. Figures suggest that Renault driver Vitaly Petrov has only scored points in 2 of the last 6 Grand Prix. And it gets worse, as Nick Heidfeld crashed out on Sunday too.  An angered Boullier made a very short, precise statement, including stating “I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m not satisfied with where we are. We started the season well, but that feels like a while ago now and we have to face the facts, which are that we’ve been off the pace and we are trying hard to put that right”. The eyes will be on Renault at Hungary.

Don’t forget to check back on Friday for News and updates on Teams and Drivers after Practice. Until then, that is the latest on the news from the F1 World. 

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