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Button: McLaren-Honda progress ‘very exciting’ (F1i)
“we had a lot of reliability issues in the winter and we didn?t really run too much, so to be where we are now I think is fantastic. It?s very exciting seeing the progress.”
F1 rule changes: What do they mean for the future of the sport? (BBC)
“Many insiders – drivers, engineers and team bosses – will privately admit they wish Michelin would come back, for no company is regarded more highly when it comes to providing strong, consistent, grippy tyres for circuit racing.”
Williams reveal large cost of engine change (The Independent)
“Costs went up by about £20m and the reasons for that were three-fold. The first one and the most significant one of all of them was the increase in costs in the power unit. So, moving from the traditional V8 engine to the new V6 hybrid essentially doubled the costs of the power unit and that was the biggest chunk.”
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Comment of the day
Will bringing back refuelling lead to more or less overtaking? @Gt-racer crunches the statistics:
In 1993 without refuelling the average number of overtakes was 26.36 per grand prix. The highest average during the refuelling era was in 2003 at 15.4. The last year of refuelling (2009) saw an average of 14.4 overtakes per grand prix.
2010 which was the year refuelling was banned (And where regulations had remained stable compared to 2009) the average number of overtakes was 28.9 which was the highest of any season since 1989.
Last year?s average was 43.5.
Overtaking averages declined massively from 1994-2009, not just over a season but also when you look at the figures each race. They dropped in 1994 (very steeply) and stayed low throughout the next 15 years while refuelling was in place.
As soon as refuelling was banned in 2010 the overtaking averages went back up to where they had been prior to refuelling been introduced.
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On this day in F1
Qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix 35 years ago today produced the first pole position for Ligier driver Didier Pironi.
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