In previous years, the Korean Grand Prix hasn’t been the most exciting race. This year however, there was plenty of action and plenty left for us to talk about during tomorrrow’s #F1Chat, so here’s what’s coming up…
First of all, what did you think of the race compared to previous years?
Drivers suffered during the race with tyre problems. Hamilton suffered high degradation in the first and second stints, and both Webber and Alonso complained about the tyres over the weekend. Webber said the drivers aren’t important to Pirelli, “it is what other people want” – he suffered a puncture after he hit debris from Perez’s right front tyre which failed. Webber said: “Pirelli will put the puncture of Perez down to a lock-up but the reason the drivers are locking up is because there’s no tread left.” What are your thoughts on this?
Paul Hembery said about Alonso after the Ferrari driver said it’s unacceptable that the drivers have to conserve their tyres even on a qualifying lap: “I can only suggest he goes to ask the soon-to-be four-times champion how to get the best from the same tyres.” Thoughts on this?
After the safety car period to remove debris from Perez’s tyre failure, Sutil made contact with Webber at the restart, causing the end to the latter’s race. Webber’s RB9 caught fire when oil leaked from the radiator and spilt onto the hot exhausts. Red Bull may have to build up their spare car, the damage was that extensive. But it was how long it took to extinguish the flames, and the introduction of a fire truck onto the circuit that was a cause for concern. The FIA admits they made the call to send the truck on track, but didn’t think that it would join the track in front of the race leaders, and also thought the truck from turn three would be used, not one from turn one. What did you make of what happened?
Lotus said after the race that Grosjean accepts the team’s decision not to impose team orders to switch their drivers at the end of the race when Grosjean was lapping faster than Raikkonen ahead. They told him to race to the finish, when he called for them to switch the two of them. Thoughts on Lotus’ decision to keep their drivers as they were? What did you think of Grosjean and Raikkonen’s race weekends?
So who was your driver of the day? Overtake of the race?
Finally, looking ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend – predictions for pole? The win? Vettel could take his fourth championship if he wins and Alonso finishes lower than ninth. Do you think he’ll take the title?
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