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GP Week : Issue 112
n Lewis Hamilton shelled out a tidy sum of $100,000 for a gold Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Prince at an auction in the US last week. The money will go to children’s charities. Lewis says it’s sure to be “the coolest thing in my apartment”, but it might not get played. “I’ll have it on the wall and if you touch it you’ll get an electric shock and the police will turn up,” joked the McLaren driver. “No, I don’t think I’ll bother, if I played it it would just be demoralizing, because it won’t sound anything like when he plays it.” n The drivers had to be careful what they ate in China as all meat, and as a consequence all dairy products, contains traces of the drug clenbuterol, which is on the FIA’s list of banned substances. Clenbuterol is a slimming agent that is injected into animals to keep the meat lean. A number of high profile athletes have been caught out in the past, including three -time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador. n Ferrari mechanic Paolo Santarsiero suffered an aneurism on Thursday and was rushed to hospital. Fortunately he is making positive progress. Team principal Stefano Domenicalli said the incident puts Ferrari’s current troubles in perspective. “ Incidents like this make one realise what the priorities really are in life”. GPWEEK wishes him a speedy recovery. Short Straights Pirelli confirm super- soft tyres for Monaco PIRELLI will bring its super-soft and soft compound tyres to its first Monaco Grand Prix later this year, in a departure from the two-step compound difference that has been in force for the first few races. Pirelli revealed its tyre compound allocations for the next three races on Saturday, announcing that the soft and hard compounds would be used again in Turkey and Spain, as they were in the first three rounds of the championship. High-speed corners, abrasive track surfaces and expected high temperatures have prompted Pirelli to bring the soft and hard tyres to Istanbul and Barcelona, while the super-soft and soft tyres are being shipped to Monte Carlo because of the street track’s low grip and slow speed. The entire range of tyres will also benefit from new markings from the Turkish Grand Prix weekend onwards, ensuring increased visibility of the six colours that distinguish the various tyre compounds. “ We’ve considered carefully all the circuit characteristics in order to help provide races as exciting as all the grands prix we have seen so far this year,” explained Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery (pictured right). “ We’re very much looking forward to Monaco in particular, where we will see the super-soft tyre in action for the first time. “It’s quite a different tyre to the rest of the range and should be very effective around the streets of Monte Carlo.” New markings to make debut in Turkey 10