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GP Week : Issue 161
BRIEFLY » The Lotus F1 team spent the Silverstone weekend as action heroes, thanks to a partnership with Warner Bros that saw the E20, the team garage, and the drivers’ helmets and overalls decked out in Batman style. The partnership was to promote the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. On Thursday afternoon the F1 press corps was treated to a display of the Tumbler, or Batmobile v2.0, and the Bat-Pod motorbike. The Tumbler was then moved to a display in the public areas for the rest of the weekend, where it got somewhat soggy. » Gerhard Gribkowsky, the German banker convicted to eight-and-a -half years in prison for his part in a number of a number of crimes including receiving bribes from Bernie Ecclestone, this week appealed against the verdict. News of the appeal was confirmed by Daniel Amelung, one of Gribkowsky’s defense attorneys. According to Amelung, an appeal was filed with Germany’s Federal Court of Justice last Wednesday. The German appeals process usually takes several months, and because Gribkowsky has been incarcerated for the past 18 months his lawyers are currently investigating the possibility of having the banker released on bail while he awaits the outcome of his appeal. » An omen? Nigel Mansell was chosen as the drivers' representative on the stewarding panel for the weekend's British Grand Prix. The 1992 World Champion has been used several times since the FIA opted to put a drivers' rep on the panel and already filled the role this season at the Monaco GP. Monaco? Wasn't that the venue for Mark Webber's other 2102 win? Maybe MW should hint to Mr E and the steward's selection panel that the former champ doesn't make a bad steward ... It’s a familiar complaint on rainy days – teams and drivers bemoan their lack of running, and the poor show for the fans, and lay all the blame on the shoulders of Pirelli and the FIA, saying that the rules don’t allow them enough wet tyres for a grand prix weekend. But Pirelli say that a lack of rubber is simply an excuse – the lack of degradation on their wet compound tyres means that running just isn’t an issue. Safety concerns, a lack of visibility, and team reluctance to risk a full car rebuild in the event of an accident are the real culprits. “If you've got three sets [of full wets] you can do 180 laps, so you can't say you don't have the tyres,” Hembery explained to the media in the Silverstone paddock. “If [the teams] are saying 'it disadvantages me if my competitor doesn't go out and I want to follow suit', then it's a slightly different challenge, isn't it? I think it's a little bit more complicated than saying 'we don't have enough tyres'. If you had six sets of tyres today would you have gone out even more? “We changed the rule on the intermediates and everyone was happy about that and we've ended up with piles of unused intermediate tyres. How many three-day wet races have we had in the last few years? Five years [ago] or something like that. So do you go and spend €500,000 to €1 million a year to cover an eventuality that only happens once every five years? “If you'd had to give back a set of the rain tyres today, would you have had a lot more running? There's another school of thought that says why would you run in conditions that might create an off? Silverstone is more forgiving if you go off, but if you're on a tighter street circuit you probably wouldn't have seen any running even if you'd had unlimited sets of wet tyres. “Or you might have been waiting for the best conditions, you might have been waiting for the last half hour of Free Practice Two before you go out. Why would you go out in full rain at the start when the weather forecast says it will stop? So there are many factors involved. Saying there's not enough tyres is not as simple as it sounds." “You don't want to see 80,000 people with cars not running. You then have to ask yourself what would people have done [with extra rubber]? Would they have done 25 laps each in the rain? Only the teams can answer that. Some teams did more laps today and said it was pretty pointless because conditions were that bad. I think maybe it's convenient to blame the tyre quantities from that point of view. Would that have changed what they actually did today? A little bit, maybe, but hugely? Probably not.” PIRELLI SICK AND TYRED OF WET RUNNING EXCUSES 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS