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GP Week : Issue 205
The broadcasting of car-pit radio has added to modern F1 broadcasts – never more so than during, and after, the tempestuous on-track clash between sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. It provided the entertainment of the race, with both vehemently claiming the other had abused the ‘off-track’ line and Vettel believing the gate had been slammed on him once to often. It was enthralling in-car stuff, finally resolved when Vettel – the RB clearly fastest overall – got a great inside run and stuffed it down the inside into Copse ... “It felt very close with Fernando - maybe a bit too close! It got a bit silly when we both started to complain about the other going off track; I don’t think the people care too much if the car is a little bit to the left or the right. I got the message that I should respect the limits and that he was complaining, so I was doing the same thing. I ’m not sure who won the list keeping. I think twice it was maybe a bit too harsh into Turn 6, but it was good to get the move at the end. I expected to get third today, the pace was there but the strategy wasn’t right.” Fernando summed up his own drama-packed race: “I think today’s race was very spectacular, certainly for us it was extremely hectic, first with Kimi’s retirement and then with the penalty for being out of position at the start. “ Then there were also my duels with Button and Vettel. "We had two seconds deficit in pace, so if keeping him behind for 13 laps was good for the TV and our sponsors it is welcome, but we knew we would lose the position. "Vettel overtook me by going out of the track. He finished in front, but I was very proud of my 13 laps. "If he had not passed me on the lap he did it would have been the next one because we were in slow motion and they were at real speed. " We had an aerodynamic problem and we were thinking of retiring the car. "The rear wing was stalling and they were telling me to be very careful in the high-speed corners, we had battery problems and were completely discharged, and in the last stint they also asked me to save fuel because we were out of target. "I think I enjoyed a little bit better the battle with Button. It was eight laps with jenson [where] I could not pass, he was driving very well." He said, she said ... 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SILVERSTONE PARTNERS: