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Old 11th May 2013, 19:49   #16
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Awesome show from Mercedes duo. But can't say they will be able to maintain the lead for too long, I want my vettel boy to take the lead from first turn onwards and lead the race all the way

Hope to see an action packed race tomorrow. Kimi, sure is gonna give a good fight, and also alonso is not too much far behind.
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Massa and Gutierrez get three place grid penalty for impeding Webber and Räikkonen respectively.
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Somehow felt this Qualifying was lukewarm. Mercedes sure seems to have got the front row, but they are sure to loose their position on the first lap.

Vettel might take this race easy and should take the podium, Hopefully Di-Riesta of Force India should make an impact tomorrow.
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Just over 20 mins to the start of the race, should be exciting, with Mercedes tire life in question and Alonso in force at his home race and Kimi with his 'Duracell bunny' Lotus.
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The race is totally become a joke. Everyone's racing for tyre management. The race is getting boring already. Great to see Alonso and Massa in top three so far. Will it be Alonso or Raikonnen?
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If Alonso can continue his current pace until the end of the race Kimi will have to settle for the second step on the podium even with a 3 stop strategy. Would be great if he could get on the top step, though. Not the most interesting race of the season, unless you're Spanish, I suppose.
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That's it. Alonso wins the race, Kimi second and Massa third. Great day for Ferrari!
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Not a very exciting race today.
Mercedes dropping back as expected.
Fantastic drive by Alonso, Kimi and Massa. Kimi drove beautifully to manage three stops.
Red Bull seeming a bit slower than usual, slightly higher tire wear than the Ferraris and Kimi.

Now onto Monaco in two weeks time!
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What a Boring Race this has been, None of the team strategies going as per plan.

The Mercedes GP is making a joke of themselves this year too.. LOL They dented and damaged Schumacher's reputation, and the same is happening with Hamilton, looks like he is not going anywhere after his switch from Mclarens. I would have loved to see Di-Riesta pass Roseberg, Di-Riesta is turning out to be The Man for Force India this season.


What was commendable in this race was the sheer grit and determination of Ferrari and Alonso, he literally decimated the opponents, Full marks to Alonso for this win. Vettel stood no chance to the podium today, it was the fiery Alonso, Kimi and Massa all the way to the chequered flag.
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What an opening lap by the Spaniard.. round the outside to make up two places in one corner!! Fantastic driving from him right through...

Great race.. strategy was key. Teams that have better adapted themselves to the Pirellis in terms of pace and strategy were clearly the ones benefiting, look at where Nico finished compared to Lewis.

Force India vs Mercedes was quite interesting too towards the last few laps.
Bring on Monaco!
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Turns out, Alonso had a puncture at his first pitstop!
Also, total there were 82 pitstops! Which I think is too many.

Pirelli's Paul Hembrey tweeted this, which I think is a very good sign from him:
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We aim for 2-3 pit stops. Today was too many, we got it wrong, too aggressive. We will make changes, probably from Silverstone.
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Mercedes are looking like the guys who start a drag race game with all upgrades installed, do well in a few races, and slowly start falling back as the others install their own. Good place for good talent to curl up and die.
McLaren, well not what was expected by way of development from the stalwarts, but still, a step in the right direction. Team orders? Button is number two material, he is just not fast enough to be the number one. And Perez put some muscle on him, but I seriously don't see him in the same way as his predecessors.
More and more races are being switched off about a third of the way in since neither hammy or either mclarens are in contention.

But one good thing though. The"waving finger "waves no more!!!
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Fantastic drive by Alonso and Massa. Good to see ferrari on the top. Fantastic overtaking by Alonso in the initial stages.
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Alonso's first lap defined how his race was going to be in an otherwise boring race of nursing tyres. His opportunistic move on Kimi and Lewis through turn 2 on lap 1 gave him a nice cushion to control the pace later in the race. Kim's first few laps behind Hamilton and then behind Vettel robbed off any chance of fighting with Alonso for the lead. He did provide some moments with a brilliant overtake on Vettel. How often do we see Vettel being overtaken like that? Changing strategy from 3 to 4 stopper didn't help Vettel's cause either, otherwise he may have had a chance to fight for 3rd place with Massa. It was good to see Massa back on podium too.

Mercedes are proving to be the jokers in the pack this season but sadly the joke is on them. Their qualifying position has no bearing to the actual finishing position. It's like somebody writes some random number on the card and gives it to them and that's where they will finish. Probably it's better off for them to sit out the qualifying and then use the tires on race day instead of qualifying on Pole and then fighting with Toro rosso, Williams etc at the end. It was interesting to note that Rosberg who struggled in opening few laps was actually as fast as Massa towards the end when the fuel load came down, and Rosberg was actually on 3 stopper, so it's not entirely the tires, but the fuel load which is hurting them more.

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Disappointed with today's race, lot of tyre saving were to be seen, instead of racing. Redbulls were slower then usual. Don't know what's wrong with the Mercedes, they do good in qualifying, but then show equally bad action in the race.

Alonso was the man today, awesome race from him, infact both the ferrari's did equally well. Well, anyways i expect again to see the waiving finger once again on next weekend. My boy is still on the top
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