> On Sun, 1 Oct 2006 16:53:52 +0100, Brian Lawrence scribed:
>> Might be of interest that Alonso was quicker than Schumacher on 30 of the
>> 56 laps while Schumacher was quicker than Alonso on 19 laps. Disregarding
>> their respective "in" and "out" laps.
> But the specific comments the commentators made on ITV was that the
> Renault CARS had improved...
Yes I know. I believe both Allen & Brundle (and Blundell too, but he doesn't
usually have any original thoughts) said that. The perception has been that
Ferrari surpassed the Renault performance around the US GP and have been
quicker ever since. It seems as though they (Renault) have been getting
closer and this weekend saw them move ahead again. Maybe some of the perceived
gain in Shanghai is down to the intermediate tyres, although Alonso was a
lot quicker than MS during their final stints wheich were on dry-weather
tyes I believe. Schumacher says he was taking it easy and had "turned the rpm
down", but he would say that anyway.
Fernando was within a tenth of Michael on Saturday morning, running on dry
tyres after the track dried during the session. That hour isn't that
significant of itself, but I think that Renault have almost certainly
clawed back most, if not all, of the recent Ferrari advantage.
> but then, why were all the Bridgestone
> tyre runners terrible all of a sudden in the race?
Well it was not that sudden, qualifying showed that apart from Michael, none
of the Bridgestone runners were in good shape on the inters (or the full wets
for that matter).
I see that the weather for Suzuka is looking similar to Shanghai -
Friday - showers - 60% chance of rain
Saturday - showers - 40% chance of rain
Sunday - sunny - 10% chance of rain
the first few days of the week look very wet, so that trend may continue into