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Hot Air and Rubber Rings

So after the slight anti-climax of not being able to see how Seb, Fernando, and Jenson’s battle would have panned out in the closing stages of Monaco, what are we expecting from Pirelli’s little rubber rings of joy in Montreal? Last year saw a 4 stopper due to the very high wear rate brought about by the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve’ extremely abrasive nature – it’s covered in snow for months in extreme winters – so what might the Pirelli strategy be, looks like hards and mediums, and based on previous races this year, this could be our first five stop race!! We will know more a week on Friday!

Will we still have ‘off throttle’ blown diffusers by the time we get to Canada, probably so, but not for long, Charlie Whiting indicated they would probably be gone by Silverstone over the Monaco weekend, but you never now, stranger things have happened. It’s a bit of a shame if you ask me, which nobody is, F1 engineers will always find a way to claw back downforce and performance following a change in regs, but it seems like the blown floors are falling victim of the ‘green’ argument. Waste of fuel apparently when the engine is blowing exhaust gases ‘off throttle’! Really!! Come on, this is F1, I’m sure a few gallons of the high octane stuff can be factored in.

Blown diffusers have been around forever in one form or another, Hakkinnen used one to great effect years ago in one of the silver cars, I think the real reason is sour grapes, and not just from Mr Kolles and the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) boys and girls, me thinks!

Also, who knew that the CEO of Sauber F1 was a very amiable woman? Not I!

Seats down in the Sauber motorhome people!

EDIT: Softs and supersofts going to Montreal.