Thursday at Silverstone

By on Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sunny skies and warm conditions greeted the paddock on Thursday afternoon, but most of the talk was about the much anticipated rain due to fall on Friday. Silverstone is set to impliment an emergency parking system should Friday turn into a washout. A few of the drivers were quizzed about the inclement weather conditions, although Kimi Raikkonen looked at the sky, noted the sun, shrugged and simply said ‘if it’s wet it’s wet’.

Jenson Button was asked about his woeful Silverstone record, and hoped that as the last few races have been disappointing for him, perhaps Silverstone, for once, will be kind. Button has failed to finish on the podium in Britain twelve attempts.

There was a little bit of a downbeat mood after the news that Marussia test driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye in an accident at Duxford aerodrome on Tuesday. Marussia confirmed that they are welcoming messages of support and requested them to be sent to the team’s base. Many of the leading drivers passed on their messages of support to her, including reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

After news emerged yesterday that Paul di Resta had severed management ties with Anthony Hamilton, father of Lewis, the Scot was asked about the rumours. Di Resta confirmed that he is no longer working with Hamilton, but was reluctant to expand on the reasons for their split and remained nonchalant throughout the press conference.

Sebastian Vettel was informed that he has never won a race in July, something which he will be hoping to rectify with three events over the next four weekends. Vettel also denied that he ever suggested the safety car in Valencia was deployed to hinder his progress, but didn’t exactly through his support behind the decision of race control.

Team mate Mark Webber indicated that he seeks to stay on for 2013 and also commented on Fernando Alonso’s imperious start to the season; “At this stage, Fernando doesn’t have any tissues to cry into, but the rest of us do”, said the Australian in a typically blunt demeanour.


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