Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Drivers unhappy at no say in rule changes

Drivers unhappy at no say in rule changes

"Qualifying was good for me but not quite ideal - and it ended up very close on the final times", said Bottas. "But for us as a team this is a flawless result with two cars on the front row".

Red Bull's Christian Horner has already blasted the "half baked" new front wing design meant to boost overtaking next year.

"It was very close in qualifying but very happy", said Hamilton. "Then we said the cars are too slow, let's put more aerodynamics and make them wider, more spectacular", Vettel said.

Hamilton suggested earlier in the weekend that Ferrari had been "sandbagging" in practice, and repeated the claim, albeit more jokingly, after his qualifying success, as third-placed Sebastian Vettel fell just 0.132s short of pole on a late soft-tyre run. "We can still work on the auto and we should be stronger tomorrow".

"There is still lots of work to do but this is a good way to start the weekend". "We'll try to make a good start and see how the race pans out".

Vettel said drivers could offer useful insights. "In 2009, the sport said "let's go with less aerodynamics and better racing", but it didn't change too much".

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"I'm not trying to be amusing but I genuinely have no idea what they're doing or what they've changed or what they've decided". But that all changes as Hamilton takes pole at the Spanish Grand Prix, with team mate Bottas alongside, the Ferraris relegated to row two and the Red Bulls to row three.

Robert Kubica, Williams' reserve driver, drove in an official F1 session for the first time since nearly losing his right hand in a rally crash in 2011. Sergei Sirotkin was back in the auto for the afternoon run. "It sounds odd that you can be happy with P19, but actually I'm happy".

Many other drivers also struggled to keep their cars on the track, most of the time because of windy conditions. All the drivers' feedback was thank you very much, spectacular, that's what we would like, more challenging, you see us more exhausted after the race, and now we want to make them slower again. The conditions were very tricky out there, the track was unpredictable and it was unclear which tyre to go with. Bottas and Vettel also spun but were able to continue their runs without significant damage.

Raikkonen went off at Turn 4 and had to recover through the gravel trap, but shortly after rejoining suffered a power unit problem on the run to Turn 10.

Romain Grosjean, who crashed under the safety auto in Azerbaijan, was the first to face trouble in the afternoon session, losing control of his Haas and getting stuck on the gravel. As expected, Force India dropped down the order after its Azerbaijan Grand Prix podium, with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez - the man who finished third in Baku - finishing either side of Sauber's Charles Leclerc.

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