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Alonso predicts Brawn F1 domination
Shanghai, Apr 16 (Agencies):
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Published on 16 Apr. 2009 11:45 PM IST
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Two-times world champion Fernando Alonso predicted on Thursday that Formula One’s “diffuser trio” will stay on top in the Chinese Grand Prix, while lashing out at tyre supplier Bridgestone. The Spaniard, whose Renault team are not running with a version of the controversial diffuser, said this week’s ruling by the FIA’s International Court of Appeal was a clear boost to Brawn, Williams and Toyota. The International Motoring Federation (FIA) announced Wednesday that the “double-decker” diffusers, protested against by other teams, were entirely legal and within the heavily-revised rules for this year. In effect, it means all the other teams now face a catch-up situation and must try and copy the clever designs of the trio. Alonso said that it was not merely a case of making a new diffuser and sticking it on the car. Many other parts had to be modified to make it work. “I don’t really care too much about this because unfortunately it is not our decision, it’s FIA decision or the Appeal Court’s decision,” he said. “From a driver’s point of view, we do not understand, we are not technical people so we are not very sure about what the rules say, but it is true that there are some cars that are much quicker than us -- Brawn, Toyota and Williams.” “And it will take time to recover and close that gap and be as quick as them, because I don’t think it is a diffuser thing or a magic part in the car that you put on and you go straight away quick.” “You need to re-design the car a little bit, starting from the front wing. So there is still some months I think to work, to spend money, to develop the car to be as quick as them.” Alonso added that Brawn GP will continue to dominate, but stressed that he hoped the world championship was not quite over yet. “I hope not because the championship will hopefully be still interesting until the last moment, but it is true that in the next coming races Brawn can score many points and maybe then it is too late for us to recover,” he said. “But this is the way it is at the moment. We a strong team, a very powerful team and I think we can do a good job and improve the car quickly because we have the potential.” Alonso, meanwhile, criticised Bridgestone for bringing super-soft tyres to Shanghai on a track known for its hard-wearing and abrasive qualities. He said the decision would make the drivers look ridiculous. “I think it is the worst decision they made in a long time, because it is a ridiculous tyre for here, for Shanghai,” he said. “I don’t know if Bridgestone made the decision or the FIA, but they have to reconsider this type of decision because we look ridiculous on television and we look ridiculous for the spectators, and it is a joke to be in front of TV six seconds slower.” “We will need to change the tyres after five or six laps, is our calculation, because this track is harder than Melbourne and there we only did eight or nine laps.” “Like this it looks more spectacular -- the difference in the speed. I don’t know... I’m very worried about this and I’m very sad about this, because we look strange in front of people.” He said the decision was made in spite of protests by the drivers via their union, the Grand Prix Drivers Association. Alonso said the only suitable tyre for Shanghai was the normal soft tyre, but none of those had been taken to China.

 
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