Singapore GP: Red Bull Friday report

They're the unsung heroes of the F1 world, who really control matters on track. So what would happen: IF F1 WAS RULED BY... THE TRACK MARSHALLS 1. What's with all these different flag colours? In the new world of the Marshal-plan, there'd be...

They're the unsung heroes of the F1 world, who really control matters on track. So what would happen:

IF F1 WAS RULED BY... THE TRACK MARSHALLS

1. What's with all these different flag colours? In the new world of the Marshal-plan, there'd be just one flag -- a bright red one with the words "DO WHAT I TELL YOU TO DO" on it.
2. In the event that your car breaks down at the side of the track, under no circumstances are you, the driver, allowed to push the car. You must wait beside the car until we have finished discussing the nature of your problem, how a similar fate befell Keke Rosberg in 1982 and what we said to him as he flapped his arms in a furious manner as smoke billowed out the back of his car.
3. If a marshal waves a blue flag at you during the race, you MUST pull over. The fact that you are leading the race and the car behind has been lapped is irrelevant. We have waved THE FLAG.
4. If by any chance you are asked to sign a marshal's vest following a gearbox failure that has just ended your Championship hopes, you are NOT allowed to punch the marshal. This is very bad.
5. It shall be fully within a marshal's rights to empty the entire contents of a fire extinguisher over the engine and into the cockpit of your car, even if your race-ending problem was caused by running out of fuel. If you are still in the cockpit, it's still allowed.
6. In the event that a TV camera happens to focus on a marshal's stand he is allowed to wave any damn flag he chooses, as his mum thinks he looks very handsome waving flags on TV, especially that red and yellow one that everyone thinks is something to do with supporting Fernando Alonso.
7. Under new rules, any element of a car entered in the race which should become detached from the vehicle during said race is deemed salvage. In short, if it ain't bolted on it's mine. If the chief engineer wants it back he can bid on eBay just like everyone else.

Car 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
1st Practice P4, 2nd Practice P1

"The most important thing is to have a clean Friday and we had no problem with the car today. It was tricky in the first practice, as the circuit was still a bit damp from earlier rain, then in P2 it didn't really dry up and some corners were like a sponge where you couldn't get rid of the water. I think it could be interesting tomorrow or on Sunday if we get some rain. It doesn't mean so much to be P1 today, as it's only practice and there are no points available, but it's still good to be on top and we have good pace. The weather may bring a surprise though."

Car 6 MARK WEBBER
1st Practice P1, 2nd Practice P2

"A pretty good first day, the first session was wet, but we got some good running this afternoon. I haven't seen the times that closely yet, but I'm pretty happy with how today went. I need to work on my short run performance a bit, but overall it's good. We knew nothing would change with our car before we came here; we've passed all the new FIA tests and we weren't coming here expecting to be slower than we were in Budapest. Other people had their ideas how to improve their car and we have continued to improve our car too. Ferrari still look quick and anyone can be on pole tomorrow, us, Ferrari or McLaren, we just keep trying to do our best."

-source: red bull

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Keke Rosberg
Teams Ferrari , McLaren