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Jarno TruliAs reported on Reuters

“Whoever drives for them will have a big advantage,” the Italian told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper on Tuesday. “I don’t think the departure of Schumacher or (technical director Ross) Brawn will change much. Even (Felipe) Massa can win with the current Ferrari.”

“We [Toyota] suffered from the switch from Michelin tyres to Bridgestone,” said Trulli, who signed a new three-year contract this season. “And then there were reliability problems. I believe in Toyota’s potential but we need to quicken our step.”

As far as Ferrari goes, that is what everyone is hoping and looking forward to. We also know that Toyota has the potential, but given their current form, they really need something extraordinary to come in top three positions.

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Bridgestone TyresAs reported on autosport.com

although Bridgestone decided against changing their original wet tyre plans for this weekend’s race in Suzuka as a result of what happened in China, the company’s technical manager Hisao Suganuma believes there will be no repeat of the dramas.

“This track [Suzuka] is much more abrasive than Shanghai, and on that sort of track the tyres we have will give a little bit better performance in qualifying if it is on the wetter side,” he told autosport.com. “I think China was an extreme case because the Chinese track surface is very smooth. The softer compound (Michelin) was better suited there and provided a bigger benefit over a hard compound (Bridgestone), while with an abrasive track like here the harder compound will perform in a better way.”

Well, this is quiet contrary to what we heard earlier, that Bridgestone is planning to bring a new set of tyres ot Suzuka. But I think this will bring some smile to Bridgestone shod runners.

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RenaultAs reported on autosport.com

Renault have reshuffled their pitstop crew for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix following the problem that marred Fernando Alonso’s second pitstop in China last weekend, autosport.com has learned.

Although Renault’s director of engineering Pat Symonds said after the event that the pitstop problem was “one of those things”, the team have subsequently decided to make a change – which includes replacing the right rear wheel-nut man.

Autosport.com understands that Renault’s dilemma in choosing to make the revision for Japan was made difficult by the fact that the Chinese crew delivered Giancarlo Fisichella the fastest pitstop of the race at his second stop.

So Renault is trying their best to please Fernando Alonso whichever way they can. But the question is will it make any difference in changing the pit-crew ? When the same crew did an amazing job for Fisichella ?

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Bridgestone TyresAs reported on FeedMeF1

Bridgestone has decided to bring a different specification of rain tyre to this weekend’s Japanese grand prix after French rival Michelin proved the class in the wet in Shanghai. The F1 circus is presently on a frantic four-day jump from Shanghai to Suzuka, but it is understood that – in response to Bridgestone’s qualifying nightmare – the company has ordered shipment of an unscheduled specification of rain tyre to Japan.

Undoubtedly Bridgestone was ages behind Michelin in regards of wet weather tyres in Shanghai. And I’m sure they must had a good “session” with all the teams [specially Ferrari & Michael] regarding the same. And Ferrari & Michael can’t rely on another “push-by-fate” in remaining 2 races if they really want to win both championships.

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Fernando AlonsoAlonso takes the pole position at Shanghai followed by Fisichella making Renault 1-2 at the start of the grid in a rain soaked Shanghai International Circuit. With Reubens Barrichello taking third grid position followed by Jenson Button making all Honda second row.

On 5 & 6 positions comes Kimi Raikkonen & Michael Schumacher followed by Pedro De La Rosa & Nick Heidfeld. Robert Kubica & Robert Doornbos completing the top 10.

Renault showed the awesome pace they have even in a wet weather conditions with Alonso being more than half-a-second quicker than Fisichella and nearly On-and-a-half second faster than Micheal Schumacher on a rather struggling Bridgestone wet weather tyres. With Massa finishing 13, he will be starting his race from the end of the grid with a fully fuel loaded car.

Tomorrow forecast is of a dry race, and everything is placed perfectly to make Chinese Grand Prix an exciting race.

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Jenson ButtonAs reported on autosport.com

“I think Ferrari are very strong,” Jenson Button told Reuters at Shanghai today. “These three circuits are the sort that might suit them well, and if Bridgestone have got their act together they will be very quick. There is a very good chance that he (Schumacher) could win three in a row. This isn’t his favourite circuit, looking at past races, but he’s quick in Suzuka (Japan) and Brazil, and I think the car will work well at those two and also here.”

Asked whether he would bet on Schumacher winning the championship, Button replied: “I probably would. I think a lot of people would as well, looking at the pace of the Ferrari at the moment. People used to say (McLaren’s) Kimi (Raikkonen) was not very quick in Japan and he won last year. I really don’t think it’s going to be a problem for Michael here.”

This is different ! We were quiet tired of people blowing their own trumpet for no-rhyme-or-reason.

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Fans say new rules have improved F1

Posted: September 26, 2006 by Neeraj in FIA, Formula-One, Polls, Qualifiers, Survey, Tyres

As reported on autosport.com

Formula One fans think the sport is more exciting this year thanks to the return of tyre changes and the revised qualifying format. That is the result of the latest FIA/AMD Formula One Survey, which was published this morning. The survey was completed by 91,000 fans from 180 countries

An overwhelming 88 percent believed that more emphasis should be put on driver skill and less on driver aids, although interestingly 91 percent believed the sport should be an important showcase for technology.

However, only 28 percent of fans thought technology was the most exciting element of F1.

Aah! The changes in qualifying & tyre rule changes indeed brought some excitement compared to last year. And the *human* element missing is what many people has been shouting from quiet a long time now.

But it is the last quote that somewhat caught us by surprise. We feel this somehow puts a big question mark on the whole “Pinnacle of Motor Sports” theory !!

For complete results please visit Official FIA Site

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