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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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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 F1Racing.net

“Yet again we have had good reliability and it was very pleasing to see the two engines reach their target mileage,” Jenson Button added. “We have got a lot of positive results from the three days and completed our planned programme of aero and tyre work. We were the very last team to end our test programme with Michelin and a big thank you to them and our test team. I’m looking forward to getting out to China now and hopefully getting some good results in the final three races of the season,” he concluded

So are we happy Jenson. Looking forward to Shanghai and some good driving from you & Reubens.

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MichelinAs reported on autosport.com

“Over recent weeks, we have been working very hard in a specific area: our tyres’ single-lap performance,” explained Michelin’s F1 director Nick Shorrock. “After Indianapolis, we noted that our cars were systematically 0.2 seconds slower in qualifying, which had particular consequences for Renault in terms of their ability to put their cars where they needed to, to make their strategies work.

“We were conscious of this problem, and worked through the summer to try and improve the situation. In Monza, we brought the widest range of tyres of the whole season, and they lived up to expectations.” Shorrock believes the qualifying gains are between 0.1 seconds and 0.3 seconds per lap – and that the improvement should be carried over to the final races of the season.

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Bridgestone, Conspiracy, & YoghurtMichelin is concerned after looking at the image [in the right]. No, they are not concerned with Yoghurt being sold in F1 circuit, their concern is that Bridgestone is allegedly spraying some chemical on the tyres that Ferrari is using so that they can run longer. That’s what they came up with after looking at the image of Bridgestone employee wearing the protective gear & gas mask [not the yogurt].

Bridgestone’s reply was, all this protective gear is needed to shield the person from rubber particles when they do post-mortem on the tyres after they have completed the race distance. The FIA has said that there is nothing for anyone to be worry about [Though they denied to comment on the Yoghurt].

With so many conspiracy theories going around, this new one seems just that, a Theory. We have been reading so much about the conspiracy theories that we decided to let our imagination run like a wild horse. And we are able to come out with one of our own conspiracy theory, though it is still a work in progress [like all theories], but we are very sure [unlike Micheline & Renault] atleast we will put our theory in writing pretty soon. We decided to tell you in advance about this, because we want you to keep a pillow nearby in case you feel sleepy reading our theory tomorrow.

Image courtsey: pitpass.com

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