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Radio paddock GP China: Vulkan has Formula 1 firmly under control

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Radio paddock: GP China 2010
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N ur still out of China

It goes without saying that most of the stories revolve around the Icelandic volcanic eruption and its consequences. The big question on Sunday was: How do I get home? Most of the Formula 1 circus in Shanghai was also stuck on Monday. Ferrari and Sauber wanted to organize a charter plane. The attempt failed because the Chinese authorities did not allow charter planes into the country. 'Now Ferrari is still trying to hire an Emirates plane that has been standing at the airport in Pudong for days,' said Sauber team manager Beat Zehnder. 'However, there is little hope that it will work.' McLaren also wanted to charter an airplane. No matter what it costs. 'We owe that to our staff,' said team principal Martin Whitmarsh. 'Many have been traveling in Asia for four or five weeks now and want to go home to their families.'

Niki is not allowed to fly

The TV broadcaster RTL was also caught off guard by the flight ban. Expert Niki Lauda had to cancel the trip to China and watch the race in Austria. Nick Heidfeld stepped in as a substitute for qualifying. After the race, Lauda was played live. However, the satellite line also seemed a bit disturbed. It took several seconds until the questions from the moderator Florian K├Ânig reached Lauda.

Heidfeld is coming to Dubai

Nick Heidfeld left on Saturday evening . The Mercedes replacement pilot came to Dubai. He got stuck there. Sebastian Vettel had to reschedule. His Lufthansa flight to Munich shortly before midnight was canceled. Michael Schumacher regrets not having traveled by private jet. After his disappointing Shanghai weekend, the Mercedes driver said: 'Now I just want to go home. Let's see if I can at least manage that.'

Rosberg on a well-deserved vacation

It's good for the drivers who have already planned long-term vacations. Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg jet off to Thailand. In the hope that air traffic will return to normal over the weekend. Felipe Massa was fatalistic: 'I am in the hands of higher powers.' Nico Hulkenberg felt the same way: 'I'm in a particularly bad position with the destination London. I'll probably have to wait here for days.' Bridgestone tire manager Hirohide Hamashima had it better: 'I'm flying to Tokyo. We haven't got a cloud yet.'

Authorities keep passports

Visas are a big problem. The organizer enabled the circus people to have a visa extension on Monday afternoon in Shanghai. Note: It can take one to two days to process an extra ten-day residence permit. During that time you are stuck in China. Even if a flight opportunity unexpectedly opens up.

Lotus with perfect strategy

A brief moment of glory for Lotus: Heikki Kovalainen finished in the points for seven laps. On lap eight the Finn was even sixth. Like Button, Rosberg, Kubica, Petrov and de la Rosa, he had gambled on the choice of tires and stayed on slicks in the early stages. Head of Technology Mike Gascoyne commented: 'At least we did everything right in the pits.'

Red Bull mechanic flies first class

The mechanic, the Mark Webber's new front wing brought to Shanghai was allowed to travel to Shanghai First Class. Otherwise he would not have gotten the five boxes of hand luggage on board in Paris. The Air France captain showed himself to be a Formula 1 fan and let the man who normally works in the carbon department into the cockpit on the approach to Shanghai. Red Bull paid a five-figure sum for the transport. 'Then someone else said, we don't treat our drivers the same way,' boasted team boss Christian Horner. Sebastian Vettel's grand piano had already arrived in an earlier shipment. The benefit of the action? 'One to two tenths', the drivers estimated.

Avon as Bridgestone's successor?

Formula 1 has not let go of the tire discussion. Who will supply the circus in 2010? Michelin wants too much money. Avon could step in as a replacement. The small manufacturer was already represented in Formula 1 in the 80s.

Hamilton passed Sutil unnoticed

Adrian Sutil seemed overwhelmed by the chaotic race in China to have. When asked about his friend Lewis Hamilton slipping through on lap 10 after the race, the Force India driver couldn't remember. 'Hmm, I have to think about that,' he said, startled. 'In which corner was that again?' Even long brooding didn't help, the Graefelfinger didn't know the answer.

Russian party in Shanghai

Vitaly Petrov became the new superstar in China - at least before Renault Hospitality. The Russian came home from his final meeting after the race at around 7 p.m. on Sunday and was greeted by a crowd of Russian fans. Of course they wanted a lot of autographs from the Renault driver. However, they didn't seem to be fully aware that their idol drives for Renault. Most of them wore Ferrari caps.

Williams and Di Resta celebrate their birthday

Frank Williams celebrated his 68th birthday on Friday. This means that the oldest Formula 1 team boss is twice as old ashis youngest colleague, Christian Horner (Red Bull). On the same day as Sir Frank, Force India substitute Paul di Resta had his birthday (24).

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