Formula 1's aero flip-flopping is comical says Sebastian Vettel

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They are created to allow cars to follow each other more easily by simplifying front and rear wings, so making overtaking easier.

The high-downforce 2017 rules package created much faster grand prix cars after a period of reducing speeds that started with a bid to remove downforce in 2009.

"Yeah, I agree", said Vettel, "I think. We are always a bit more comfortable on the long runs, so I would hope that our race pace tomorrow is better and we can challenge the four cars in front".

"The mistake this morning was a costly one and I missed the final hour of the session because of it", Ricciardo said.

"It has been a constant learning process with the tyres, getting them working in a very narrow window, but we had them working".

"I don't know, it's a bit like cruising to America and changing direction 100 times".

Mercedes has not had the fastest auto on a race weekend since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and Hamilton said ahead of the Spanish GP this weekend that makes it hard to get much satisfaction from his championship position.

But Todt said: 'I do respect the drivers and know how busy they can be.

'If we understand something is going wrong we should try to find a solution, ' said Todt.




"It's incredible the technology we have and what we're doing with it", Hamilton continued. "I think the racing and this side of stuff that we are involved first hand, we should be consulted at least". The decision has already taken a lot of criticism from the paddock, but now two of the most influential drivers on the grid have spoke against them.

"I needed this pole, I've not had one for a while".

"I mean, we are drivers, not to say that we know everything - we don't know anything about engineering the auto - but we know how the cars feel, how to drive the cars and their limitations to overtake", added the German. "But we're not really asked".

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth, respectively.

Magnussen said he was not even aware of the changes being made for 2019 before this weekend.

"Is it the same people making the decisions every time, the same group, making the decision every time the rules go. not necessarily the best?" said Hamilton.

The tweaks to the new regulations include a simplified front-wing, with a larger span, and low outwash potential, as well as a wider and deeper rear-wing.

Kimi Raikkonen suffered an engine glitch about halfway through and was forced to retire his vehicle; his team-mate Sebastian Vettel suffered from peculiar strategy and didn't even make the podium.

"For me it's not about setting records everywhere", he added.

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