Setting the scene for the Spanish Grand Prix

Setting the scene for the Spanish Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher's references to 'safety cars' and 'raw eggs' were the talk of the Barcelona paddock on Thursday. Edd Straw sets the scene for the first European race of the F1 season, the Spanish Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher has, it seems, opened a can of worms that even he is reluctant to delve back into. With the seven-time world champion's comments about Pirelli rubber after the Bahrain Grand Prix still a hot topic, there was plenty of tyre talk in the paddock of the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday. And, unsurprisingly, the man who had initiated the debate was the still focus of attention.

At the start of Schumacher's afternoon press briefing on the ground floor of the Mercedes 'motorhome', BBC TV commentator Ben Edwards asked the German a very rational question about the current philosophy of F1 towards tyres. He got short shrift, seemingly because Schumacher felt that Edwards had gone too hard, too soon on cold rubber.

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