David Coulthard's Spanish Grand Prix preview

David Coulthard's Spanish Grand Prix preview

In his pre-Barcelona column, David Coulthard explains why he disagrees with Pirelli's critics, why he agrees with Vitaly Petrov about Mugello, and why anything could happen in Spain

Fake racing. I've heard that term banded around recently to describe what's going on in Formula 1 as a result of Pirelli bringing along tyres that are super-sensitive to temperatures and drop off dramatically. I don't see it that way myself.

Look back to what many people consider the golden era of F1 in the 1980s. Was it fake racing when one guy used his turbo to make a move on a rival? Of course not, it was part of the game back then. And what we have now is something similar; managing tyres was then, and still is, a skill that separates the good from the great in any era. Not only is it not fake, but it's adding excitement for the fans.

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