Alex Palmer Writes
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Friday the thirteenth - lucky for some, particularly unlucky for others as it occurs in the same window as the Ides of March (if you are not a Roman history buff, Google it....). Today we saw more drama around the Sauber vs van der Guarde case in the Victorian Supreme Court than we did on the track, with allegations at various points during the day including Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn disappearing from Pit Lane as bailiffs closed in to arrest her, vdGuarde turfing Erricson out, and the 2-seater V10 Minardi being prepared as the stand-in Sauber so it could seat two drivers. I think more journalists were watching Courtroom TV than the F1 coverage during FP2! As I write this evening, the case has been held over until tomorrow, both Sauber cars ( with Erricson and Nasr driving one each - until a left rear failure ended Ericcson's fun) participated in FP2 after sitting out FP1, and it appears there may be a negotiated settlement being thrashed out somewhere this evening.

Then there was the feverish activity in the Manor garage, which didn't actually result in them getting a car on track but brings them closer to maybe doing it tomorrow. I had hear perhaps they were having computer problems, if that is the case I know one or two good DBAs who (after a strong cup of coffee) might be available to assist for a small fee and a drive in FP3 tomorrow.

On the track we saw problems for McLaren with a distinct lack of speed and a self-inflicted crash for Magnussen, Massa and Ricciardo out in FP2 with an engine issue, and the Mercs well ahead of the pack again. Some promising signs from Ferrari and Bottas in the healthy Williams though, boding well for battles down the order tomorrow.

In a rare spot of GOOD news, no walls jumped out at Maldonado today - or if they did, he was quick enough to avoid them. I suggest you have a look at this webpage for a laugh: http://hasmaldonadocrashedtoday.com

It should be a hot day tomorrow with a strong change due about the time q3 kicks off, should be an interesting day. Stay tuned!

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