F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Christian Horner dismissed rumours Mark Webber will move to Ferrari.
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“Every spring seems to be a reciprocal thing that Mark is going to Ferrari. He is not wearing red overalls. I think it is inevitable, almost every driver in the pit lane has been linked alongside Fernando [Alonso] next year, but we are focused on ourselves.”
“Telegraph Sport understands that the American consortium, financed by New York-based Guggenheim Partners and working under the name Project Penelope, will meet the BRDC and its advisors and book runners PricewaterhouseCoopers next week to talk over their vision for Silverstone.”
“This year everything is so close that a top team which has an off weekend risks not just slipping off the first couple of rows, but outside the top ten.”
“You can gain a lot of time from an aggressive strategy, but you can lose a lot of time from an aggressive strategy. Barcelona is the hard and soft tyre allocation. Let’s see how it goes, but I think both compounds work very well on our car. It will be harder for qualifying as the lap time difference between the two compounds will be bigger so maybe we will have to use the soft tyre from Q1 onwards.”
Christian Horner: “It’s very beautiful and the food is very good, but we are spending a lot of money and honestly we didn’t feel the need to come here.”
Comment of the day
Rosberg also holds the distinction of being the only driver to have failed to score a single point in the year before he won the championship. Indeed, Rosberg had only scored a total of six points in four seasons before his championship year!
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On this day in F1
Mercedes revealed an unusual innovation ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix two years ago today – a split air intake.
They dropped the configuration for 2011 but Force India and Caterham introduced their own version. However none of the teams are using them this year.
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