Rosberg: “We will be closer to the top guys”

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013In the round-up: Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes have cut the gap between them and the pace-setters.


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Rosberg: Merc more competitive (Sky)

“It is definitely progress from last year, for sure we will be closer to the top guys – that is important to be heading in the right direction – so the team has done a really good job over the winter and it looks like all their hard work and effort has definitely been worthwhile and the car is a pleasure to drive as the balance is good.”

Di Resta would welcome Sutil, Bianchi (Autosport)

“It’s all up to the board members, the key people in the team. They make the decision of who they want to partner me.”

Encouraging signs for Eric Boullier on day 3 in Barcelona (Lotus)

“[Unreliability is] not a big concern. We decided to try a couple of new things which unfortunately did not work as we had hoped, but there is still plenty of time to work on them. Having reverted back to our previous specification, Romain has completed the most laps of any driver today so we know that in any case we have a solid backup plan.”

Sebastian Vettel Q&A – Red Bull in better shape than last year (F1)

“From what I saw in Jerez when Felipe (Massa) was driving, the car looked in a good state and I am sure it is not different here with Fernando in the cockpit. But to be honest, when you drive and you see another car on the track it is almost impossible to notice details, from whatever car. This is much easier when you look at photos.”

Special court issues summons to Vijay Mallya over Kingfisher tax dues (The Times of India)

“The development spells fresh trouble for Mallya, whose airline is tottering with a net loss of Rs 755.17 crore [??91.3m] for the third quarter ended December 31, 2012, a period when it did not operate a single flight.”

Scuderia Ferrari loses a friend (Ferrari)

“Ferrari is in mourning today for the loss of Roberto Nosetto, who was the Scuderia?s sporting director in the second half of the seventies.”


Comment of the day

@Maciek on the debate over Susie Wolff’s place in F1:

Male opinions on a woman?s place in motorsport are truly enlightening. But seriously folks, how about checking those knee-jerk reactions at the door, eh?

Look, say, hypothetically speaking, if Monisha Kaltenborn?s husband were a middling driver in some series and announced he was striving for a superlicense we?d laugh it off, probably, but it would pretty much end there, right? The discussion would stop at ability and nepotism.

Why the need to go off on what you think about one gender?s place in the sport vs another?s? If we claim to only want to think in categories of ability, then how about we stick to that?

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On this day in F1

Three-times world champion and recently appointed Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda is 64 today.

After winning two world championships for Ferrari in the seventies and surviving an horrific crash at the Nurburgring in 1976 Lauda retired from F1 at the end of 1979. But he returned in 1982 and claimed a third title with McLaren two years later.

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