In the round-up: Mercedes will continue to use team orders despite opposition from Niki Lauda and Lewis Hamilton.
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“The clarification came after Niki Lauda, the Formula One team’s non-executive chairman and stakeholder who has appeared at odds with Brawn since his appointment, told reporters they would no longer be used.”
“The [soft tyre] has a pretty short life. I think we’ll be on primes for the main part of the race and we’ve got two very strong competitors in the top ten, maybe three with (tenth-placed Nico) Hulkenberg starting on the prime, and they’re going to be leading the race for a while.”
“Chilton has revealed giving up part of his future earnings with the formation of a company under the Enterprise Investment Scheme. Investors pay anything from ?é?ú20,000 upwards to back Chilton, with the aim of a return down the line should he progress his career.”
“To reduce the pitch sensitivity problem with their car, in China McLaren have cut sections from the sides of the rear diffuser.”
Mark Webber: “It will all look good in the first five or six laps, having everyone fighting, but it’s a little bit [WWE] at the moment.”
“The playlist on the garage iPod has been the weapon of choice this weekend: we?óÔé¼Ôäóve had I?óÔé¼Ôäóll Stand By You, All You Need is Love, Brothers in Arms, etc, etc.”
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Comment of the day
Bradley Downton on Mark Webber’s latest stroke of misfortune:
“As specified in the technical delegate?óÔé¼Ôäós report (Document 21)”
There?óÔé¼Ôäós Mark’s favourite number again…
Bradley Downton (@Bradley13)
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On this day in F1
Nico Rosberg claimed his first ever pole position on this day last year in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix: