Mercedes punishment “doesn’t fit the crime” – Horner

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Christian Horner, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2013In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the FIA’s punishment for Mercedes is “inadequate”.


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Horner unhappy at Mercedes sanction (Sporting Life)

“The most important thing is to achieve clarity from the FIA because they’ve deemed it illegal to test, but the sanction for doing that test doesn’t, in our opinion, fit the crime.”

Hamilton: Mercedes gains remarkable (Autosport)

“The car is great this year. The guys have done a remarkable job with what they have done here. To turn a car that was that bad, to now being a very competitive car, is just remarkable.”

Lewis Hamilton has all this talent but it’s been squandered and lost, says Damon Hill (The Evening Standard)

“I don?t want to say Lewis is naive but he has a lot to learn. He genuinely wants to pursue his career in his own way. But the sport that he?s in is a very Machiavellian place.”

Mansell defends Hamilton record (BBC)

“I won my world championship when I was 39, so because of the longevity of a race car driver, with all the safety they have, coupled with the commitment and the desire he has, Hamilton can win it again.”

Kimi Raikkonen on Red Bull radar while clouds gather over Mark Webber (The Guardian)

Christian Horner: “Kimi would have to be an option, if he were to be available. We’re in the fortunate position that there are an awful lot of people who would like to drive a Red Bull racing car.”

Team won’t block Di Resta move (Sky)

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley: “Paul is contracted to us anyway for next season, so the question is whether somebody else comes in, so it won’t be our decision.”

F1 to power ahead in 2014, says Whiting (FIA)

“Efficiency is the key thing. You won?t see cars run out of fuel ?ǣ there?s no limit to the amount of fuel a team can put in a car but there is a limit to how much they can use in a race. It is a significant change to the efficiency of the car.”

British Grand Prix Betting: Back a British winner this weekend (Unibet)

My British Grand Prix preview for Unibet.


Comment of the day

Are there too many articles and too much discussion about the shortage of women in Formula One?

I doubt very much [Claire Williams and Susie Wolff] are ringing up the press saying “please come and interview me about being a woman in F1”.

Whether you like it or not, there are so few women in F1 that they are role models and pathfinders, it wont change until there are so many women that it is the norm rather than the exception.

Of course you could always take the approach of not reading the article, after all you do have a choice.

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