Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2013

Brawn seeing “great signs” from Hamilton

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2013In the round-up: Ross Brawn believes Lewis Hamilton is beginning to come good on his potential with Mercedes.


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Lewis Hamilton has not yet reached potential says Ross Brawn (BBC)

“It has taken a little while but I see great signs, particularly the last few races.”

Russian Grand Prix Misses F1 Deadline – Official (RSport)

“The Russian Automobile Federation released private correspondence with Formula One’s governing body the FIA on Thursday showing that the country has missed the deadline to apply for a Grand Prix in Sochi next year.”

Don’t rule out Raikkonen yet – Lotus (Autosport)

Eric Boullier: “Kimi is going to have to make his chances of merit; and in Hungary on merit we beat Red Bull – so there will be a good fight.”

Sauber cagey on Russian deal

Monisha Kaltenborn: “We know what responsibility we have. We’ve been in similar situations before, maybe not with such a young driver [as Sergey Sirotkin] but with drivers who have come from the series he’s in now [Formula Renault 3.5].”

5 minutes with … Valtteri Bottas (ESPN)

“I think our car is sometimes quite difficult to drive, a bit unpredictable sometimes. But I think compared to last year we are more or less now on the same level, even could be a bit better. It’s just a fact that everyone else has improved so much in the last year and we kind of didn’t. The base, the start level for this year wasn’t good enough, so that’s the problem. But you know next year there are going to be big rule changes and hopefully then we have time to catch up with the others.”

The hot Grands Prix (MotorSport)

“Drivers roasted from without by the pampero ?ǣ the hot wind gusting from the pampas ?ǣ and from within by engine heat percolating through their cockpits, wilted left, right and centre. Three of the cars that finished in the top six required three drivers to complete the distance. One required two. Even bull-strong Froilan Gonzalez suffered sunstroke. Two, however, were driven singly: by [Juan Manuel] Fangio and compatriot Roberto Mieres.”

Ross Brawn pre-shutdown Q&A (Part I) (Mercedes via YouTube)


Comment of the day

Are the smaller teams unfairly criticised for not makin more progress?

I think it?s very hard in modern F1 to make big improvements. The margins between the teams are much smaller and the gains to be made much smaller too than in the past.

Backmarkers have their place in the sport too and they?re a good starting point for rookies. Both Alonso and Webber started with Minardi for example.

It?s a work in progress, I don?t care how many years it takes, for me it?s interesting to follow their progress. If nothing else, they?re keeping up with the development of the other teams which isn?t bad either.

If you look at backmarker teams from the past, these two are on a completely different level and I don?t think they deserve all the criticism they get.

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On this day in F1

Giuseppe Farina, winner of the first world championship, took his final win in a championship race 60 years ago today in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

His Ferrari team mate Alberto Ascari led from pole position until he lost a wheel.

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