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In the round-up: Nico Rosberg is unsure whether Mercedes should focus on this year or next.
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Rosberg says “next year is a huge opportunity” for Mercedes “because of the large changes” and he’s in two minds about whether the team should concentrate their efforts on this year, as they have a winning car, or preparing for 2014.
“Jim [Clark] calculated during the lunch break that he could finish third in Heat Two and still win overall (providing he crossed the line no more than 1min 35.2sec behind Brabham) and so, on a wet afternoon, he did exactly that: Jack duly won the second heat; Jim let Trevor finish second – and thus the Kanonloppet was Jim’s.”
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Comment of the day
Yahya thinks Red Bull aren’t casting their net wide enough in their search for a replacement for Mark Webber:
They seem to be restricting themselves to their own driver programme which is fair enough if you are a midfield team but it doesn’t make sense if you are challenging for titles.
I recall earlier in the season that Horner said he wanted the best drivers available, surely drivers like Kimi Raikkonen or Nico Hulkenberg should be at the top of their lists even before the Toro Rosso pair? Next season there are going to be regulation changes and there is a good chance Red Bull may not have the best all round car any more, so they are going to need all the points they can possibly get from both drivers.
Simply relying on Vettel to get majority of the points and podiums isn’t going to be enough. By signing Ricciardo they will be sending a message to me that they just seem desperate to get someone from Red bull’s driver academy so that the programme gives the view of being ‘vindicated’ because to me, apart from a few qualifying outings, Ricciardo has done nothing special and neither has Vergne for that matter. Saying the car is difficult to drive isn’t really an excuse in my opinion, we have seen examples like Alonso dragging a Minardi amongst midfield runners on his debut season as proof that talent will always shine through.
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On this day in F1
Parnelli Jones turns 80 years old today. His connection to F1 is through his short-lived team which appeared in the championship in the mid-seventies.
But it was in American single-seater racing that Jones enjoyed his greatest successes. Particularly the Indianapolis 500, which he won 50 years ago in controversial circumstances as rivals claimed his car should have been disqualified for an oil leak.
Four years later he came close to scoring a second win, this time driving a radical turbine-engined car, but a failure put him out with three laps to go.
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