Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2013

Hamilton says radio messages were “misconstrued”

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2013In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says stories about his team radio messages during the United States Grand Prix were exaggerated.


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Lewis frustrated by reports (Sky)

“It can be really massively misconstrued. It’s a bit frustrating to see all the stories out about it.”

Vettel says he has learned a lot from Webber (Reuters)

“Surely the fact that he will not be around next year will be a loss for the team, a loss for myself because it has always been a huge challenge. I’ve learned a lot from him, and I can stand up straight and say that there were many, many times and many places where I benefited from him.”

Webber bows out with pride and a touch of sadness (The Telegraph)

“To manage the whole scenario hasn?t been super easy for the team. We were in uncharted waters in 2010. ‘F—, we?re going for our first title. Holy s—, how do we do it? Let them both go at it maybe? Oh no, maybe not…'”

Blocked duct caused Kovalainen issue (Autosport)

“We had debris in the brake duct and that is where I was losing the performance. It is a similar issue that Kimi [Raikkonen] had at Spa.”

Swedish racing driver Marcus Ericsson is wanted by F1 team Caterham (BBC)

“Caterham are considering Swedish novice Marcus Ericsson as one of their drivers in Formula One next season.”

Hulkenberg could drop out of F1 (ESPN)

“It is not just the situation that I’m waiting for Lotus and for Quantum, that’s not the truth. It’s a matter of getting everything together and negotiating the right deal with the teams which are in the hunt. The Lotus situation has been around for weeks and it’s an on-going process on the side but it’s not like I am waiting every day for a call from them or something.”

Jenson Button relishing winter work after McLaren’s miserable season (The Guardian)

“Getting [Daniel] Ricciardo around the outside of turn one, that’s what I feel I’m born to do. Hopefully that’s never going to go away but it’s got to come to an end at some point.”

F1 Reglement 2014: Die gro??e Revolution im Video (Auto Motor und Sport, German)

Video showing how next year’s designs might look.

How Formula 1 turns 3D printing, big data and crappy bandwidth into sport (Gigaom)

“It seems that while the cars can achieve speeds of 200 miles per hour, the Lotus F1 team has to endure a data rate of just 10 Mbps feeding the servers and exporting that data at the track. That?s right, your broadband is probably faster than what these guys buy at the track.”

I was there when… 2008 Brazilian GP (MotorSport)

“With two laps remaining, the German passed the McLaren… and handed a crucial advantage to Massa. ‘I didn?t know what position I was in,’ Vettel said, ‘and had no idea I might be influencing the championship.'”


Comment of the day

Several people believe adding a second DRS zone at Interlagos is unnecessary:

Last year, Alonso and Hulkenberg picked up a tow from the last corner down to turn one, where Alonso made two overtaking moves, and Hulkenberg crashed into Lewis Hamilton. In the pass we saw that even though with out DRS, overtaking can still be done here. Schumacher in 2006 proved that a lot.

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On this day in F1

Four years ago today Jose Maria Lopez emerged as a likely driver for ill-fated 2010 entrant US F1. Sadly the team never materialised and Lopez never made his F1 debut:

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