Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, Jerez, 2014

Hamilton happy despite opening day shunt

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, Jerez, 2014In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he is encouraged by an “incredibly positive” start to testing, despite his session-ending crash.

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Hamilton upbeat despite testing crash (Formula1.com)

Hamilton: ??For me, it’s an incredibly positive start to be the first car out on track and completing a good number of laps. Other teams have been going out for single-lap runs, starting a few hours after we had first hit the track, so to have started running through our test programme was very encouraging.??

Mercedes admit W05 wing failure ‘confusing’ but expect to return to test on Day Two (SkyF1)

Paddy Lowe: ??We know where it failed and we’re just trying to understand exactly why the margin wasn’t sufficient in that area. These are things that we test extensively in the model and a lot of work in the laboratory, so it is a confusing situation for us. But we’re working hard this afternoon and through the night to come up with a solution.”

Lotus confident E22 nose is legal (ESPN)

Nick Chester: ??As you know we have passed all the necessary crash tests and we are very confident that our design complies with all the FIA legal requirements – we have just taken an innovative direction, and one that’s different to the other teams??

Marussia boss Graeme Lowdon backs rule changes (BBCF1)

Lowdon: ??People don’t want to know the winner before the season’s started, they want some competitive racing. Hopefully the new rules will drive some parity onto the grid and prevent the stretching out we’ve seen over recent years.??

NASCAR team boss Gene Haas not underestimating F1 bid challenge (Autosport)

Gene Haas: ??It’s filled with peril, and there are a million ways to fail. All of those reasons are why you do it; just to see if it’s something you can do. [Securing an entry is] a complex process that we’re trying to do one step at a time. I think it would be a great honour, as an American, to participate in that type of racing. And it also has a good business aspect to it too.??

Vettel remains ‘in shock’ at severity of his friend’s injuries as Schumacher continues fight for life (Independent)

Vettel: ??It’s horrible, especially for his family and close friends not knowing what’s going to happen. In that regard, as I said, I’m still shocked as everyone and obviously I pray and hope a miracle will happen and he will come back and be the person he has always been before.??

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Comment of the day

With a rush of car launches yesterday, all eyes were, once again, on the front of the cars. But as Hairs points out, maybe it’s not the noses we should be concentrating on…

All this talk is dominated by the noses, and the rule changes, and the new solutions. Everyone seems to have missed one dominant theme on all these cars.

Empty Paintwork.

No sponsors. No interest. No new money. Nothing. Most teams have lost sponsors this year. Doesn?t anyone in the sport see that? Caterham? One sponsor. Mercedes? Two. Force India? No Mallya money this year. Even Red Bull haven?t picked up a sponsor this year after 5 years of utter dominance. Blank paintwork everywhere you look.

McLaren? A few small long-time partnerships signed in the good days. No title sponsor. Think about that. The team who effectively created the modern sponsorship ??partner?? system, one of the biggest names in the sport, one with real global reach and which is very very active in its promotional activities announced the loss of their title sponsor a year ago and still haven?t got a replacement. An F1 car on a closed street can generate crowds of thousands, anywhere in the world, and no sponsor was interested. I went to one of the Bavaria street races, and it was fantastic, even if you only heard and felt a car for a few seconds as it thundered past you.

Nobody from the world of corporate sponsorship is interested in F1. Nobody. Not car companies, not technology companies, not energy companies, nobody. No ??lifestyle brands??. Nothing.
@Hairs

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On this day in F1

McLaren-Peugeot MP4-9, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013McLaren launched the MP4-9 on this day 20 years ago.

It was the end of an era as Ayrton Senna was no longer with the team. But the alliance with engine supplier Peugeot, who had arrived in place of Cosworth, did not prove to be the start of a new one – they split at the end of the year.

Mika Hakkinen, however, was to prove a long-term feature at the team and began his first full season with them having displaced Michael Andretti towards the end of 1993.

Ron Dennis endeavoured to lure Alain Prost back to drive the car but his efforts ultimately proved to be in vain.