Mercedes ‘ahead of mileage schedule’ after Jerez

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Jerez, 2014In the round-up: Mercedes say they got their season off to a better start than they expected at the Jerez test.

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Toto: “Our rivals have strong partnerships, but I wouldn?t want to change ours” (Mercedes)

“It looked like it could be difficult after the first day, but from that point onwards the car ran very reliably. In terms of mileage I would say we are ahead of schedule, while in terms of the bits and pieces we have struggled with and the challenges ahead of the first race, I think we are about where we expected to be.”

Formula 1 teams opposed to double-points races (BBC)

“Only Lotus would comment, a spokesman saying: ‘The best thing would be to make all the races double points.’”

Felipe Nasr punta sulla Williams (Autosprint, Italian)

GP2 racer Felipe Nasr is tipped to join Willimas as a test driver.

Kevin Magnussen impressing McLaren (MotorSport)

“There is a major new piece of technology coming which will allow a much fuller and less robotic understanding of what the driver is doing.”

Honda making ??steady progress? with F1 power unit (F1)

“It follows the establishment last month of a new Honda motorsports base in Japan, with the move to the new location in Sakura City, Tochigi, designed to further strengthen the famed car manufacturer?s F1 development organization.”

Lewis & Nico: Uncut & Off the Record (Mercedes via YouTube)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P-9oYUwA_E

Back To School (Lotus via YouTube)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXATzDBDjgo

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Julien is pleased by the tie-up between Force India and GP2 team Hilmer:

This is a very good development for the GP2 championship.

Hilmer was a decent team last year, but they were financially in trouble. Adrian Quaiffe-Hobbs replaced Robin Frijns in the middle of the season, because Frijns had no money and Adrian was well financed.

Now that some of the GP2 teams have got support from a Formula 1 team (Caterham GP2 team, Marussia, Force India with Hilmer, McLaren/Honda with ART) the seats will be filled with real talents, instead of who has the most money to offer. Hopefully the GP2 teams will get more of these link-ups with Formula One teams. That will make the championship even more interesting as it already is.
Julien (@Jlracing)

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55 comments on Mercedes ‘ahead of mileage schedule’ after Jerez

  1. Strontium (@strontium) said on 8th February 2014, 0:03

    Felipe Nasr and Felipe Massa! Whaddya know?!

  2. Rosberg is incredibly funny.

  3. HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th February 2014, 0:11

    I didn’t look at the Lewis/Nico vid, it looks like they are going to break into a gangsta rap routine.

  4. I was disappointed by Lotus’ apologising and deleting their rather fantastic tweet wishing all the Sochi athletes good luck. They have been far more unorthodox in the past, such as with the infamous rabbit tweet, so essentially advocating gay rights in such a brilliantly “Lotus” way was rather mild. But one of their greatest tweets.

    If they have the audacity to poke at Red Bull’s misfortune before they’ve even officially ran the car, I can’t see how the Sochi tweet was unnaceptable.

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 8th February 2014, 0:29

      @vettel1 What did it say that they needed to apologise?

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 8th February 2014, 0:59

      @vettel1 same… it was brilliant. Luckily I took a snap of it with my phone to share. But I suppose they remembered they have a russian sponsor somewhere, and they had to drop it.

      At least they showed what they really think, before deleting for obvious reasons… stupid reasons, but unavoidable reasons.

    • Victor. (@victor) said on 8th February 2014, 1:40

      I saw the picture on facebook. What did the apology say? Unless they really need Russian money quickly, posting a picture of two men kissing shouldn’t really be something you apologise for (to be fair though they were half-naked, so I guess if you posted a picture of two women in bras kissing or a straight couple equally undressed people would be asking questions).

    • George (@george) said on 8th February 2014, 2:18

      I doubt it’s about sponsorship, they’re probably more worried about getting into the country for the grand prix.

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 8th February 2014, 10:49

      @vettel1 – THEY REMOVED THE TWEET! I have not been this angry since midway through the 2011 Malaysian GP when I realized that the fact that Alonso had turned down an offer from Red Bull in 2008 so he could go to Ferrari in 2010 had cost him the chance of becoming the sport’s most successful driver ever. I cried a lot that afternoon…

      But this is in a way worse. Why should F1 be apolitical in the face of such grotesque policy? Why should Lotus not become the Have I Got News For You F1 Team and fly the liberal flag with a beautifully subtle flavour of humour? The West opposes Putin. The UK opposes Putin. British businesses oppose Putin. So why not Lotus? Oh, right, it’s all about money and sponsorship…or wanting to avoid coming down with a very rare strand of tuberculosis after enjoying a post-race vodka at Sochi this year…

      • jhg103 (@joshgeake) said on 10th February 2014, 12:48

        I don’t agree with it either but the fact is it’s a different country and they’re pretty much free to do whatever they want. There’s a significant conservative Christian population in Russia that agree with Putin anyway. Besides, I can’t really think of many examples of where international political pressure has worked.

        Much like Primark’s clothes being made by borderline slaves in Pakistan and Bangladesh – everyone in the UK knows about it and every now and then an MP will stand up and say how they disagree with it…but it will be Pakistan that ultimately chooses whether to do something about it. One day they’ll have their industrial revolution and bring forward their own employment legislation…but it’s up to them.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th February 2014, 11:55

      YEAh, It was a great tweet, and its sad to see how it then got muddled under @vettel1. I guess their new Russian minority owner would be in big trouble with this at home.

  5. mantresx (@mantresx) said on 8th February 2014, 0:39

    At first I was a bit surprised, like everyone else, that Renault was the one behind schedule and has problems with their engine, after all they’ve won for the past four years.
    But then I remembered that they needed a dispensation a couple of years back to “catch up” after the V8 development freeze. Maybe a coincidence, but the same situation seems to be happening all over again.

  6. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 8th February 2014, 0:40

    Rosberg is brilliant in that Mercedes commercial.

  7. Calum (@calum) said on 8th February 2014, 1:01

    Nice idea by Lotus to make all the races double points.

    Alternatively, instead of 1 or 3 of the last races being double points, I would suggest having the last 19 races double points.

    • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 8th February 2014, 1:07

      Well I was thinking that if double points had to be implemented, then it should be given to the races which are genuinely more difficult to complete from a physical standpoint.

      So races like Sepang and Singapore would get double the points because they’re actually harder to do because of the physical toll they take, thus the drivers should be rewarded with more points for having completed it.

      But really, it’s a rubbish rule. Lol I hope it doesn’t spell the demise of F1 as a sport. :(

      • Guelph (@guelph) said on 8th February 2014, 4:29

        If there had to be double points, I’d say they should pick one race in Europe (Monaco), one in Asia/Oceania (Suzuka), and one in the Americas (Brazil) to act as a regional championship.

    • @calum Any idea what happened to the Lotus reserve driver Davide Valesecchi

  8. So “doublepoints” is like instead of 1 you get 11, instead of 2 you get 22

    • faulty (@faulty) said on 8th February 2014, 19:00

      Ok, suppose they go ahead and make the last 3 races double pointers…

      Who’s the brave in charge of telling the lawyers they have to renegotiate all the drivers’ contract clauses that were closed months ago regarding bonus per earned point?

  9. Just waiting for someone demanding “double salary”

  10. Daniel Thomas (@iamdanthomas) said on 8th February 2014, 2:08

    I’ve not posted on F1 Fanatic in a while, but I keep getting annoyed about the double points rule, I can’t keep it in any longer: what on earth are they thinking!?

  11. Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 8th February 2014, 2:54

    Lovin’ Rosberg letting people know where he stands in that vid

  12. mskii said on 8th February 2014, 3:23

    I’m already dreading the season finale where someone wins due to double points, and fan communities everywhere erupt into long winded disputes about who is the rightful champion.

    • Which is exactly what Bernie wants. A mere month ago quite a few fans were vocal about no longer following F1, and now everybody is all riled up about the upcoming season, F1 is getting lot of press (mostly bad, but who cares, yeah?). I’m sure Bernie is very happy about the success of his double points crap.

  13. With regards to how Jerez went I think Nico and Lewis no more than the Renault engineers.

  14. David not Coulthard (@) said on 8th February 2014, 5:41

    My 2 cents about double points in the final 3 races:

    It can be good, as Christian Horner pointed out, because it makes it a bit less of a lottery</blockquote
    But then,

    It can also be bad, as it only means that more races get the double-points, which sort of signals slight acceptance of it, which will make it more difficult to remove it – it’s the same thing with GNU/Linux distributions providing proprieatry software in that they’ve now got so much of it now they’re not removing it any time soon

    So double-points races would be good (as horner said) in the short term, but bad in the long term as it would make it difficult to completely clean the calendar from it. Personally I’d rather see only one double-ponts race this year and none next year.

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 8th February 2014, 6:39

      Despite the quote mess there I completely understand and agree with you, I wouldn’t mind the Abu Double IF it was just a one off, let Bernie get it out of his system and then all is back to normal.

      But then again I also thought the DRS would be temporary and look at it now, it’s even more powerful than before.

      • Dom (@3dom) said on 8th February 2014, 20:21

        I personally will be really disappointed if someone wins the WDC only due to the double points, I’ll feel as though it’s less genuine, even if it’s a driver I support. It’d seem even less genuine if double points was just a one off. I wish they’d just do away with it altogether.

  15. timi (@timi) said on 8th February 2014, 11:04

    Hmm, I wonder what this new technology is. What is Mark Hughes referring to?
    Does anyone have any ideas? I’ve been racking my brain and I can’t really come up with anything realistic, but from what he says, it sounds promising.

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