Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Jerez, 2014

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)

Back To School (Lotus via YouTube)


Comment of the day

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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