Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014

‘Mercedes could lap everyone twice’ – Horner

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014In the round-up: Christian Horner believes Mercedes could win the opening race by a huge margin based on their pre-season testing performance.

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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could lap entire field twice in Australian Grand Prix claims rival boss (The Mirror)

“If they were to finish two laps ahead of the opposition in Melbourne, that wouldn’t be a surprise, based on what we’ve seen in pre-season testing.”

Red Bull’s Christian Horner defends Adrian Newey over new F1 engine (The Guardian)

“Adrian’s probably the most competitive person I’ve ever met. For sure, he’s working tremendously hard at the moment. But we can’t control all aspects of the vehicle. Collectively with Renault, I’m confident we’ll get on top of it.”

Exclusive Pat Symonds Q&A: Self-belief coming back at Williams (F1)

“I had anticipated that there would be a lot of teething problems – and of course there were a few – but by the time we finished, it was almost like running a V8 at the end of the season rather than the new power unit at the beginning of the season.”

Button joins critics of controversial double points system ahead of season opener (Daily Mail)

“For us to have one race with more points than another seems strange. If there was one race that was going to have more points, you’d think it would be somewhere like Monaco – the toughest race on the calendar – not Abu Dhabi, so it is unfair on the other circuits as well.”

Stefan Johansson: ‘I live my dream’ (The Blazoned Press)

“I am very confused. Every year they seem to add more elements that just makes things more complicated and confusing for the spectators and also for the competitors.”

It was a mistake to invest in F1, says largest wealth fund (The Telegraph)

“The purchase of a stake in Formula One was criticised by some politicians and by Norwegian media as falling short of the fund’s strict ethical rules. ‘We have clearly indicated that we have a zero tolerance to corruption,’ [fund director Yngve] Slyngstad said.”

Di Montezemolo fears for ‘taxi-cab’ F1 (Autosport)

“These days, on top of all that, you need to add fuel consumption and managing of a race with a limited amount of fuel. I prefer the sort of F1 where you need to always push at the limit.”

Nuerburgring bought by race car supplier Capricorn (Reuters)

“Germany’s Nuerburgring has been sold to motor sport industry supplier Capricorn Group for more than 100 million euros (83.6 million pounds), ending a months-long search to find new owners for the world’s longest racetrack, which became insolvent in 2012.”

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Indian GP promoters have not complied with contract: Ecclestone (DNA)

“Ecclestone told IANS from his London office on telephone that he and his organisation was still committed to see through the five-year contract, provided what he called certain ‘surmountable obstacles’ were sorted out.”

Di Resta: F1 has not seen the last of me (The Herald)

“I did enough to show people what I can do, and there may be chances pop up. I’ll continue to be as involved as I can over the next year, couple of years.”

Mark Webber happy to be out of the formula one spotlight (The Age)

“With this new technology, it looks like the teams are very much on a very, very aggressive [learning] curve. It’s new for everyone, and that means there’s going to be some absolute unpredictability and some surprises. There’s just so much up in the air and that’s what makes it interesting. It will be a very different type of racing, a different first round, one like we probably haven’t seen for a long, long time.”

Alonso is the most marketable F1 driver globally (Repucom)

“Globally, Fernando Alonso is the most marketable driver ahead of the start of the 2014 F1 season. Public perception of Alonso ranks him higher than any other F1 driver, Repucom’s Celebrity DBI finds. Great Britain’s Lewis Hamilton is the second most marketable whilst the Brazilian, Felipe Massa, four time world champion, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkönen make up the top five.”

The ultimate Formula 1 league table (BBC)

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Will double points in Formula One finale make a difference? (The National)

“Officials at Yas Marina Circuit insist they never requested the rule change and that it was solely a matter between the FIA and Ecclestone. They do, however, welcome the decision.”

The Indian blame game (ESPN)

“India is but one example – we can also add Korea, China, and Turkey to the recent list of ‘could do betters’. Instead, we tend to confine promotional activity to a short period surrounding the race, while ignoring the benefits of a sustained campaign.”

Mercedes’ guide to the new 2014 F1 engines (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)

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Comment of the day

Some disappointment at Daniil Kvyat’s reason for choosing number 26:

Is it just me, or was anyone else hoping Kvyat would say “it’s the only integer that lies directly between a square and a cube”?

…I’ll go get my coat.
Keith Campbell (@Keithedin)

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On this day in F1

Pre-season testing for the 2009 season wrapped up five years ago today at the Circuit de Catalunya. Jenson Button caused a sensation in his Brawn by lapping a second quicker than any of their rivals.

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