‘Mercedes could lap everyone twice’ – Horner

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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)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVh5rcHYU50&feature=share&list=UUgdRfOvY2gLNQb2qEoiXRBg

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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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98 comments on ‘Mercedes could lap everyone twice’ – Horner

  1. OneBHK (@onebhk) said on 12th March 2014, 7:12

    I think Horner is doing the right thing… All these year’s we have been constantly listening to other teams how fast Redbull are and they are going to win… Its time they tasted some of their own medicine…

  2. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 12th March 2014, 7:35

    Wishful thinking: have Force India saved 10kg by chopping the end off the nose?

  3. Alfie (@alfie) said on 12th March 2014, 7:36

    He fell over skiing. Honestly.

    poor taste

  4. Rooney (@rojov123) said on 12th March 2014, 7:40

    Doesn’t Vettel usually name his cars with a rhyming first and last name ? Eg: Randy Mandy, Kinky Kylie and Hungry Heidi.
    He should have named this year’s car “Struggling Suzie”.

  5. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 12th March 2014, 7:56

    That last sentence of the Guardian article:

    A grinning Horner said: “I was voting for double points from Silverstone onwards.”

    … eh, sure.

    What a comedian that Horner. No wonder Bernie would like Horner to follow him, though Ecclestone tends to have a bit more real sparkle to what he says.

  6. Yoshitsune (@yobo01) said on 12th March 2014, 9:51

    Well, it’s not the first time I hear that Mercedes is going to lap everyone twice. Will Buxton reported a similar rumor on his website a couple of weeks ago.
    I don’t think it’s going to happen, thogh. It’s true that Mercedes are the clear fauvorites, but if you look at the test in Bahrain Massa did the fastest time and Bottas did the fastest race sim, according to AMuS.
    I think it will be close between them, and with reliability being an issue for everyone, I don’t think it will be a walk in the park for Mercedes.

    • W-K (@w-k) said on 12th March 2014, 11:38

      If I remember correctly, Massa did his fast lap, on a short run (probably low fuel) with new super softs, Hamilton did his fastest that day on used softs on about the 10th lap. If that is so, then a second a lap faster is not out of the question.

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th March 2014, 10:17

    minor point @keithcollantine, you have accidentally named that Red Bull Video

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

  8. with the amount of retirements that are expected, theres probably going to be alot of saftey cars, so no one will be lapping no one

  9. joshj81 said on 12th March 2014, 12:54

    I understand people are upset about the new fuel limit and how it “will” force drivers to drive conservative/not on the limit. Some are evening saying that it is not the pinnacle to drive this way. The new F1 rules are, in spirit, meant to reflect the current world’s market needs with being “green”. With the new 100kg loads and 100kgph pressures, F1 is setting a new standard that will benefit the world over. If and when, they learn to extract every bit of performance from this required setting, the drivers will be on the “limit” once again. In most cases, it will be more stunning and exciting to watch than in previous years. And the team that figures this out first…look out! Not only will they be rewarded with many championship points, they will benefit the world market auto industry because it has been proved that the performance can be achieved at such a high level. Making it the pinnacle of the sport once again. I contend that even with the new F1 engine rules, it never lost that title, has anyone read the amazing abilities and attributes yet? WOW! I seriously can’t wait for this season to get started.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th March 2014, 13:52

      Yes Josh, a worthy goal, pity it wasn’t introduced incrementally over 2 or 3 years allowing for steady development of the PU with achievable goals, if the cars have to put in 20 slow parade laps to save fuel nothing is achieved at all.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 12th March 2014, 14:20

      @joshj81
      I agree mostly.
      The thing is, there is no need for the maximum fuel use.
      The limit on fuel flow all ready means that the most efficient engine is the most powerful.
      So with or without the maximum allowed fuel, they would make it as efficient as humanly possible.
      The limit on total fuel use age will just force the drivers to hold back. Without having any measurable impact on the engineering aspect of it.

      • joshj81 said on 12th March 2014, 16:11

        I understand that (both of you) and agree but I feel that hopefully this will not be the case for long. Or, maybe with this change, a new meaning for the phrase “on the limit” will change. Racing, always a compromise, huh?

  10. Fixy (@fixy) said on 12th March 2014, 15:40

    If the drivers really are serious about criticising the double points they could threaten to boycott Abu Dhabi if the rules aren’t changed. But I think if someone is within a chance to win the title in the last race they would never surrender and decide to betray their values to try and win.

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