Red Bull “have a fantastic car” – Hamilton

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang International Circuit, 2014In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull will be very competitive once they find straight-line speed to go with their cornering performance.

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Merc: ‘Red Bull the benchmark’ (Sky)

Lewis Hamilton: “I have no doubts at all that Renault are going to fix that and when they do, you’re going to see a big race between us and the Bulls. They still have a fantastic car. I’ve looked at the GPS; they had the same speed as us through all the corners.”

Driver rivalry will boil over – Wolff (ESPN)

Toto Wolff: “You cannot be complacent because we have seen a Red Bull right up our arse here. If you consider they have missed out on two thirds of the testing it was a necessary wake-up call for us.”

Overtaking your team-mate (MotorSport)

Stirling Moss: “In his shoes I’d have done exactly the same as Massa.”

Lotus believes McLaren is ‘catchable’ (Autosport)

“Racing for tenth is not what we want to do, but when you look at where teams like McLaren are, they certainly look very catchable.”

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen will learn from Malaysian Grand Prix error (The Guardian)

“McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier has admitted to locking his rookie driver Kevin Magnussen in a room over grand prix weekends and giving him a pep talk.”

Petronas comes of age (New Straits Times)

“Affected by the country’s mourning over the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 tragedy, attendance dropped to the lowest in history with just 62,340 spectators present on Sunday, a 25 per cent drop from last year’s.”

Early day motion 1194 (Parliament)

“That this house opposes the staging of the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix due to ongoing human rights violations in that country; notes that Human Rights Watch’s 2014 World Report highlighted that Bahrain’s human rights record regressed in key areas in 2013 drawing particular attention to arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and torture of activists, prosecution and harassment of government critics and a failure to hold those guilty of human rights abuses to account; expresses deep concern that in previous years Bahrain has implemented a severe crackdown before and during the Grand Prix, restricting freedom of movement of persons in the country, detaining and deporting foreign journalists and conducting mass arbitrary detentions in towns close to the Formula 1 circuit; recalls with concern that previous Grand Prix have coincided with the extra-judicial killing of protester Salah Abbas in 2012 and the arbitrary imprisonment and alleged sexual abuse in custody of protester Rihanna al Mousawi in 2013; further expresses disappointment at the continued failure to hold security forces to account for these abuses, as well as the arrest, detention and torture of 27 employees of the Bahrain International Circuit in 2011; and urges the Government to make strong representations to try and prevent the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix from going ahead.”


Comment of the day

To what extent is over-complication F1’s biggest problem now?

F1 has produced great races in its history. But rule changes after rule changes brought F1 in a position where overtaking was getting harder and harder which caused even more rule changes that have done little to improve the sport, or had no positive impact whatsoever.

For me it’s getting a bit frustrating. All these changes to artificially change the racing DRS, double points, tyre rules… It makes me a bit sad that we can’t have simple racing that anybody can enjoy.

A friend of mine who is into cars, but not F1 was joining me Sunday morning after half the race and he had literally no chance of understanding half of what’s going on without explanation. It’s tiresome.

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today Lewis Hamilton was disqualified from the results of the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton had originally been classified third after Jarno Trulli was penalised for overtaking him during a Safety Car period. But it was later discovered McLaren had decided to allow Trulli to pass Hamilton and had denied doing so when asked by the stewards.

Today is also three-times world champion Jack Brabham’s 88th birthday.

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87 comments on Red Bull “have a fantastic car” – Hamilton

  1. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 2nd April 2014, 10:05

    And a week before the Russian GP, politicians who know nothing about motorsport will be waving their arms about saying “oh we shouldn’t go there” just like with every single country with any sort of human right issue or has decided to enter another country. I’m not saying that we should go to a country with major issues like this, but if you want something done about it deciding days before the race when the teams are already there isn’t going to do a lot.

  2. gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 2nd April 2014, 10:08

    Aren’t Lotus a bit too optimistic ? I mean, one of their drivers just managed to finish a race for the first time, and yet they plan to catch McLaren, twice on the podium and 4 times in the points.
    BEsides, JB’s gamble in quali put him in a bad starting position and Magnussen got a penalty. And still they were in front of RG. That seems a bit overly optimistic…

  3. Steph (@stephanief1990) said on 2nd April 2014, 11:55

    I’d recommend any fan going for a guest writer opportunity. Some of my favourite posts have been done by fanatics such as Ned Flanders and Mag Geoff. I don’t think I’d go down well as my first post would probably be about the first trans F1 driver or about drivers starving themselves or something ethical or diversity related :P

  4. Ricardo Ferreira (@yes-master) said on 2nd April 2014, 13:48

    First, a word on Stirling Moss commentary: agree 100%!
    Team instructions should be possible, tough the pilots have to be free to respect them or not. They are the pilots. The are the racers. We want to watch them racing, not following instructions. Therefore, if some pilot (like Massa) should not to accept the instruction, the team manager will do whatever he feels he has to do. And that’s it. For the fans, spectators, there’s no reason to judge the pilot. The only thing that we should be concerned of is the racing and competition level. So, let’s put aside this “futile instruction’s discussions”

    Secondly, the level of spectators dropped (-25%). Shouldn’t that be a warning signal?

  5. tmax (@tmax) said on 2nd April 2014, 14:08

    1) Mercedes will have to do a Brawn GP of 2009. If they can win all the races upto summer break then they will be in decent position for the WDC. Althought they need to make sure that all their eggs are in one basket. It is already divided between Nico and Lewis now. Once the problems with Renault engines are fixed, those bulls will be like 2009. They will be very strong in the post summer season especially on the Asian circuits which is their strong front. Needless to say the double points in the end. Honestly after their winter testing disaster I never thought they will be where they are today. I even commented that they will not get to the 108% of the pole sitter in qualifying.

    2) The F1 races so far in 2014 is a disaster overall. The cars indeed look ugly. It will be a quite while until it gets used to. I thought we will get accustomed to it pretty fast. More than that the engine sound in the TV is horrible. It does’nt feel like F1 anymore ? Is this a Formula Prius ? Silent engine, Fuel Savings …… Are we redefining motor-racing here ?

    3) When Massa disobeys team orders in Sepang 2014 he did a great job. When Vettel disobeys team orders in Sepang 2013, he is ridiculous and considered a perpetual villian and booed on the podiums….. Hmmmm……

  6. Moss I respect your career, but as Massa you know what is to be paired with someone faster than yourself and unlike you Massa hasn’t beat anyone in his F1 career in terms of pace therefore I can only guess that taking advantage of your team is the right thing to do.

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