Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

“This isn’t good enough” – Button

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014In the round-up: After both McLarens finished outside the points and a lap down in China Jenson Button says the team’s performance “isn’t good enough”.

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McLaren not good enough – Button (BBC)

“When you have as bad a result as this it’s tough for everyone. Hopefully the team can stay positive and update the car because this isn’t good enough.”

Driving style behind struggle – Kimi (ESPN)

“My view is that it’s probably more to do with driving style, plus the weather with the cold conditions and not getting the tyres working. Obviously if there was some issue then we would not be fast or happy with the new tyres, so I think it’s a combination of cold conditions, the circuit layout and my driving style.”

Alonso credits Domenicali after Ferrari podium (Reuters)

“I think this podium should be dedicated to Stefano [Domenicali], as everything we do up to July will also be the result of his efforts.”

Christian Horner: “Sebastian is having a tough time at the moment…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“He’s tremendously sensitive to certain aspects of the set-up, and he’s not getting the feedback from the car that he wants. And then the compound effect of that is that he’s damaging the tyre more.”

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to hand sport over to Sacha Woodward-Hill (Daily Mail)

“Although the court will sit for just two days a week, Ecclestone will rely on Sacha Woodward-Hill, his chief legal officer who is little-known beyond the terraced walls of his offices in Kensington.”

‘Red Bull should reach out’ (Sky)

Ron Dennis: “What I’m particularly uncomfortable with is that people just don’t change their minds, they induced to change their minds. People being induced to break contracts, it’s just wrong.”

Horner: Fallows made his own decision (James Allen)

“Dan [Fallows] decided that he was going to leave Red Bull for reasons of his own but with the changes that have happened at McLaren he decided that he didn’t want to join, and it was 100 per cent his choice to approach us and see if there was a situation still open. So it was his choice.”

Wheel mix-up cost Massa sixth (Autosport)

Felipe Massa’s disastrous pit stop, which cost him a likely sixth place finish in the Chinese Grand Prix, was caused by the team attempting to fit the replacement rear wheels to the wrong side of the car.”

Ferrari F14 T – blown wheel hubs (F1)

“Ferrari introduced a new front axle and brake duct assembly in Shanghai that bleeds airflow from the brake cooling duct through a duct in the centre of the axle.”

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen determined to avoid the parent trap (The Guardian)

“[Father Jan] asks questions, because he’s been out of Formula One for a long time. He has a lot of questions for me. A lot of stuff has changed and a lot of that he doesn’t know about. He’s learning as well. He’s very interested in what’s going on.”

F1 should be all about the noise (The Telegraph)

“Fundamentally, this is a question about what sport should sound like. So much of the intangible emotion generated by sport is bound up in its acoustics, and as F1 is swiftly discovering, you tamper with them at your peril.”

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Hamilton’s fuel usage was lower than anyone else in the top ten, so there must’ve been bags more pace in that car if he had had to push harder.
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