Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014

Mercedes prepared to impose orders if necessary

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014In the round-up: Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff says he may have to impose team orders on his drivers if they come under threat from their rivals.


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Mercedes may review team orders policy (BBC)

Toto Wolff: “Our rule is that the competition is enemy number one, not your team-mate, so there might be situations in the race where you have to consider that, but we will see what happens.”

New push to make F1 more spectacular (Autosport)

“[The proposals] include standing starts after safety cars, a potential reduction in race length, and the green light for higher technology to be used in pit stops to cut the time even further.”

Bernie Ecclestone launches defence against bribery charges (The Guardian)

“In a statement to court, he said: ‘The alleged bribery never happened. The prosecution’s claims are based on statements by Dr [Gerhard] Gribkowsky which are wrong, misleading and inconclusive.'”

Ecclestone rejects bribery charges in German court (The Telegraph)

“Before his lawyers spoke, the prosecution outlined their case, reading out the 24-page charge sheet while Ecclestone followed an English translation. The alleged bribes were made between July 2006 and December 2007.”

Graeme Lowdon concedes Formula One is on the brink of being seen as a failure if cost measures aren’t introduced (Daily Mail)

“If Formula One cannot achieve [cost controls], when other sports can, it would be seen as some kind of failure. Why should this be a step beyond its ability? For me it makes no sense.”

Long Beach City Council approves three-year contract extension for Grand Prix (Press-Telegram)

“IndyCars will continue to zoom along Shoreline Drive each spring until at least 2018. The City Council voted 8-0 Tuesday to approve a three-year contract extension for the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, which runs the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.”


Comment of the day

Some thoughts on applications for F1’s new technology beyond road cars:

I think it’s important to see F1 technology trickle down into real world applications as it is a venue to showcase automotive and technological innovation. I think a prime example is the new lot of super cars using hybrid power. Love it or hate it, given increased pressure on governments to regulate emissions and fleet economy figures – high performance hybrid technology is the future. Manufacturers should be drawn to this.

But reading the above, it is also fascinating to see that governments are encouraging this technology in heavy industry. I can see hybrid technology paired with turbo diesel engine being increasingly valuable in heavy industry.

Perhaps the naysayers concerned about the new hybrid f1 cars should look at the bigger picture. F1 is on the cutting edge with these new regulations – the formula needs to continue to evolve so as to stay in touch and shape the automotive current.


Carlos Sainz Jnr, Alex Lynn, Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Ring, 2014

Red Bull have trimmed back their Junior Team squad from six to three this year.

Antonio Felix da Costa has moved on to the DTM and Daniil Kvyat arrived in F1 with Toro Rosso. Tom Blomqvist, Callan O’Keefe and Beitske Visser all lost their places on the squad.

With Carlos Sainz Jnr the only driver remaining from this time 12 months ago he has been joined by Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Pierre Gasly and last year’s Formula Three Macau Grand Prix winner Alex Lynn.

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