Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Hamilton suspects Red Bull have more downforce

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton believes Red Bull’s car has the potential to compete with Mercedes.

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Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton weary of Red Bull revival despite his imperious form (The Independent)

“I really do think the Red Bulls have as much downforce as us, maybe a little more, so we can still improve.”

Hamilton ready to make his move on Rosberg (Reuters)

“I’m in a good place right now and I’m hoping that this will be the year.”

Hamilton ‘close to perfection in 2014’ (BBC)

Nigel Mansell: “He has been close to perfection, just brilliant. He has been given the freedom to express himself.”

Talking upgrades with Rob Marhsall (Red Bull)

Sebastian [Vettel] will get a new chassis for Barcelona, which was scheduled at the start of the season and then the next one will be for Daniel [Ricciardo] at some time around Silverstone.”

Lotus wants new prize money structure (Autosport)

Lotus owner Gerard Lopez: “Two years ago we were told the engines would last longer and be cheaper than what we had – but they are now almost twice as expensive.”

Tony Settember 1926-2014 (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Californian Tony Settember, who started six Grands Prix in 1962-63, passed away on Sunday at the age of 87.”

EMC gives Lotus F1 go-faster stripes as sport cracks down on IT regulations (Computing)

Lotus IS and IT director Michael Taylor: “We realised quite early on that we were a long way out with technology from where we needed to be in terms of being very reactive to the business and having a very short cycle time.”

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Can IndyCar afford a development war any more than F1 can?

In today’s financial situation, IndyCar would simply walk down the path F1 is heading toward: spending itself to death.

I, too, would love to return to the old days where it’s ‘run what ya brung’ and the engineers were battling as hard as the drivers. But American open wheels is simply trying to remain affordable at this point and try to imagine teams who are scraping by in a spec series attempting not to get left behind in the development wars…

The reverse if what [Gordon] Kirby is asking for would happen: only a few teams would remain as it gets more and more costly to be competitive. All he has to do is look at F1 not having a field bigger than 24 cars in over two decades. Sadly, you can not turn back the clock. What once was will never be recreated.
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