Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Mercedes may end season undefeated – Alonso

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says Mercedes are so far ahead they may not be beaten all year.


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Mercedes pair ‘could win every race’ (BBC)

“They should be in a position to win all the races probably, so it is going to be tight between them.”

Qualifying – Hamilton leads Mercedes front row lock-out in Spain (F1)

“We want Bahrain to happen at every race! It will probably mean lots more grey hair for us, but that is how we want to go about racing – and how we want to continue.”

Haas to visit Lotus (Sky)

“Gene Haas is to visit Lotus’ Enstone base next week, it has been revealed.”

F1 drivers get formation lap warning (Autosport)

“F1 race director Charlie Whiting is understood to have told drivers at Barcelona that if the situation does not improve – and drivers act in a manner that he is not happy with – then penalties cannot be ruled out.”

Bernie Ecclestone Casts Doubt Over Future Of British Grand Prix (Forbes)

“This is the BRDC. That’s the problem. Years ago they could have sorted all that out. I got them out of a silly deal and got them 60 million in cash. Who knows whether the race is at risk.”

No satisfaction in beating Alonso – Kimi (ESPN)

“Obviously I try to stay in front of him, but it doesn’t give me much satisfaction when we are sixth and seventh – that’s not where we want to be.”

Daniel Ricciardo: “We’ve just got to keep chipping away…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“On a positive, we’re the best of the rest but we’ve still got to keep the others, keep the guys we have behind us behind us, but to close to them. A second is too much.”

New Senior Management Structure (Caterham)

“Technical director Mark Smith and Caterham F1 Team have parted company with immediate effect and his role will not be directly replaced. Instead, John Iley, Jody Egginton and Gerry Hughes will now each take responsibility for specific areas of the team’s operational activities as the newly created technical committee, reporting directly to Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul.”


Comment of the day

Paige is impressed by the driver who lines up fifth on the grid today.

If Grosjean isn’t getting calls from the bigger teams, he should be.

He is doing a spectacular job this year with a difficult situation to start the year, and he gets fifth on the grid in a car that is still probably quite underdeveloped relative to cars that he beat. This guy can hang with the best, and if I’m with the bigger teams (for example, if I’m the racing director of a team set to become the Honda works team next year who was the guy’s manager and team principal for a long time), I am knocking down his door.

It would be a real shame if Grosjean never gets a shot with a big team.

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