Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Fuji, 2007

Rosberg as tough a team mate as Alonso – Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Fuji, 2007In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says Nico Rosberg is as tough as any other team mate he’s had.

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‘Rosberg as tough as Alonso in 2007’ (ESPN)

“The most difficult race with a team-mate was with Fernando in 2007, but Nico’s race with me in Bahrain was as equally tough as that. Then this race [Spain] was probably second to that.”

Todt: teams’ cost cut ideas ‘a joke’ (Autosport)

“The proposals that they seem happy with are to reduce budgets by $2 million, which is ridiculous. When we speak about costs we must speak about reducing it by 30-40 per cent.”

Ferrari target Red Bull’s Adrian Newey in bid to get back in F1 race (The Guardian)

“‘Ferrari badly want Adrian Newey. I don’t know whether they have talked to him yet, but if not, they will,’ a source close to the Italian team said.”

Mercedes banish thoughts of winning every race (Reuters)

Toto Wolff: “They didn’t touch (collide) yet, which is eventually going to happen – or not, hopefully. So it’s much too early (to consider the idea of winning everything). That would be really like losing the plot, thinking about that.”

Bottas: Step forward in Spain (Sky)

“We have definitely made a step forward, it is always really good to see when you bring updates that they work and the whole season every single thing that we have brought has been a step forward.”

Insight: One of the secrets of Mercedes’ success and some interesting pointers from Spain (James Allen on F1)

“You see this kind of thing on aircraft rear wings, but not on racing cars. Red Bull’s clever aero peole may have learned something possibly from aerospace solutions.”

“Medical car on scene”: first medical contact (1) (A former F1 doc writes)

“I tell Alan I’m unplugging from the car radio and intercom, and switch to my handheld radio, tucked away in a pocket of my overalls. I’ll admit to forgetting this sometimes – being halfway out of the car, focused on the incident, only to be yanked back into the car by that damned cable from my helmet!”

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@Jaymenon10 is unimpressed with the ‘armchair psychologist’ assessment of Nico Rosberg’s performance:

Rosberg wilting under pressure? No. These guys are professional athletes who are compete at the top of their discipline, they are drilled to win from a young age, everyone of them is there to win. Obviously, circumstances for some doesn’t allow them to get close.

Sure, in the cauldron of pressure, there will be times when concentration is lost, but a mark of a great athlete is how one recomposes themselves and comes back. I think Nico has given a good account of himself in both qualifying. He isn’t going to give up. If it was a reversed scenario, where Lewis was behind, you think he’d give up? No, these guys probably don’t know how to give up. If anyone of them does, they should probably retire.

When Rosberg was catching Hamilton, I knew he wouldn’t get past. Sure Nico could have taken a lunge into one of the turns, but he didn’t, because it would have placed both the positions at risk. Its only he fifth race, Rosberg hasn’t been in this situation before, where he has the best car, whereas Lewis is accustomed to winning and being at the front. There is a long way to go and anything can happen.
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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonThe media uproar which followed the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger had been reignited by Karl Wendlinger’s crash on the first day of the Monaco Grand Prix. That led the FIA to announce, on this day 20 years ago, a series of drastic measures to rein in car performance, to take effect from the very next race.

Teams greeted the development with doubts over how effective the changes would prove and concerns about the expense of overhauling their cars mid-season at very short notice.

Meanwhile the drivers had taken matters into their own hands, re-forming the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association to lobby the FIA for further safety improvements.

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