Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Rosberg ‘gets Mercedes contract extension’

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014In the round-up: Nico Rosberg is reported to have a contract extension at Mercedes.

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Rosberg signs new Mercedes contract (BBC)

Nico Rosberg is to remain at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton after signing a contract extension for at least two more years.”

Rules and regs have ‘gone too far’ (ESPN)

“Take the example of the tyres. Why are you obliged to stop for the tyres? If you give instead of two, hard and soft, you have another one, so hard, medium and soft. You start the race with the one you qualified with and then it’s open, you leave the freedom. Then you have something different because you have an interest.”

Prost: Merc must calm tensions (Sky)

“If you only have a small detail, a small problem inside the team, or a little bit outside, then it could start very, very quickly. It’s very rare that you have a full friendship until the end [of a driver’s career] especially if you’re fighting very closely, but that can still be possible.”

Being F1’s first black driver is important (Lewis Hamilton)

“When I first started in Formula One, I tried to ignore the fact I was the first black guy ever to race in the sport. But, as I’ve got older, I’ve really started to appreciate the implications.”

Ferrari poised for engine boost (Autosport)

“Although power units are homologated, Ferrari believes that performance gains can be made by running its engines with more aggressive settings now that it is more comfortable with reliability.”

Christian Horner Q&A: Power unit & fuel key to Red Bull recovery (F1)

“The most significant thing will come from Renault’s side and with Total because the fuel seems to be a big thing as well this year.”

Write off Vettel at your peril, says Horner (Reuters)

“It reminds me very much of 2012, which started with us on the back foot and he turned it around and put a run of results together in the second half of the year and then won the championship at the last race.”

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Lewis Hamilton’s comments about his background making him hungrier for success than team mate Rosberg prompted a lot of responses. This was my favourite:

I don’t know why Hamilton is saying he’s the ‘hungriest’ driver. In my opinion the hungriest drivers are probably Sutil, Hulkenberg, and Vergne.
Keith Campbell (@Keithedin)

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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonThe 1994 season witnessed another major crash on this day 20 years ago. Pedro Lamy was fortunate to survive when his Lotus cleared a barrier during a test at Silverstone. Lamy’s rear wing failed as he passed through the flat-out Abbey kink, he hit a barrier and landed in a spectator tunnel on the approach to Bridge corner.

He suffered broken legs, a broken arm and other injuries. Ironically Lamy had been testing alterations made to the Lotus to comply with changes being made to the cars on safety grounds following the Imola and Monte-Carlo accidents.

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