In the round-up: Nico Rosberg is reported to have a contract extension at Mercedes.
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“Nico Rosberg is to remain at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton after signing a contract extension for at least two more years.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
— David Brabham (@brabsracer) May 23, 2014
@willbuxton That's AMAZING! I tried for 5 years to get them to do the same simulation we do everywhere, but they totally refused.
— Gary Hartstein (@former_f1doc) May 23, 2014
In the early 80's we used hand held 'tags' to show the F1 Drivers top 10 times when in the pits in practice & quali! pic.twitter.com/htVq7BSboz
— Richard West (@number1orator) May 23, 2014
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Comment of the day
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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Happy birthday to Pete Walker, Driftin and Mallesh Magdum!
On this day in F1
The 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.
Image © Daimler/Hoch Zwei