In the round-up: Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff plays down comparisons between his drivers and the famous feud between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
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“There have been a lot of comparisons to the Senna / Prost scenario, which is a kind of compliment to both Lewis and Nico. But the situation here is very different.”
“Lewis Hamilton has come under fire from prominent figures in his home town after comparing Stevenage unfavourably with Monte Carlo.”
“As well as a potential ban on in-season testing, there are also moves to cut back on pre-season running next year, and it is likely there will be only two tests now before the first race of the year.”
“He’s doing nothing wrong and is smart enough to recognise that, so like any sportsman he is going to be frustrated when things go wrong.”
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 29, 2014
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Comment of the day
There’s not been much to shout about Kevin Magnussen’s season since Melbourne but @Craig-o reckons his performances have been good:
I think Magnussen has done well considering he’s the only rookie to come from 3.5. We saw drivers have teething problems as such in their first season or even longer, like in the case of Grosjean. The speed is clearly there, he just needs refining, he’s younger than what Hamilton was when he joined after all.
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On this day in F1
It was a McLaren one-two and Ferrari three-four in a processional race at the Circuit de Catalunya 15 years ago today. Mika Hakkinen took the victory and closed to within six points of Michael Schumacher in the drivers’ championship.
Schumacher’s progress early in the race was delayed by a brilliant start by Jacques Villeneuve in his fifth race for the new BAR team:
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