Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014

Rosberg claims ‘psychological edge’ over Hamilton

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014In the round-up: Nico Rosberg says he’s gained a psychological advantage over team mate Lewis Hamilton by breaking his string of race wins.

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Nico Rosberg: I have edge over Lewis Hamilton in Formula One title race (The Guardian)

“It was really important to bring [Hamilton’s] run [of wins] to an end because psychology is a big part of sports. If you have those results behind you, like I do now, it gives you that little bit extra, that little bit of an edge, so it does help.”

Tax tribunal turns down McLaren ‘spy fine’ claim (Reuters)

“McLaren have lost a claim that a record 32 million pound fine the Formula One team paid after a 2007 spying controversy should be tax deductible.”

Daniel Ricciardo will inspire team mate Sebastian Vettel to retaliate, says Mark Webber (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“I think Seb’s grabbed my car this year in terms of reliability.”

Lotus employee sacked for ‘gay tweet’ (The Telegraph)

“Lotus F1 team dismissed a social media guru after he tweeted a picture of in support of gay athletes just before the opening ceremony of the Russian Winter Olympics, for fear it could damage the team’s financial interests.”

Ferrari ‘needs more integration’ (Autosport)

Marco Mattiacci: “We are working very much on that area. We have to be more reactive, and we have to be more integrated.”

F1 Board Shake-Up As Fund Manager Quits (Sky)

“Mr Caldwell was instrumental in the acquisition in 2012 of a 20.9% stake in F1’s parent in a deal which valued the group at around $9bn (£5.3bn) including its debts.”

From Zeltweg to the Red Bull Ring (ESPN)

“The infrastructure, such as it was, also left a lot to be desired, even by the standards of the day. The timing beam failed, leaving officials to use stopwatches. The resulting times, when finally published an hour or so after practice had finished, did not always correspond with those recorded by experienced members of the Grand Prix teams.”

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