Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2014

Hamilton says he isn’t over-driving

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2014In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton denies he has been pushing too hard after spinning twice during yesterday’s top-ten shoot-out.

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I’m not trying too hard – Hamilton (BBC)

“I don’t think I’m trying too hard. I went for pole. Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, but I’m there to be first, nowhere else.”

Hamilton spin not down to car issue (Autosport)

Toto Wolff: “He was braking 10 metres later, he had a little bit more pressure on the brake pedal, and he hit a bump. All that contributed. He just lost the rear and the car spun.”

Vettel: There was nothing left (Sky)

“For sure, a surprise is that the Toro Rossos are very competitive (Daniil Kvyat qualified seventh) but I don’t think Williams is a surprise. I think it’s more of a surprise that Mercedes were struggling.”

First corner flummoxes Raikkonen (ESPN)

“I was struggling with the first corner a lot, I couldn’t get it right. I knew I had three laps so I tried to do it again but on the last lap I just locked an outside wheel for some reason and flat-spotted the front-left.”

Helmut Marko: ‘Drivers don’t have the fun we did in the 60s and 70s’ (The Guardian)

“I would prefer to see a race on the old circuit, when the boys and men were separated. But that’s not any more done in Formula One.”

Exclusive Daniil Kvyat Q&A: We’re aiming to score big points (F1)

“We’ve had a pretty good weekend so far where all the pieces have fallen into the right places. The fact is we made a good step forward compared to Friday. It could have been slightly better if the odds had been a bit more in our favour, but nevertheless we are in a good starting position and hopefully can execute that in the race. Scoring points is very high on my agenda!”

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone ‘called RBS chief for takeover cash’ (This is Money)

“Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone made a personal phone call to Royal Bank of Scotland chief Fred Goodwin to help push through a controversial takeover of the sport, it has emerged.”

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Applause for the stewards’ firm line on drivers abusing the track limits.

I approve of this no-nonsense approach by the stewards. You’re either inside the defined line or you aren’t.

It is a pity that they’ve taken this long to clamp down on the track limits thing. It has been one of the things that grates on me.

Better late than never I suppose, but I just hope they continue to keep a clamp down on it.
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On this day in F1

Former F1 driver Mark Blundell claimed his first CART victory today in 1997 in one of the most exciting finishes American open-wheel racing has ever seen. On a drying track at Portland he caught at passed Gil de Ferran on the finishing line, with the pair and Raul Boesel covered by a mere 0.055 seconds:

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