Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2014

Alonso says he hasn’t talked to other teams

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2014In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says he is not talking to other teams about a move from Ferrari.

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Alonso: “I haven’t talked with any other team” (Ferrari)

“Every year now I get asked this question in July, maybe since I started in 2003. I haven’t talked with any other team and it’s not my priority.”

Lewis connects with fans on BBM channels (Mercedes)

“Are you in favour of the new changes for 2015? Especially the standing starts after safety cars??
Lewis: Not really! We’ll have to wait and see!”

No mind games with Rosberg – Hamilton (BBC)

Hamilton: “We’re not really playing mind games but every time we go faster it naturally has an effect on the mind.”

Todt: F1 summit meeting will happen (Autosport)

“Boredom? I don’t see it, and most of all I don’t see anyone lifting the throttle in the races in order to save fuel.”

F1 braced for attacks over alcohol backing (The Telegraph)

“The road-safety lobby is preparing a public-relations offensive against Formula One over its links with the alcohol industry, having successfully thwarted FIA president Jean Todt’s ambitions of a job at the United Nations.”

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014Nico Rosberg scraps plan to wear World Cup trophy helmet in German GP (The Guardian)

“[FIFA] cannot allow a commercially branded helmet to feature the FIFA World Cup trophy as this would jeopardise the rights of our commercial affiliates. We appreciate Nico Rosberg’s desire to congratulate the German team and have therefore been in discussions with the Rosberg team to attempt to find a solution, whereby he is still able to show his support for Germany without using FIFA intellectual property in a commercial context.”

FIFA argert Rosberg Verbot fur den WM-Helm (Auto Motor und Sport, German)

World Cup sponsors Hyundai are claimed to have initiated FIFA’s action against Rosberg’s helmet design.

Schumacher’s wife offers hope for the future (Reuters)

“I have to say your sympathies blew us all away. Good to know that together we made it through the hardest time. Now we are facing a phase which will presumably take a long time.”

F1 Shareholders Race Towards £585m Windfall (Sky)

“Crucially, the new debt package will not include any change-of-control clause, making it theoretically easier for F1’s parent company to be sold without triggering onerous repayment obligations.”

Exclusive Nico Rosberg Q&A: I’ll do anything to win at home (F1)

“Q: Your dad (1982 world champion Keke Rosberg) was racing relative simple cars back in his day. Is he interested in the development the F1 cars have taken since then?
NR: No. In Monaco he put the headsets on and said ‘are you crazy?’ because there is so much stuff going on. He said that we – all the drivers – are completely crazy. How can we ever concentrate on driving with all this stuff going on!”

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Torque takes issue with Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen arguing for more lenient penalties for unsafe releases from the pits:

If we assume that they shouldn’t be penalised for a mistake the team is doing, then why on the other hand should the team be penalised when the driver makes a mistake (e.g. causing a collision).

The team always suffers when the driver does a mistake, but the driver should never suffer from a penalty if the team does the mistake? Seems quite unfair in my opinion.

As in every teams sport there is the old saying: you win as a team, you lose as a team.
Torque

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On this day in F1

Stirling Moss’s narrow win in the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree is well-remembered because he crossed the line in close company with team mate Juan Manuel Fangio.

It happened again four years later, on this day in 1959. Again Moss prevailed – by the tiny margin of two-tenths of a second – but it was in a battle for second place, Jack Brabham having already collected the win 22 seconds earlier.

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