Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Hockenheimring, 2014

Bottas aiming for wins during second half of season

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Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Hockenheimring, 2014In the round-up: After his third successive podium, Valtteri Bottas says that Williams are aiming for more than just podiums for the remainder of 2014.

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Valtteri Bottas says podiums no longer enough (Autosport)

Bottas: “I feel really lucky to be part of this. Last year we could not have expected to be three times in a row on the podium but we are now. This is the package we have and it’s all down to hard work and we need to always keep aiming for more. Of course, it feels really good to be [on the podium] for a third time in a row but I think we’re aiming for more than that now.”

Rosberg thanks fans for support on “a special day” (NBC)

“Nico Rosberg was quick to thank the German fans for their support at Hockenheim today as he stormed to his first victory on home soil ahead of Valtteri Bottas and championship rival Lewis Hamilton. The German driver led every single lap of the race en route to victory, but, as he explained to Kai Ebel on the podium, it was not without its challenges.”

Lewis Hamilton believes Safety Car should have been deployed during German GP (Sky)

Hamilton: “It would have been a gamble to stay out just in case there was a Safety Car. In fact, there should have been a Safety Car. How on earth a car can be sitting in the middle of the road for a couple of laps and not come out… but I think you know why.”

Ricciardo: Tussle with Alonso ‘awesome fun’ (ESPN)

Ricciardo: “These are the moments and battles that I personally thrive off and enjoy. Fernando is known to be a tough racer and I thought who better to have a good fight with. I was on the primes and he was on fresher options and I gave it the best fight I could and, yeah … nearly!”

Exclusive Claire Williams Q&A: Red Bull can be caught (Formula1.com)

Claire Williams: “There is no easy prey in Formula One, but yes, three points is an achievable amount [to overhaul] isn’t it? The target was to take P3 in the constructors’ championship. Red Bull is only sixty-seven points ahead of us – and they are in P2 – and with the current point system there is no reason why we can’t be fighting for P2 this year!”

Formula One to get new owner by next year (Telegraph)

“Formula One is on track to get a new owner by next year. Its largest shareholder, the private equity firm CVC, will be forced to sell its 35pc stake in the business by next July unless the majority of its investors agree otherwise.”

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For the second successive race, we were treated to a thrilling on-track duel involving Fernando Alonso that left @glennb in awe.

Seriously enjoyed the Alonso battles today. The guy has been involved in some of the best battles since I’ve been watching the sport. The better drivers must look forward to squaring off against him. Vettel, Webber and now Ricciardo have had me out of my chair as they take on Alonso. Great to see the absolute professionalism and respect they give each other.
Bravo.
@glennb

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