Toto Wolff, Mercedes, 2014

“We shouldn’t have agreed to double points” – Wolff

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Toto Wolff, Mercedes, 2014In the round-up: Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff speaks out against F1’s controversial double points finale.

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Toto: We have mega racing but we have to understand the fans (Mercedes)

“We have to understand the fans and their criticisms of certain aspects of the sport. Should we have agreed to double points? No, we shouldn’t have.”

Ecclestone Confirms Mexican Grand Prix Will Return In 2015 (Forbes)

“The first [key mover behind the race] is Tavo Hellmund the creator and mastermind of the F1 USGP and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. His counterpart in Mexico is Alejandro Soberon, chief executive of the world’s third largest live entertainment company CIE.”

Mercedes open contract extension talks with Lewis Hamilton after confirmation of Nico Rosberg’s ‘multi-year’ deal last week (The Independent)

Lewis Hamilton has already opened talks with Mercedes with regard to signing a new deal.”

Toro Rosso’s half-term report – by team principal Franz Tost (F1)

“On Daniil Kvyat
FT: He is doing a very good job, taking into consideration how little mileage he was able to do before the season, he is driving very well, showing that he has natural speed. Equally importantly, he has had no accidents, nor has he made any mistakes. He is doing a fantastic job.”

Renault considers Mercedes split turbo (Autosport)

Renault head of track operations Remi Taffin: “For sure we are looking at a different solution. We will explore all the solutions.”

McLaren and Lotus pull away from F1 elitism to drive revenues (Marketing Week)

“Rights owners are cutting away the velvet rope around top tier racing in a bid to offer more complex sponsorship packages capable of opening new revenue streams.”

The Great Hamilton Conspiracy (The Times, subscription required)

“Mercedes have spent a small fortune – £60 million, we are led to believe – hiring the man they believe is the fastest driver in F1 at the moment, if not in history. That is some waste of money when you keep fiddling with his machinery to pin him back.”

Cooper Tire mystery guest attends FIA World Rallycross (Cooper Tires via Twitter)

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There’s lots of work to be done at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez if it’s going to be ready for a grand prix next year.

I was there two weeks ago and… let me put it this way: I was there because I went to watch the MTCC (BTCC but Mexican and with only seat Leon) and at the beginning they told us that the full course was close because a pipe broke and it folded the Esses sector. At the end they used the oval with a couple of chicanes.

My point is, I haven’t seen a single truck go in there to change something, and believe me, that track needs some work. The main stand is awful and rusty, you can’t see the cars go by. Also, the other main stand is on top of the pits, that’s a big no no for F1.

If we’re going to have a race next year, man! They will have to do a titanic effort to fix it to F1 standard.
Gustavo Sobrino

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On this day in F1

The first world championship season in 1950 only featured seven races, far fewer than the 19-race calendar we have today (and the record of 20 set in 2012).

But there were also 16 non-championship events, all held in Europe, one of which took place on this day in 1950 at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands. Louis Rosier won the three-hour event in a Talbot-Lago.

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