Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Downforce levels ‘not much lower’ than in 2013

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Monte-Carlo, 2014In the round-up: Lotus technical director Nick Chester says F1 cars are generating almost as much downforce as last year, despite efforts to reduce it.

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Q&A with Lotus’s Nick Chester: We’ve learnt our lessons (F1)

“Q: How does the level of downforce generated in 2014 compare to last year?
NC: It is a little down, but not much. When we started developing for the 2014 regs we were a long way down and then we had a very good build-up theory and we got to a level that we were reasonably pleased with.”

Mallya says double points illogical (Autosport)

“Even if we go away from Brazil in third or fourth position and say ‘wow! What a season!’ everything could come to naught in Abu Dhabi. Once again I don’t understand the logic of this.”

Williams ‘inching closer’ to Mercedes (ESPN)

Rob Smedley: “If you take Mercedes as the benchmark – and they are the benchmark as they are doing a by far the best job of anyone – obviously we are not a threat to them but we are inching closer to them which is really heartening to see with all the effort going in.”

Bianchi not expecting Ferrari call-up (Crash)

“They have a contract with both drivers for next year and I don’t think they will change that.”

Saving Albert Park: Round and round we go (The Age)

“Save Albert Park has lost again. It has failed to stop the Grand Prix. Yet, it keeps going. Why? Theirs is a story of extraordinary community activism and persistence against overwhelming opposition.”

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JeffreyJ remember Jos Verstappen’s first podium 20 years ago:

Sweet old days… I still have a childhood book somewhere full of pictures and Dutch newspaper articles on Jos the Boss’ podium. I was 10 years old. This was the day Verstappen acquired a status I previously had reserved only for Michael Jackson in my childhood mind, haha! What a hero he was.
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On this day in F1

Michael Schumacher led a soporific Hungarian Grand Prix from lights to flag ten years ago today, for his 12th win in the first 13 races of the year.

It sealed the constructors’ championship for Ferrari, who also took their seventh one-two of the year with Rubens Barrichello second.

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