Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2014

Hungary orders didn’t come from Lowe – Hamilton

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2014In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he would have taken his team’s order to let Nico Rosberg past in Hungary more seriously had the instruction come from executive director of technical Paddy Lowe instead of his race engineer Peter Bonnington.


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Fighting talk (F1)

“Q: Whose voice was it that told you to let Nico pass?
LH: My engineer. Paddy could come on the radio if it was ‘you have to do this!’ He could press the button. If Paddy comes on you know it is down a gear and let him go.”

Rosberg and Hamilton agree to disagree (Reuters)

Hamilton: “There wasn’t (a discussion). I don’t know what Nico has said but we haven’t all sat down together as yet.”

Verstappen set for Austin FP1 debut (Autosport)

Max Verstappen will likely make his Formula One debut in free practice for November’s United States Grand Prix, according to Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost.”

Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Ecclestone dashes hopes of Indian Grand Prix’s return in 2015 (Hindustan Times)

“It is too late for 2015. We (Formula One Management and Jaypee) are looking at 2016 now and hopefully the tax issues in India will also be sorted out by then.”

Lotterer: It’s a big challenge (Sky)

“I still race single seaters, Super Formula, which is one of the fastest single-seater formulas after Formula 1, and that shows I’m not out of shape in formula racing. I’m racing really complex cars in WEC with Audi.”

Chilton axed for Belgian GP as money runs out (The Telegraph)

“The Telegraph understands that Chilton brings around £5 million a year to the team, owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Cheglakov.”

Ricciardo comparisons unfair – Vettel (ESPN)

“Daniel has had a smoother year – I’m not saying perfect year because he’s also had some issues – but way less than I had, so it’s not entirely fair to compare. That’s why I won’t argue with that, he did a great job so far.”

Open article Raikkonen backs Verstappen chance (Crash)

“I did one full year, I only had 23 car races so he’s probably going to have more than I had. Obviously I was a bit older than him but I did well.”

Belgian Grand Prix Betting: Williams Take Aim at Mercedes at Spa (Unibet)

My Belgian Grand Prix preview for Unibet.

Was Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton in Folkestone? (Folkestone Herald)

Best. Story. Ever.


Comment of the day

Why have we suddenly got two new drivers on the grid this weekend? Here’s one explanation:

The events of this week leading up to the Belgian Grand Prix are really symptomatic of the current financial state of F1. What teams are still reasonably financially healthy? Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams, Toro Rosso, McLaren (though the title sponsor they announced at the start of the season never materialised)?

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a 16-car grid in three years’ time.

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On this day in F1

Juan Manuel Fangio won the last Swiss Grand Prix to be held in Switzerland on this day 60 years ago. Motor racing was banned in the country the following year after a crash which claimed over 80 lives during the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Fellow Argentinian driver Jose Froilan Gonzalez was second for Ferrari after taking pole position on the fast and dangerous Bremgarten circuit.

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