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“Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will have a new race engineer next season, with long-serving Guillaume Roquelin moving to a new role within Red Bull. Ahead of the start of a new era at Red Bull as technical chief Adrian Newey steps aside for a new role, the outfit is to undergo a reshuffle of its technical staff.”
“The FIA has the power to re-open a case and reconvene the stewards of a meeting if further evidence comes to light, as it now has following Hamilton’s remarks and Mercedes’ admission that they were a “broadly accurate” reflection of the meeting.”
“The two are tussling for the world championship but tensions have grown between them over the course of the season, boiling up to what is now one of the most fascinating inter-team battles since the fierce rivalry between two of F1′s greatest adversaries, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.”
Ricciardo: “If I’m within fifty coming into Abu Dhabi then yeah, but there’s still a few races to go. While it’s still mathematically possible, yeah, we’ll keep fighting. Today was a big day for that.”
Raikkonen: “We had decided to tackle this race more aggressively, making an early stop to get ahead of the cars that had yet to pit and that meant I was able to stay with the leaders for much of the race. We did our utmost and for the first time, we managed to have a clean race without any problems.”
“Mexico has a 5-yr hosting contract with an option for a 5 yr extension. The annual hosting fee comes to around $23-M, and it escalates by 10% every year which brings the fee income to a total of $392.3-M. It is thought that the Mexican Grand Prix contract gives the organisers the right to retain a percentage of the income from the trackside advertising and the Paddock Club.”
Freak yeah. Get yo freak on 😜
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 24, 2014
Uphill race we had today, but happy to have helped the team with the maximum possible points. Monza next stop!
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) August 24, 2014
Great racing in Spa #F1 in the last couple of laps! and shows again your teammate is always the most difficult one to overtake..
— Max Chilton (@maxchilton) August 24, 2014
— suzi perry (@suziperry) August 24, 2014
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Comment of the day
After yesterday’s dramatic collision between the two Mercedes rivals, reader @svianna feels the incident was the culmination of a season long psychological battle…
I believe that we should NOT analyze/evaluate the incident today, forgetting the context of what has happened so during the season: after DNF’ing the first race of the season, LH won the next four races, and at least in a couple of them, NR had a faster car than LH. In many instances, LH squeezed NR in many, many instances, just like we have seen Alonso doing with his opponents in many cases this season. If you remember, in the last lap of the Hungarian race, LH squeezed NR on the outside of turn 3, as he would not be denied the podium, in his mind and had to finish ahead of NR.
I think NR mentally told him: enough of being squeezed by LH. And the result, we saw it today.
LH can be a ruthless drive if he thinks he needs to be. However, NR through his behavior in Monaco qualifying showed he will cheat, in order to win. The fans booing happened NOT ONLY for what happened in the track today, but a collection of acts and decisions during the whole season.
Happy birthday to Hugh and Michael Williamson!
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher began his F1 career with a tantalising glimpse of what he might be capable of today in 1991. But having qualified seventh for Jordan on his debut at Spa, he retired seconds after the start: