Sochi International Street Circuit, 2014

Video: Vettel completes first lap of Russia’s F1 track

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sochi International Street Circuit, 2014In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel becomes the first F1 driver to complete a lap of the Sochi International Street Circuit which will host the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in October.

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Sebastian Vettel Takes First Ever Lap of Sochi F1 Track (YouTube)

Lewis Hamilton wins Jenson Button’s backing over Spa F1 crash (The Guardian)

“I think any driver would look at it now, and I am sure Nico would look at it and say: ‘What was I thinking?’”

Massa: Rosberg could’ve been penalised (Autosport)

“Maybe Nico created a problem for the other guy and maybe he should have been penalised. He was outside, so when he touched the car he was in a position where it was impossible to overtake.”

Mercedes weigh up how to punish Nico Rosberg following Lewis Hamilton collision (The Independent)

Toto Wolff: “If Lewis said there’s going to be a slap on the wrist and no consequence then he’s not aware of what consequences we can implement. We can do a lot. Today we have seen the limits of the slap on the wrist. Maybe the slap on the wrist isn’t enough.”

Mercedes deserve praise (The Telegraph)

David Coulthard: “If it happens a third time? We may begin to consider [Rosberg] a driver in the mould of his former team-mate Michael Schumacher, who went to astonishing lengths to win.”

Hamilton wonders whether Rosberg can be trusted (Reuters)

“When you’re out there you have to trust people to think with their heads and not do things deliberately. But after that meeting I don’t really know how to approach the next race.”

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton Mercedes to let drivers ‘calm down’ (BBC)

Wolff: “I thought with the two of them, with the way they have previously driven against one another, that it wouldn’t come to this point.”

Lewis Hamilton Q&A (Sky)

Hamilton: “It was interesting because we had that meeting on the Thursday and Nico literally expressed how angry he was. And I was thinking, ‘It’s been three weeks, you’ve been lingering?’ He literally sat there and said how angry he was at Toto and Paddy, but I thought we should be good. After that and then this result, it’s interesting.”

Horner: We never thought Ricciardo would be this strong (Crash)

“We crunched the numbers very quickly and it looked like, if Nico was 2.5-3secs quicker, he would be within a second at the end of the race, so we gave Daniel a target on the lap time of 53.4 – based on Nico being in the 51s. Thankfully it just about worked out.”

I don’t see myself retiring ever, says F1 boss Ecclestone (Business Standard)

“I have not thought about retirement really and I don’t think I will ever come to that stage.”

The Contrasting Roles of an F1 Driver (F1 Elvis)

“Effectively, in these lower categories, the race teams are being employed by the driver to provide them with a race winning car. […] In F1, in the most part anyway, it works the other way.”

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Would a rules change help prevent the kind of ‘accidental but beneficial’ contact we saw between Rosberg and Hamilton?

It was interesting watching the Australian V8 Supercars (400km race) and then the F1 on Sunday. The Supercars rules make it clear if you stuff up another driver’s race for any reason then you will be penalised (with a drive-through penalty, usually), so the onus is very much on the following driver to not initiate contact with a car in front – no matter what.

Racing incidents are always split-second decisions (in F1m split-split seconds…) so taking away the inevitable right-wrong arguments and instead emphasising the mantra of clean driving is a great concept – so I reckon they should have this in F1 as well.
Adrian Kemp

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