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“I think any driver would look at it now, and I am sure Nico would look at it and say: ‘What was I thinking?’”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
“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 have not thought about retirement really and I don’t think I will ever come to that stage.”
“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.”
Lots of talk about FIA getting involved in dispute – I understand they won't unless compliant from Merc or Nico says deliberate
— Daniel Johnson (@danielt_johnson) August 25, 2014
More mixed message from @MercedesAMGF1 mixed management. Hamilton's account of meeting "broadly correct" say some sources to various media.
— Simon Cass (@simon_cass) August 25, 2014
@mpandey69 – oh come on let them fight ! It may make for a great movie in 25 years time….
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Comment of the day
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.
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Another McLaren one-two at Zandvoort 30 years ago today left Niki Lauda ahead of Alain Prost in the drivers’ championship by a mere half-point – exactly as it turned out.