In the round-up: Nico Rosberg says Mercedes had previously warned him and Lewis Hamilton there would be consequences if they collided.
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“It has always been clear from the team that Lewis and I must not collide with one another during a race. If it did happen, and one driver is more responsible than the other, then there will be consequences. I’ve accepted that.”
According to this report 2011 European Formula Three champion Roberto Mehri will make his F1 practice debut for Caterham this weekend, but Andre Lotterer will not continue in the seat as he does not want to race without a full complement of practice sessions, which means Kamui Kobayashi will retake his seat.
“It is absolutely the right decision [for Verstappen] to take on this route. They have a multi-year relationship [with Red Bull] and it is something we don’t have on offer, so this is how it ended.”
“Formula One teams deal with this by either favouring one of the two drivers—in order to avoid internal conflict—or by refusing to side with either driver—thus promoting internal competition. ‘None of the two options entail a positive outcome,’ says Dr Aversa.”
“His defiance of team orders, stipulating that he let team-mate Nico Rosberg pass, might be one of this year’s GP’s defining moments.”
“The best driver is the one who has the most skill allied to the best control of his brain. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (son of Williams’ 1982 World Champion, Keke) have the world’s best cars and the world’s best engines (Mercedes). They’ve both got it made. It’s going to be a real fight.”
David Brabham: “Dad [Jack Brabham] was all over the news when he died and his name was everywhere and at one time my son 14-year-old son Finn, turned around very innocently and said, ‘I didn’t know granddad was so famous’.”
My Italian Grand Prix preview for Unibet.
Not directly about Formula One, but this discussion about whether the 2018 FIFA football World Cup in Russia should be boycotted because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine is relevant to F1’s forthcoming race in Russia.
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Loved the line by @maxchilton that the steering play in the 1965 Mustang he’ll Race at Revival is more than entire steering lock in F1 car.
— Toby Moody (@TobyMoody) September 3, 2014
To Spanish press, Fernando Alonso denies Ron Dennis "called him"… conversations don't just take place on the telephone you know…
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Five years ago today the FIA announced Renault would face a World Motor Sport Council investigation into allegations their driver Nelson Piquet Jnr was ordered to crash on purpose to help Fernando Alonso win the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
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