Felipe Massa, Williams, Red Bull Ring, 2014

Rosberg should have had penalty – Massa

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Williams, Red Bull Ring, 2014In the round-up: Felipe Massa believes Nico Rosberg should have been penalised for hitting Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix.


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Massa: FIA should have penalised Rosberg (Crash)

“He needs to brake, but he didn’t brake so they just touched wheels and Nico was behind so Nico destroyed Lewis’ race. So I don’t understand why the FIA didn’t give a penalty to him.”

Rosberg benefited from ‘lenient’ rules (Autosport)

Jenson Button: “If it had happened four races ago, I’m sure Nico would have got penalised because that sort of incident always got penalised.”

Emotion integral to Mercedes (F1)

“Q: Aside from the missed win, wasn’t that encounter the best thing that could have happened to Mercedes? It got you more media attention than three one-two victories in a row…
[Toto Wolff]: No, no, we would have preferred the win. But that is also what Bernie (Ecclestone) told me – that it was the best for Formula One and for us.”

Mercedes may consider line-up change (BBC)

Wolff: “If we are not able to manage the two of them following the Mercedes-Benz spirit then we need to admit that.”

Todt’s concerns over Russian GP (The Telegraph)

Ari Vatanen: “It would send a message of acceptance if we went to Russia. It would say we condone, effectively, maybe not explicitly, but by our actions we condone what is going on because it is used in propaganda.”

Kobayashi back for Monza but future uncertain (Reuters)

“It’s not an easy situation. I am here for the sport of racing, but looking at the last couple of weeks I think it’s more political stuff happening than sport.”

Marco Mattiacci, Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Erdbeben bei Ferrari: Montezemolo raus, Brawn rein? (Motorsport Total, German)

This report claims Luca di Montezemolo will step down as president of Ferrari this weekend to be replaced by current Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne, while Ross Brawn will take the place of Marco Mattiacci.

Vettel coy on McLaren rumours (ESPN)

“It’s not my first time I have been approached in the last few years, which obviously is nice, but it’s not my style to share. I’m sorry!”

Perez close to 2015 deal (Sky)

“All I can say is that for me we are still discussing on a deal for next year – Juncadella I really don’t know anything, that is for the team or Daniel himself.”

Daniel Ricciardo was always going to be an F1 star, according to Toro Rosso designer Luca Furbatto (News.com.au)

“It was incredible how he recalled the behaviour of the machine even hours later.”

Alguersuari: “Lo que pasa en la F1 es ridículo y decepcionante” (Diario Sport, Spanish)

Jaime Alguersuari says he does not consider F1 a sport because vested interests have blocked agreements over spending limits, car performance has decreased and drivers can make little difference to their team’s overall competitiveness.



Comment of the day

WilliamB is pleased to see Roberto Merhi getting a run in practice:

He’s had an excellent return to single-seater racing after being well of the pace in DTM and worryingly so in pre-season testing for Zeta Corse earlier this year. However Merhi has comprehensively put that behind him and has been arguably the fastest man in the FR3.5 field in the past two rounds to give him a remote shot at shaking the one hand Carlos Sainz Jnr already has one the 2014 FR3.5 title from the Spaniard’s grip.

That said, if Merhi does manage to grapple a race seat for 2015 I won’t begrudge myself a melancholy nod the the DTM-imprisoned Robert Wickens.
WilliamB (@William-Brierty)

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