F1 Fanatic Round-up
In 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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“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.”
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.”
“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.”
Wolff: “If we are not able to manage the two of them following the Mercedes-Benz spirit then we need to admit that.”
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.”
“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.”
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.
“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!”
“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.”
“It was incredible how he recalled the behaviour of the machine even hours later.”
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.
Alonso's crazy signing session. Somewhere in the middle is a disguised Marco Mattiacci holding a contract renewal… pic.twitter.com/d9CQl7N4MB
— Red Bull Racing Spy (@redbullf1spy) September 4, 2014
Stage set for Hamilton v Rosberg. It's like a boxing press conference! pic.twitter.com/eBmUwwlgNo
— Ben Hunt (@benjhunt) September 4, 2014
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) September 4, 2014
Rosberg, the so-called sinner however, certainly appeared a tad sombre. I hope we don’t see repeat of boos this weekend.
— Phil Duncan (@PhilDuncanF1) September 4, 2014
— Byron Young (@byronf1) September 4, 2014
Not surprising that most of the questions in the FIA press conference that hint at Mercedes conspiracy theories come from the Russian hacks.
— f1bastard (@f1bastard) September 4, 2014
Filmed fascinating feature at Parabolica run off with Derek Warwick.We bumped into Nico Rosberg too (fashionable these days). Problems ahead
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) September 4, 2014
Why don't today's F1 drivers speak their minds in press conferences? Watch Senna (with Mansell & Berger) sound off… http://t.co/9NV1qRFh2o
— Gerald Donaldson (@f1speedreader) September 4, 2014
Good day of planning our attack for the GP here in Monza. Great to see so many fans at the signing session today. Thursday interviews mmm!!
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) September 4, 2014
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I was waiting so long for this night! And for sure after reading all the message from all of you I can sleep better pic.twitter.com/j6AGJ3uziP
— Roberto Merhi (@robertomerhi) September 4, 2014
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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.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Maciek, Us_Peter, Dominikwilde and Dominikwilde!
On this day in F1
Juan Manuel Fangio won the Italian Grand Prix 60 years ago today after Mercedes team mate Stirling Moss retired from the lead.
Here’s footage from the race:
Images © Williams/LAT, Ferrari/Ercole Colombo