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Lewis Hamilton longs for lighter cars, V12s and manual gearboxes (ESPN)
"I think that's just ridiculous personally. They were great at 600kg, nice and nimble and it was easier for the tyres and we had less tyre blow-outs."
Lewis Hamilton scorns F1 rule changes and wants bigger say for drivers (The Guardian)
"Some of these drivers have been in the cars for 10-15 years and been through all these different rule changes and know which ones work and which ones don’t."
New F1 qualifying format will create 'chaos', says Massa (Motorsport)
"The only thing I understand is that they want to create some chaos around, and this will happen for sure."
‘Time ballast’ was another Ecclestone scheme Ecclestone welcomes F1 changes after 'wake-up' call (Reuters)
"My idea was to leave qualifying just as it is, don’t touch it. And then penalise people if you want from pole position downwards depending on their result in the previous race."
Pat Symonds: New qualifying system 'might not be as exciting...' (Adam Cooper's F1 Blog)
"I don’t think it’s going to improve qualifying itself, in fact I think there’s a danger qualifying might not be as exciting, it may not build up to that final crescendo. But what it has a good chance of doing is improving the race."
Qualifying change could have been much worse (MotorSport magazine)
"The new qualifying format is a case in point. This was the team bosses' way of preventing Bernie from reversing the grids with his crazy points ballast idea - a compromise to appease him."
Drivers lukewarm over qualifying plan (Autosport)
Carlos Sainz Jnr: "I just hope that the fans that are not big fans of Formula 1 and just turn on their TV on Sunday understand it and they know what's happening."
Franz Tost Q&A: Toro Rosso wary of Haas threat (F1)
"Our target for this first test is to find out where we are with the cooling and we have to see where we are in terms of reliability - last year we lost many races because of reliability issues."
Magnussen’s car cried enough after 100 laps Magnussen was 'quite nervous' before Renault debut (F1i)
"It is easy to drive and predictable but obviously you always need more downforce and power so hopefully it will stay like that when that goes in the car."
F1 Still Quiet Despite Rule Change to Boost Engine Sound (New York Times)
"Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg said the car 'sounds similar' to what it did last year. Sauber driver Felipe Nasr noticed only 'a little' increase in the engine sound."
Not quite turned up to 11, but Formula One cars are louder (The Sydney Morning Herald)
"It's clear the turbo engines still do not match the heights of the backfiring beasts that graced past Australian grands prix in Adelaide and Melbourne."
McLaren looks to cheaper models to drive growth (FT - registration required)
"McLaren’s shareholders want to see better returns from the company. Mumtalakat, the Bahraini state holding company, owns 50 per cent of the carmaking arm, having first taken a stake in 2007."
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