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Nico Rosberg extended his World Championship lead over Lewis Hamilton to 29 points by heading a Mercedes one-two at the Austrian Grand Prix as they battled Williams for race victory, with Valtteri Bottas taking a career best third place – his first Formula One podium.

It is the sixth victory of Rosberg’s career, his third of 2014 and the sixth 1-2 of the season for Mercedes.

“I have to thank the team for a great car and a perfect strategy, ” said Rosberg. “We chose the aggressive way to pit earlier and to overtake the Williams that way and that worked out quite well. We had to look after our brakes, which was a big job for the whole race. Also this worked out perfectly for me. Before the weekend, my target was to extend the lead in the championship, which I achieved.

For Hamilton it was a missed opportunity, as he paid the price for two errors in qualifying which meant he was in damage limitation mode. He clearly felt he was the faster Mercedes driver this weekend, but he came away with a greater deficit to his team mate.

If the results have a familiar feel, the way the win was attained was less dominant than others; the Red Bull Ring proved a tougher challenge as the Williams pair of Bottas and Felipe Massa had terrific pace in qualifying and the race.

The men from Williams maintained their qualifying positions throughout the first stint, keeping Rosberg and the fast-starting Hamilton at bay for the first stint of the race.

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From ninth on the grid Hamilton looked set for a tricky day around the tight circuit with minimal overtaking chances. A quick start saw him exit the first corner in sixth place, before using the tow of Kevin Magnussen to take fifth place and begin his pursuit of Fernando Alonso, which was a short one.

After attempting the move in to turn three, the Briton was able to make the move at the penultimate corner and immediately find himself on the tail of his team-mate.

The top four remained unchanged in the opening stint and with Rosberg holding Hamilton up as the Williams duo edged away Pirelli’s super-soft tyre was coming to the end of its life on the hottest day of the weekend.

With Rosberg the first to pit for a change to the soft compound tyre on lap eleven and Hamilton following suit a lap later their order remained unchanged, but the same could not be said for Williams. Instead of shadowing Mercedes’ strategy they opted to stay on the super-softs for a further two laps before pitting race leader Felipe Massa.

The Brazilian exited the pits behind Rosberg and was quickly demoted one more as Hamilton tried to keep on the back of his team-mate. When Bottas pitted a lap later, with a stationery time of 2.1 seconds, the Finn was able to return to the circuit ahead of Hamilton and Massa.

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As the group looked to continue their battle, they closed in on new race leader Sergio Perez, who started the race on the soft tyre and was running a longer first stint as part of a counter strategy which took him from 15th to 6th at the end.

The Mexican maintained the race lead for a further fifteen laps with little pressure coming from Rosberg, but when the Championship leader finally made the move on lap thirty-three he was able to put some distance between himself and his pursuers.

With the move made at turn two, Bottas quickly made his was past the Force India also and the race for victory began.

Rosberg initially pulled a 1.5s lead and looked set to power away as Hamilton could not pass Bottas, only for a mistake by Rosberg to close the three together, with Massa dropping back.

With Rosberg’s composure regained he re-established his cushion over Bottas as the race passed the halfway stage and the second set of pit stops approached.

Hamilton was the first of the leaders to pit in the hope of under-cutting Bottas and creating another Mercedes one-two. A slow stop of four seconds seemed to hamper his chances of doing so as Rosberg pitted a lap later and had extended his lead. As Bottas made his second and final change on lap fourty-two, two after Hamilton, second place was snatched from his grasp after Hamilton set a new fastest lap and took the position.

Now within the final thirty laps of the seventy-one lap Grand Prix, the race was in a more familiar scenario. The Mercedes pair matched each other lap-by-lap, Rosberg maintaining a 1.7s lead over his team-mate as the pair steadily increased the margin to Bottas.

As the final two laps approached Hamilton turned the screw and got within the DRS zone of his team-mate but was unable to challenge for the victory. Mercedes’ fifth one-two of the season puts them 158 points clear of Red Bull, who had a frustrating day when they most needed a strong one.

Eighth place for Daniel Ricciardo was the only points paying position achieved at their home Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel ran in to trouble early on. The German slowed to a halt on the second lap and after pressing a few buttons a system reboot saw him on the move again, albeit a lap down.

As he closed up to the back of second to last placed Esteban Gutierrez the two made contact with Vettel damaging his front-wing. Sensing that it was not going to be their day the Milton Keynes squad opted to retire Vettel’s RB10 two laps later.

Along with a close battle for race victory, there were many others further down the field.

Massa dropped off the pace of the cars ahead to finally finish a lonely fourth, ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso, once again making the best of the equipment beneath him and even briefly leading the race at the second set of pit stops played out, the first time he has led a race since Monza last year.

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A strong contender for driver of the day was Sergio Perez, starting from fifteenth and opting to start the race on the soft, prime tyre whilst all but two others started on the super-soft. Holding the race lead for fifteen laps, he pitted for super-softs in the closing laps and was able to make use of their superior grip to climb up the field and take sixth place.

Ahead of Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen took seventh place with Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen completing the top ten.

Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Race, 71 Laps

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1hr 27m 54.976s 71 laps
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +00m 01.9s
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams +00m 08.1s
4. Felipe Massa Williams +00m 17.3s
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +00m 18.5s
6. Sergio Perez Force India +00m 28.5s
7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren +00m 32.0s
8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +00m 43.5s
9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India +00m 44.1s
10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +00m 47.7s
11. Jenson Button McLaren +00m 50.9s
12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus +1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil Sauber +1 lap
14. Romain Grosjean Lotus +1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi Marussia +2 laps
16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham +2 laps
17. Max Chilton Marussia +2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson Caterham +2 lap
19. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber +2 laps

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2

German brand, German driver = first among equals – given a choice Mercedes will want that, if not they still with in Lewis being so marketable anyway.

3

Toto Wolf said, “”We have to look very carefully at it. We don’t want to keep the lap that shows how capable the car is until the final qualifying, because we need to understand where we can improve the car.

“I’m not saying this has happened, we just don’t want to see any sandbagging and aborted laps when we need to learn about the car.

“The drivers’ main agenda is winning the drivers’ championship; our agenda is about winning the constructors’ championship and making sure one of the drivers wins the drivers’ championship, so maybe first we need to win the constructors’ championship and then we can unleash them.” (source Autosport)

I think he wants HAMILTON to show his true pace because it’s becomming harder and harder to hide the absurd fact that the slower of the Mercedes drivers is leading the championship. He is doing so by 2 DNF of Hamilton that is down to reliability on the car. He is also being helped by team orders that ensure 1s more for Hamilton in the pit stops. If treated equally, this last race was for Lewis, INSPITE of starting 9th. He was 5th and up to Rossberg by the first lap so that cancelled any qualifying advantage or disadvantage. Had the pitcrew on Hamilton’s side done right by their fellow Englishman, he’d have been first without a doubt. Either his pitcrew aren’t English or they being well managed by Wolf to ensure golden boy wins.

What a shame for Lewis that MERCEDES and WOLF favour the golden boy. Now he wants Lewis to come clean on real pace during practice, not to improve the car, but to improve the car for Rossberg. A bit less power for Lewis…a longer pitstop again…. MERCEDES and WOLF, we the fans, we see your true colours.

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Do you see the irony from 2007…..

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“A bit less power for Lewis…a longer pitstop again…. MERCEDES and WOLF, we the fans, we see your true colours.”

The Lewis Hamilton fan club is an embarrassment to Lewis Hamilton, an embarrassment to Formula One, and an embarrassment to sports in general.

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why are you so embarrassed?

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Torchwood Five

Yeah, Toto is a former racing driver, so we know the issue is NOT that he is not getting that Hamilton would like to not give Rosberg his lines and data to copy and surpass him.

Senior, perhaps as high as that Daimler company that owns the team, figures would prefer a German champion with their brand. Or at least, that has been reported as a rumour in the paddock.

I don’t know how much that desire has filtered down to disenfranchise the British driver.

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It was actually Rosberg holding back data/info on his setup after FP3, that Wolff was referencing.

9

I don’t buy that. Mercedes wants to win and doesn’t mind which driver

Hamilton gets the big bucks and has the bigger reach, Rosberg isn’t really considered German by many German fans and the public according to friends working in German TV etc

10

Yep Nico is half Finnish but you can bet he will be Germanys favourite son if he wins

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His Omniscient Majesty (peace be upon your highness),

Honorable Presidente, Respected Uncle,

Luca Montezemelo,

Scuderia Ferrari,

Marinello,

Italy.

Subject: Humble servant (bow) presenting an idea, your Omniscient Majesty (peace be upon your highness).

Dear Presidente, Respected Uncle :D,

I have brought, along with my menial self, 10 goats, 1 gold coin, 100 frozen dumplings, and a 10 kilograms of scarlet, metallic paint to earn your audience. I wish your Omniscient Majesty (peace be upon your Highness) hearty feast and riches.

I have come before you, today, to request your guiding help and shining light of reason on a few issues. Your greatness once said that one shouldn’t put two roosters in the same hen. Oh, great one, does that mean that your Omniscient Majesty (peace be upon your Highness) has decided to go with one rooster and one guinea pig. If so, is the Ice Man I saw in the gate below the guinea pig in question, your greatness?

My other point, oh great one, is the marvelous efficacy of crowd sourcing. It is my humble belief that the Red Beast, your much loved pet Scuderia Ferrari, could hugely benefit from crowd sourcing. The Red Beast needs great ideas to complement the great facilities and research centers it lives and runs in to enhance Scuderia Ferrari’s motivation and performance.

But, oh great one, my menial self is bereft of technical knowledge to do work on probable and prospective crowd sourced projects. My humble self’s expertise lies in manufacturing plastic knives that your Omniscient Majesty (peace be upon your Highness) will need to use to Ferraririze hapless souls eager to join the crowd sourcing project. I, hereby, pronounce my humble eagerness and availability to supply your Omniscient Majesty (peace be upon your Highness) with as much knives needed to Ferraririze global nonentities interested in said crowd sourcing projects.

Bow to your Omniscient Majesty X 6 times – Up, Left, Strafe Left, Right, Strafe Right, Down

Forza Presidente X 6 times – same directions as above.

Err Forza Ferrari once

Your ever humble servant, Lohani

Bye bye Uncle!

Retreating facing front down 3000 steps.

Thank you to the Ice Man for opening the gate.

lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

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Torchwood Five

+1

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It looks like Mercedes has planned its venture into F1 well. They had always been targeting 2014 and beyond. The new outsourcing project must have something to do with keeping the momentum and advantage well into the next few years. Don’t know if other teams are also crowd sourcing projects. Mercedes is positioning itself well. The last team that will do any crowd sourcing is Ferrari lol. Maybe crows sourcing is exactly what they need.

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This is not great F1 – I think the sport has lost it’s way, but even watching these fuel save bores it is still fascinating to try to work out who is truly the ‘best’ driver on the grid. My mad idea – to go with all the other stupid rule changes – is that drivers should swap cars every race so that every driver has to race for each team twice in the season. Pay all the drivers the same salary plus a bonus based on their points tally at the end of the season, with the champion deservedly earning the most. We would then all know who is the best driver and which team has built the best car, much better than the two horse race we have this year with probably the best jockey on a donkey!!

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But then there are problems with fitting, or one driver might be unfortunate to have his turn in the accepted best car at its worst possible track, etc.

It is an 80% car, 20% driver formula (or possibly even more to the car side). It can be infuriating and frustrating for those not in the best car, or best group of cars (if a group of nearly equal cars are out front of others).

Perhaps the drivers should also compete in a spec-series karting competition alongside F1, and earn driver pts that way as well. There is no driver in F1 right now that is so far ahead of others that they would win every such karting event. It would only be over a big sample of kart races that the cream of the driver crop would emerge.

Say what you like about NASCAR, but their points system is pretty good at separating the drivers all the way down the list. While winning and leading laps are rewarded, it does a better job of creating separation among the lower echelons. I mean really, when we’re talking about finishing 12th, 13th, 14th in F1, what’s better? Finishing 12th in one race, and 18th in all the remaining races, or finishing 13th in all of those races? In NASCAR, the latter would win out, while in F1, it’s the former.

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great idea but those in f1 will tell you that it would be impossible to draw up a contract for the drivers. your idea would make it a lot less easy for anyone to try to control the outcome of the championships.

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Hi James,

Is it possible Hamilton was sandbagging on his first run in that final qualification?

If so,what does it tell us about the team, how is it detrimental to the team?

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I’m wondering why when Hamilton ran over the white line and had his time deleted in qualifying, why the team decided to keep him in the pits so that he could come out with only one chance at a qualifying lap where as we have seen in the last 3 races, mess up your final run or have yellow flags shown and that.s your chance over, especially considering he had no established time to work off.

Wouldn’t it have been a better strategic decision to send Hamilton back out straight away when he came in with about 5 mins left to set a banker lap, even if it wasn’t good enough for pole it would have certainly been better to qualify 5th for instance rather than 9th.

Seems like a bad strategic decision by Mercedes and I’m surprised no one has highlighted upon this.

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first of all, tire allocation and second of all, but most of all, retrospectively all mistakes seem dumb and all outcomes easy to predict. Things are more random than we think , you will understand this if you have read “fooled by randomness”

Simply put, no one assumes that Hamilton will screw up, if you start strategizing for this you will never go for pole, because the tires on the 3rd lap (i.e 2nd timed lap) will be slower. So essentially you are asking for the team to NOT aim for the pole with Hamilton.

5 minutes are not enough (also tires are limited) to set one banker lap , come in , change tires and go for gold.

Simply not possible ! one chance, one shot at pole was the only option.

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James

My tip for the season is that one of the Merc drivers, through grit and determination, will eek out a 49 point advantage before the last race, but will then have a DNF and the other Merc driver will walk away with the gold medal.

However, by then, the FIA will have mandated spark generators, sidepod mounted fireworks dispensers and shiny ribbons streaming off the rear wing, and we will be soooo entranced by the show that no-one will notice the contrived result….

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Kimi suddenly goes all green or purple at the end of the race. Also when in top-3 or 4 in the race he suddenly matches Mercedes well and runs better than Alonso (in Monaco). So the only conclusion is that he can drive faster when in lower positions but he is not “motivated” to unlike Alonso who does every lap as though it was qualifying. If Kimi gets a top-car only then he will perform otherwise he will fade away and is interested in personal milestones like setting fastest laps. I still remember Montoya once said, if he can do fastest lap at the end of the race when not in top-positions, why not drive the same way throughout the race? Good question, is not it?

Ferrari are very poor in strategy decisions. It was obvious they did not react to HUL, MAG, RIC stops for Kimi. Why? If they were a bit inventive they could have earned valuable points without even affecting their golden boy. They allowed Kimi to go first only in second pit stops when it was sure that it would not affect Alonso at all. Now come to your own conclusions. If that is so, why pay 20 million bucks if you wanted a good number two? Oh was that only to keep Kimi as a stand by in case Alonso moved to another team? If that was the case, both Ferrari and Kimi are screwed and Alonso is anyway screwed because of that very poor car. So this bunch of three can now enjoy their mediocrity due to poor strategy, poor driving and poor designing.

I am so bored of seeing this Ferrari and their antics.

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BORING !! It is time to stop wasting my time,to watch that S..T,just lost another fan.

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Agreed, the track is dull. Started watching the race and then, suddenly it was 10 laps in with a complete chaos. Maybe the track looks good when you’re there but on the TV it looks really boring. Nice gimmicks with the camera during pit stops.

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James, just a suggestion. Maybe you could keep this austria grid girls banner as permanent?

25

Not the most exciting race of the year but ok.

3 drivers down on their luck and reputations with a big chasing pack of wolves/hyenas about to devour them. End of last year they were the best by all consent. I think all three carry some [tiny] blame for their falls.

VET RAI HAM.

LH may still recover, but the others need different engineering to bring forth the skills that made them tops.

Meanwhile the motor journalists favourite ALO marches on blameless, and [maybe] [so far] [who knows] well deserving

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By the way, was that Ted Kravits pulling Martin Brundle to where Rosberg had placed his helmet, gloves and a snack during Brundle’s grid-walk? Was that grid walk or bully walk? They’re making fun of Rosberg now? I found that very unprofessional. Despicable to be honest.. The more older Brundle gets, the more childish his comments appear to be. They’re showing SKY coverage on Star Sports. Is SKY an international channel or a British joke TV? Sorry about the rant. I had to say it.

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Er Nico has joked with Sky before that he never eats carbohydrates – I think they were incredulous that a driver would be eating a pile of potatoes immediately before a race as they rarely have food digesting whilst trying to drive. It’s not the usual nutritional advice.

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They pointed that out in the gird walk. Thanks for reiterating.

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I think goferet nailed it when he said that Rosberg did the job, but nothing more than expected.

The new regulations benefit drivers that just about do what’s required, nothing more. If you have talent for speed, qualifying is your best bet to get things working in your favor to begin with, because that’ll put you ahead. Lewis is fast, yes. Nico isn’t slow either. The deficit between them isn’t wide enough for Lewis to get on top too easily. Car management and strategy come into play too quickly and more often in the race, so outright talent for speed only matters if you nail the first few laps after race start and get on top, or manage a pass at the first given opportunity or half opportunity. This holds true certainly for drivers in the same team who’re more or less equally matched.

Then, it’s fuel saving, tire saving, brake saving, reliability management, etc. This is Management 1; not Formula 1. If you’re ahead, you just need to keep the delta there or thereabouts to keep staying ahead. Ask the engineers and they’ll tell you where to push and where to back off a tad. That is what Nico did in this race. It was always going to be difficult for Lewis to chase and then pass, if it didn’t happen at the first opportunity or half opportunity. Had Lewis not made a lightning start, he could’ve been stuck behind some cars for a while. The move that got him from 9th to 4th was very well done in shock and awe style. Management 1 will reward you for 1 or 2 shock and awe moves. Then, it’s back to Management 1, or go downhill.

The chasing car has to do more, because that’s what overtaking is. Then, exhaust gases make you lose grip and wear tires. I remember Lewis closing the gap down in the last 2 laps, only to end up with no grip on the exit of turn 2 and then losing the advantage. Same thing with Nico. He had better grip on some areas; less on others. A1’s elevation changes and camber, coupled with these rhino cars didn’t help.

Despite one’s speed or potential, this band of motor racing doesn’t help your cause. Then, engineers come on the radio asking you to do this or that. In such a situation, one cannot ask the car ahead to slow down and ask the car behind to pounce. Because it’s not just Management 1, but PR 1, Fairness 1, and Engineers 1 as well. With all that said, and given the formula these guys are racing in, Nico beat Lewis. End of story.

One will have noticed how the upcoming drivers and rookies are doing well this year. They’ve been moving teams and are early in their career, which means they don’t have a preferred driving style. They’re treating the machinery as it should be treated and doing well. Vettel is trying to make his RedBull work like it has been working for the last 4 years, which will simply not happen. Riccardo is just driving the car on merit. Raikonnen is trying to get his car to work how he likes. The good thing about Alonso is that he hasn’t been gifted with great cars for several years, so he has had to adapt to the red balloons all this time. He’s doing excellently well. As for Kimi Vs Alonso talk, just ask yourself who had more input in designing that car. Kimi is a newcomer. The guy will take time to get things right.

Poor Massa thought 6 times on whether to get close to Perez and decided no way. As for conspiracy theories, that’s what they are. Nothing more. Plus, it gets one nowhere, but certainly close to the ridicule meter.

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Nico definitely has the tools he need to go blow for blow with Lewis. Lewis may be that little bit faster, but he’s also more mentally unstable. Wish the championship can go to the last race, but the way it’s going at the moment, Nico will be 2014 WDC not for long.

You really gotta feel for Vettel, it seems he has completely used up all his luck for secure his 4 WDCs, now all the badluck is starting to catch up to him.

Alonso again, nothing new with his performance. Week in and week out, you just know he will be put that car exactly where it belongs. His consistency even after 5 years of disappointments is mind boggling. I not really sure whether staying with Ferrari is the right move from now on or trying it out with a different team.

Kimi is underperforming, period. His fans can keep going on and on about how Ferrari doesn’t give him equal treatment but the fact is LDM now knows he made a mistake. Him bringing Kimi in was supposed to be a slap to Fernando along with his ear tweaking last year. But look at Mr Monty now, all you suddenly hear is praises for Alonso and how they need to provide him the right equipment. They now if Alonso jumps ship, their cars will be languishing down the line like what happened in Austria.

Perez seems to excel at environments without much pressure on him. Force India seems like a great team that can provide this. For some reason Hulks performance has dipped a little bit, hopefully he can bounce back asap!

And Felipe, flashes of brilliance but that’s just it, flashes of brilliance. You can always expect him to go backwards during the race.

I think at the beginning of the year, I wanted to give this new regulations a chance but I just feel the races are becoming more and more boring. Drivers are constantly driving slow to save tires and save fuel. Then theres no noise coming out of the cars. It’s becoming a snooze fest and they will lose audience if this continues.

I can live with the tyres but get rid of that fuel flow limit nonsense. Just get everyone to start with 100kg of fuel and use it the way they like it. And please fix the noise. I’m going to the Australian GP next year, hopefully the noise will be back to its ear piercing best.

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Martin brundle commented that at track side the cars are louder than they sound on Tv.

Its more bass less tops so the perception is its Not as loud.

Trumpet horns on the end of exhaust pipes, I like! the sound on Tv. Listening to old races pre 2000 the cars were not loud the v8’s sound horrible to me – screaming engine note.

I do believe the noise debate is a silly one.

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kenneth chapman

@ thompson….i don’t know whether or not you are talking from first hand experience re the ‘sound effect’ but a very close friend of mine who has been on the inside of F1 for 20 years or more told me that this year whilst at barcelona he heard the new exhausts for the first time. he didn’t like it one bit but was prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt.

he felt that it would be much better in monaco owing to the layout of the circuit and the proximity of the architecture to the track. he was even more disappointed. it simply didn’t give him the shiver in the spine that the V8’s did. it was just different and it, in his words, didn’t instantly communicate any excitement.

from my own perspective being TV bound i must agree. it sounds lame and detracts from the spectacle. i can see both arguments to a degree but if i was given a choice i certainly wouldn’t choose the new over the old.

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James,

Vettel running Ricciardo into the dirt.

Not much was mentioned about Vettel running Daniel into the dirt after he go his car back running. I am very surprised by the lack of coverage on this incident. It cost Daniel one place at the time.

Thanks

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I think that was a Toro Rosso that swerved to avoid Vettel out of Turn 3. Riccardo was behind that Toro Rosso … must’ve been Kvyat’s.

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Riccardo was in front on Kyyat and then lost a place in avoiding Vettel.

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kenneth chapman

just as well vettel was retired as it was more than likely that he would’ve copped a sanction for stupidly running into the back of the sauber. that would have been in the back of horner’s mind, i’m sure. it was a massa/pastor moment re run.

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kenneth chapman

@ bullish…another incident that i missed……must be losing the thread!!!!! i did hear it mentioned briefly but i would like to hear other opinions and whether or not the pit wall had any comment on it. james…any insight?

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I enjoyed the race. Great camera work too. We get the commentary from Diffey, Hobbs, and Matchett on NBC SN, which is excellent especially from the knowledgeable Hobbs and Matchett, (except where the producer elected to play Will Buxton’s comments over the Raikkonen radio transmission). Nico R had a great win, and although I don’t believe that he has the speed of Hamilton, he comes across as a gracious and intelligent individual with pretty good race craft. So all the best to him. Massa’s pole had a “good feel” about it. And Bottas’ podium was brilliant. Although Williams seems to have a great car and pretty decent drivers, they seem to be letting themselves down operationally. Hopefully Rob Smedley gets this cleaned up soon. Great drives too from Perez (he’ll win soon hopefully), Alonso, Magnusson, and Danny Ricciardo (super pass on Nico H, pretty much like the passes he pulled off in Canada). Totally agree with the earlier poster re. Maldonado.

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Good on Bottas, Massa always fades in a race.

Massa lost third place on the track, don’t blame the team for his lose of concentration.

I would like to see Williams be more aggressive with their pit stops, everyone new that an under cut would be achieved by stopping early.

Great drive by the 2 force India cars, Perez was fantastic today, loved the fact Massa got stuck behind him twice.

James, was that Ricciardo who ran wide at the first corner?

Is this why he lost ground from the start?

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Magnussen braked late down the inside into turn 1 and Ricciardo didn’t yield. So they went through the corner side by side. But when Magnussen ran wide coming out of turn 1 Ricciardo had a choice of accident or dirt. So instead of yielding and dropping down to 6th he dropped down to 9th.

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kenneth chapman

@ brando…..i missed the exact details of what happened between magnussen and ricciardo although i did see that magnussen moved over to crowd ricciardo and give him the sqeeze knowing that through turn one the maclaren had the power advantage up the hill and that ricci would bleed as a result. ricciardo acknowledge his error and said maybe he should’ve gone for an inside run. hard to do when being squeezed though. ricciardo is a fast learner but these things happen all the time. c’est la vie.

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Yes it was RICC and yes

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A question for you James on fuel usage: It’s been established so far that Lewis is able to use less fuel over a race distance than Nico – from a strategic perspective, is it better for Lewis to A) start with less fuel (thus the weight advantage) or b) start with the same amount but keep the wick burning for more laps, i.e. be on the 100 kg/hr limit for more laps (thus gaining a power advantage)? F1 is all about compromise, so at what point is A > B ?

This is not just a Lewis vs. Nico question, but a general F1 strategy question for drivers whose style affords lower fuel consumption.

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@rohan

I was reading on another site (Mark Hughes) that Mercedes put less fuel into Hamilton’s car at the start of a race as they know he is a more economic driver. So I guess that’s your answer right there- if they put less fuel in it must be because it’s better to carry less weight than to burn more juice.

Hope that helps.

45

Carry less, I guess. But I will ask

46

Can anyone confirm Alonso’s time in q2 was removed for exceeding track limits as I’m sure it wasn’t ??

47

James looking at Hamiltons pace in the first stint do you agree they pitted him to early? Looking at rosbergs pace after he pitted would suggest so

48

Are Williams back for good or was this a one off fluke like the Maldonado win in 2012 ?

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I’d say Williams are back for now. I wouldn’t call losing 1st and 2nd for 3rd and 4th a fluke – more just a good result given how dominant Mercedes are – but if they can keep up those kind of results for the rest of the season it should* set them up for a solid 2015.

*note I said should and not will

50

Maybe this has been covered already, but why is it that when Rosberg can’t overtake Hamilton it’s because he’s slow, and yet when Hamilton can’t overtake Rosberg it must be a conspiracy?

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@Random &@ Kenneth. Its because when Nico cant overtake its when hes on the Option tyre and Lewis on the prime. When Lewis cant overtake its because they are both on the Prime tyres and Nico can lead foot in the off track or gets 1.9 taster pit stops– oops, oops sorry yep its just a coincidence!!. It also has to do with the fact that hes German and his father is a former champ..

Hope it clarifies for you..

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And Kimi had special parts built for him……….and he still couldn’t touch nando.

Will Kimi even have a race seat next year? Where can he go when Ferrari tell him ‘arrivardecci’………again?

V8 super cars…. But must fix power steering

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Yes, grapes are sour!

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Torchwood Five

On this occasion at least, Hamilton and Rosberg were both instructed to run in “Strap 6” mode as they neared the end of the final lap, and Nico having to be reassured that this applies to both cars, suggests to me that it was a team instruction to hold positions.

Hamilton is known for being a good over-taker. Not 100% perfect, but a good one.

Nico wasn’t on my radar before Lewis joined Mercedes, so I have no knowledge of his passing skills when he was partnered with Michael Schumacher. Was he good?

Last year and this one though, I tend to be more surprised than not, if he passes and holds the position.

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I agree , maybe we’ll see an instruction for “strap 44” next time !!!

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kenneth chapman

@ random 79….this is exactly the same question i have been asking yet no one has come up with a definitive answer, why? because to date the hamilton clan don’t actually have one?

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Demon start from lewis…any other driver made up 7 places in the race today? Poor taste from nico to blame lewis for not setting pole position. Seems the mercedes psych-gate saga has turned the peanut gallery into professional psychologists over a period of 4 months.

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Perez went from 15th to 6th.

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Webber to Vettel: “Welcome to my world” 😉 😉

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kenneth chapman

what a surprise to see webber on stage! he did very very well i thought.when it comes to F1 racing he is a savvy guy and isn’t afraid of asking the questions that any driver would ask. keep the airy fairies away and give webber the gig whenever possible.

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Yes, agreed – liked his question to Lewis on pit positioning.

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It was great to see Webber and he looked so much happier and healthier than last year. I’m not sure if that was being allowed to eat again with Porsche (his starved POW look last year aged him a lot) or whether he was just smiling that Vettel got his share of the DNFs this year. But he’s definitely been the better of the on stage podium interviewers so far – since he actually asked about racing specifics rather than that boring journo standard, ‘tell me your emotions right now’.

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kenneth chapman

@auraF1….webber was a guest commentator at the australian GP this year and he was absolutely spot on, the very best. his commentary on the race specifics was a breath of fresh air and the audience lapped it up.

obviously the role was rather new to him and he did tend to get a bit carried away with his verbosity but that was in a most pleasant way. so enthusiastic. i just wish that we had more of him up there. he is a very popular figure to the F1 world followers, and yes, he does look a lot happier since he departed the poisonous cocoon woven by Dr marko et al.

when asked recently in an interview how he was coping with his withdrawal from the F1 world he answered succinctly, ‘look at me, on the grid at le mans driving for porsche, it doesn’t get much better’.

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As usual these days I switched off before the podium interviews, but by what you say I might just have to go back and watch this one.

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