In the round-up: Nico Rosberg says he’s gained a psychological advantage over team mate Lewis Hamilton by breaking his string of race wins.
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“It was really important to bring [Hamilton’s] run [of wins] to an end because psychology is a big part of sports. If you have those results behind you, like I do now, it gives you that little bit extra, that little bit of an edge, so it does help.”
“McLaren have lost a claim that a record 32 million pound fine the Formula One team paid after a 2007 spying controversy should be tax deductible.”
“I think Seb’s grabbed my car this year in terms of reliability.”
“Lotus F1 team dismissed a social media guru after he tweeted a picture of in support of gay athletes just before the opening ceremony of the Russian Winter Olympics, for fear it could damage the team’s financial interests.”
Marco Mattiacci: “We are working very much on that area. We have to be more reactive, and we have to be more integrated.”
“Mr Caldwell was instrumental in the acquisition in 2012 of a 20.9% stake in F1’s parent in a deal which valued the group at around $9bn (£5.3bn) including its debts.”
“The infrastructure, such as it was, also left a lot to be desired, even by the standards of the day. The timing beam failed, leaving officials to use stopwatches. The resulting times, when finally published an hour or so after practice had finished, did not always correspond with those recorded by experienced members of the Grand Prix teams.”
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Comment of the day
Picking a winner for the latest Caption Competition was one of the trickiest yet – I laughed all the way through your nine pages of comments. Among my favourites were those from (deep breath) Oli Peacock, Mclarengal, Oscar Jones, Cyberaxiom, Schooner, Celler and Matt W.
But my favourite was this simple one from David Bretz (@Cynical):
“I think I’ll just crash here for now.”
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On this day in F1
Reg Parnell won the non-championship Crystal Palace trophy 60 years ago today. The event was run over two heats and a final, and Parnell won at the wheel of a Ferrari 625.
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