In the round-up: Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff admits it would be a nightmare if the championship battle between his drivers was decided by Lewis Hamilton suffering a car failure.
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Toto Wolff: “Clearly Lewis breaking down would be a nightmare. We want the championship to end in a straight and fair battle and not by one of them breaking down.”
Marussia team principal John Booth: “It would be a travesty if Lewis did not win the championship this year.”
World number one golfer Rory McIlroy: “I don’t think their season should be decided on one race with the double points. Lewis has won twice as many grands prix as Nico Rosberg, but there’s still a chance that Nico might win. It makes it exciting for the fans but I’m sure Lewis doesn’t think it’s that exciting. Hopefully, he does come out on top because he’s the deserving champion.”
“I never, ever, ever thought this power unit was what we wanted in Formula One. It’s done nothing for the industry.”
“The contracts just say they have to run a third car if it drops below the limit. We are talking about what the right way is to go.”
“We’ve won a constructors’ title now and this is something to be proud of, especially for Mercedes Benz, but there are so many other successful teams out there who have won multiple titles in a row, drivers’ and constructors’, who have shown what it means to have a sustainable, long-term, functional team. We’ve done it once and it’s just not good enough yet.”
Deputy team principal Bob Fernley: “We have moved in the right direction now and although it has helped us move forward with the 2015 car, it lost us some ground just after the halfway point of this year.”
“In this role, Borland will serve as a liaison between the two organizations – Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”
“As things stand at present, however, it is impossible for the lower-level teams to break even. Not because they are not out there hustling for results, and hustling for sponsors, but because they start each and every year with such a sizeable disadvantage that they cannot guarantee being able to cover their basic costs from the opening race to the season finale.”
“After a while, all of that burgeoning incredible pace and talent seemed to stagnate. Folk within Williams would talk about Nico ‘switching off’ or ‘going to sleep’ in the middle of races.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) November 18, 2014
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Comment of the day
Is McLaren’s delay in announcing its driver line-up connected to problems elsewhere in the sport?
There’s more to this than meets the eye. Vettel hasn’t announced anything except leaving the red bull team, Alonso says all will make sense soon.
They’re all clearly waiting to find out about 3 car teams.
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