Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more.
"Cyril Abiteboul: 'We knew we had this reliability risk above our heads. I'm not quite sure from a logistical perspective that it could be addressed for Bahrain, but certainly our aim has been to have absolutely no reliability issues by Monaco.'"
"Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz's threat to quit Formula 1 is an attempt to make Renault improve its engine, says team boss Christian Horner."
"Lauda: 'What do you think these guys are here to do? I call them egocentric bastards. That is the only way to win and the only way to win the championship, they are all the same.'"
"Vettel: 'After Malaysia was a big, big happiness for all of us, and here we were expecting exactly what's happened. Our strategy was to be near them as much as possible, to take advantages of any mistakes. It's happened exactly as we have in mind, so I think we have achieved our objective.'"
"Alonso: 'Obviously, it's not the best feeling, at all, but we know that it's the way it is at the moment and we think that it's not going to be for too long. It's just for a few races now at the beginning.' "
"The trio of incidents gave way to a slew of criticism on social media, with Twitter users branding the 30-year-old Lotus driver 'shocking', 'awful' and the 'gift that keeps on giving'."
"Ricciardo: 'We got into anti-stall on the start, which hasn’t happened before. At least some positives are that we learned a few areas where we need to improve and the smart guys in the team can find a solution.' "
"In the early stages of this race, Red Bull and McLaren were running 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. It would have been absolutely unthinkable just a few years ago. Both these teams have an extraordinary amount of work to do to get back to the front."
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 12, 2015
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) April 12, 2015
What a race…. It was all looking so good with 3 laps to go… Up to bahrain! Thank you to Toro… https://t.co/SYQn8AmBgY
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) April 12, 2015
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) April 12, 2015
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) April 13, 2015
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) April 12, 2015
- Find more official F1 accounts to follow in the F1 Twitter Directory
Comment of the day
After Nico Rosberg was heard complaining on the radio about his team mate’s race pace, @philipgb wonders if the pressure to beat his double world champion teammate is getting to the German…
I struggle to understand how someone as intelligent and experienced as Rosberg falls to keep his cool and is letting Hamilton get under his skin so much. He was visibly agitated in that press conference.
Hamilton is spot on, his job is to manage his car and get the best result he can for it. In the same situation he would have said thank you very much to Rosberg going slowly and attacked.
And I remember in Monaco 2013 where we had two ‘silver buses’ leading the race which made it hard for Hamilton to fend off Red Bull in the pit stops and he held his hand up and accepted it was on him.
You have to wonder if there is something behind the scenes now Ferrari is a threat because Rosberg just continuously looks miffed and defeated. Every time he opens his mouth in a press conference he makes Hamilton look in control.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Kester!
On this day in F1
Niki Lauda won the BRDC International Trophy in a non-championship race at Silverstone 40 years ago today, at the wheel of Ferrari’s 312T.