In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says they are not planning to sign Lewis Hamilton as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen.
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"Does Lewis Hamilton call you? Because he never calls me. Every driver here in the paddock wants to drive for Ferrari, this is normal, even guys that were quite a lot of the time world champion."
"Ferrari are understood to be estimating a step forward in performance of 20-30 brake horsepower from the upgrade, which will use up around five of their ‘tokens’."
"Asked directly whether Mercedes might be sandbagging this year in response to pressure from the sport to make racing more exciting, Vettel added: 'I don't think they are trying to do something stupid.'"
"You can’t do anything if the brake-by-wire collapses or fails and it goes to coventional, the pedal becomes long and the car doesn’t stop any more. This what happens to Nico."
"The main stumbling block to this previously has been the fact that Piech did not like F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, and despite the two having only met on fleeting formal occasions there appears to be a mutual dislike between the two on a personal basis."
"When it was suggested that losing the race would be unthinkable Ecclestone said: 'I tell you something, I was told that when we didn't have a race in France. And Germany now. We've got some good replacements, haven't we?'"
"It's not for us (to say if Qatar can have a race). It's for the rights holder. We welcomed Abu Dhabi when they came on board and we'll wait and see. I think (Ecclestone) appreciates the loyalty we have kept with him."
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Comment of the day
Jenson Button’s DNS meant that his run ended with 179 consecutive starts. He had chance to surpass Patrese as the all-time leader. Here’s drivers who have started at least 150 races consecutively.
Riccardo Patrese 187 (BEL 1982 – AUS 1993)
Jenson Button 179 (FRA 2005 – CHN 2015)
Fernando Alonso 176 (FRA 2005 – ABD 2014)
David Coulthard 175 (BRA 1995 – CAN 2005)
Nico Rosberg 170 (BRN 2006 – BRN 2015) active
Rubens Barrichello 167 (GER 2002 – BRA 2011)
Alain Prost 160 (USW 1981 – BRA 1991)
Mark Webber 157 (FRA 2005 – BRA 2013)
Lewis Hamilton 152 (AUS 2007 – BRN 2015) active
So Rosberg will end with 185 if he can start all the remaining races this year, meaning that he has chance for record next year.
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