In the round-up: Red Bull’s version of the Halo device tested by Ferrari is further behind in development and is less likely to be used next year.
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FIA pushing for 2017 introduction of F1 Halo (source)
"The Red Bull (concept) is an alternative to (the Halo). It’s considerably further behind in development, it’s never been tested, but it could offer additional protection. I’ve got my doubts as to whether it could actually be implemented for 2017, whereas I think the Halo could."
F1 teams who cheat new radio message clampdown will be caught, says FIA (The Guardian)
"We could, for example, if we have some suspicion that a message is rather odd, we could then look at the data from the car to see if the driver did anything in response to that message."
Australian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton should apologise for motorbike Snapchat, says Sir Jackie Stewart (The Independent)
"Lewis Hamilton can drive better with one hand than most of the population - but there is an element of safety. There is also an element of statement - 'if the world champion is doing it then I can do it'."
Lewis Hamilton under fire for 'immature' attitude and failing to attend drivers' meetings (The Telegraph)
"We had a meeting in Barcelona. Quite a few drivers turned up which was nice. Lewis was invited but he didn’t come. I’m just pointing out how many opportunities they do have."
No red flag dispensation in new qualifying (source)
"When we start qualifying, the drivers are arranged in P3 order. Whoever is at the bottom of the list at the seven-minute point, whether they have set a time or not, will go."
Fernando Alonso Q&A: McLaren in good shape despite disrupted opening (F1)
"What we see here is a typical Melbourne situation, which is what makes this race so exciting because it is one of those races were predictions always fail. It's the perfect season opener as it leaves much room for guessing!"
Nico Rosberg grateful track stayed wet after crash (ESPN)
"Tomorrow is going to be a big day though. We need to practice for the race and for qualifying in the morning, then we get straight into qualifying in the afternoon."
Haas underprepared after wet practice - Steiner (Motorsport)
"We cannot have two crashes with the same car,” he said. “We have at least one of each part, most of them two - so for each car one set, but we cannot take big risks."
‘F*** yes!’ – Magnussen thrilled to be back in F1 (Crash)
"It just felt amazing to go out on track really. When I drove out on to the track it was just 'F**k yes, I'm here again'"
Lessons in succession from GSK and Rio (FT - registration required)
"Pre-tax losses widened to £72m in 2014 when borrowings were £432m according to Companies House. Most businesses would fire half their staff and switch to a cheaper brand of tea bags in the canteen. Aston Martin is instead going back into Formula 1 after a 50-year gap."
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