“At the moment we are living hard moments”
Bob Fernley, the day-to-day team boss at Force India, has backed Ferrari’s decision to deliberately penalise Felipe Massa in Austin.
The Italian team was roundly criticised for tampering with Brazilian Massa’s long-life gearbox for no other reason than to incur a five-place penalty that switched title-fighting teammate Fernando Alonso to the ‘clean’ side of the grid. Ferrari’s immediate competitors, Red Bull and McLaren, said they wouldn’t have made a similar decision.
So when asked if Kobayashi needs a sponsor now, she insisted: “No.”
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn has played down suggestions Kamui Kobayashi’s future with the Swiss team depends solely on his efforts to find a sponsor. It is believed the Hinwil based squad is – to please its major backer Telmex – on the brink of signing its Mexican reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez to partner Nico Hulkenberg in 2013.
The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton’s pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren.
That was the tone of the paddock’s reaction to the news late on Saturday that a McLaren gaffe saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid. The Sun newspaper called it a draconian “24-place grid penalty” imposed by the FIA after an “astonishing cock-up” by McLaren.
Bernie Ecclestone has admitted F1 teams will breach their contracts if they do not race in Bahrain next weekend.
Nico Rosberg is not sharing his pit garage with the ideal teammate, according to 1996 world champion Damon Hill.
Charlie Whiting “acted absolutely correctly” -Mark Hughes
Information has emerged that counters Fernando Alonso’s claim that the FIA manipulated the European grand prix. Ferrari and the Spaniard implied that the governing body unfairly favoured Lewis Hamilton by imposing only a drive-through penalty when he overtook the safety car.
“It is very unlike him to be overtaken by a Sauber so he must have been completely in another world.”
A new war of words is threatening to break out between former sparring partners Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Alonso was furious after Sunday’s European grand prix, when Hamilton overtook the safety car but still managed to finish second after serving a drive-through penalty.
“I’ve never done that, and it’s definitely not in my nature to do what he did”
A new war of words between former bitter McLaren teammates Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton is threatening to break out. It is three years since the pair clashed so memorably at the British team, and two years since the ugly racist incident during winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
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