Rosberg on pole but not favourite in Bahrain
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has played down expectations ahead of Mercedes’ fourth-consecutive season as a works formula one team.
Bernie Ecclestone has backed the changes taking place at Mercedes.
Earlier, beleaguered team boss Ross Brawn played down claims the F1 chief executive may be playing a role in the power struggle, as Austrians Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff reportedly pull their weight against Brackley’s old guard including Brawn and Nick Fry.
All eyes are further down the grid as the 2012 world championship reaches its zenith on race-day Sunday at the Interlagos showdown.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has qualified just fourth, behind teammate Mark Webber. “It was not a perfect lap,” Dr Helmut Marko told German RTL television, “but we don’t absolutely have to win this race, we need to look out for Alonso.” Triple world champion Niki Lauda said he senses a “slight nervousness” about Vettel in Brazil.
The leading men at Red Bull’s two formula one teams are safe in their jobs, according to Dietrich Mateschitz.
The energy drink’s billionaire mogul told Austria’s Salzburger Nachrichten that he is happy with the performance of Franz Tost and Christian Horner. Austrian Tost and Briton Horner respectively head the two Red Bull-owned F1 teams, Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing.
Dietrich Mateschitz has announced that he will join F1′s board of directors once the sport is floated in Singapore.
Lotus is the “biggest surprise” of the 2012 season so far, Red Bull’s team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has admitted.
In an interview with Austria’s Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper, the billionaire mogul was mildly critical of the “lottery” that is this year’s championship, with Pirelli’s unpredictable tyres setting the scene.
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