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Lewis and Niki love in
Lewis is very happy to have pleased his master and chairman of the Mercedes AMG F1 board.
Niki said immediately after the chequered flag to SKY TV, that the performance Lewis had just delivered was “the best I’ve ever seen in my life. We were not as quick as the Red Bull but Lewis really made it all up, especially the way he passed people. He was outstanding.”
Lewis reveals he and Niki have been spending quite a lot of time together, “Coming from Niki Lauda, it’s a great compliment. I’m very happy he’s said something like that.”
Hamilton reflects on how times have changed, “It’s crazy, because when I was at McLaren, he didn’t know me and he had a very different opinion. Now we spend a lot of time together and his opinion has changed a lot.”
Indeed Niki has changed his tune since this little outburst at the 2011 Canadian GP! “What Hamilton did there goes beyond all boundaries, He is completely mad. If the FIA does not punish him, I do not understand the world any more. At some point there has to be an end to all the jokes. You cannot drive like this — as it will result in someone getting killed.”
This was the around the time Lewis and Massa Hamilton appeared to be conjoined at the hip at each circuit.
Never let it be said Niki is not the master of understatement and a Hollywood car chase – wheel screeching – hand brake U-Turn.
The sound of a 2014 Mercedes engine lapping Monza
Having heard a similar sound track to this in the flesh and through a decent amplifier, this is not really representative of how I remember the sound because via a laptop and standard PC speakers it feels just like playing an F1 video game. . Try it LOUD with headphones on, it is much better.
The audio recording of the turbocharged V6 unit was conducted using a development engine at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) in Brixworth, UK. This simulated lap of the Monza circuit – the definitive test of any Formula One powerplant – was then synced to a lap of the circuit at the team’s Driver-in-the-Loop simulator at team HQ in Brackley, UK.
The result is the most accurate impression so far of how the new Power Units will sound in 2014, with a maximum rev limit of 15,000 rpm and a single turbocharger spinning at speeds of up to 125,000 rpm.
Vergne clear on immediate future, but not guaranteed for 2014
You have to feel for Jean-Eric Vergne, he is a pleasant and even self deprecating bloke in a world where many people take themselves too seriously and think they are irreplaceable and a necessary part of the F1 landscape.
As TJ13 reported the weekend before Silverstone YDT, Ricciardo was taken to Idiada testing by Red Bull Racing –JEV appears to be ignorant of this test. Of course we all heard 2 days later on the Tuesday that Daniel was part of the Red Bull racing driver line up for the 3 day test in Northampton – even at the expense of giving Webber track time.
In a candid interview JEV tells us how he is feeling about matters now there has been time for the dust to settle.
“It all started at Silverstone, when Mark Webber announced his retirement from F1 at the end of the season. The result was that at the Thursday Toro Rosso press conference Daniel and I do at the beginning of each race weekend, I’d never seen so many journalists, all wanting to talk about our future at Red Bull.
Then there was the episode where Daniel test drove at Silverstone for Red Bull Racing. I always was a little upset that it was him and not me, which is a normal reaction. Then the management of Red Bull clearly explained things to me. Daniel has more experience than me in F1, so it was just part of the logical evaluation process. I had a long discussion with the management of Red Bull about it and everything is very clear between us. I know their requirements and I did not need to read the news to find out what they think of me”.
My future? For now I’m planning especially for the next Grand Prix because we have a lot of work to do to ensure we have a good end of season. Finishing the year well is the number one priority, so I do not have time to speculate on 2014, I would be very happy to continue working with Scuderia Toro Rosso. There is an interesting challenge with the new technical regulations and the arrival of Renault engine. On the other hand it would be a lie to say that the opportunity to take the wheel of Mark’s car is not still a thought in the corner of my mind … I still have my chance and I’ll play hard”.
Vergne is clearly a reflective individual and deep thinker and he concludes with a fairly philosophical mantra. “Now, if there’s one thing I’ve realised about Formula 1 and I’ve already said it. The truth is that – tomorrow is another day. A series of good or bad results, and things can change very quickly, one way or another … I know exactly what I have to do”.
TJ13 Dutch Frenzy
AHJ: The web software we use tells us exactly which country our readers are coming from and how many there are. TJ13 readership is traditionally about 40% UK, 20% USA and the rest has been divided between well over 100 other nations. This week we have seen an amazing level interest from those of you who live in the Netherlands and you have been daily been knocking the USA from their 2nd place in the reader rankings.
Not strictly F1, but good news for a famous British racing marque’s legacy
Lotus is to create more than 100 new engineering and manufacturing jobs. It will recruit 45 specialist engineers, 40 manufacturing operatives and 18 graduates. The announcement comes weeks after it emerged Lotus owners, DRB-HICOM has committed to a £100m investment to strengthen its engineering, productivity, quality and efficiency.
The new recruits will work on the development of new products within Lotus Engineering. Lotus says the new positions are in response to increased demand for its cars and an anticipated rise in demand for its engineering services.
Lotus COO, Aslam Farikullah said: “It’s been a period of substantial change at Lotus and we are now in a strong position to expand our work on future products and to increase production in our manufacturing facilities. We want Lotus to be at the forefront of the global automotive industry and for us to remain competitive, we will introduce more exciting products – there has never been a better time to be part of the future of Lotus.”
HR boss Mark Pym said: “Lotus’s successes have always been built on our talented and dedicated workforce, and as we embark on a period of strengthening it’s crucial that we grow our workforce to support this. It’s a positive sign for both the UK car industry and Lotus that we are able to recruit such a high number of both experienced specialists and graduates, who will take their first steps on an exciting and rewarding career path.” (Source: Autocar)