The team player of the Toro Rosso team acknowledges that “you always need to show a bit of selfishness if you are a champion” following the team orders row in Singapore. Sainz however adds, “but, in my opinion, the long-term best position that you can do is listen to the team. I am a team player. I’ve said it from the beginning and I think I’ve shown in from the beginning – every time the team has asked me for something, I was telling them ‘yes’.”
Mansell: ‘I could match Hamilton’s lap times’
‘Our Nige’ has never been one lacking in self belief. Talking to the BBC whilst promoting his autobiography, the 62 year old former champion uttered these bold words regarding Lewis Hamilton: “I’d get very close to his time, if not do an identical time,
I won’t be bold and say that (I’d) maybe go a little bit quicker. The thing is, you can do it for a few laps. When you get old you can’t sustain it lap after lap.
“But then in a race, and with a bit of training — give me more than a few weeks, give me a few months — and if the body would allow I think that in that car we could certainly get on the podium and have a lot of fun.”
It is often said that the modern F1 car is very different to the machines Mansell drove, rather more akin to a racing sim. Max Verstappen is known to have raced online during the summer break practising bold overtaking manoeuvres around Spa.
Here’s our Nige having a go at sim racing a few years ago. Skip to 4:25 for his jump start.
F1’s three-car future known ‘next month’ – Ecclestone
“Some teams want to have three cars (each), and a lot of people would rather see a third Ferrari than a car that is not competitive.
Next month we will see if we are going in that direction,”
These are the knowing words of Mr E from an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Ecclestone insists he is not worried that F1 could be left with a diminished grid for the start of the 2016 season next March.
Lotus and Renault’s future is still uncertain and with regards to the Red Bull/Toro Rosso situation, Ecclestone admits he is not sure how it will play out.
“It is a complex situation with many conflicting interests,” he said. “Why would their competitors help them out and risk that they could be beaten with their own weapons?”
Rosberg thinks he can still beat Lewis
Despite being 48 points behind his team mate and championship leader, Nico Rosberg claims: “I’m not backing down and in my mind it’s not over yet.”
Toto Wolff backs his driver too: “The way I see him and the way I feel where he is, he has not given up,” said Wolff.
“There is no way a driver will give up unless it is not mathematically possible any more. This is what I see in Nico’s case, with his character.
“Of course, we try to maintain a good relationship in the team and not have any animosity and sometimes when a driver appears to be nice it is seen as a weakness, but it is not that at all.”
Carmen gives us the ‘3 jobs’ she has in F1’s Lotus team