Daily News & Comment: 5th November 2016
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Verstappen – Mexico “double standards”
The Red Bull driver remains unhappy that he was penalised for cutting the track after braking late for Turn 1 in the closing stages, while Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton was allowed to get away with it on the opening lap.
He thinks the situation is ‘ridiculous’ – as he suggested that F1 had to move away from too many rules, insisting it was a turn-off for fans.
“The problem with these kind of rules is that they complicate the sport – for both the viewer and the stewards themselves,” wrote Verstappen in his regular column for sponsor Exact.
“That was evident at the Grand Prix of Mexico. Lewis Hamilton cut across the grass at the first corner and was not penalised. Fine, but after I did exactly the same in my fight with Sebastian Vettel, I got a five-second penalty and I lost my third place.
“That is a ridiculous situation. Lewis and I both miss our braking point, in exactly the same corner. Just like him I didn’t have any advantage, because I went first into the corner and came out first again. That I am punished, but not Lewis, indicates that there are double standards.”
On this day in F1 – 1989
On this day in 1989, Alain Prost too showed remarkable bravery when he withdrew from the Australian GP after just one lap because of how poor the conditions were.
All the drivers had voiced concerns and spoke about pitting but he was the only one who followed his convictions.
Mick Schumacher tests a Formula 3 car (GMM)
Mick Schumacher has admitted he is poised to step up to one of the final steps before hitting Formula One — European F3.
Lance Stroll who, at 18, is just a year older than F1 legend Michael Schumacher’s son, will step up to Formula One next year with Williams, having just won the European F3 championship.
MEXICAN GP RADIO MESSAGES, UNCENSORED!
German ‘Auto, Motor und Sport’ got a hold of the uncensored radio messages that spiced up the end of the Mexican Grand Prix.
Alonso names Ricciardo the best current driver in F1
Fernando Alonso has rated Daniel Ricciardo as Formula One’s best current driver.
“I would say Ricciardo right now because in the way he approaches racing he’s always very committed to everything he does,” said Alonso.
“On the track you cannot see any mistakes when you are together with him. In the overtaking manoeuvres probably he is the best out there. When he commits to one movement, 99 per cent [of the time] he will achieve the result that he wanted.”
VW potential entry into F1 after quitting WRC & WEC
So Volkswagen has walked away from the World Rally Championship and its sister brand Audi has left the World Endurance Championship, leaving another sibling brand Porsche to dominate the dance floor.
Audi says it is going to get involved in Formula E, but leaving Le Mans for the all-electric championship is a bit like quitting the Bolshoi in order to star in a clog dancing contest at the Frinton Summer Theatre.
Lewis acting out for Call of Duty