Summarised F1 news from across the internet: 30th November 2016
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Previous points system would’ve made Lewis champion
If’s and but’s but it’s interesting to see how things might’ve panned out if the FIA hadn’t have scrapped the previous points systems. We can blame Michael Schumacher for the last occasion, an effort to elongate the season during Michaels dominance of the early 2000’s. The top 10 now receive points whereas the old 10, 8, 6 system would’ve seen Nico Rosberg losing out to Lewis after Hulkenbergs overtake in Monaco.
What could’ve been for the #Hamfosi.
‘I would have done the same as Lewis,’ says Carlos Sainz
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz says that had he been in Lewis Hamilton’s shoes last Sunday, he would have resorted to the same backing-up tactic employed by the Mercedes driver to try and secure the title.
“I would do it,” Sainz admitted.
“When you are a winner and you want to win a world title, you always have to try everything you can – always inside the rules, like he did.
“In the end he did nothing outside of the rules, so I support Lewis’s decision.
Felipe Massa in talks to be F1 television pundit (GMM)
Brazil’s UOL Esporte claims that the Brazilian is set to sign up as a regular commentator or pundit. The report says that Massa is therefore negotiating with Sky Italia, whose current broadcasting team includes Jean Alesi and Jacques Villeneuve, and former GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi.
Monza secured on F1 calendar
After a delay in contract negotiations, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza has officially been confirmed for the next three seasons.
Earlier in the year at the Italian Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone revealed that a deal was agreed with Monza but there was still no official confirmation.
However, with Monza was confirmed during a meeting at the World Motor Sport Council discussing the 2017 race calendar, Formula 1 is set to receive €22m in 2017 and 2018 and €24m in 2019, according to the BBC.
Note from ED: TJ13 broke this story in June this year.
Rosberg’s celebration party lasted until 09:00
Formula One champion Nico Rosberg said he should get a trophy for partying into the next day following his win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
“I can confirm that I am a double world champion, because we became the party champions on Sunday night. It was big – epic, massive!” he told the BBC.
On this day in F1 – 2004 Kimi and the inflatable dolphin
Kimi Raikkonen was forced into an embarrassing but less than fullsome apology after being photographed cavorting with a singer and then collapsed in a heap on top of an inflatable dolphin outside a nightclub in Gran Caneria. “I’m sorry,” he said when details of the seven-hour bender hit the headlines. “I had a few drinks and danced, why not?” It was one of several such incidents involving Raikkonen during what has been a colourful career.