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Lewis Hamilton: Ex-Ferrari chief ‘disgusted’ at booing of Mercedes driver
Di Montezemolo, who ran Ferrari for 23 years from 1991-2014, said jeering and whistling at the Mercedes driver after his win was “a big mistake”.
“Lewis is a fantastic champion, has always been very correct, and he made a fantastic race. Full stop,” he added.
“What happened was very, very bad and I am really upset.”
“I can tell you we won a few championships [this way] when I was the chairman and CEO – with Kimi and Felipe Massa, with Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher, with Michael and Eddie Irvine,” he said.
“So this is part of the history. And Bottas did not make anything incorrect or a foul. He made his race.
“When I have heard somebody make criticism… This is normal. In life it is difficult to win, but it is more difficult to accept when you don’t win. So, yesterday I was not happy for what I have seen, from the public.
“Mercedes made its job. If I was in charge of Ferrari in the same condition as Mercedes, I would make exactly the same choice. So, finito.”
Rosberg dealing with trolls on his channel
Lando Norris to drive for McLaren from 2019
“We’re very pleased to finally be able to reveal who will complete our driver line-up at McLaren for 2019.
“We believe Lando is an exciting talent, full of potential, who we’ve very deliberately kept within the McLaren fold for exactly that reason.
“We already know he’s fast, he learns quickly, and has a mature head on his young shoulders. We see much potential for our future together. The investment we have made in his budding career with simulator development and seat-time in the car has been well-deserved, as he has continued to prove his abilities both behind the wheel and in his work with the engineering team.
“Lando is an integral part of our plan for rebuilding our Formula 1 operation for the future, and he has already developed a strong relationship with the team.
“In Lando and Carlos we have an impressive duo who, despite their relative youth, hold valuable experience in Formula 1 and with McLaren, and represent the next generation of McLaren drivers to lead the team forward. While our short-term focus is fixed on securing the best possible result for the remainder of the 2018 season, we’re also massively motivated by the opportunities that lie ahead.”
“To be announced as a race driver for McLaren is a dream come true. Although I’ve been part of the team for a while now, this is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality.
“I’d like to thank the whole team for this amazing opportunity and for believing in me. I’m also extremely grateful for the commitment McLaren has already shown in my development, allowing me to build my experience in a Formula 1 car in both testing and on Fridays during the past two race weekends.
“For the remainder of 2018, my focus remains firmly on the Formula 2 championship. My objective is to win the title before joining McLaren full-time, which will be tough, but I will fight as hard as I can for the remaining four races. I’ll also be working closely with McLaren at every opportunity to learn as much as possible from the drivers, engineers and mechanics to give myself the best preparation ahead of next year.”
From the start of 2009 to start of 2019, McLaren will have gone through nine different drivers: Hamilton, Kovalainen, Button, Perez, Magnussen, Alonso, Vandoorne, Sainz, Norris. Quite the turnover.
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) September 3, 2018
Max and Lando 5 years ago. Soon they’ll be fighting on track…
Kvyat moving closer to 2019 Toro Rosso F1 seat
Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko wouldn’t confirm Kvyat as favourite for the drive, but conceded that he is back in favour.
“I would say he is more mature, but we are not in a hurry with Toro Rosso,” he told Motorsport.com. “We will solve our driver problems. We have a big list of names, and we’ll see.”