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F1 news round-up: Summer break

With Formula One now in the midst of its summer break, brings you a round-up of some of the F1 stories that have caught our eye over the last seven or so days…

Hamilton admits Mercedes has given up too many points to Ferrari
August 6

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes has squandered more points so far this season than arch rivals Ferrari.

“We’ve given up a lot of points to this point,” Hamilton said in Hungary. “I think Ferrari have given up a lot less as a team.

“But we just hope that we don’t give up any more points moving forwards…”

More here.

Alan Jones claims he pulled a ‘sickie’ and was paid to miss the 1985 South African GP
August 5

Alan Jones made the revelation that he was paid to miss the 1985 South African Grand Prix in his new autobiography: ‘AJ: How Alan Jones Climbed to the Top of Formula One’.

In it he writes: “The background was that US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson had said that if a Beatrice car raced in South Africa he was going to get all of the black workers — thousands of them — at Beatrice around the US to go on strike. Beatrice couldn’t be seen to be backing down to an individual like him, but if they didn’t back down there was a chance of the strike.

“So Bernie [Ecclestone] came up with an idea. “If the driver falls crook and can’t drive, then the Beatrice car doesn’t race. It’s a force majeure. Jesse Jackson can’t get on his soapbox and say, ‘I forced that company to withdraw,’ and he also couldn’t call a strike because the car didn’t race…”

More here.

Remember the little boy in tears after Kimi Raikkonen crashed out at the start in the Spanish GP…?
August 4

Well that moment has now been shortlisted by Laureus for the ‘Best Sporting Moment of the Year’ award. Such moments are meant to “symbolise the true values of sport and bring to life the message that sport has the power to change the world”.

“Fans can choose their favourite moment on the 1st of each month, from August to December, from a panel of six shortlisted video clips. The five monthly winners will then compete against each other in another global public vote, with the eventual winner being announced at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Award,” explains a statement on

The Raikkonen moment – ‘When Tears Turn to Smiles’ – is currently in the lead, with around 55% of the vote…

More here.

Tyre choices confirmed for Belgian GP
August 4

Pirelli reveals each team’s tyre choices ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix later this month, with Red Bull Racing and McLaren both going for nine sets of the ultra softs. Ferrari have opted for seven sets of the ultra and Mercedes has gone for just six.

More here.

Paul di Resta to race for Williams in 2018?
August 3

Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe tells reporters that it is possible Paul di Resta could race for the team next season.

The speculation comes off the back of his impressive drive in Hungary, where he was drafted in at late notice – just two hours prior to qualifying – to deputise for the unwell Felipe Massa.

“I think he’s done his reputation no end of good. I think in the circumstances, Paul did an absolutely terrific job…” Lowe told reporters according to ESPN.

“We’re very open-minded about what we’re going to do for next year anyway. Being open-minded, we’ll consider all options.”

More here.

Ferrari to retain Vettel and Raikkonen in 2018, announcement due at Monza
July 31

Ferrari look set to keep Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen again next season, with an announcement expected at the Italian Grand Prix next month.

“I think I have been public on the Sebastian issue, if he wants to stay he is more than welcome to stay,” Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne told Autosport.

“And in the case of Kimi, we are pretty well sure… we know he wants to stay. Hopefully we will bring them on soon.”

More here.

Picture credit: Mercedes

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