In the round-up: Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata were the victims of a robbery in France after thieves used anaesthetic gas to knock them unconscious according to a report.
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F1 Jenson gassed in £300k robbery (The Sun)
“Last night a source close to the former world champ said: ‘Police have told Jenson they?re convinced the burglars gassed the house using the air conditioning units.'”
F1 urged to increase testing ahead of 2017 rule changes (Autosport)
“With the changes currently foreseen for ’17, you will have a wider rear tyre, I guess a modification to the front tyre, and cars that will have a very different aero load.”
Gutierrez: Sauber tenure was ‘wrong place, wrong time’ (Motorsport)
“The second year, with the change in regulations and everything, was very frustrating. The car just wasn’t there.”
Gap to Mercedes will continue to fluctuate – Ferrari (ESPN)
“I am dreaming for the day we can make our own choice about tyres, then Formula One is going to be a bit more interesting.”
Verstappen: I’m getting better and better (Crash)
“I think I’ve had a pretty good start maybe a seven or an eight (out of ten) but I would never give myself the full ten.”
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Comment of the day
Max Verstappen came out behind Carlos Sainz Jnr in the mid-season rankings, but we shouldn?t forget how well he has done for someone so young and inexperienced:
If you look at Verstappen?s sporadic results and pair of crashes you would probably agree that he isn?t worthy of a better ranking than ninth. But hang on, he is seventeen and he first drove a racing car eighteen months ago! He should be having a second crack at F3, or bedding himself down in a GP2 or FR3.5 car, but no, he is in an F1 car, and finished fourth last time out. It would be interesting, albeit almost impossible, to incorporate these kind of contextual considerations, because, as is always the case in motorsport, results are imperfect pieces of data.
On Verstappen ?contextualised ranking?, I will say only this: I would imagine there are very few drivers in the world, even among F1?s established stars, who could have matched Max?s seventeen year old self at their age.
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On this day in F1
David Hampshire won the non-championship Nottingham Trophy race at Gamston circuit on this day in 1950.
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