In the round-up: Renault admit they are not getting what they want out of their association with Red Bull.
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Renault gives its side of the story in Red Bull spat (ESPN)
“I don’t want to play the blame game, but clearly the association we have with Red Bull is of use to them and of use to us, but it does not work and does not deliver any more.”
Renault?s potential Lotus deal not dependent on TV money (Motorsport)
“The rethink of its motorsport programme is being led by managing director Cyril Abiteboul, and he says the French manufacturer is totally aware of the financial situation with regards to Ecclestone ? and will ‘not challenge that’.”
Franz Tost Q&A: Unreliability has cost Toro Rosso (F1)
“They have visited us in Faenza and Bicester but in the last weeks it has been quiet so I assume that they have decided to buy another team.”
Bottas resigned to more back exercises (Autosport)
“While Bottas said he does not feel any pain now, he has a series of exercises which he will do while he remains in Formula 1.”
Standout results better than consistency ? Perez (F1i)
“Thanks to those spectacular races I?ve got four podiums in Formula One with cars that haven?t been capable of being there otherwise. So it really depends on the way you look at things.”
Felipe Massa ‘100% confident’ Williams will bounce back at Spa (Sky)
“The pace was really, really bad. We were very slow, especially me behind the traffic and with the prime tyres I couldn?t drive at all.”
Rihanna and Lewis Hamilton spark rumours they are dating as pair cosy up on party truck at festival in Barbados (Daily Mail)
“Hamilton shows he’s game for a laugh as he dances in the street with women at the parade.”
Standing Next to a 230mph IndyCar Will Change Your Notion of Speed (Road and Track)
“TV removes the violence. After five minutes on the wall, you hate the cameras.”
Of the 633 laps raced so far this year, McLaren have had both cars running simultaneously for 180 (28.4%). #F1 #F1F pic.twitter.com/QxmuX48zhL
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Comment of the day
One race good, two races less good? Jonathan is sceptical that double-header races are a solution to F1?s problems.
I feel that having too many F1 races would devalue the championship, especially if there is more than one race on a given circuit. I found myself thinking about whether the Spanish Grand Prix weekend be improved if there were two F1 races on the Circuit de Cataluyna (I chose Cataluyna deliberately as it has a reputation for producing processional races)
It is open to debate, but I don?t think it would, in my view it would be more likely to produce two dull races (which are less tense as they count for less in the overall scheme of the championship) instead of one.
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