From ESPN F1  Lewis Hamilton topped Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Nico Rosberg as the two Mercedes drivers prepared for round 11 of their championship battle. Hamilton was 0.238s faster than Rosberg on his best lap on soft tyres, although Rosberg had the upperhand in the middle sector. Some of Rosberg’s radio conversations were broadcast during the session, with the Mercedes driver asking for driving advice from his pit wall in the closing laps of his final long run. Sebastian Vettel was Mercedes’ closest rival,…

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From GrandPrix 247 Fernando Alonso could be free to walk away from Ferrari, although technically, the Spaniard remains under contract to the struggling Maranello team until the end of 2016. “I’m sure he is very frustrated,” Niki Lauda told the Spanish newspaper El Pais earlier this week. But “he can’t just go to McLaren because he has a contract that he can’t get out of unless he’s sacked. Sometimes you choose a car and you’re wrong.” Mercedes Team Chairman Lauda, however, may not be entirely correct. There are at least…

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From ESPN F1 The Mexican Grand Prix will to return to F1 after a 23-year absence after organisers agreed a five-year deal starting in the 2015 season The race has been mooted for a return to F1 for a while and was even included on the provisional calendar for 2014, only to fail to make the final cut. The race is being backed by Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Domit, the richest man in the world, and Tavo Hellmund, the creator and mastermind of the F1 USGP and Circuit…

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From GrandPrix 274 Williams team and drivers report from the first day of the German Grand Prix weekend, Round 10 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Hockenheim. FP1: Felipe Massa: 1:20.542 (11th) Susie Wolff: 1:20.769 (15th) FP2: Felipe Massa: 1:19.024 (6th) Valtteri Bottas: 1:19.385 (10th) Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: “We are no longer running our interconnected suspension, so one of the main focuses of today was to optimise the car as much as possible around this, as all teams will have had to do. Susie…

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I am going to continue with the theme I started this week, instead of my usual fare which is commonly a MyTake where I choose a news item and either agree or agree to disagree, putting my smart-alecky-ness to good use, or a post which essentially amounts to a 1500-2000 word treatise about what I think is important in F1, lets focus the attention elsewhere. I recently discovered a website/blog that is currently my favorite and just might stay that way for some time to come. Let me explain. I visit many…

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Every once in awhile I like to put the keyboard aside and let someone else do the talking … no, seriously! For starters, most of you must occasionally get tired of my over the top sarcasm, quips and constant musings about the Spaniard in the red overalls, and so a guest with a different approach is refreshing at the very least. Secondly, blogging is different from journalism and while there is some overlap I feel it is more about one’s opinion and that includes not just my own but…

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From GrandPrix 247 Formula 1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi has urged Fernando Alonso to spend “another year” at Ferrari. Spaniard Alonso, reportedly frustrated with Ferrari’s continuing struggle, is apparently at the top of  his 2007 employer McLaren’s shopping list as they look ahead to their works Honda era. When asked about the speculation, two-time world champion and former McLaren driver Fittipaldi said: “The first thing I want to say is that Alonso is a master. “He is the master of Formula 1 today and should win more titles. He…

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From ESPN F1 Lewis Hamilton said he “needed” his victory at the British Grand Prix to help bolster his self-belief at this stage of the championship. Hamilton won on home soil while his team-mate and rival for the title, Nico Rosberg, retired with a gearbox problem. The 25 points has now drawn Hamilton within four points of Rosberg, and while he said he gained no pleasure from seeing his team-mate retire, the victory was necessary to help his mental approach for the rest of the season. “I don’t really…

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We all wish we could see the future, right? How great would that be? And how much fun would that be? But after the initial week of this newfound special ability my guess is it would become less and less interesting. After you picked all six horses to place, broke the bank at your favorite casino, found out who really was the right one for you, or collected your winnings for Powerball, Mega Millions (or whatever lottery you play on a weekly basis), knowing the future just wouldn’t…

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From GrandPrix 247 Daniel Ricciardo is a product of the highly regarded but notoriously tough Red Bull motorsport ladder, through the minor leagues he made his way to the very top in Formula 1 with the energy drinks outfit and his performances since his arrival in the cockpit of  the world champion team has been nothing short of sensational, but the likable Australian laments the timing of his rise. Speaking at a karting event to celebrate his birthday ahead of the British Grand Prix, Ricciardo told media, “It’s a shame…

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