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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From GrandPrix 247 Heading to his home race at Silverstone, the pressure is on Lewis Hamilton to reel in rampant Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who leads the world championship. Hamilton may have one of the fastest cars in the field, but so too does Rosberg, who successfully broke the Briton’s early-season four-race winning streak, and has now three victories to his credit. “It’s good to know I have the momentum fully on my side. Definitely good,” Rosberg said after winning the recent Austrian Grand Prix. Undoubtedly, there is an…

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From BBC F1 By Andrew Benson The Malaysian businessman, who entered the sport in 2010, said in closing his Twitter account on Friday: “F1 hasn’t worked, but love Caterham Cars.” The struggling team, which finished last in 2013 and are again in that position this season, have held talks with potential investors and buyers. They include former Midland, Spyker and HRT team boss Colin Kolles, who is trying to set up a Romanian F1 team. Fernandes, who owns airline Air Asia and Premier League team Queens Park Rangers,…

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As some of you know I have been focusing my attention on the relationship between America and Formula 1 in a series of posts titled “F1 and America”. After all, I am American and commonly post under the moniker AmerF1can (pronounced AmericanF1). Last year I made a commitment to try and understand the relationship between my geographic place in the world and the sport that I love, F1, and found out, yes, it’s complicated… It all came about due to the movie Rush, the personal drama that Ron…

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