Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix was won by Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes. The German controlled the stop-start affair from beginning to end and was able to hold off the challenge of firstly his team mate and then the Red Bulls, converting Mercedes’ qualifying form into wins for the first time this season. Hugh Podmore looks at the talking points from the weekend.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso vanquished the opposition at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya yesterday. Hugh Podmore looks at the biggest stories from the weekend’s action.
McLaren Electronic Systems (MESL), part of the McLaren Group, have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for achievement in international trade.
The company previously won a Queen’s Award in 2009, then a recognition for its innovation in, and development of, leading-edge control and data systems.
Following last week’s Chinese Grand Prix, a busload of F1 people, fans and otherwise, could be heard on Twitter bemoaning the oddly neutered racing in that race. Mea culpa here – this column also contributed to that racket. But a few things in yesterday’s Bahrain Grand Prix restored the post-2010 consensus that wheel-to-wheel action is good.
Midweek between the back-to-back grands prix of China and Bahrain, 2013, and much to discuss. Here forumula1.com’s Hugh Podmore presents a run-down of the noteworthy news in F1 as it stands.
Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber has sensationally been accused of not drinking enough Red Bull, according to a German-language news agency.
Paloirfol Ausgezeichnet Bild this morning alleges that sources within the team have suggested that his lack of ability to keep pace with Sebastian Vettel may be due to his dislike of the energy drink.
Thailand is one step closer to hosting a Formula One race in 2015 – if the Thai cabinet gives the go ahead.
SAT governor Kanokphand Chulakasem explained, “The racing contract is in my and Red Bull’s founder advisor, Michael de Santiesteban’s hands. However, before signing an official contact the authority has to present details to the Cabinet for final approval.”
Claire Williams has become Deputy Team Principal of the Williams F1 team with immediate effect. Williams will retain also be retaining her Commercial Director role and continue to be a part of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Bernie Ecclestone has defended Vettel’s Malaysian Grand Prix behaviour and has said that he doesn’t think Red Bull will suspend the German driver for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton has said that there is no top driver at Mercedes.
In the latter stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg repeatedly asked if he could take third place from his team-mate saying he was ‘too slow’. This has led to speculation that Hamilton was lured to Mercedes from Mclaren with a contract stating he was to be top driver for the team.