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'Megaphone' exhaust didn't work - Rosberg

Nico Rosberg says Formula One needs to go back to the drawing board if it wants to make the cars louder this year, after a trial exhaust system failed to produce the desired effect at Wednesday's in-season test.

Mercedes ran a 'megaphone' exhaust on the car in the morning, but removed it after 13 laps and replaced it with its standard specification. From trackside the exhaust made little difference to the volume and Rosberg admitted it had not changed anything.

"Unfortunately it didn't change anything so we need to keep pushing," he said. "We want to, as a team, make things louder for the sport. We need to keep pushing and try some other solutions because this was not the right solution. It was the same - nothing."

Read more at http://en.espnf1.com/mercedes/motorsport/story/158379.html#ARQ3cY5QR95JZl0Z.99

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Former Australian three times F1 winner Sir Jack Brabham has died in his home this morning.

Legend in his own right, he created his own race team and even used NZ F1 driver, Denny Hulme for a while also winning the F1 for Brbham Racing.

Sir Jack Brabham was 88.

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Monaco GP Qualifying

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m15.989s          2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m16.048s  +0.059s 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.384s  +0.395s 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.547s  +0.558s 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m16.686s  +0.697s 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m17.389s  +1.400s 7. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m17.540s  +1.551s 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.555s  +1.566s 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.090s  +2.101s10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m18.327s  +2.338s                          11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m17.846s  +1.492s12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.988s  +1.634s13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m18.082s  +1.728s14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m18.196s  +1.842s15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m18.356s  +2.002s16. Felipe Massa          Williams-Renault                                                  17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.741s  +1.184s18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.745s  +1.188s19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m19.332s  +1.775s20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m19.928s  +2.371s21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m20.133s  +2.576s22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m21.732s  +4.175s                                                                  
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How's your luck? :mellow: Hamilton on a very quick lap before those yellows.

Rosberg's celebration truly embarrassing because he cracked under pressure and bottled it in qualifying... again!

Same as China in the rain when he span on his final lap. Same as Australia in the rain too actually where he let a Red Bull get ahead of him.

Hopefully we'll get a good race tomorrow after that anti-climax.

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Rosberg capitalised on that ridiculous bit of good fortune yesterday with a pretty flawless drive today. Hamilton also drove a great race, but that terrible luck strikes again at the end. How do you get grit in your eye?! :( A weekend to forget for him. Montreal next!

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Monaco GP

 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1h49m27.661s 2.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                   +9.210s 3.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault           +9.614s 4.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                   +32.452s 5.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes        -1 lap 6.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes            -1 lap 7.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes           -1 lap 8.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault               -1 lap 9.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari            -1 lap10.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes            -1 lap11.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault            -1 lap12.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                     -1 lap13.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault           -3 laps14.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari           -3 laps
Drivers' championship: 1.  Nico Rosberg      122 2.  Lewis Hamilton    118 3.  Fernando Alonso   61 4.  Daniel Ricciardo  54 5.  Nico Hulkenberg   47 6.  Sebastian Vettel  45 7.  Valtteri Bottas   34 8.  Jenson Button     31 9.  Kevin Magnussen   2110.  Sergio Perez      2011.  Felipe Massa      1812.  Kimi Raikkonen    1713.  Romain Grosjean   814.  Jean-Eric Vergne  415.  Daniil Kvyat      416.  Jules Bianchi     2
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How's your luck? :mellow: Hamilton on a very quick lap before those yellows.

Massa was hit by a green car for the second time this season. At least in the race the team did right with pit stops this time

Drivers' championship:

 1.  Nico Rosberg      122 2.  Lewis Hamilton    118 3.  Fernando Alonso   61 4.  Daniel Ricciardo  54 5.  Nico Hulkenberg   47 6.  Sebastian Vettel  45 7.  Valtteri Bottas   34 8.  Jenson Button     31 9.  Kevin Magnussen   2110.  Sergio Perez      2011.  Felipe Massa      1812.  Kimi Raikkonen    1713.  Romain Grosjean   814.  Jean-Eric Vergne  415.  Daniil Kvyat      416.  Jules Bianchi     2

Were is Maldonado?

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First time was a brake failure for Kobayashi wasn't it? Bad luck for both of them.

Ericsson looks a bit of a liability in F1 to be honest. Strange crash in quali for him and Massa right to be annoyed.

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Were is Maldonado?

oh well... :P

but both Catherhams (Ericksson and Kobayashi), both Saubers (Gutierrez and Sutil), Chilton and Maldonado have failed to get any points.

Amazing that Bianchi gets Marussia their first ever drivers points at Monaco

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Marussia closes on $30million boost

Marussia's points-scoring Monaco Grand Prix could put it on course for a $30million (£17.8 million) Formula 1 prize money boost later this year.

The breakthrough result has lifted the Banbury-based team to ninth place in the constructors' championship, putting it ahead of Sauber and Caterham.

And the team has long been aware that it only needs to finish 10th this year to elevate itself into the elite prize money status which could provide it with a massive financial boost.

F1's prize money structure is based on a complicated system that rewards long-term competitiveness rather than results over a single season.

Any team that finishes in the top ten during a single year earns what is known as a 'Column 2' payment - which is shared equally and worth around $10million (£5.9 million). This is what Marussia earned for finishing 10th last year.

However, if a team finishes in the top ten for two years out of three, it then also receives what is known as a 'Column 1' payment based on its finishing position in the constructors' championship.

Tenth place is worth around $30million extra - and should Marussia hold on to ninth, then its earnings could jump to a massive $50million due to a $40 million Column 1 payment and $10million for Column 2.

But although the team has put itself in a good position for that top ten finish at the end of the campaign, it is taking nothing for granted.

In 2012, it held tenth place from rivals Caterham heading to the final race of the season but lost out during a chaotic race in Brazil.

Sporting director Graeme Lowdon told AUTOSPORT that the result in Monaco was hugely welcome, but did not mean that the team could yet relax.

"At the end of the day what counts is the position when the flag drops at the final race," he said.

"We know from Brazil 2012 that everything can change in the last lap.

"We take nothing for granted from that point of view - but it certainly helps. We are just very happy because it is progress. That is the key thing."

While the Monaco result could mean a huge boost for Marussia at the end of the season, it could signal bad news for Caterham.

The Leafield-based team could fall out of the Column 1 teams if it does not finish the year in the top ten.

That would result in its earnings dropping from the $30million it received for last year to just $10million, which it would get as the Column 3 payment that it made to teams which do not qualify for Column 1 or Column 2 money.



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Haas Formula will defer Formula One entry until 2016. With time running short, Haas Formula will hold off on its F1 debut

Haas Formula will defer its Formula One debut until 2016, Motorsports.com has learned.

The decision to wait an extra year will offer the organization more time to put its program together and align itself with the proper partners moving forward.

Although team owner Gene Haas said on Sunday morning that he was “leaning towards Ferrari” because “they’re more open to what we need to do” the additional time could open other doors for the rookie team with other technical partners.

It was clear that Haas was feeling the time crunch when he acknowledged, “It just seems that it’s taking longer to accomplish what we wanted to do than we thought.” While Haas Formula has its team principal in place, there’s still the question of technical partner, designers and drivers.

“It’s already June so it’s just seven months away and the timing issues are starting to get real crazy,” Haas added. “We have a list of names, but the problem is a lot of times they’re already working for somebody and they can’t get out of their contracts for three to six months so there’s a lot of those contractual issues that have to be resolved before someone can come over.”

Haas currently runs four cars in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup division along with co-owner Tony Stewart. He is currently expanding his Kannapolis, N.C. racing base by 150,000 sq. ft., to accommodate his F1 operation.


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Formula 1 set for weekend overhaul in 2015

Formula 1 is poised for a revised weekend format in 2015, with Friday's practice schedule set for an overhaul, AUTOSPORT can reveal.

Teams have been debating various ideas to try to reduce costs in the future, and one proposal that has gained support is to revise the Friday timetable next year.

Sources have revealed that teams have now provisionally agreed to scrap the current format of two 90-minute sessions that has been in place for years.

Instead they want just a single 90-minute practice session on Fridays in 2015 - which is likely to take place late in the afternoon. It could even begin as late as 5pm.

The idea behind this move is that it will allow teams and personnel to arrive at grands prix one day later than they currently do, which will save significant costs on hotel and other related travel expenses.

Although there will be less official track action, teams believe the change will also be acceptable to race promoters because the later start gives local fans more opportunity to attend without having to miss a whole day's work or school.

Although the proposal has been supported by teams, it still needs to go through the Formula 1 Commission and the FIA World Motor Sport Council for approval before it can be put into the 2015 regulations.

Meetings of both these bodies are scheduled for later this month, and it is unlikely - although not impossible - that the idea gets rejected.

F1's race promoters, who sit on the F1 Commission, may not support the teams' view that the new format will be good for Friday ticket sales.

Other proposals that are understood to have been approved are a ban on in-season testing and a reduction in pre-season running, plus tighter parc ferme restrictions on grand prix weekends to stop teams flying in last-minute updates.



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Canadian GP Qualifying

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m14.874s

2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.953s +0.079s

3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m15.548s +0.674s

4. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m15.550s +0.676s

5. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m15.578s +0.704s

6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m15.589s +0.715s

7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m15.814s +0.940s

8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.162s +1.288s

9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.182s +1.308s

10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.214s +1.340s

11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m16.300s +1.246s

12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.310s +1.256s

13. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m16.472s +1.418s

14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m16.687s +1.633s

15. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.713s +1.659s

16. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m17.314s +2.260s

17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m18.328s +2.578s

18. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.348s +2.598s

19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.359s +2.609s

20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m19.278s +3.528s

21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m19.820s +4.070s

22. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari no time

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Really good to see Ricciardo on that top step of the podium! He's done a far better job this season than anyone expected. Amazing for him to get his first victory! B)

The less said about Hamilton's ridiculous bad luck in the battle with his team mate the better. That's at the very least 40 points he's lost now due to DNFs. :angry: :angry:

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