/ Motorsport / Busy Monza weekend kicks off on Thursday

Busy Monza weekend kicks off on Thursday

Linked In Share

Sep.4 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Not surprisingly, a big crowd gathered in the press conference room at Monza as hostilities resumed between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The FIA paired the warring Mercedes duo together to face the media on Thursday, with what one journalist described as the “ambassador for peace” – the imposing Fernando Alonso – sitting between them.

“This is the first time there has been so many people in the room,” Hamilton smiled. “I am excited about moving forward.”

Indeed, there was little sign of the crunching carbon fibre that characterised their controversial battle in Belgium, Hamilton insisting he said everything about the Rosberg clash “in the press release”.

Spaniard Alonso even called it a “beautiful battle” that will play out over the last seven races of 2014.

“The problem they have is a good problem — they are fighting for the world championship,” said the Ferrari driver.

There was plenty of action elsewhere at the Autodromo Nazionale.

Roberto Merhi is making his Friday debut for Caterham, but he is tipped to step onto the grid in Singapore if he secures his F1 super license.

“At the moment the idea is to do practice one to see how it goes, to see how much I can learn from the car and everyone, and then we will see what is the next target,” said the beaming Spaniard.

If he does make his debut in Singapore, Kamui Kobayashi – who mere hours ago was in Tokyo and not expecting to fly 12 hours to Italy – will be out in the cold yet again.

“I am talking about racing,” he told reporters on Thursday, “and not about politics. At the moment it is not an easy situation.”

Marussia’s Max Chilton, meanwhile, was explaining that after his cockpit kerfuffle in Belgium, he is now sure to stay with the struggling team for the rest of the season.

“What happened was a commercial decision which got changed, and we are now back to normal,” said the Briton.

The driver carousel for 2015 also continued to turn. Romain Grosjean, who is tipped to leave Lotus, said everyone is waiting for Alonso’s next move.

“You have to wait for Ferrari and Alonso and by then the market will have moved,” said the Frenchman. “Alonso is the key of the market.”

Alonso, however, has spent the last few days dismissing all the speculation, and on Thursday he reiterated that when his last McLaren adventure went bad, it was because of the “team management”.

It is said that the very same Ron Dennis is now aggressively wooing the Spaniard.

He may also be wooing another former McLaren driver, Lewis Hamilton, who according to Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has had his contract talks “frozen” for now amid the heat of the title battle.

“Well,” Hamilton said on Thursday, “I haven’t said that I was freezing anything.

“But I would like to say that I see my future with Mercedes. I am really happy here,” he insisted.

Finally, a big point of interest on Thursday was what the FIA has done to the Parabolica corner, where much of the fabled gravel has been asphalted over in the name of safety.

Most who saw the final product concluded that it is perhaps not as bad as expected — that a serious error at the corner will still result in a damaging trip into trouble.

Force India’s Sergio Perez, however, was not impressed.

“Parabolica was an iconic part of Monza so it is a shame we lost it. I don’t understand why,” he said.

by Mircea Serafim (my Google+) - Thursday, September 4th, 2014 - filed under Motorsport. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles


Discuss: Busy Monza weekend kicks off on Thursday

Leave a Reply
















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

Vettel is Mattiacci’s ‘parting gift’ to Ferrari
Vettel is Mattiacci’s ‘parting gift’ to FerrariNov.28 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Marco Mattiacci has broken his silence to suggest Sebastian Vettel was his "parting gift" to ...
Torque of V6 engine ‘like Star Wars’ – Coulthard
Torque of V6 engine ‘like Star Wars’ – CoulthardNov.28 (GMM/Inautonews.com) David Coulthard says he was blown away by the performance of this year's title-winning Mercedes ...
Red Bull wings grounds for race ban – Force India
Red Bull wings grounds for race ban – Force IndiaNov.28 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Red Bull's illegal front wing in Abu Dhabi may have been grounds for a race ban. That is the claim ...
Hulkenberg to split F1 with Le Mans in 2015
Hulkenberg to split F1 with Le Mans in 2015Nov.28 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Nico Hulkenberg will contest next year's Le Mans 24 hour race. It was announced in a statement that ...
Vettel denies driving Ferrari road car at 350kph
Vettel denies driving Ferrari road car at 350kphNov.28 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sebastian Vettel's press office has denied claims the German driver reached mind-numbing speeds on ...
No engine ‘discount’ for small teams – report
No engine ‘discount’ for small teams – reportNov.28 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The F1 Commission this week failed to act on the issue of the sport's struggling small teams. A ...
Vettel exit spoiled Vergne’s Red Bull future
Vettel exit spoiled Vergne’s Red Bull futureNov.28 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Jean-Eric Vergne says he was a contender to replace the Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel at Red ...
Williams poaches sponsor from struggling Lotus
Williams poaches sponsor from struggling LotusNov.28 (GMM/Inautonews.com) A major backer of the Lotus team has switched allegiances within the F1 pitlane. Earlier this year, ...
2016 Audi Q7 spied almost naked
2016 Audi Q7 spied almost nakedOur spy photographers have managed to provide the clearest images with the new generation of the Audi Q7 yet, as the prototype ...
Porsche 911 Targa facelift spied
Porsche 911 Targa facelift spiedThe facelifted version of the Porsche 911 Targa has been spied recently while it was being tested out. Porsche is currently ...
Vettel prepared to wait for Ferrari success
Vettel prepared to wait for Ferrari successNov.27 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sebastian Vettel says he is not expecting to race a winning Ferrari in 2015. After winning four ...
[VIDEO] Lamborghini Winter Academy – drifting Huracan
[VIDEO] Lamborghini Winter Academy – drifting HuracanLamborghini has released the first teaser video on the 2015 Winter Driving Academy where its newest supercar, the Huracan, is ...
2015 Ford Mondeo Hybrid starts production in Spain
2015 Ford Mondeo Hybrid starts production in SpainThe 2015 Ford Mondeo Hybrid has entered production in Spain, at the company’s manufacturing plant in Valencia. Ford has ...
[VIDEO] Jay Leno does donuts in the new Mustang
[VIDEO] Jay Leno does donuts in the new MustangFamous petrol head Jay Leno has released a brand new video starring the 2015 Ford Mustang. The new generation of the Ford ...
Locally produced Mercedes-Benz C-Class goes on sale in India
Locally produced Mercedes-Benz C-Class goes on sale in IndiaThe locally produced version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan has recently went on sale in India. Mercedes-Benz has announced ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

Audi Q7 001
Spy-Shots of Cars
2015 ford mondeo hybrid 1
2015 mercedes-benz c-class india 1
BMW 5-Series GT prototype edrive 1
Chevrolet-Corvette-Stingray-Europe 1
porsche 918 spyder blue rocket 1
Skoda Fabia R5 1
2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI 1
Seat Leon Cupra JE Design tuning 1
mclaren p1 crash dallas 1
BMW 3-Series Plug-in Hybrid 1

More automotive from inautonews
Our spy photographers have managed to provide the clearest images with the new generation of the Audi Q7 yet, as the prototype has been spotted virtually undisguised. The German based automaker Audi is currently working on a new generation of the Q7 for several months now, but that doesn’t mean ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST The current generation of the Ford Fiesta ST has been officially presented to the public back in March, 2012, during the Geneva Motor Show, and it ...
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics Renault has been producing the Twizy for a couple of years now, in its Valladolid, Spain, facility but spotting one on European roads can turn out ...
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SL400
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SL400 The Mercedes-Benz SL is currently in its sixth generation and since the company has released a new entry-level, the SL400, which is basically the ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Toyota gets ready for autonomous race with new safety technologiesThe Japanese automaker, the largest car company in the world, is inching a little closer to the ... Japan: tests show Takata airbags not involved in recalls can still ruptureAutomakers could soon be forced to expand even more their recalls of Takata Corp airbags – ...
Safety Section