Connect with us

Brazilian GP

Rain stoppages ‘not worthy of F1’ – Lauda



Rain stoppages 'not worthy of F1' - Lauda

Rain stoppages ‘not worthy of F1’ – Lauda

The 2016 world champion will only be crowned after next weekend’s Abu Dhabi finale.

Although teammate Nico Rosberg is the favourite, Lewis Hamilton has kept himself in the hunt with three consecutive wins in the US, Mexican and now a rain-soaked Brazilian grand prix.

But a mere podium finish will guarantee German Rosberg the crown in Abu Dhabi.

“At first I tried to put pressure on him (Hamilton),” Rosberg said after once again finishing second at Interlagos. “But I quickly realised that he was faster. Second place is not bad for me.”

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda said: “Bernie Ecclestone will be pleased that he will have his finale.”

Actually, the real star of the show at Interlagos was Max Verstappen, who surprised even his father Jos with his recovery from an unnecessary pitstop to finish third.

“I’ve seen many races he did and today it was incredible,” Jos said.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner agreed it was “one of the best drives I’ve seen in formula one”, while even Mercedes’ Lauda admitted it was “outstanding”.

“I knew the guy was good but he proved it again to everybody,” said the F1 legend.

There was, however, a collective grumble about Sunday at Interlagos — Charlie Whiting’s continuing decisions to delay, neutralise and red-flag races due to rain.

The crowd registered its displeasure with jeers and downwards-pointing thumbs, while Lauda told Bild newspaper the stoppages were “not worthy of formula one”.

“These were perfect conditions for a rain race,” he blasted.

“This is an example that everything is over-regulated.

“Ok, all the top drivers had their moments, perhaps with the exception of Hamilton. But this is normal in a rain race.

“I think mistakes were made today so we need to get together with Charlie Whiting to do better in the future. Race drivers have to race, even in the most difficult conditions,” said Lauda.

“Some drivers should look carefully at Max and what lines this boy drives,” he insisted.

But Kimi Raikkonen, who was among those who crashed and almost collected by a rival car, pointed the finger at F1’s tyre supplier Pirelli.

“These tyres tend to aquaplane even if it’s not raining hard,” he said.

“Ten years ago, these conditions would have not been a problem for the tyres,” the 2007 world champion insisted.


Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F154 mins ago

F1 teams worried about Brexit crisis

F1 teams admit they are worried about the Brexit crisis that is occurring in Britain. After British people voted in...

2018 F11 hour ago

‘I have mixed feelings’ about Kubica return – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says he has “mixed feelings” about Robert Kubica’s return to formula one. Former grand prix winner Kubica, now...

2018 F11 hour ago

Monza seeking EUR 100m for upgrade

Monza is looking for EUR 100 million to upgrade the Italian grand prix venue and secure a new grand prix...

2018 F11 day ago

Sirotkin to test DTM, Hartley to Porsche

Sergey Sirotkin could keep his motor racing career alive in the German touring car series DTM. SMP Racing, his Russian...

2018 F11 day ago

McLaren not ‘copying’ Red Bull car – Sainz

Carlos Sainz has played down claims McLaren is ‘copying’ Red Bull’s chassis concept for 2019. With Red Bull moving to...

2018 F11 day ago

Barcelona hopes for new F1 contract

Organisers of the Spanish grand prix are still not sure they will reach a new agreement with Liberty Media. Vicenc...

2018 F12 days ago

Berger sees F1 chance for nephew Auer

is hoping his nephew may have a future in formula one. One the one hand, the F1 legend said he...

2018 F12 days ago

Hamilton teammate Bottas ‘is not there’ – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has admitted he will try to emulate Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ approach to winning the world championship. The...

2018 F12 days ago

Mexico GP future in doubt

A cloud has moved above the future of the highly popular Mexican grand prix. The rejuvenated race at the iconic...

2018 F12 days ago

“I did not lose confidence in myself at any time,” – Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz says he will do his best to “lead” McLaren from the cockpit in 2019. The Spaniard is moving...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media