Mercedes finance chief joins F1 board

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Bodo Uebber has joined Formula One’s management board, bringing to an end the dispute between Daimler and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Uebber is the finance chief at Daimler, the company which owns Mercedes. As reported by the Daily Telegraph, this move sees the German marque gain a good deal of control within Formula One. Ecclestone himself is a member for the board, as is Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, and this has given the Italian team a great deal of influence on the sport in recent years. However, Mercedes may now also enjoy a similar sort of control over the future of Formula One thanks to this move.

The dispute between Ecclestone and Daimler spurned out of a bribery allegation made back in 2012. However, the Telegraph reports that Niki Lauda’s role at Mercedes has played a big role in ending the dispute and securing Uebber a place on Formula One’s board.

Mercedes is chasing its first win of the season at today’s Spanish Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg starting from pole position and Lewis Hamilton starting P2. The team has surpassed its own expectations so far in 2013, but a win is crucial if they are to affirm themselves as championship contenders.

Social roundup: Racing world largely outraged by Verstappen penalty

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The discussion over Max Verstappen’s post-race five-second time penalty assessed in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, issued when he tried to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at the Turns 16, 17 and 18 carousel complex at Circuit of The Americas, will roll on far beyond today.

The debate today largely centered over consistency in adjudication and application of the rules, track limits themselves (always a sore subject at COTA given its wide runoff areas) or whether there should be permanent stewards.

In the immediate aftermath, though, Twitter lit up with outrage over Verstappen being assessed a five-second post-race time penalty.

Here’s a mere sampling of the reaction, below.