Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg

Rosberg moving on from Hungary team orders debate

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Nico Rosberg has brought an end to the team orders debate at Mercedes that dominated much of the media in the aftermath of the Hungarian Grand Prix, saying that he has spoken to the team about the issue and is now moving on.

The German driver started on pole at the Hungaroring, but dropped back following a rain shower and early safety car period. He was soon battling for position with Hamilton, and was told that the Briton would allow him past as he was on a different strategy.

However, Hamilton did not follow the orders given to him by the team. He told his engineer that he would only let Rosberg past if he was in a position to overtake. As he did not get close enough, Rosberg was forced to sit behind Hamilton for the entirety of his stint.

Come the checkered flag, Rosberg was just half a second behind his teammate, meaning that his championship lead was cut by three points. After the race, he did not pass comment on the matter, but appeared to be frustrated. Speaking about it in Belgium ahead of this weekend’s race though, he says that he has moved on from it.

“I gather it was a bit of a mess [in the media] afterwards,” Rosberg explained. “So it’s best I don’t add too much I think and I continue to not give too many details.

“In general of course, we discussed it after the race, just because it’s important to review a situation like that and know how to move forward.

“Now we’re moving forward but of course, I have also learned various things from that race which I will try to adapt for the future.”

As the battle for the championship rages on, many saw this incident as the latest in a long line of intra-team tensions at Mercedes in 2014. However, with the summer break giving both drivers a chance to cool down and relax, they will be hoping to settle their scores in the second half of the season.

Ecclestone has ‘no doubts’ Monza will remain on F1 calendar

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MILAN (AP) Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is confident the Italian Grand Prix in Monza can find the needed cash to stay on the calendar.

Ecclestone tells the Gazzetta dello Sport, “We will find the right solution – I no longer have doubts – to provide a future for the Italian GP.”

No circuit has hosted more F1 racing than Monza, but officials at the track outside Milan have had trouble producing the estimated 25 million euros ($26.6 million) per year that Ecclestone seeks to keep the race in place after the current contract expires next year.

Ecclstone says, “Things have been cleared up and there is only one go between, (Angelo) Sticchi Damiani, the president of the Italian Automobile Club.”

The Italian GP next year is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Alternative engine solution rejected by F1 Commission

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Plans to introduce a new alternative, cheaper engine into Formula 1 for 2017 – hypothetically a 2.2-liter V6 similar to what is seen in IndyCar – will at least temporarily go on the backburner.

The F1 Commission has rejected the so called “alternative engine solution,” where several companies submitted proposals to be that alternative supplier.

“The F1 Commission voted not to pursue this option at this stage — however, it may be reassessed after the Power Unit manufacturers have presented their proposal to the Strategy Group,” the FIA said on Wednesday.

“The parties involved have agreed on a course to address several key areas relating to Power Unit supply in Formula One,” the statement added.

Meanwhile the statement outlined four things the current manufacturers – Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda – would be tasked with improving on the current 1.6-liter formula:

Those are:

  • a guarantee of supply to teams
  • the need to reduce the engines’ cost
  • simplification of the specification
  • “improved noise”

Further meetings between the manufacturers and the governing body are scheduled, including one this weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale.

As F1 heads into the final weekend of the season, political/paddock items such as Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s respective power unit futures, whether Renault’s takeover of Lotus will finally become official and what will happen with Manor’s team leadership stake – this marks Graeme Lowdon and John Booth’s final weekends although ex-McLaren man Dave Ryan has been hired as the team’s new racing director – are among the talking points.

Stoffel Vandoorne’s Super Formula test hampered by engine woes

Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne
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You couldn’t make this stuff up.

Dominant GP2 Series champion Stoffel Vandoorne had his first go in a Super Formula car at Suzuka on Wednesday, but the engine woes that have hampered his Formula 1 team’s efforts (McLaren) all season appear to be equal opportunity woes.

Vandoorne only completed a limited day of running due to technical issues; naturally, and in an unfortunate coincidence, the Super Formula cars also have Honda power.

The Belgian is now en route from Japan to Abu Dhabi, where this weekend’s final round of the GP2 season will be held alongside the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

FIA Formula E to remain at Battersea Park following vote

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Wandsworth Council’s Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted seven to four late Tuesday night, in favor of retaining the FIA Formula E event in Battersea Park.

This will see the London ePrix – the season finale for the electric open-wheel championship – continue at the site for at least the next two seasons.

The 2016 race will run July 2-3, to avoid a direct head-to-head clash with the British Grand Prix a week later in Silverstone.

Battersea Park’s race faced local opposition in recent weeks, which put the race under threat.