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Spanish GP: F1 Gossip - Massa, Vettel, Hamilton, Lauda and Wolff

In the Spanish Grand Prix, a bit from here and there.

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Spanish GP:  F1 Gossip - Massa, Vettel, Hamilton, Lauda and Wolff
Fuente imagen: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ‏Official twitter account

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff worried for Lewis Hamilton as streets of Monte Carlo proved last year's nadir for world champion Hamilton:

'I'm bloody worried,' Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said. 'We have seen there are tracks which suit us well and some that we are not perfect at.'

'For whatever reason, it is very difficult to undo the DNA of our car, and Monaco, as well as Hungary and Singapore, are tracks where we have under-performed at.

'There are a lot of challenging races coming up and Monaco is a serious challenge,' Hamilton added. 'Naturally, Toto's job is to worry and his mind will already be on the next race. - The Daily Mail


Retired Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has made a strong suggestion that he may be on the Formula E grid next season:

Massa was seen at the paddock of the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time since his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2017 season. Felipe was watching Sunday’s Spanish race from Ferrari's garage and met with numerous personalities such as Peter Sauber, former colleagues, friends at the Williams teams and Ferrari teams.

The Brazilian who has been named the head of the FIA's Karting Commission to be new President of the CIK-FIA.

Massa is still in a racing mode as he still wants to get back behind the wheels and fight for championships in his career. The Brazilian told Martin Brundle: “Maybe Formula E, but next season,” the Brazilian said on the Sky F1 pundit’s Grid Walk.

Let's not forget that Massa has driven the Jaguar Formula E car already, testing last year ahead of the current season, and said: “It was great to experience a Formula E car as it’s completely different to anything I’ve driven previously. The different power, brakes, tyres, and downforce mean it requires quite different driving style. I’m happy with the experience and what I’ve learned.”

Ferrari's First Halo Mirror-Winglet in Barcelona has been 'banned' by FIA:

So, Ferrari has become the first team to roll out mirrors attached to the halo-mounted the cockpit protection device at the Spanish Grand Prix, and after it was passed legal for the weekend It will be removed for Monaco Grad Prix.

Mercedes F1 team chairman, Niki Lauda wants the FIA to speed up its process to decide the legality of a car or not.

"That means they (the FIA) are investigating something. We do not think they're illegal, what I'm saying is that you cannot just investigate forever," he told Bild am Sonntag.

"We think it's about the interpretation of the term 'attachment' and we think what they have done is not an attachment," said FIA race director Charlie Whiting.

"Now we will send out a technical directive to the teams where we will state everything very clearly." he added

And there is some other technical controversy regarding Ferrari at present:

Mercedes' Lauda said: "There have been rumors about the smoke produced by the Ferrari when it starts. We're quite limited in the amount of oil you can burn." Lauda told European media outlet Bild am Sonntag there is also a concern about Ferrari's battery.


Sebastian Vettel has called on Ferrari to address their problems after their slump in Barcelona:

Sebastian Vettel who has fallen 17 points behind Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in the title race after finishing fourth in Sunday's Spanish GP and not on the podium since winning the opening two races of the season declares Ferrari's problems to the media after he defended the Red team's strategy on Sunday.

"We have to address the problems we have," said Vettel. "Today was a not good day and it's important we understand why."We didn't have a winning pace, it's as simple as that.

"We had updates and maybe the others brought more than us. The tyres changed and maybe that suited others better than us. But why find excuses? The bottom line is that we were not quick enough and that needs to be addressed."

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