Monday, 22 February
Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone believes the sport is the “worst it has ever been” and says he would not pay to bring his family to a race. (Daily Mail)
But former F1 doctor Gary Hartstein has hit back at Ecclestone in a series of tweets. He claimed F1 was “owned and run by petulant spoiled pre-adolescents”. (Inautonews)
Reigning drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton has scoffed at Sebastian Vettel’s claim that Mercedes’ recent dominance has made F1 ‘less exciting’. (Sky Sports)
Hamilton took to Twitter on the eve of the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona to thank his Mercedes team for “building another beautiful beast for us”.
Former F1 driver Mika Salo says fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas – currently with Williams – could be in line to join Mercedes next year if team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continue their bitter feud in 2016. (Crash.net)
Pirelli boss Paul Hembery is expecting a stronger showing from Ferrari in 2016, but still expects Mercedes to win the constructors’ title. (Chequered Flag)
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