F1 Today – 20/04/2016

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Marussia bring case against Manor over name

Marussia have brought a trademark case against Manor saying they   infringed there trademark by using its name during the 2015 Formula 1 season. The case has been rejected.

Legal documents seen by the magazine Autosport say the licenced for the Marussia branding came to an end on 31st December 2014 but last year the team used the Marussia name as its  Formula 1 team and chassis for 2015 after the outfit was saved from administration.

Manor argued that if it changed their name without consent from F1’s commercial rights holder, it would lose entitlement to prize money based on previous seasons. They say Marussia “impliedly consented” to the use of the trademark and there wouldn’t be any “likelihood of confusion” on the part of the relevant public.

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Halo could be tested in Sochi – Horner

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has told Sky Sports that the team could test their idea to protect the drivers heads in the first practice session for the Russian Grand Prix.

During testing Ferrari tested there halo idea with both being designed to give additional protection to drivers in the event of an object hitting there heads with the best one maybe could be introduced as soon as 2017.

“We’re going to test the canopy solution over the next week – static testing, so we’re going to fire a wheel at in on a plinth to see how that withstands it,” Horner told Sky Sports F1 in China.

“Then if that goes okay, we may put it on one car very briefly in Sochi. We will see how the testing goes over the next week or so.” He says there design is mor elegant and offers better visibility.

 

I owe the sport nothing

Lewis Hamilton has told CNN that he doesn’t owe Formula One anything and feels nobody has done more to promote F1 than him.

He told the US new giant that he has given his blood, sweat and tears to the sport which means he feels he doesn’t owe anything else. He said “I actually probably promote the sport more than any other driver ever has. I’m at more events talking about Formula One more than any driver ever has.”

“I don’t feel like I have any more of a responsibility. I’ve got some incredible fans and I give as much time as I can to motivate them and energize those who do follow me. So I don’t know what else I have to give.”

His showbiz lifestyle has been criticised by many in the paddocks. He says he has no  desire to take on a more influential role. “Ultimately sport, business… it’s money and power. We [the drivers] will say stuff but ultimately it’s those people who are sitting in their chair, striking a pen, paying checks, making money, that will be the ones that [have the final say],” he said.

Speaking about his start to the season he said  “Hopefully I’ve still showed that fighting spirit that I’ve always had since I was a kid.”

 

We can only beat Mercedes when we clean up – Raikkonen              

Kimi Raikkonen has told Autosport that he thinks that Ferrari can only beat Mercedes when it can “clean things up”. The Italian team has repeatedly said they are equal with Mercedes but have struggled to prove it on track.

The team had had three podiums this season with only one driver being on it at a time. They have struggled with poor reliability and incidents such as the collision involving Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend.

Raikkonen said “Not having clean races isn’t the way to beat them [Mercedes].The main idea is to improve the car and the whole package.

“We have to clean things up as that won’t help in the championship. It’s not ideal for us – it is for him [Rosberg] and he deserves it. We just have to do a better job.” Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is now fourth with the Fin in fifth in the champion.

Raikkonen remains confident Ferrari can get its act together. Saying “It’s only three races of the season, a lot can happen. We just have to make the best points we can and not have any issues in the races and put ourselves in front of him.

 

Haas reality check

The team principal of Haas Gunther Steiner says the team had a “reality check” after failing to score points for the first time in their debut season. The team finished in the mid top ten in Australia and Bahrain.

However in china the team failed to score points with Romain Grosjean finishing nineteenth and Esteban Gutierrez finishing fourteenth. But it was the first time they got both their cars to the end of the race and still has fifth in the constructors’ championship.

He told Autosport “It’s a reality check but I think quite a good one,” said Steiner. “We know where we are now. It’s like we always said, we will be in that area, around 10th because without the problem on Romain’s car he would have been up there with the McLarens.”

“It’s reality but it was good for us because we finished with two cars, and it’s not to finish with two cars but to run two cars because before we had the luxury of having a whole team for one car.”

He said the team needs to get use to running both cars in the races.

 

Wolff responds to Ecclestone

Susie Wolff says Berine Ecclestone’s comments yesterday where he suggested women are not physically capable of competing with men are wrong.

In a series of tweets the wife of the Mercedes boss, former test driver and Channel 4 pundit said “After hearing Bernie’s comments in context & speaking to him today, it’s clear we both have the goal of getting a female driver to F1 Through my years in motorsport, he was supportive of my mission to make it onto the starting grid in F1.”

“Last week, he agreed to come on board with [Dare To Be Different] & support the next generation of girls aiming for the top, on & off the track. For me, actions always speak louder than words. [Dare To Be Different] is about driving female talent & Bernie is with us.”

Jack

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