Inside Line: Nico should give Nicole a call

Kunal Shah 18/10/2016
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Nico should push Lewis' buttons?

Is the United States Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton’s new home race? Going purely by his Instagram feed, you’d probably say it is!

In the ‘Race to the White House’, who would Hamilton vote for – Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Also, would Bernie Ecclestone’s pal, Donald Trump, attend the United States Grand Prix in Austin?

Nico Rosberg’s best psychological attack on Hamilton would be to invite Nicole Sherzinger to the US GP. No better way to push his buttons.

If Valtteri Bottas partners Hulkenberg at Renault, should Williams request Felipe Massa to stay back for yet another season?

And why Ron Dennis’ 5 on 10 rating is terrible for Mclaren-Honda.

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FIGHT! Mercedes allows drivers title scrap

F1i 15/10/2016
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No Merc-y: Rosberg and Hamilton to scrap for title

Toto Wolff says Mercedes will not change its approach to allowing its drivers to race as the fight for the championship as it enters the final four rounds.

Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton by 33 points with four races remaining, meaning he can afford to finish second to his team-mate in every race and still win the title.

With the title fight coming to a head, Wolff says Mercedes will not impose team orders at any stage despite a number of collisions between the drivers already this season.

“We let them race, we haven’t changed that before,” Wolff said.

“If we start to tweak certain details it would open up a can of worms. We have worked on the principal and it functions well, we have never had any team orders which are not popular with fans and not what we want. So there will be no change, they are free to race.”

As well as Mercedes taking the same approach for the rest of the season, Rosberg himself says he is still not looking at the overall championship picture because he needs to be at his best at every race to get the better of Hamilton.

“It’s not hard because Lewis is my team-mate and he is always going to be fighting and tough to beat, so it’s not hard. The best reasoning [for keeping it] is that it’s actually working quite well, so why change something if it’s working quite well with the approach that I’ve got at the moment?”

The earliest Rosberg can theoretically wrap up the championship is in Mexico, with the German requiring at least a 51-point lead following the race in Mexico City to be world champion.

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Hulkenberg set for Renault switch

F1i 14/10/2016
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Nico Hulkenberg: Leaving Force India?

The German was linked with a move to Enstone last weekend, with Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley suggesting the team would not stand in Hulkenberg’s way despite him having a contract for next season.

Reports in both Germany and the UK suggest Hulkenberg has now agreed a two-year contract with an option for a further year at Renault, with his final release from Force India still to be agreed.

Hulkenberg himself playfully retweeted one of the reports, referencing a sports page but ignoring the headline regarding his new contract.

Prior to targeting Hulkenberg, Renault was also linked with Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz and Valtteri Bottas as it wants an experienced driver to lead its recovery following a difficult first year back in F1 after the takeover of Lotus.

Hulkenberg started his career with Williams in 2010 and has been at Force India for four of the past five seasons, moving to Sauber for a year in 2013. Despite 111 race starts, the 2015 Le Mans winner – who has one pole position to his name – has yet to finish on the podium.

Such a move will leave Renault with one vacant race seat for 2017, with Esteban Ocon having been favourite for one of the seats. However, with a Mercedes-powered team now also with a vacancy, both Ocon and Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein will feature near the top of Force India’s list having previously tested for the team.

Renault is believed to also still be considering current race drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer for its 2017 line-up, and both drivers are likely to target Force India should they lose their current seat.

This article originally appeared on F1i.com

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