Inside Line podcast: What next for Hamilton and Mercedes?

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What should Mercedes do with Lewis Hamilton after his public act of disobedience in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? To us, all of it seems to be extra PR that Mercedes, Hamilton and even Formula 1 are enjoying. But seriously, what will Mercedes do?

As for Nico Rosberg, he settled the ‘worthy World Champion’ debate by successfully overtaking Max Verstappen [yes, he overtook Verstappen]! In this episode, we also speak about Jenson Button’s farewell race and how a retirement before his sabbatical makes perfect sense. The irony of life, perhaps?

The team were quick to point out that Sebastian Vettel deliberately held station and decided against overtaking Nico Rosberg in the race. Was this a calculated move by Vettel to ensure that Hamilton’s title tally remains at three and not add up to his tally of four?

And thank goodness Verstappen ran into the other Nico, but given his pace, strategy and Hamilton’s disinterest in winning the race, could he have won in Abu Dhabi? Also, Rosberg’s title-winning party featured Ricciarodo, but did his shoey make an appearance, too? Keke believes that Hamilton got lucky twice and we’re still scratching our heads about the second instance.  Lastly, we welcome Zak Brown to Formula 1 in our own little ways.

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Hamilton cuts short tyre testing in Abu Dhabi

F1i 29/11/2016
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Hamilton narrowly missed out on the title.

The championship runner-up was in the car on Tuesday morning, taking part in Pirelli’s final 2017 tyre test alongside Ferrari and Red Bull at the Yas Marina Circuit. However, with the triple world champion feeling unwell, Pascal Wehrlein was placed on standby by Mercedes.

After completing the early runs on Tuesday, Hamilton then curtailed his time in the car, with Mercedes confirming Wehrlein has replaced him to complete the rest of the day’s schedule.

Tuesday marked Hamilton’s first test of the wider 2017 tyres, with Nico Rosberg and Wehrlein having completed all of the Mercedes testing with Pirelli up to this point.

Hamilton was back in the car just two days after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but losing out in the world champion battle to team-mate Rosberg for the first time.

Daniel Ricciardo is testing for Red Bull on Tuesday, while Kimi Raikkonen is at the wheel for Ferrari as Pirelli concludes its testing schedule ahead of the introduction of new tyre dimensions alongside new aerodynamic regulations in 2017.

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Vettel and Raikkonen take on Flying Aces AD

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi hosted Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the Park to give them a taste of the world’s tallest loop with the steepest and fastest inclined cable lift.

The Ferrari legends adrenaline levels sky rocketed as they experienced two thrilling inversions, 10 zero gravity air time moments and five extreme twists and turns not once, but twice on Flying Aces.





 


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