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Lauda: Hamilton has accepted Monaco loss but situation still 'tricky'

Hamilton took second at Monaco Credit: Marco Piovanotto/ABACAPRESS.COM

Lewis Hamilton has accepted his defeat in last month's Monaco Grand Prix, says Niki Lauda.

The Mercedes F1 non-executive chairman says the relationship between Stevenage-born Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg remains 'tricky'.

The Bad blood between the pair followed an incident in qualifying where an apparent mistake by Rosberg led to yellow flags that thwarted Hamilton's bid to claim pole position.

Hamilton then tweeted on Friday he and Rosberg had spoken, claiming they were now "cool" and "still friends".

Lauda, speaking to Osterreich newspaper, said:"Lewis has now accepted Nico won in Monaco and he was second, which is really no shame," said the three-times champion.

"In Montreal we will get together again and discuss everything. After that the fight will go on for the world championships.

"But with two alphas currently sitting in the best car it is tricky, although given our superiority that in turn makes the races interesting.

"But we will let our drivers race against each other without restriction because whilst tension is quite normal, it can also escalate. Then I get involved as a mentor."


Brawn predicts strong finish for Silver Arrows

Brawn: hopes to build on momentum

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn is predicting a strong finish for the Brackley-based Formula One team.

Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position in the last F1 race before the summer break.

Seven pole positions in the last eight grands prix and three wins in the last five have made Mercedes the main challengers to Milton Keynes-based Red Bull.

"The first half of this season can be split into two halves again - the first five races and the second five races," Brawn told the team's YouTube channel.

"I'm very pleased particularly with the second five races because we have started to pick up some momentum, pick up some strength."


Mercedes Tribunal: FIA no jurisdiction over Pirelli

Pirelli tyre test hearing Credit: PA

Pirelli told the FiA Tribunal hearing the Mercedes tyre test case that the FIA had no jurisdiction over the tyre supplier.

Dominique Dumas, for the tyre firm, said:

"Pirelli is only exercising the rights which have been conferred upon it by the FIA. We are unable to understand the disciplinary process. Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have confirmed that they have no grievances against Pirelli.

"The claims are unfounded because it has been recognised that Pirelli has not violated the international sporting code.

"Pirelli has no FIA licence. It is a supplier amongst many other suppliers."

Mercedes Tribunal: Brawn gives evidence

Brawn gave evidence at today's hearing Credit: PA

Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn has been giving evidence in defence of the Brackley-based F1 team.

Giving evidence Brawn called for "perspective" over the significance of the data gathered by his team during the Pirelli test.

Brawn, who previously revealed the final decision to agree to the Pirelli test was his alone, said access to telemetry data was an "inevitable consequence" of the work being done, but said Mercedes sought to keep their exposure to it "at a minimum".

He conceded the test in a 2013 car "could be perceived as an advantage", but said nothing was learned that had not already been established during the weekend of the Spanish Grand Prix.

"We didn't know what the tyres were and we didn't know what the detailed objectives were of what Pirelli were doing.

"We always work quite frankly on the principle that no information is better than bad information. So I don't see how we could have used any data that resulted from the Pirelli test."

Mercedes Tribunal: Robust defence

Northamptonshire-based F1 team Mercedes have mounted a robust defence of their controversial tyre test.

The team's lawyer cited similar tests conducted by Pirelli with Lotus and Ferrari in recent years, in which the F1 teams also had access to car data.

Ferrari were initially asked to respond to an FIA request for information relating to today's hearing over the tyre test they conducted with Pirelli earlier this year but as they used a 2011 car and test driver Pedro de la Rosa they were not summoned to appear before the tribunal.

However, Paul Harris, for Mercedes, hinted at dissatisfaction at that decision by saying he did "not accept that [by] Ferrari running a 2011 car, that that car does not confirm substantially to the 2012 or 2013 regs".

He added: "The changes between 2011 and 2013 cars are minuscule."

Mercedes tribunal: Pirelli in charge of test

Paul Harris QC, representing Mercedes, rejected the FIA's stance by insisting it was "irrefutable" that Pirelli controlled the running of the car and the driver for the duration of the test.

Pirelli did it all. They were in charge of it all and it's obvious why - it was a Pirelli test.This was not a test undertaken by Mercedes. They are critical words in the text of Article 22 - 'undertaken by'.

– Paul Harris QC

Harris said Mercedes' access to telemetry was purely to ensure the safety of the car and driver while on track, and cited similar tests conducted by Pirelli with Lotus and Ferrari in recent years, in which the F1 teams also had access to car data.

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