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Apr 8

Lauda and Lowe delighted to silence rule critics

Hamilton and Rosberg battled for the lead throughout most of the 2014 Bahrain GP. (Photo: Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Hamilton and Rosberg battled for the lead throughout most of the 2014 Bahrain GP. (Photo: Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Mercedes F1 bosses Niki Lauda and Paddy Lowe were both delighted that the exciting Bahrain GP went some way to silence critics of the 2014 rules.

Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari chief Luca Di Montezomolo had both been critical of the new power units in the hours before the race.

Apr 8

Ecclestone discussing solutions for 2014 engines

F1 supremo talks to the press in Bahrain. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone talks to the press in Bahrain. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

Bernie Ecclestone has repeated his opposition to the current F1 rules, and hinted that the 100 kgs (220 lbs) fuel allowance could be increased.

Although the theory is that more fuel means that teams might run higher revs, which would improve the sound – they are running nowhere near the 15,000 rpm limit – there is clearly a bigger picture with regard to the relative fuel efficiency of the three engines.

Apr 7

Ford join IMSA as Official Automotive Partner

The new Ford Taurus safety car for the TUDOR series.

The new Ford Taurus safety car for the TUDOR series. (Photo: Ford/IMSA)

Leading the field to the green at this weekend’s TUDOR race at Long Beach will be the new EcoBoost-Powered Ford Taurus SHO.

This new pace car signifies the beginning of a three-year agreement between Ford and the IMSA, with Ford now being the “Official Automotive Partner” of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Apr 7

Bahrain was damage limitation, says Horner

Daniel Ricciardo getting ready for the Bahrain GP where he and teammate Vettel both finished solidly in the points. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo getting ready for the Bahrain GP, where he and teammate Vettel both finished solidly in the points. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Christian Horner says he was happy to bag a fourth and sixth place in Bahrain, a track that did not favor Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo did a particularly impressive job to move up from 13th place as both drivers were able to run quickly in the final stint, on the soft tires.

Apr 7

Development curve will be rapid in 2014, says Lowe

Executive Director of Mercedes Formula One, Paddy Lowe, during qualifying for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix which saw both Mercedes start on the front row. (Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

Executive Director of Mercedes Formula One, Paddy Lowe, during qualifying for the Bahrain GP which saw both Mercedes start on the front row. (Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

Mercedes may be dominant at the moment, but Mercedes GP Technical Executive Director Paddy Lowe expects the balance of power to change as teams and engine manufacturers pursue development over the course of the season.