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Apr 17

I learned from Bahrain battle, says Rosberg

It may have been a close battle up front but, ultimately, Rosberg came up short in the 2014 Bahrain GP. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

It may have been a close battle up front but, ultimately, Rosberg came up short in the 2014 Bahrain GP. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Nico Rosberg says he’s learned lessons from the Bahrain GP, where he fought closely with team mate Lewis Hamilton, but ultimately lost out in their wheel-to-wheel fight.

“I’ve reviewed Bahrain, and just tried to learn from it, picked out the good things from it, what can I do better,” said Rosberg. “The key lesson from Bahrain – for sure I learned about battling, definitely a lot about that, because it’s not so common, to have many corner battles and things like that. That was very good experience, I definitely picked up many things there.”

Apr 17

Alonso cautious on Ferrari leadership change

Fernando Alonso sits fourth in the driver standings entering this weekend's Chinese GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso sits fourth in the driver standings entering this weekend’s Chinese GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso appeared to be distinctly underwhelmed with this week’s management changes at Ferrari when speaking about it for the first time.

Alonso said he had not yet spoken to Marco Mattiacci, the road car executive who has replaced Stefano Domenicali, and surprisingly he seemed not to know if his new boss would be present this weekend.

Apr 16

F1: Ecclestone Admits Image Problem Amid Bribery Affair

Bernie Ecclestone is Formula One's long-time chief executive. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone is Formula One’s long-time chief executive. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that public perception already depicts him as being defeated amid the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption affair.

Next week in Munich, his trial on bribery charges is set to begin, and it has already emerged that prosecutors do not believe his defense — that he was blackmailed by Gribkowsky over his tax affairs — is plausible.

Apr 16

F1: Red Bull’s Marko slams ‘aggressive’ Mercedes after appeal

Red Bull's Helmut Marko (right) is disappointed that Australia penalty on Daniel Ricciardo (left) wasn't dropped.

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko (right) is disappointed the Australia penalty on Daniel Ricciardo (left) wasn’t dropped. (Photo: Getty Images)

Helmut Marko has hit back at Mercedes, after the German squad this week called on the court of appeal to come down hard on Red Bull.

As Red Bull appealed Daniel Ricciardo’s Melbourne disqualification in Paris on Monday, a lawyer for rival Mercedes argued at length that the FIA should in fact impose “a further sanction,” due to the “flagrant and deliberate” rules breach.

Apr 16

Cars: Take A Ride In The Infiniti Q60S 6MT Convertible

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing provided the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Bob Golfen)

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing that provide the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Larry Edsall)

Stickshift should be listed as an endangered species, along with African rhinos and black-footed ferrets. With modern automatic transmissions become so much more sophisticated and fuel efficient, and enhanced with such things as paddle shifters, manual transmissions are rapidly going the way of ignition points.

Call me old school, but I fundamentally prefer cars with three pedals, especially those cars with sporty ambitions. But it’s so rare that a premium car comes to me for testing with anything other than some kind of high-tech automatic.