Formula 1 News: Hamilton Calls Points Gap With Rosberg A ‘Big Deal,’ Red Bull To Test Head Protection, & More
Lewis Hamilton thinks points gap with teammate Nico Rosberg a “big deal.” Formula 1 has gone to Russia for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, and with Rosberg winning the first three races of the season, Hamilton admitted he is concerned that they now stand 36 points apart.
During a recent press conference, the reigning world champion remarked, “For me that is a big deal! 36 points are a lot of points. It is a race and a bit.”
Nonetheless, he remained optimistic. “It is an average of two points per race, so it is possible to make up,” Hamilton explained. After three races, he ranks second in the driver standings with 39 points. Rosberg now has 75 points.
Red Bull looking to test head protection during practice in Sochi. After Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen tested a concept of the “halo” cockpit protection in Spain earlier this year, it seems that Red Bull Racing is keen to try one of their own.
The team’s plan to complete an installation lap on Friday with the Aero Screen fitted to one of their cars so they can get some driver feedback. Prior to this, Ricciardo and teammate Daniil Kvyat had tried the cockpit protection with the team’s simulator, and they had both given it a thumbs-up.
Valtteri Bottas says they’re not panicking about Red Bull right now. The opening races of the 2016 Formula 1 season is well underway, and Williams driver Bottas said he’s not so worried about Red Bull, but admitted that the past three race weekends have been “disappointing.”
Nonetheless, he believes the team is still capable of securing a third place in the constructor standings at the end of the season. Bottas remarked, “We have improved – and we have a good package for here aero-wise. Yes, third will be more difficult to bag, but it’s a good target for us.”
Sebastian Vettel “not overly concerned” after three races. Scuderia Ferrari is keeping their cool as they head to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix. Vettel said they are happy with the car. “We are not overly concerned. I think it’s about putting things together and things coming together as well.”
Meanwhile, Raikkonen believes in concentrating on “small details that can make a big difference in an overall result.” He added, “We have to get the maximum out of it.”