Mercedes chiefs are heading into the month-long summer break scratching their heads at how to deal with an escalating driver battle.rosberg!

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo may have won in Hungary, but Toto Wolff admits that it was Nico Rosberg who probably should have held the biggest trophy aloft — if only Lewis Hamilton had obeyed a clear and repeated team order.

German media sources report that even though German Rosberg is determined to play cool, calm and controversy-free, he ‘poked his tongue out’ at the outcome of Sunday’s race by uncharacteristically wearing his cap backwards in his post-race meeting with reporters.

He was asked if Wolff is right to say the defiant Hamilton spoiled his victory in Budapest.

“That’s so theoretical. I don’t know,” said Rosberg, before changing his mind.

“Ah, no, no — let’s go with what Toto said. He’s looked at all the data — let’s go with his opinion. He’s the best person to know that.”

It’s as close as the controversy-dodging Rosberg will come to accusing Hamilton of ruining his race.

But he did admit that he thinks Hamilton should have obeyed the order.

“Lewis didn’t let me by although he was ordered to,” said Rosberg, “so that’s obviously not good.”

Beyond that, he closed the door on the topic.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “I don’t want to say anything on the subject. I don’t know what Lewis said.

“You all saw what happened,” Rosberg added. “It’s pretty obvious, it was all on the radio, but it’s better if we discuss everything behind closed doors.”

Nicky Hayden’s recovery is ‘on course’ – despite the announcement that he will be replaced by Leon Camier at the Drive M7 Aspar team for the next two MotoGP rounds. Nicky Hayden's recovery is 'on course' - despite the announcement that he will be replaced by Leon Camier at the Drive M7 Aspar team for the next two MotoGP rounds.

After struggling with his right wrist since early May and undergoing surgery at the start of June, the former world champion required a second operation last Wednesday. Hayden returned for a check-up earlier this week.

According to Dr. James Chao, the physician in charge of the surgery, ‘the procedure was a success and his recovery is on track. The American rider will gradually regain movement in his wrist’.

However the need for adequate recovery time has forced Hayden to miss the upcoming MotoGP rounds at Indianapolis (August 10) and the Czech Republic (August 17), meaning a possible return at Silverstone on August 31.

“Although undergoing surgery is not usually a positive thing – not least because you lose a lot of time – I’m happy with how the operation went last week. Sometimes it is difficult, but we know that injuries are part of our sport and we must learn to manage them,” said Hayden.

“Everyone knows that my wrist has been causing me problems, especially at recent races. I underwent an operation in June, which helped me to complete the first half of the season, but the truth is I’ve been riding with a lot of discomfort, and have been unable to perform at my best.

“So, together with the team, we decided to make an important decision and undergo a larger operation to treat an injury that comes from three years ago – when I broke my scaphoid and did not heal well. According to Dr. Chao the operation was a success and I am very happy, and focusing on my recovery.

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 Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci has revealed he is preparing a different team for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

The Scuderia have taken only one podium so far this year, with Fernando Alonso taking third in China back in April, just seven days or so after Stefano Domenicali had resigned as team boss.Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci

Mattiacci is now looking to stamp his mark on the Maranello-based outfit with changes afoot planned.

“I don’t have to make any announcements,” he told reporters at the British GP according to ESPNF1.com. “The best announcements are results, those are the best announcements that a team can make.

“We are definitely working to improve because today we were sixth, but the other side of the coin is that we are not happy to be sixth. The weekend was sweet and bitter, with a lot of emotion and positive things, but we are not happy to be sixth.

“Starting from here we need to prepare a different team for 2015. But do we need to do an announcement? No, I don’t think we need to do an announcement. Do we need continuous improvement? Yes. That is our position and we don’t have to make any announcement at the moment.”

Looking to the rest of this season, Mattiacci added that the squad needs to show the same ‘extremely aggressive mentality’ that Alonso demonstrated in the British GP itself.

“Fernando lived up to our expectations [again today], pulling off some memorable overtaking moves. I think that, with fewer problems and without the penalty for his start position, he could have got better than sixth.

“His great climb up the order was yet more proof of his extremely aggressive mentality, which is exactly what we must demonstrate for the rest of the season,” Mattiacci concluded. Read the rest of this entry »

After grabbing public attention with the stunning new 2008 DKR, Team Peugeot-Total has finally lifted the lid on the inner workings of this muscular beast, which will take on the 4×4 brigade on the 2015 Dakar with just two driven wheels.Meet the Peugeot 2008 DKR

Dunes, mountains, dry river beds, canyons, furnace-like temperatures, salt deserts, rough terrain, fesh-fesh sand… These are just some of the joys that await the 2008 DKR on the next Dakar Rally. To tackle this tremendous challenge, Team Peugeot-Total has followed a very daring technical path: “Much like we did at the Le Mans 24 Hours by electing to run a closed-cockpit car, we decided to adopt an innovative concept,” reveals Peugeot Sport Director Bruno Famin. “When it comes to cross-country rallying, the biggest question is whether to run with four-wheel-drive or just two. After a detailed study of the question, we decided to go for two-wheel drive transmission which presents a number of interesting benefits.” This bold decision will enable the team to try to become the first to win the Dakar with two-wheel drive & diesel engine.

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Audi has captured its 13th win in 15 years in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler winning their third Le Mans in four years (2011, 2012).

Audi wins 2014 24-hour Le Mans

The 2014 edition wasn’t so much an edition of pace versus pace as much as it was pace versus reliability, as the new LMP1 regulations threw a number of curveballs at the field.

Audi ended 1-2 although both of its cars required turbo changes. Meanwhile a series of issues plagued Porsche, which was down on outright pace but used a tortoise strategy and a fewer pit stops to play the No. 20 car (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) into contention.

Webber’s car though, ground to a halt from an unidentified mechanical issue with just over two hours remaining, which stunted the charge and ended their race.

Behind the top two, Toyota’s No. 8 made it onto the podium despite losing eight laps and 50 minutes in the garage early in the race from accident damage.

The remaining class victories went to Jota Sport (LMP2) with the venerable Zytek Z11SN Nissan, AF Corse with its No. 51 Ferrari F458 Italia in GTE-Pro and the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage in GTE-Am.