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Nico Rosberg gives Lewis Hamilton"s Mercedes a boost after third day of test in Jerez

From Silverstone to Spa! Rosberg puts in the mileage to give Hamilton's Mercedes much-needed boost in Jerez

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Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

19:08 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:50 GMT, 7 February 2013

Lewis Hamilton has new teammate Nico Rosberg to thank for getting Mercedes' pre-season plans back on track after the German driver reeled off a staggering 148 laps of the Circuito de Jerez on Thursday.

Rosberg's Herculean effort – he put a much needed 407 miles on the new Mercedes W04, the equivalent of two grand prix distances – means it should be all systems go for Hamilton on Friday as he brings to a close the opening test of the 2013 season.

The mammoth stint was in stark contrast to the two previous days of running for Mercedes during which they managed to complete just 29 laps in total.

Going long into the night: Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a much-needed boost in Jerez on Thursday

Going long into the night: Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a much-needed boost in Jerez on Thursday

New team: Lewis Hamilton, who completed 14 laps yesterday, speaks to Rosberg

New team: Lewis Hamilton, who completed 14 laps yesterday, speaks to Rosberg

On Tuesday, Hamilton suffered a heart in the mouth moment when his brakes failed as he slowed from almost 200mph. After hitting the tyre wall the damage to Hamilton's car was enough to end his day's work after just twenty minutes behind the wheel.

Rosberg fared little better on the first day of action in Southern Spain, an electrical fault which sparked a small fire bring the Mercedes to a premature halt.

Delighted at the change in fortunes, Rosberg said: 'The last two days we were unlucky because they were small things but we were unable to solve them in a day.

Off track: Jenson Button spent most of the morning in the garage before a wobbly wheel forced him to park his McLaren

Off track: Jenson Button spent most of the morning in the garage before a wobbly wheel forced him to park his McLaren

'Today we really made up for it and put a smile on everyone's face. And it was a fantastic achievement to drive from Silverstone to Spa distance-wise with an F1 car with no problem what so ever. We were very consistent and I am feeling good because I can push it straight away.'

It was a day of mixed fortunes for McLaren as Jenson Button got off to another slow start, spending more of the morning in the garage than on the track.

And after returning to the circuit to complete 83 laps, the 2009 world champion brought the day's events to a close five minutes early when a wobbly rear wheel forced him to park his McLaren MP4-28 between turns seven and eight.

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as Formula 1 host

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as BBC's Formula 1 host for 2013 season

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 21 December 2012

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Former MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry will front the BBC’s Formula One coverage next season.

Perry replaces Jake Humphrey who leaves after four years to present BT Vision's inaugural foray into football.

Speaking of her new role, Perry, 42,
said: 'Motorsport is my life and I have really missed being away from
the grid. I am so excited to be joining the BBC.

'Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can't wait to get started.'

Perry’s live debut will come at the
third round of the season in China after the TV schedule for 2013 was
also released on Friday.

Races live on BBC in 2013

China – April 14
Spain – May 12
Canada June 9
Silverstone – June 30
TBA* – July 21
Belgium – August 25
Italy – September 8
Japan – October 13
India – October 27
Brazil – November 24

The BBC will screen ten races live
including the British Grand Prix and season-ending race in Brazil but
will only screen highlights of the blue-riband Monaco Grand Prix.

Sky Sports F1 will screen all 20 races exclusively live in 2013 and have named an un-changed presenting line-up.

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Max Chilton handed Abu Dhabi practice outing with Marussia

Rising British star Chilton handed Abu Dhabi practice outing with Marussia

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UPDATED:

08:10 GMT, 25 October 2012

Max Chilton will have his first taste of driving a Formula One car at a grand prix weekend next Friday in Abu Dhabi.

Five weeks ago Chilton was confirmed as Marussia's reserve driver for the remainder of this season, and now the 21-year-old from Reigate is to take over from Charles Pic in first practice at the Yas Marina Circuit.

It is a further pointer towards Chilton, who finished fourth in this season's GP2 championship, being handed a race seat for next season, with Frenchman Pic making way.

Take it to the Max: Chilton will take to the track at Abu Dhabi in FP1

Take it to the Max: Chilton will take to the track at Abu Dhabi in FP1

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Chilton has spent the last two weekends in Japan and Korea observing the working practices of the team from the pit wall and garage, as well as attending the behind-the-scenes engineering briefings.

For Chilton's maiden on-track GP experience with Marussia, Abu Dhabi has been chosen given his previous experiences of the circuit in GP2, as well as driving for Marussia towards the end of last season in the young driver test.

Chilton said: 'I feel very proud to be entrusted with this opportunity by Marussia.

Test: Chilton could be handed a race seat with Marussia in 2013

Test: Chilton could be handed a race seat with Marussia in 2013

'As part of the young driver programme this year I got to know the team very well.

'But over the last two race weekends as reserve driver I feel like I have a proper role and have learned so much about the Formula One environment in a very short space of time.

'This is the next step in the process of proving my potential and another important notch for me personally in terms of my ultimate goals.

'I will now concentrate my efforts on keeping my excitement in check and ensuring I make the most of this fantastic opportunity.'

Chilton also tested for Marussia at another young driver day at Silverstone in July, with team principal John Booth now keen to see how much he has progressed since then.

Booth said: 'Since that time, Max has impressed a great deal in the GP2 series, achieving two race wins in the latter part of the season.

'So at the same time as ensuring his preparedness for the reserve driver role, we are looking forward to comparing his driving development with his growing maturity outside of the car.'

Marussia appoint Max Chilton as reserve driver

Young Brit Chilton closer to F1 debut after being named Marussia reserve

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 20 September 2012

Marussia have appointed young Briton Max Chilton as their reserve driver for the remainder of the season.

The 21-year-old from Reigate is currently enjoying a strong season in GP2 for Marussia's junior team after they joined forces with Carlin at the start of the campaign.

Chilton scored his first victory of the season in the feature race in Hungary at the end of July from pole position, and at present is fifth in the standings going into the final race this weekend in Singapore.

Brit special: Max Chilton (right) has been named as Marussia's reserve driver

Brit special: Max Chilton (right) has been named as Marussia's reserve driver

Chilton has already taken part in two young driver test sessions, the second of which was at Silverstone in July, building up his mileage to acquire his superlicence.

From this weekend Chilton will attend all of the remaining races and take part in Marussia's engineering commitments.

Team principal John Booth said: “Max's impressive performances in GP2 this season have gone far from unnoticed, and he seems to mature with each new round.

'An important part of the education of any young driver looking to progress to the highest level of motor sport is spending time working closely with the engineers and other, more experienced drivers.

'In the role of our reserve driver for the rest of the season, Max will be exposed to the demands of competing in Formula One to the extent he will be fully prepared to step into the car should it be required.

'Max has driven at our young driver test, so this is an opportunity for him to build on his experience of working with the engineers, as well as the other demands placed on our drivers, including marketing activity.'

Rising star: Chilton previously tested for Force India

Rising star: Chilton previously tested for Force India

There is the prospect of Chilton being handed an opportunity in a first practice session later this year, potentially Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit as it is a track he knows from previous experience.

This move could even lead to Chilton being on the F1 grid next year as a replacement for Charles Pic, and he is not without the financial means as father Grahame is chairman of insurance giants Aon Benfield and vice-chairman of the Aon Group.

Looking ahead to his new role, Chilton said: 'My experience with the team at Silverstone for the young driver test was a great taste of how F1 operates.

'I'm so excited to be able to extend that into a proper working relationship as reserve driver at the remaining F1 events this year.

'I feel like my racing has really matured this season and to now be able to combine that with real insight into the engineering activities of an F1 team, and the level of preparation required of an F1 driver, really moves my career onto the next level.'

World Superbike Championship 2012: Loris Baz wins round 10 at Silverstone

Baz claims first ever World Superbike Championship victory in round 10

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UPDATED:

18:25 GMT, 5 August 2012

Loris Baz enjoyed the best of a weather-hit round 10 of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone, claiming his first ever victory in the competition.

The Frenchman battled appalling conditions to cross the line first on his Kawasaki in an opening race which had to be stopped twice following crashes.

Baz then followed up with a second place in race two, behind Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli, with organisers red-flagging the contest at the halfway stage as the rain finally won out.

Loris Baz claimed his first ever victory in the Superbike Championship

Loris Baz claimed his first ever victory in the Superbike Championship

The lead changed hands several times in race one as heavy showers toyed with the riders, but it was eventually Baz who prevailed by 0.383 seconds ahead of BMW duo Michel Fabrizio and Ayrton Badovini.

Both Badovini and fourth-placed Jonathan Rea (Honda) came off their bikes in the final moments but had crossed the lines before the incidents.

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) was fifth, but championship leader Max Biaggi failed to pick up any points for Aprilia Racing after skidding off the track.

Race two was even more incident-packed with Guintoli declared the winner on his debut for PATA Ducati.

The Frenchman took the lead on the first bend and stayed there until the race was abandoned, with half points awarded to the riders.

Baz finished second on countback despite crashing, while Jakub Smrz (Ducati), Maxime Berger (Ducati), Rea, Checa and Badovini also came off their bikes within the space of just two laps.

Smrz was declared to have finished the race third ahead of Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) and Berger.
Biaggi's miserable day was compounded with an 11th-placed finish.

London 2012 Olympics: McDonald"s will not be at Wimbledon – Charles Sale

Charles Sale: Wimbledon still a burger-free zone after winning war with McDonald's

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 27 July 2012

The All England Club look to be the one sports body able to get their way against London 2012 branding Olympic venues exactly as they want.

Wimbledon made strong requests that fast food giants and top-tier Olympic sponsors McDonald’s did not have a presence — which their contract entitles them to have — within the grounds of the club, which has extensive catering facilities.

And LOCOG are said by Wimbledon sources to have backed down after heated discussions.

Fancy a bite The flagship Olympic Park McDonald's restaurant

Fancy a bite The flagship Olympic Park McDonald's restaurant

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London 2012 director of sport Debbie Jevans is on the All England Club board and said when the question of Big Macs at Wimbledon was raised: ‘It may well be you could get a McDonald’s at Wimbledon. That is not outrageous. This is not all they sell, and I’m sure there’s many a tennis player who enjoys a burger.’

A LOCOG spokeswoman said McDonald’s had chosen not to have a food outlet or prominent promotional branding at Wimbledon.

Bach a crowd-pleaser

Germany's 59-year-old IOC member Thomas Bach, the favourite to succeed Jacques Rogge as president of the IOC next year, looks to have the common touch which the remote Rogge has rarely shown during his 12 years at the helm.

Olympic fencing gold medallist Bach, who carried the flame down Charing Cross Road in the torch relay on Thursday, happily mixed with all the other torch-bearers on the bus — including the Daily Mail representative — in an engaging manner you wouldn’t have expected of Rogge.

Bach’s likely rival for the top post, Nawal El Moutawakel, newly appointed vice-president, was also on the bus but less keen to socialise.

Meet and greet: Thomas Bach is in the running to be IOC president

Meet and greet: Thomas Bach is in the running to be IOC president

VIP Hayatou

African football chief Issa Hayatou was investigated by the IOC for taking bribes from FIFA’s now defunct marketing agency ISL — a controversy that led to him being replaced as chairman of FIFA’s Olympic football organising committee. Yet there he was at the opening ceremony in the second row of the prime VIP section.

Animal farm

There were plenty of animals enjoying Danny Boyle’s Green and Pleasant Land prologue in the opening ceremony, including horses, cows, chickens, geese, goats and a flock of 70 sheep. And Games organisers LOCOG were insisting their animal welfare was of such a high standard that local officers had commended them on their care of the farmyard collection.

This followed claims from volunteers that a few sheep had taken a turn for the worse after munching the removable grass at the rehearsals.

Furry friends: The animals used in the ceremony were well looked after

Furry friends: The animals used in the ceremony were well looked after

Ticketmaster blasted

Ticketmaster, whose software originally failed to cope with the numbers wanting to buy Olympic tickets, have been blamed for the long queues at St James’ Park that caused some fans to miss the start of the Mexico v South Korea football game on Thursday night.

It’s claimed a cause of the delay was Ticketmaster collecting information from customers for marketing purposes. Geoff Hodgson, LOCOG nations and regions board member, said: ‘It was absolutely appalling for those outside queuing. It was totally unacceptable. Their procedures appear to be one size fits all.’

Chaos: Many fans were unable to get into St James' Park for kick-off

Chaos: Many fans were unable to get into St James' Park for kick-off

LOCOG said they had nine ticket booths open from five hours before kick-off but numerous fans arrived too close to the start.

SatNav U-Turn

Drivers taking IOC bigwigs and national federation chiefs the short journey from the Park Lane Hilton to the Savoy had to do an emergency U-turn on Friday from their prescribed Olympic Route Network SatNav system because they got caught up in the torch relay convoy.

Boyle keeps schtum

The biggest surprise in London 2012’s successful mission to ‘Save the Surprise’ of how the cauldron would be lit at the opening ceremony was that show director Danny Boyle managed to keep quiet about it. Boyle demonstrated in his hour-long press conference that he enjoys talking about his work and never says one word when 10 will suffice.

British Grand Prix: Guide to iconic Silverstone circuit

Your golden guide to Britain's iconic Silverstone circuit

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 6 July 2012

Britain's Paul di Resta, who finished sixth for Force India on his Silverstone debut in F1 last year, explains what makes the famous circuit a favourite among F1 drivers – especially the Brits…

The atmosphere is electric. The drivers' parade really opened my eyes to the following F1 gets in the UK and being a Brit that is so special. It gives you goose bumps. My first experience of Silverstone was in Formula Renault and I remember going out and thinking, 'My God this place is massive'.

Everything seemed so far away and so distant. But a few years down the line I have understood why it is like that – you are going a bit quicker in an F1 car so things need to be a bit further away! It has a very special atmosphere that I don't think you can replicate at these new generation tracks. They have kept the spirit and history of the track. The biggest positive is getting more grandstands in and getting more people in to see the show. To me, it is the home of motorsport, the home of Formula One.

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Wimbledon 2012: Tennis takes pole position at BBC – Charles Sale

Tennis takes pole position over Silverstone at the BBC

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UPDATED:

22:24 GMT, 4 July 2012

The BBC will give precedence to the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday, irrespective of semi-finalist Andy Murray taking part, when coverage clashes with the British Grand Prix.

The Beeb, who flagged up the conflicting dates to no avail with F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone, intend to move the Grand Prix from BBC1 to BBC2 just before the start of the Silverstone race at 1pm. This will allow for all the build-up and the tennis showcase action on the main channel.

There is some upset within the Corporation that Ecclestone has scheduled the Grand Prix for the climax of Wimbledon but BBC are now very much the junior TV rights partners since Sky’s arrival in motor racing this year.

Gripped: Fans take in the action on Murray Mount

Gripped: Fans take in the action on Murray Mount

BBC Sport’s chief Paul Davies, who runs their Wimbledon operation, caused upset in 2007 when the men’s final also clashed with Silverstone.

Davies joked during a speech at a media reception at Wimbledon that he hoped Lewis Hamilton crashed on the first lap so viewers would switch over to the tennis — but that was when Formula One was being shown by ITV.

Simon Fuller, who manages Murray and Hamilton, is starting negotiations about the driver’s next F1 contract. But he will be in SW19 not Silverstone on Sunday if Murray is in the final.

It's just not cricket

The London 2012 takeover of Wimbledon will start at noon on Tuesday, but at least All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis can keep working from his office there.

His MCC counterpart Derek Brewer had to move out of the Lord’s pavilion immediately when the Olympic archery preparations started this week at cricket’s HQ.

Fed up to his old tricks

Only six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer could get away with warming up for his quarter-final win on Wednesday in a T-shirt emblazoned with his own picture.

Easy does it: Federer breezed past Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets

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Federer’s sky-high self-opinion extends to his claim about playing his fan David Goffin in the French Open: ‘I guess it was a nice situation for him as he idolised me. But that has been the case with many.’

And the amusing rogue Federer Twitter account @PseudoFed tweeted this week about late finishes on Centre Court: ‘I can confirm the “special circumstances” that would have allowed them to play past 11pm would be ME #humble.’

Bernie brains behind roof

Bernie Ecclestone, whose plans for a grand prix around central London seem far-fetched, had talked about putting a roof on Centre Court before the All England Club did so.

After watching a rain-interrupted Goran Ivanisevic match with fellow billionaire Ion Tiriac, former manager of Boris Becker, Ecclestone suggested he would fund the entire cost of the roof with Tiriac provided they could share future profits with the AEC.

Umpire changes call

Gerry Armstrong, assistant referee at Wimbledon and devoted Tottenham fan, said last week that if Andre Villas-Boas became Spurs manager, he would return his season ticket. But after AVB’s arrival, umpire Armstrong changed his call and will keep his seat.

Murray excited by Olympic prospect

Andy Murray is intending to stay in the Olympic Village for at least some of the tennis tournament at Wimbledon, with London 2012 promising to transport competitors from Stratford accommodation in approximately an hour.

Murray reveals in the International Tennis Federation book celebrating Olympic tennis that the Beijing Games was one of the best moments of his career despite the way he played (he lost in the first round).

Second coming: Murray competes at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

Second coming: Murray competes at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

He called it amazing to see American superstar basketball players Kobe Bryant and LeBron James tucking into a McDonald’s in the athletes food court with no one bothering them.

But Murray, who is preparing properly for the Olympics, will not be impressed the Lawn Tennis Association’s medal prospect estimate is one semi-final at best.

Philipps off the radar

The Bermuda triangle where so many former employees of the dysfunctional LTA have vanished over the years seems to have swallowed up Bruce Philipps, communications chief and right-hand man to CEO Roger Draper until he left after last year’s tournament.

Philipps has set up a consultancy, Altius Sports, which has no clients listed on its website. Nor has Philipps been contactable during the tournament.

Jenson Button hopeful of ending British Grand Prix podium hoodoo

Button hopeful of ending podium hoodoo at British Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 29 June 2012

Jenson Button is prepared to put his emotions on show should he finally bring an end to one of the more bizarre sporting hoodoos.

With the British Grand Prix looming over the horizon, it means it must be time to focus on Button's inexplicably wretched record at Silverstone.

In 12 attempts at the Northamptonshire venue Button has never managed to clamber on to the podium, a feat he has achieved on 45 other occasions throughout his career across the world.

On the Button: Jenson is optimistic of ending his Silverstone hoodoo

On the Button: Jenson is optimistic of ending his Silverstone hoodoo

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Put into greater perspective, there is only one other circuit on the current calendar – the upcoming new track in Austin aside of course – where Button has failed to claim a top-three place, and that is Korea, which has only staged two grands prix.

'Heading into the British Grand Prix I am positive,' said Button. 'I have been through a difficult spell, and looking at the result in Valencia (qualified ninth and finished eighth) you would say it was the same.

'But personally I was a lot happier with the car over the weekend and how we improved it from the starting point we had.

'It wasn't the perfect weekend, but I feel happy we've definitely found a direction now as we were a little lost before.

Grand plans: Lewis Hamilton and Button at the glitzy launch of the London GP

Grand plans: Lewis Hamilton and Button at the glitzy launch of the London GP

'As a team there is still more we need to do to fight at the front in terms of developing the car.

'But I do think Silverstone is a circuit that suits the McLaren. It's high speed so it should be a circuit where we're quick.

'We have good downforce at high speed, which is something we don't probably have at low speed, so the car should be strong there.

'It's a very mixed season, which means it's sometimes difficult to know where your car is going to work well, but I'm pretty sure it's going to work well at Silverstone.'

But the question is, will it be quick enough to push him into the top three for once, or will luck again desert him, as typified by last year

Pushing for a podium finish, Button was forced to retire on lap 40 when his pit crew failed to secure the right-front wheel at a pit stop, resulting in him grinding to a halt just a few hundred yards from the garage.

Errors have notably been a feature of McLaren's pit stops this season, but hopefully Button will avoid any such issues in his bid to at least thrust himself back into title contention.

Second in the table and trailing team-mate Lewis Hamilton by two points after the first three races, Button has plummeted to eighth and 62 points adrift of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso five races later.

But then that Button confidence comes to the fore again as he said: 'I know I'm a long way behind and that I've put myself in a very difficult situation.

'I know I've made it more difficult for myself compared to most other people, but you never give up until it's not possible any more, and especially heading into the British Grand Prix.

'So I've every confidence in the world it's going to be a good weekend, and it just makes it all the more exciting as I try and chase down my rivals.'

European Grand Prix 2012: Pastor Maldonado blames Lewis Hamilton for crash

Maldonado blames 'aggressive' Hamilton for collision which ended McLaren driver's race early

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UPDATED:

17:32 GMT, 24 June 2012

Lewis Hamilton was left fuming after another run-in with Pastor Maldonado forced him out of the points positions in the penultimate lap of the European Grand Prix on Sunday.

McLaren's 2008 world champion, who had started the day as championship leader, was clinging on to third place in Valencia when he and the Venezuelan collided.

Smash: Lewis Hamilton (right) collided with Pastor Maldonado in the penultimate lap in Valencia

Smash: Lewis Hamilton (right) collided with Pastor Maldonado in the penultimate lap in Valencia

Hamilton's car pitched into the wall following the collision with the Williams driver, and the Briton hammered his fists on to his steering wheel in frustration and then tossed it out of the cockpit.

Although he had calmed down by the time he answered questions from reporters, he was still clearly aggravated by the smash with Maldonado.

Going well: Hamilton was in third place when he collided with the Venezuelan

Going well: Hamilton was in third place when he collided with the Venezuelan

Going well: Hamilton was in third place when he collided with the Venezuelan

'A tough day in the office for us, but that's life, you have to deal with it,' a terse Hamilton told the BBC.

'As always I put my heart and soul into a race like that. You have ups and downs so I'm looking forward to the Silverstone Grand Prix.'

The McLaren driver has previous form with Maldonado, colliding with him at last year's Monaco Grand Prix and ending the Williams driver's race.

All smiles: Hamilton (left) and Maldonado (right) after qualifying on Saturday

All smiles: Hamilton (left) and Maldonado (right) after qualifying on Saturday

Maldonado, surprise winner at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, was forthright with his opinions at the time accusing Hamilton of not 'driving like a champion'.

Maldonado was critical on Sunday too, blaming Hamilton's aggressive style for the collision.
'He tried to put me out of the track,' Maldonado said.

Winner: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was emotional after he won the European Grand Prix

Winner: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was emotional after he won the European Grand Prix

'And he didn't leave any room for me to stay and to do the corner side by side. I jumped over the kerb and I couldn't avoid the accident.

'I don't know why he drove like that, he was struggling too much with the tyres, he was completely lost and at that moment I was making very good pace.

'He tried a very aggressive movement on me.'