In today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up: Tony Fernandes is overjoyed Team Lotus secured tenth place in the constructors’ championship, saying ?óÔé¼?ôThe icing on the cake was beating a Renault – that meant a lot to me as I have always said the good guys do win.?óÔé¼?Ø
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?óÔé¼?ôTeam Lotus boss Tony Fernandes said he was overjoyed after his outfit secured tenth place in the constructors’ championship for the second year in a row. The result means the team, which will race as Caterham next season, will get a financial boost thanks to its performance over the past two seasons.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôCaterham F1 Team is the new and permanent incarnation of our Formula One investment. On and off track we continue to invest in people, infrastructure and technology and 2012 is a critical year in our development.
?óÔé¼?ôUnderneath the F1 team sits Caterham Racing, the new name for our GP2 team, and then we have our driver development programme that encompasses various motor racing formulae from karting, GP3, World Series by Renault and right up to F1 – a staircase of talent that gives opportunities for drivers, engineers, mechanics and all the associated skill-sets across the motorsport industry the chance to learn, develop and reach the top.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôStefano Domenicali has revealed @LewisHamilton has made peace with Felipe. Went into Ferrari and gave him a hug. Nice one LH!
?óÔé¼?ôThe teams complain there are too many races, so we will solve the problem.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôWhat a catastrophic weekend, can’t wait for my flight home! Congrats to [Mark Webber] for winning the last race. He deserved it!!!!?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôSorry twitter friends, I can not comment on an official decision of the 4 race stewards. That would be very unprofessional.
?óÔé¼?ôCertainly I’ve my private opinion on Senna vs Schumi, but only other 3 FIA stewards of the meeting know about my view. Must stay like that.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôSir Stuart Rose, the former Marks & Spencer boss, is being lined up to replace Bernie Ecclestone as head of Formula 1.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFailure might be just the medicine for Comptroller Susan Combs. Ms. Combs, an outspoken advocate for Formula One racing in Texas, has been watching a relatively noisy group of people get madder and madder about the state?óÔé¼Ôäós proposed $250 million contribution to a track being built near Austin. Now the whole project is in peril, and she has laid down the law: no race, no money.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôMcLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh denied McLaren have suffered a devastating early blow to their 2012 season. It had been reported aerodynamicist John Illey was on gardening leave after being poached by rivals Team Lotus.?óÔé¼?Ø
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Comment of the day
Sebastian Vettel set a new record with his 15th pole position of the season in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. aka_robyn says:
I?óÔé¼Ôäód love to think that if [Sebastian Vettel] did end up in [an uncompetitive car] and perform admirably, people would finally admit Vettel might actually have some talent. However, I have a feeling that somehow the benchmark would suddenly change once again.
It seems people find reasons to dismiss every one of his achievements, and I can?óÔé¼Ôäót see why that situation would be an exception!
From the forum
- Barrichello and Vettel helmet cameras
- BBC retain Coulthard, McKenzie and Humphrey for 2012
- Brundle goes to Sky
On this day in F1
Five years ago today Super Aguri confirmed they would race a 2006 Honda chassis in the 2007 season. Strange to think that neither team has been in F1 for three years now.
Teams are no longer allowed to use old chassis from other constructors, but debate continues over whether to allow the use of ‘customer cars’ in F1 again.