In the round-up: Alguersuari and Buemi describe their disappointment at losing their places in F1.
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“Just a week after winning the Challenge das Estrelas in Florian?â??polis I talked with Helmut Marko and Franz Tost and they told me they had plans for me in 2012.”
“I was in the simulator yesterday morning at Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes, where Franz [Tost] and Helmut [Marko] called me…”
“Thanks a lot for all your support! It is now time to head toward a new direction!”
Luca Colajanni: “The new Ferrari F1 car will be presented in early February, in time to take part in the first test session ahead of the season.”
“Vijay Mallya, the billionaire Force India co-owner, was at Silverstone [on Wednesday] to finalise details of the line-up for 2012, when Di Resta is expected to lead the team.”
“My understanding is, that it seems most likely, that there will be no announcement [Thursday], but probably [Friday].”
“I won in Brazil, relegating Fernando [Alonso] to fourth. He’s an intense competitor but I don’t think he was that unhappy about losing out by one point. I got a text message from him the day before I was going to India, reminding me that I had to go. It was along the lines of: ‘This is your captain speaking, your flight is ready for boarding.’ It made me smile.”
“[Bernie] Ecclestone on KERS (in the #F1 annual foreword): ‘It costs a lot and all the public know is it doesn’t work sometimes.'”
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Comment of the day
Should Toro Rosso serve only as a ‘rookie farm’ for Red Bull? GT_Racer says no:
If Red Bull want a ‘Rookie training school’ then buy a GP2 team. Running an F1 team like that is wrong.
Like we have seen with Jaime Alguersuari, they put him in the car with no testing (not even any Friday running) at age 19 and almost certainly moved him into F1 before he was ready. He?óÔé¼Ôäós then put under more pressure than its really ideal considering his age/experience, He shows improvement year on year and at the point when he looks like he’s really got F1 figured out and was showing massive improvement they throw him to one side.
If Toro Rosso had retained Jaime I’d have marked him out as someone to really watch for 2012 and if he finds a ride elsewhere I still think he will prove just how good he is and how good he will become as he gains more experience.
From the forum
- The findings of the investigation into the crash that killed IndyCar racer have been released. You can read the full report here.
- Mark Webber’ Jim Bamber-designed Christmas card raises a few laughs
Happy birthday to Johnny86 and Ovviamente!
On this day in F1
Two years ago today Felipe Massa made his testing comeback after sustaining injuries at the Hungaroring. He drove a Ferrari F2007.