In the round-up: Sebastien Buemi hopes to return to F1 in 2013.
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“Ousted Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi is planning to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans before making a bid for a race seat with Red Bull Racing in 2013 should Mark Webber’s contract is not renewed.”
“‘The case is currently on Fillon’s desk,’ said a report in Le Figaro. ‘He has only to give the green light to sport minister David Douillet and to Nicolas Deschaux, the president of the federation francaise de sport automobile (FFSA). The (first) race would be held on 1 September 2013.'”
“A largely unheralded change to the rules this year is that teams have to pass all the FIA crash tests before they are allowed to go testing. In order to allow for a safety net, in case there were any issues that needed addressing, Sahara Force India ensured that all the tests were out of the way in December. That meant that items that in the past have been readied only in January had to be built and ready to test on time.”
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Comment of the day
Unfortunately he won the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, which seems somewhat cursed. Only one single FR3.5 champion (excluding the previous Nissan championship which was way more successful) has gone to F1, and that was Robert Kubica . The others ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Mikhail Aleshin, Bertrand Baguette, Giedo van der Garde, Alvaro Parente and Alx Danielsson ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ are nowhere near F1.
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Happy birthday to Michael Roberts!
On this day in F1
Kimi Raikkonen had his first test for McLaren ten years ago today at the Circuit de Catalunya. The 22-year-old had previously driven for Sauber in 2001.