In the round-up: Force India will launch their new car on the same day as Ferrari.
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“Force India will launch their 2012 F1 car at Silverstone on February 3rd. Added to the F1 Fanatic calendar.”
“In the family everybody is smiling, everybody has worked very hard for it. It’s very much a family business in our case and we have a great unity and everyone is super-happy about it.”
“Can?é??t understand the criticism about the [Williams] line up. I think both Pastor [Maldonado] (GP2 champion) and Bruno [Senna] (GP2 runner-up) deserves to be there on merit.”
“There was the interest, but Frank [Williams] would not let me go. Certainly being four years at Williams was not ideal – it could have been a bit shorter. But particularly the last season there was a springboard for me.”
“Tom Cotter, who was head of successful motorsport marketing agency the Cotter Group, has been appointed as the President of the race promoting company.”
Senna has received three BAFTA award nominations.
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Comment of the day
I don?óÔéĽÔäót think you can just look at finishing results when rating Bruno as there were a few races where he got a much lower place than his actual performance during the race would have got him.
At Spa a lot was made of his qualifying position and turn one accident. However after he pitted for a new nose his race pace was actually fairly strong when compared to Petrov.
When he scored points at Monza its often overlooked that he was last at the end of lap one having driven through the gravel avoiding the turn one crash and had to pit for a new nose as a precaution due to going through the gravel.
He was faster than Petrov all weekend at Singapore a track which is one of the most physically demanding circuits on the calender.
He matched Petrov?óÔéĽÔäós pace all weekend at Suzuka and out-qualified Petrov despite having done no qualifying simulation during practice due to his crash.
From memory he was ahead of Petrov in India when his KERS failed and got screwed by the team’s strategy at Abu-Dhabi when they pitted him at the end of lap one expecting a safety car. Then as he was coming back through the field he had another KERS failure.
He was also well ahead of Petrov at Brazil until the incident with Schumacher which I still see as a racing incident undeserving of a penalty, Especially since the penalty was for the initial collision and not for the one which gave Schumacher the puncture. Bruno?óÔéĽÔäós pace was then very strong and he had made progress through the field before getting the second penalty for ignoring blue flags.
Also it’s worth remembering that he was only three-tenths of Button?óÔéĽÔäós pace when he had the test with Honda at the end of 2008 and Ross Brawn spoke very highly of Senna and did say that had Honda not pulled out and had they had more preparation before the start of the 2009 season he would have gone with Senna rather than Barrichello.
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