Former Hakkinen adviser Coton to work with Hamilton

F1 Fanatic round-up

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 2012

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 2012

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton gets a new manager but may still be called as a witness in Adrian Sutil’s ongoing legal action.


Hamilton gets hired help from his management company (Daily Mirror)

“Didier Coton has been appointed by his management company, London-based XIX Entertainment. Coton had worked closely with ex-driver Keke Rosberg?σΤιΌΤδσs driver management company and guided the career of double McLaren world champion Mika Hakkinen and now runs his own operation, Aces Management.”

‘Pig ugly’ F1 cars are snout of order (The Sun)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “I have to agree with the general sentiment that the cars are damn ugly.”

Motor racing-Ferrari have lots to do, says Massa (Reuters)

“‘Actually there is a lot of work,’ he told reporters with muted body language that suggested he was far from thrilled with what he had experienced so far. ‘It is a brand new car and it is not a [type of] car that we had in the last years; even to start with. So it is a car that needs a lot more work, a car that you need a lot more things to try as well.'”

Adrian Sutil and prosecution appeal against sentence in Munich trial

“As with the first case, it is understood that Hamilton will attend any retrial, but again providing it does not clash with his commitments.”

Schumacher: Title-winning car unlikely

“I don’t think we can realistically achieve a championship car immediately from where we started last year, we have to build our way there.”

HRT F1 Team establishes its permanent headquarters in the Caja Magica (HRT)

“After months of evaluations and negotiations in which diverse options have been assessed, Spanish team HRT has finally opted for the facilities of the Complejo Deportivo Madrid Caja Magica to locate its permanent headquarters.”

Exclusive Kobayashi Q&A: I want so much more from 2012 (F1)

“[On Tuesday] I ran the ‘standard model’ and Friday will be a first development step for us. Of course we don?σΤιΌΤδσt know now if it works, but we all hope it will. If it works as we hope it should improve our lap times. And it?σΤιΌΤδσs always about lap times!”

Barrichello ponders move to Indycar (ESPN)

Rubens Barrichello is set to decide next week whether he will switch from Formula One to the IndyCar series for 2012 following the decision by Williams not to retain him for the current season.”

Hard graft paying off for Di Resta (The Times, subscription required)

“Di Resta has brought in Gerry Convy, former soldier and trainer for David Coulthard, to handle his training regime this year and the effects are already paying off after a few weeks of hard work.”

Heikki Kovalainen via Twitter

“Good day today, ran KERS for the first time and no issues, also set-up work done so good catch up after yesterday…”

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Comment of the day

“F1 is not about seeing which driver is the best” – a though-provoking opinion from Palle, albeit one I suspect many people may disagree with:

To be a proper F1 Fanatic I think You need to understand that F1 is a fascinating sport, where the competition comprises of:

Finance ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to attract more sponsor money and get more prize money
Design ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to design the best racecar within the written letter of the rules
Production ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to produce the best racecar, to last a race distance
Tuning ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to tune the cars setup etc. to suit the driver
Tyres ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Understand the tyres and adjust the car and driving style
Strategy ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to plan development over the season
Tactics ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to manage the resources in races to get the edge
Pit crew ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to perform perfect pit-stops in cooperation with drivers
Motivation ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to motivate the whole team to perform, perform
Drivers ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to attract and keep the best drivers
Future ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ how to develop the business, recruiting talents etc…

I have probably forgotten something important.

To me F1 is not about seeing which driver is the best, so rules have to leave room for designing new innovative solutions, and make it possible for a team to get a reward for being more innovative than the rest, i.e. not change the rules during a season as soon as someone have got an advantage.

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75 comments on Former Hakkinen adviser Coton to work with Hamilton

  1. Chalky (@chalky) said on 9th February 2012, 9:34

    So Massa reckons the Ferrari is not good enough and Schumacher reckons the same about the Mercedes, even though it has not been tested yet. So that leaves McLaren and Red Bull from last years top 4. No real comments from either yet. Pretty standard test runs.

    Now pre-season testing predictions can be well off, as I remember with Williams a few years ago, but will it be another Red Bull domination?
    Or will Lotus or Force India come and shake it all up?

    Then there’s the dream scenario that the whole field got even more evenly matched. Nah, that wouldn’t happen. What am I thinking?

  2. Who is the strange wolf like creature in the suit behind hamilton?

  3. The Edge (@the-edge) said on 9th February 2012, 14:39

    I couldn’t agree more with the sentiments of the COTD

    for me, there should only be 1 more new rule this season….NO MORE NEW RULES UNTIL 2013…unless its for safety reasons of course

  4. Palle (@palle) said on 9th February 2012, 16:23

    Thank You for all the comments to my COTD, also those who disagree, I like the discussion.
    I would like to add that You have to remember that F1 is different to most other sports, because of the technical development competition being part of it. Most other sport is Amish-like in its ban on any new techniques, technology and application of modern methods to improve.
    I agree that GP2 makes very interesting racing, but the technical development issue of F1 is what makes it more interesting for me. That is probably also because I’m a MSc myself and mirror myself more in the engineers like Newey than the drivers, even if I do a track day or some carting every now and then. In my job I feel greatly inspired by following F1, with its mix of teamwork, development, unique individuals, businessmen and organizers – all of which is important to make the show go on.
    I agree with “The Edge”, who advocates for No more new rules until 2013 – unless its for safety reasons of course.
    I’m fully aware that this will not especially benefit the smaller or midfield teams, but I just think it will be more fair.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th February 2012, 21:01

    Brilliant COTD, @Paelle Really well put and I could not agree more.

    When I first expressed interest in Formula 1 I always knew, respected and liked the fact that although focus is on the drivers, ultimately it’s a team effort. There may not be much the focus on the teams outside the F1 paddock but I don’t mind.

    The drivers are naturally where most focus falls and that’s understandable but for me, that’s not enough. I’m not all about cars on tarmac once the flag drops because the sport doesn’t work that way.

    Simply put, If I wanted just cars on tarmac and nothing else, I’d be missing so much action and fun in the sport.

    F1 has the perfect balance of individual performance and team spirit.

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