Vettel: McLaren “look strong” in testing

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Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Jerez, 2012

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Jerez, 2012

In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel is impressed by McLaren’s long-run pace in testing.

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Vettel impressed by McLaren pace (Autosport)

“I think McLaren looked very strong today. For the rest it is too early. I haven’t seen all the lap times yet, I have only had a couple of looks on the long runs that Lewis did today ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ they seemed to be quite interesting.”

Bahrain Grand Prix should go ahead, says independent commissioner (The Guardian)

“[Cherif] Bassiouni ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ who was appointed by the Bahrain royal family but has been critical of the authorities after last year’s disturbances ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ has written to the chairman of the Bahrain GP, Zayed Alzayani, and also to the Formula One principal rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone, giving his support for the race to go ahead, despite the ongoing protests from pro-democracy groups.”

Analysis – McLaren MP4-27 sidepods (F1)

“The sidepods are very high off the ground, with a much wider, more dramatic undercut, an arrangement similar to the double floor solution seen on Toro Rosso’s 2011 car.”

Rates for many hotels skyrocket on F1 weekend (Austin-American Statesman)

“Hotel operators’ decision to dramatically increase room rates during the F1 race is not a violation of the state’s price-gouging laws. Those laws go into effect only when a state of emergency or disaster is declared by the governor, according to the Texas attorney general’s office.”

American F1 Sponsorship: An Interview with SunCore Solar (F1 in America)

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36 comments on Vettel: McLaren “look strong” in testing

  1. Ben (@dirtyscarab) said on 23rd February 2012, 1:01

    Well I’m a long suffering McLaren fan (Long suffering in terms of constructor’s championships) and I contrary to the past few seasons I don’t see that shoulders slumped bad vibe that’s usually in and around the team during pre-season.

    I suspect they may be a couple of tenth off the RB8 but only a couple of tenths. This for me is like winning the lottery because I’ve got every confidence they can claw back + overtake something small like that.

    I’m gonna stick my neck out + go for a down-to-the-wire last race decider between HAM + VET + BUT.

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