F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Kamui Kobayashi could lose his seat at Sauber next year unless he can find a sponsor.
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“It’s very strange to need to find a sponsor to drive for another team or [to drive] here. At this moment of course the money is very important but basically I really want to be one of the top drivers with a good team. I want to be in Formula One and that’s what I was dreaming of when I was young.”
“I want to keep fighting because I believe so strongly in women being part of motor racing.”
McLaren have won the right to appeal against a ruling which stated they could not claim tax exemption on the £49m ($100m) fine the FIA handed them in 2007.
“I’d rather be probably out of second and third place so I don’t have to go to the prize-giving. It makes no difference to be second or fifth if you don’t win.”
“We do everything we can but we have to improve and we haven’t scored very good points on the previous races. But we have still been scoring points and keeping ourselves in the championship.
“Once in 2009 at the Nurburgring, on Thursday night I came back to the hotel at 11-11:30pm and I realised I am already completely exhausted before the real weekend or my real job started because on Thursday I had from 9am until 10pm with half an hour break in between.”
Lewis Hamilton: “I made a mistake. I tried as hard as I could to get hold of Jenson but I think he had a night out so I couldn’t get hold of him. So I sent a message, he replied and accepted it. The first thing I did here was to go and apologise. Perhaps Twitter is not for me.”
Martin Brundle: “I’m told by several people involved that through [Romain Grosjean's] junior Formula racing he was hard on a car and incident prone. He probably does need the help of someone like Sir Jackie Stewart although it would have been better if this was public afterwards rather than beforehand.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) October 11, 2012
GPDA dinner in Korea. Some F1 bonding 😍 pic.twitter.com/6XtNzRqV
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) October 11, 2012
Comment of the day
@John-H thinks McLaren may have already thrown the championships away:
When you look at the mistakes, McLaren have really thrown this championship away due to poor operational performance. The car is quick and the drivers are quick. Improving pit stops was a success, but why were there such big problems there in the first place?
As much as I dislike Red Bull, you have to give them credit for filling up the cars with fuel correctly and practising how to change four wheels before the season starts. They deserve both championships much more.
From the forum
- Some readers are already planning their 2013 F1 race trips to Melbourne and Silverstone
- A terrific line-up for the 2012 Macau Grand Prix
Happy birthday to F1abw!
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher won a strange Japanese Grand Prix 15 years ago today.
With Jacques Villeneuve facing likely exclusion from the event following a yellow flag infringement in practice, the Williams driver held up the field in the opening stages, hoping someone would overtake his principle championship rival.
The plan backfired when Schumacher’s team mate Eddie Irvine got ahead of the Williams, allowing him to hold up Villeneuve and help Schumacher pass via the pit stops. That done, Irvine handed the lead of the race to Schumacher.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen split the two Ferraris before the end of the race but with Villeneuve not scoring Schumacher carried a one-point lead into the final race at Jerez.
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