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Button doubts wisdom of Hamilton’s Mercedes move

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Jenson Button says he think Lewis Hamilton’s move to Mercedes, who he drove for from 2003-9 as BAR, Honda and Brawn, isn’t the right decision.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Jenson Button: Lewis Hamilton has made wrong decision to leave McLaren (The Guardian)

“He has chosen to go his own way at the end of the year. It is his decision, although I personally don’t think it is the right decision.”

SIC to negotiate with FOM for reduction of fees to host F1 (The Malaysian Reserve)

“Sepang International Circuit Sdn Bhd (SIC) will seek for a reduction in the payment to host the Formula One (F1) race which first came to Malaysia in 1999, following a similar successful move by its Singapore counterpart.”

The Horse Whisperer – From one extreme to the other (Ferrari)

“It?s a pity that Montezemolo had simply stated a principle, nothing more, nothing less. At Ferrari there will be room for anyone who demonstrates they have the talent to drive a scarlet car and to work in harmony both with and for the team.”

Massa decision set for Tuesday (Sky)

“Luca di Montezemolo has revealed he will sit down with Felipe Massa at Ferrari’s headquarters on Tuesday to discuss the Brazilian’s future before making a final decision on a contract for 2013.”

‘Massa kerb’ for Indian Grand Prix (The Times of India)

“The Ferrari driver, who was quickest in the practice sessions for the Indian Grand Prix, retired midway through the race with a broken left suspension after kissing too much of the kerb on turn eight of the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida. That kerb has now been christened as the ‘Massa kerb’.”

NBC Sports Group gets US Formula One Rights (NBC Sport)

“The deal that begins next season will air four races on NBC. The remaining 16 races, and all practices and qualifying sessions will be on cable NBC Sports Network in what’s expected to total more than 100 hours of annual programming.”

Whitmarsh glad to leave Korea (The Telegraph)

“This economy, this culture, we can make a success of it here but we probably need to think of the formula and how to do that because the location of the circuit does not make it easy.”

McLaren want Hamilton to feel the love (Reuters)

Lewis Hamilton: “I have not been distracted once this year… I am still 100% a part of this team, right until the last minute. People will continue to say there’s a rift between me and Jenson and there honestly are no issues between us. We’ve been fantastic team mates really.”

Mixed emotions for Mark in South Korea (Mark Webber)

“I didn?t have enough clutch at Suzuka last weekend and here I had too much. The initial launch wasn?t good and that resulted in me having a mediocre run to the first corner.”

Analysis: Red Bull DDRS (ScarbsF1)

“Red Bull’s adoption of DDRS is also surprising; as it?s the first time a team have exploited this technology since Mercedes introduced it for the start of 2012. This might be in part due to the system being banned for 2013 and teams are looking at the passive Drag Reduction Device (DRD) as tested by Lotus\Mercedes.”


Comment of the day

@TimothyKatz kept an eagle eye on the development of BBC’s “Vettel to Ferrari” story yesterday:

I’ve been watching that story ?ǣ the headline has changed three times this morning. From the original, definite position to “might” and now it?s back to “set to”.


Now they?ve changed the headline to “Ferrari plan for arrival of Sebastian Vettel, but Massa stays for 2013”.

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