Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Yas Marina, 2012

Sauber sponsor indicates Gutierrez will get 2013 seat

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Yas Marina, 2012In the round-up: Esteban Gutierrez looks set to occupy the second seat at Sauber according to the team’s sponsor Carlos Slim Domit.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Lotus finish successful stint in testing at Abu Dhabi (The National)

“Quotes attributed to Carlos Slim Domit, the chairman of Sauber’s sponsor Telmex, yesterday claimed he is ‘quite sure that we will have two Mexican drivers in Formula One for a full season’.”

Whitmarsh: Perez signing risky (Autosport)

“But I have to be honest and I don’t know [about his potential]. We wouldn’t have signed him unless we thought he could go to another level, but I think what I said is that we don’t know.”

New F1 documentary to debut in Austin (F1)

“Entitled ‘1’, the film tells the story of the drivers who raced during the sport?s most dangerous era in the 1960s and ’70s and those who stood up to improve safety standards.”

Formula 1 drivers warned over using bad language in interviews (BBC)

“A letter to teams says it is ‘very much our collective responsibility to make sure drivers are aware such language has no place during media events’.”

Wolff on Williams? driver deliberations and the 2014 engine regs (James Allen on F1)

“Equally Bruno [Senna] has shown okay performances, good performances, scored points. But then we have Valtteri [Bottas] also who is a long-term prospective and who is judged as being the new kid on the block. So we are not yet there.”

Abu Dhabi-Updates: Red Bull testet neues DRD-System (Auto Motor und Sport)

Pictures of Red Bull testing a revised rear wing in Abu Dhabi.

‘Outside F1 I’m one of the best’ (ESPN)

Davide Valsecchi: “We have to remember that at the end of the day it’s the same sport; bringing the maximum out of the car you have. Formula One is a bit faster but OK. I won GP2, I think I can stay in the group in Formula One. That’s my idea, now I need to prove it.”

Vallelunga: Prize drive in an F60 for Formula Three drivers (Ferrari)

“The Scuderia?s school will run a 2009 F60 Formula 1 car for a full on test session for the winners of the championship, Riccardo Agostini and Eddie Cheever Jnr., who will thus realise their dream of getting behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car. Joining them will be Spain?s Daniel Juncadella, winner of the Formula 3 European Series and the newly created FIA European Formula 3 Championship.”

Mr Ron Dennis CBE (F1 Elvis)

“Only earlier this season, the team suffered ‘heat-soak’ issues with the bodywork burning around the exhausts each time the car stopped in pit lane. An old rag, soaked in a bucket of cold water was laid onto the sidepod each time the it returned from a run and was reversed into the garage, to alleviate the problem. When Ron next attended a race and saw this going on he hit the roof. Next race they had nicely tailored and shaped black towels, each beautifully embroidered with the drivers initials, and the bucket?s now kept out of sight.”

Coca-Cola favours energy drinks brand for sponsorship (Yahoo)

Bernie Ecclestone: “The president of Coca-Cola is a very good friend of mine but the head of marketing has always said he didn?t think Formula One was good for them. If they do come in I think they will come in with one of their energy drink brands not Coke itself. The only time Coke would perhaps get involved with something, other than what they currently do, is if Pepsi got in.”

Zanardi completes BMW test at Nurburgring (Touring Car Times)

“Just as when Zanardi raced for BMW in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, handicap modifications were made to the BMW M3 DTM. The Italian operated the accelerator with his left hand on the steering wheel and the brake was moved to the right in order for him to brake with his prosthetic right leg.”

Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue joins Ferrari’s board of directors (The Verge)

“Italian automotive manufacturer Ferrari has just announced a surprising addition ? Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior [vice-president] of internet software and services, has joined the company’s board of directors.”

Thanks to Chris SZ for the tip.


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@Taurus’s simple idea for making the Hungaroring layout more interesting:

Run it anti clockwise and remove the chicane.

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