F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he wants to score his first win at Interlagos in his last race for McLaren.
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“I have never won here. I think I have won at most of the historic circuits, and this is one of the last ones. I don’t know when I am going to have a car next that will compete as good as the one I have. So I am going to drive the nuts off it this weekend.”
“When pressed that he would expect a switch to take place at some point, Vettel simply replied: ‘I do not expect anything.’”
“I did a mistake in the first run of Q3 but not because this is the last race or whatsoever. I’m pushing and that’s what I try to do all the time.”
“One day, I’m not going to be there and one of the biggest problems is I’ve got really, really good relationships with the race promoters. A few of them said to me, ‘if you’re not there, we’re not there’. That’s what the danger is. They feel that they trust me and wouldn’t want to let me down.”
“He said he had no hard feelings towards Sauber, despite being dropped just after securing his maiden F1 podium at Suzuka. ‘I’m not disappointed. They need a sponsor and more money for the team,’ Kobayashi said. ‘I cannot find money in such a short time.’”
“Obviously I was focussing a little bit more towards tomorrow, on top of this one I didn’t get the tyres spot-on for their use, so as a combination we ended up where we did. Nevertheless I don’t think we had a great potential for qualifying, but we probably have a reasonable car for tomorrow.”
“The most likely scenario is that there will be a few showers during the course of the morning and early afternoon, but there will also be some lengthy gaps, allowing the track to dry out somewhat. You won’t go far wrong if you are thinking along the lines of the 2008 race with a couple of sprinkles within the race window to spice things up.”
“Because of what happened [at Imola in 1982], that was it for him, as far as he was concerned. Gilles was a very straightforward and honest guy; a shaking of hands was a contract to him. So when what happened happened, it was just this huge disappointment and in his mind, I think it was, ‘I’ve got to get out of this,’ for no other reason than he was such an honest person and what happened was crushing.”
“From a mechanical perspective it will be interesting to see who follows Ferrari down the pull-rod front suspension route especially [with] the revised tyre weight. Let’s remember that the alterations to the 2013 Technical Regulations are limited and so initially Pirelli’s aggressive stance could bode well for close quarter racing.”
A panorama view into our busy garage during FP3 in Brazil. twitter.com/TheFifthDriver…
— McLaren (@TheFifthDriver) November 24, 2012
Comment of the day
@Rob-Wilson is concerned money have become more important than talent when it comes to securing a Formula One drive:
I can’t get my head round the growing fact that money is becoming more important than talent, it’s too devastating, so don’t bother trying, I just block it out and in my own fantasy world I still believe, and will always believe that the drivers on the Formula 1 grid are the fastest drivers in the world.
I ignore the best I can the fact that some drivers are massively backed and some aren’t but I will just try to convince myself that Kobayashi and Kovalainen have had their time in F1 and because they haven’t been magic all the time on the track, they won’t be in it any more. Thinking it’s just down to money is terrible for the sport.
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Happy birthday to Matt Aitch and Sozavele!
On this day in F1
Two years ago today we were marvelling at the epic 2010 season, which I think deserves to be considered a modern classic:
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