McLaren confidence boosted by strong end to season

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012In the round-up: McLaren sporting director Sam Michael is optimistic for 2013 after the team won the final two races of the year.

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Michael confident for 2013 (Sky Sports)

“The car was really quick in the last two races and I think we can look forward to some really strong performances next year.”

McLaren profits boost driven by sponsors and prizes (Express)

“Pre-tax profits at the McLaren Formula One team accelerated 38 per cent to ??22.9 million in 2011 according to its accounts.”

Marko critical of ‘political’ Alonso (Crash)

“He seems to have problems if he doesn’t win. When he doesn’t win, then he develops incredible political skills.”

Moves to save the German GP (Joe Saward)

“In recent years the [Nurburgring] has paid only $13 million per race, but the money has been spread over two years thanks to the alternation of the German GP with Hockenheim, which means that the N???rburging only had to find $6.5 million a year. The word is that FOM has even offered to run the race for free on the understanding that it takes the revenues of Grand Prix Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH & Co. KG, the company that has been set up to run the race.”

Senna optimistic of F1 stay (Autosport)

“Hopefully before the end of the year we’ll have a nice clear path to follow.”

F1 great Prost’s regret over Senna film (CNN)

“For me, inside me, I know what happened, I know the story, I know how Ayrton was just before his accident after I retired, I keep that for me.”

“Ich erwarte viel vom neuen Auto” (Blick, German)

Peter Sauber tells Blick the Sauber C32 will make its debut on February 5th.

Brazilian Grand Prix video (F1)

Official race video edit.

The Evolution Of Pit Stops (F1 Elvis)

“Before the recent focus on pit stop speed, gun men would signify they were done by raising a hand in the air and when the jack men saw the two hands at their end of the car, it would be dropped back onto the floor. When the chief mechanic saw four hands and both jacks out of the way, he?d release it. Now the action of raising a hand 50cm in the air is considered to take too long and so the flick of a switch or button on the side of the gun shaves off valuable hundredths, that?s how thoroughly things are analysed.”

Bruno?s burden of expectation (Podium Finish)

“Following Ayrton [Senna’s] death, Bruno?s career came to an abrupt halt as his family, understandably given his uncle?s tragic death, didn?t want to see him racing. His father?s death, just two years after Ayrton?s, in a motorcycle accident in 1996 must have only served to strengthen his family?s protective instincts.”

Who Is Canada?s Next Racing Hero? (The Lowdown Blog)

“If I was to pick a driver for Canadian kids to look up to when plotting a course to Formula One, I?d tell them to look up to Robert Wickens.”

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Comment of the day

@MaroonJack reckons he’s heard Luca di Montezemolo’s recent complaints somewhere else before:

It?s interesting. Luca says many things that have been said in the comment sections and on the F1 Fanatic forum, and they weren?t controversial. Many would call those ideas quite sensible, but when they come from Luca people immediately dismiss them. Let?s see:

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel deserved to win,
We were expecting more from Schumacher,
It?s time for Bernie Ecclestone to retire,
Ferrari puts the team before the drivers,
Aerodynamic development should be limited, as it?s not road relevant,
F1 needs to open development in other areas to remain innovative, road-relevant and attractive for manufacturers.

How exactly is any of that illogical?
@MaroonJack

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On this day in F1

Francois Migault, who died on January 21st this year, was born on this day in 1944. Migault was born in Le Mans and his greatest motor racing success came in the 24 hour race in which he placed second with Jean-Louis Lafosse in 1976.

In F1 he made 13 starts but never scored, his best result 14th in his home race at Dijon for BRM in 1976.

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