In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says he’s happy at Lotus as they are less political than his previous teams.
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“I always said that this is a bit of a different team to the others that I raced for before. It’s all about racing and less about politics and I think that’s a good thing for the whole team.”
“‘I don’t feel 82, and as a matter of fact I’m now going to Geneva, then to Istanbul to see if we can get back the Turkish GP and [will then] participate at the World Council,’ Ecclestone told Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘And I’m not stopping here, I have a thousand more ideas. Do I look in such a bad shape, two weeks after the USA GP that I wanted and somehow created?'”
“The FIA will increase its annual income to about $40m [?é?ú24.8m], an increase of at least 40%, under pacts with series co-owner CVC Capital Partners Ltd. and teams including champion Red Bull, one of the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private. The ruling body said [on] October 23rd the contract governing the sport would be signed in the coming weeks.”
Silverstone Circuits managing director Richard Phillips: “This year’s torrential weather, waterlogged campsites and saturated car parks created a ‘perfect storm’ of unforeseeable issues, to which we were having to react throughout a difficult and challenging day. We are confident that we won?óÔéĽÔäót see a repeat of the events of this year.”
“The Iskandar development will span 2,200 square kilometres of land around the city of Johor Bahru. As part of the development [Peter] Lim says there will be a Formula 1-spec test facility.”
“Q: If you could banish one thing from your life – for the rest of your life – what would that be?
PdlR: The death of my father. Watching him fight against a degenerative neurological disease, watching him get weaker and not being able to do anything about it, to help him, it was horrible.”
— Bob Varsha (@bobvarsha) December 4, 2012
— Katarina Ä†avar (@KatarinaCavar) December 4, 2012
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Comment of the day
@Aka_robyn on Jenson Button’s potential in 2012:
It makes it more interesting to have different drivers racing in different ways, playing to their individual strengths and compensating for their weaknesses. And after the 2011 season, I will never underestimate Button, no matter what people might say about him!
From the forum
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- Petter Solberg won’t compete in the WRC next year
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Four years ago today Honda made the news of their departure from F1 official: