F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says deciding to leave McLaren is the hardest decision he’s ever made.
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“When I arrived in Formula 1 in 2007, I now realise I never really grasped what I was taking on. Ron [Dennis] had told me: “Don’t be surprised if you’re 0.5sec slower than Fernando [Alonso]“, and I just smiled because I knew it wouldn’t be the case. But, even so, that year was very hard, for many reasons.”
“TV broadcasters across the world hold 20-race contracts with Formula One Management, while teams are anxious for their slices of the increased revenues promised them by Ecclestone in terms of newly-struck commercial agreements – precursors to the yet-to-be-signed 2013-20 Concorde Agreement, the replacement for the recently-expired covenant which binds governing body, CRH, and teams – and thus Ecclestone needs to deliver on both content and bottom line.”
Helmet designer Jens Munser: “Singapore took a long time. We had to work out what LEDs to use, what battery to use. I was worried it might interfere with the radio. I was hoping the battery would last, it’s a long race, nearly two hours. It was amazing when he won the race, he was greeting the fans and the helmet was still flashing. It was a big relief, I was really happy!”
For more on this article by @TommyB89 see this thread in the forum:
“Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko told an Austrian newspaper: ‘We have made the FIA aware that the Red Bull Ring has a fully updated Formula 1 licence.’”
@adam_s_parr There is a time for a revolution, a time for reforms…You need the conditions to make a successful revolution…
— Luca Colajanni (@lcolajanni) December 9, 2012
Adrian Newey has just put his hand up for the kart race! Gonna make an interesting field of competitors 😁 DC and S.Loeb are amongst it too ☝
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) December 9, 2012
Source tells me the Lotus F1 Team will have a new title sponsor next year – US technology giant Honeywell.
— Adam Hay-Nicholls (@AdamHayNicholls) December 7, 2012
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Comment of the day
Thanks to everyone who joined in yesterday’s Caption Competition. Do keep your suggestions coming in – in the meantime here’s the pick of the best so far.
“I guess I should have chased Dietrich Mateschitz for his autograph when I was ten.”
From the forum
- @Mnmracer has clearly put a huge amount of effort into this post on how fortune affected the 2012 championship
- More pictures of the German Grand Prix from @JamesEden.
Happy birthday to French Steve!
On this day in F1
Five years ago today Fernando Alonso’s return to Renault was confirmed. He was joined by newcomer Nelson Piquet Jnr:
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