Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012

Hamilton: Leaving McLaren “my hardest decision”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says deciding to leave McLaren is the hardest decision he’s ever made.

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Hamilton: It’s the hardest decision I’ve made, but I’m leaving McLaren to grow up (Daily Mail)

“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.”

The complications of the Formula 1 calendar (Autosport, subscription required)

“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 ?ǣ 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 ?ǣ and thus Ecclestone needs to deliver on both content and bottom line.”

“Racing isn?t just a sport, it?s a show.” (Red Bull)

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 offers own track for Austrian GP return in 2013 (BBC)

“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.'”

Boom and bust for F1 weekend (Kxan via Youtube)

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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 thought Max Jacobson, Electrolite, Scalextric, S.J.M, Mallesh Magdum and Melkurion’s suggestions were among the funniest. But my favourite was this one from FormulaLes:

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

“I guess I should have chased Dietrich Mateschitz for his autograph when I was ten.”

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Five years ago today Fernando Alonso’s return to Renault was confirmed. He was joined by newcomer Nelson Piquet Jnr:

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