Sergio Perez, Sauber, Monza, 2012

Perez: ‘My target is to win the championship in 2013’

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Monza, 2012In the round-up: Sergio Perez his target for his first season with McLaren is to win the world championship.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

I’ll do what Lew couldn’t: Perez thinks he can win championship in his first season (Daily Mail)

“My target is to win the championship already next year. That takes a lot of work during the season, so it’s very important to start my preparation really well with them and try to reach their targets.”

Mein Name ist Bernie, ich wei?? von nichts (Kleine Zeitung, German)

Bernie Ecclestone tells Austria’s Kleine Zeitung a race at the Red Bull Ring is not likely to happen, and suggests if Turkey does not hold a race the 2013 F1 calendar will be 19 races long.

Vettel: Titles add extra pressure (Autosport)

“It’s not our decision or in our hands when other people try literally everything to beat us. There might just be a little bit of a rumour; other things might get said; and other things might happen eye to eye without any words, without you having to mention anything.”

State comptroller authorizes $29.3 million for Formula One (Austin-American Statesman)

“State comptroller Susan Combs has approved payment of $29.3 million [??18.1m] from the state Major Events Trust Fund to organizers of November?s Formula One race, slightly less than what a group affiliated with Circuit of the Americas had requested in July.”


Comment of the day

Where do HRT rate among F1’s least successful teams? Some thoughts from @Red-Andy:

It?s difficult to compare eras because so many things were different. Minardi?s best finish in twenty years of racing in F1 was fourth place, which they managed three times.

But most of their good results were due to attrition; e.g. their last fourth place was the 1993 South African Grand Prix, where Christian Fittipaldi finished fourth out of seven classified finishers (two of whom weren?t running when the chequered flag fell). Nowadays it?s unthinkable that you would get only seven cars finishing a Grand Prix.

Also, in that race Fittipaldi qualified 3.5 seconds off the leader?s pace, which isn?t far away from what HRT were managing this season ?ǣ and not at all bad compared to the efforts of some of the teams floating around in the early to mid-nineties.

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Five years ago today McLaren formally apologised for the Ferrari ‘spy scandal’ for which it had been excluded from the 2007 constructors’ championship and fined $100m.

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