In the round-up: Sergio Perez his target for his first season with McLaren is to win the world championship.
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“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.”
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.
“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 Susan Combs has approved payment of $29.3 million [?é?ú18.1m] from the state Major Events Trust Fund to organizers of November?óÔé¼Ôäós Formula One race, slightly less than what a group affiliated with Circuit of the Americas had requested in July.”
Had my first day in @MyCaterhamF1 today. It was great :)
— Charles Pic (@Charles_Pic1) December 12, 2012
the C32 chassis and safety structures have passed their FIA safety tests. So, fully homologated and ready for winter testing (5. Feb). #F1
— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) December 12, 2012
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Where do HRT rate among F1’s least successful teams? Some thoughts from @Red-Andy:
It?óÔé¼Ôäós difficult to compare eras because so many things were different. Minardi?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäót running when the chequered flag fell). Nowadays it?óÔé¼Ôäós unthinkable that you would get only seven cars finishing a Grand Prix.
Also, in that race Fittipaldi qualified 3.5 seconds off the leader?óÔé¼Ôäós pace, which isn?óÔé¼Ôäót far away from what HRT were managing this season ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ 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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