In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 car passes its FIA crash test.
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Auto Motor und Sport reports Mercedes’ W04 has passed its crash test for 2013 – and ‘resembles the Red Bull’.
“We did have a conversation about taking [the DTM] seriously further on but I decided it would be a little bit too much for me to be involved full-time for the whole season next year.”
“I liked [Pirelli’s 2013 tyre], actually. It was very hot in Brazil so it?óÔé¼Ôäós difficult to be sure, but the idea is that it generates heat a lot quicker and you don?óÔé¼Ôäót struggle with warm-up, which a lot of teams did in 2012. That is good.”
“While downstairs you may cast your eye over a second-hand Mini, upstairs you can see the Williams FW14B with which Nigel won the world championship in 1992. There are four race-winning cars from across his career as well as the trophies which, unusually, his contracts stipulated he would keep.”
Richard Williams: “Manchester City had produced a shattering denouement to the domestic season, Aguero’s goal dashing the smiles from the faces of Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United players, who believed for a couple of breathless minutes that a win at Sunderland had allowed them to retain their hold on the title. Not since Felipe Massa enjoyed 38 seconds of euphoria in Sao Paulo in 2008 before Lewis Hamilton crossed the line to snatch the Formula One title had ultimate triumph been so brutally ripped away.”
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Comment of the day
Disappointingly, Rubens Barrichello will not be racing single-seaters next year. Chris (@Tophercheese21) hopes his vast experience doesn’t go to waste:
I honestly think that Barrichello could do very well as an F1 driver coach/mentor to some of these younger drivers. Like Toto Wolff is at Williams.
Could be a good prospect if he isn?óÔé¼Ôäót going to be racing next year.
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On this day in F1
December the 29th is the latest data a world championship has ever been decided, and it happened on this day 50 years ago at the East London circuit in South Africa. Eleven weeks and six days had passed since the penultimate round of the championship.
Jim Clark led until his Lotus failed on lap 62. That guaranteed the championship for rival Graham Hill, who took the race victory as well.
Here’s footage from the race: