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“A decision is expected in the next week regarding adding a 20th race – or adding none at all.”
Helmut Marko: “For four years, Vettel and Webber have driven together in our team. Sebastian was runner-up once and champion three times. The statistic speaks for itself. There is no reason to think the balance of power will change.”
Christian Horner: “Certainly Sebastian [Vettel] was able to get more out of the upgrade than Mark was. It did seem to suit his requirements whereas Mark never seemed quite as comfortable. But he still had Korea pole, a front row in Abu Dhabi, and out-qualified Seb in Brazil.”
Head of the operations research department Neil Martin: “Until a few years ago – explained Martin – Everything was very straightforward. Everyone looked after their own car and there was only one strategy: to go as fast as possible. That is no longer the case. Nowadays it is necessary to take into consideration a host of parameters, starting with tyre wear and the weather conditions, right up to the time that is lost during a pit-stop”.
“Since long before the final race of last year in Brazil, all the teams have been hard at work on the car they will be campaigning with in 2013. That work, already deeply concentrated, takes on a new level of intensity once one season has been dealt with.”
“A knighthood would… have to be awarded to Surtees for his current activities and not his successes from 50 years ago, for which he received an MBE in 1959 and OBE in 2008 for services to charity and motorsport.”
The observation tower at the Circuit of the Americas (the COTA Grand Plaza) has been nominated as Building of the Year 2012.
“We’re hosting our hangout to introduce Sergio [Perez] to the fans on Wednesday January 9th.”
Its now only 32 days until testing begins. Is anyone coming to Jerez or Barcelona? #F1Countdown
— Williams F1 Team (@WilliamsF1Team) January 4, 2013
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Comment of the day
Marcus (@jadedwriter) responds to Ron Dennis’s latest view on Lewis Hamilton’s departure:
Every time I read an interview from Ron Dennis regarding Lewis Hamilton’s move I get the feeling that he just finished eating a bowl full of sour grapes.
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On this day in F1
F1 has lost one team this year in the form of HRT. The last team to pull out was Toyota at the end of 2009, despite having already produced a car for the next season. Two years ago today we got a look at it for the first time:
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