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In the round-up: Gerard Lopez expects an even stronger showing from Lotus in 2013.
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“Lotus F1 boss Gerard Lopez has set his team a bold objective for this season: finish in the top three of the constructors’ championship table this year and end the season on the same level as the best teams.”
“Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado, IndyCar Series driver Ernesto Jose Viso and other pro-[Venezuelan president Hugo] Chavez athletes attended a mass at a church in downtown Caracas on Sunday to pray for the ailing president.”
“Time is running out with local promoters usually seeking to maximise their chances of breaking even by putting tickets on sale for the race almost as soon as the previous one has finished.”
“Lotus and Mercedes both found that due to air pressure characteristics surrounding an F1 car, the speed at which the passive DRS switched off to re-engage the rear wing was not always the same as that where it switched on.”
“Clearly Gary has been hurt and most upset by this and in December he resorted to an extraordinary and extended expression of this hurt and anger on twitter. The twitter explosion included the following, ‘I might launch a crusade to get some answers, or get my f***ing job back, or let the world know what’s really going on the medical side of the FIA’.”
— Charles Pic (@Charles_Pic1) January 7, 2013
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Comment of the day
Watching that Montreal pre-qualify video from about four minutes in reminds you that F1 doesn’t have to be overtakes every few minutes and a spiced up show to interest some of us at least. It’s something deeper than that – a feeling of being in awe of the machines and the drivers that have to handle them.
I don’t want to get too nostalgic about things (and go on about the past) because I love modern F1 too, but in a digital world where everything seems to be measured quantitatively (we want two pit stops per race, we want 100 overtakes etc…), it’s nice to be reminded of the beautiful things that makes motorsport and F1 what it was, is and should continue to be.
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Happy birthday to Michael Roberts!
On this day in F1
Ahead of the first ever running of the world championship several top drivers participated in the non-championship Buenos Aires Grand Prix held at the Palermo circuit on this day in 1950.
Luigi Villoresi won for Ferrari after early leader Juan Manuel Fangio lost time with a pit stop.
Image © Lotus F1 Team/LAT