Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Hungaroring, 2012

Williams FW35 won’t have a stepped nose – Bottas

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Hungaroring, 2012In the round-up: Valtteri Bottas gives the first indication teams will use the new rule which allows them to avoid having stepped noses, stating the Williams FW35’s nose will be flat.

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No ??step nose? on Williams? 2013 car ?ǣ Bottas (TopCar)

“With the new rules, the step nose is straightened. That is the biggest difference in appearance.”

F1 races to skip Istanbul after prime minister’s decision (Hurriyet Daily News)

“The project, set to cost Turkey around $20m in total, was supposed to receive 13 million dollars of state funding.”

Brabhams win legal battle over name (Autosport)

David Brabham: “I’m delighted that this situation has finally come to an end. It’s been a long and tiring battle, but this was something I felt we needed to do to protect the Brabham name.”

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – Sergio Hangout (YouTube)

Sergio Perez starts F1 career with McLaren ?ǣ video (The Guardian)

Video interview with Perez.

Finland in Formula 1 – The Past, Present and the Future (Rach F1)

“It would be amazing if our country had a proper race track and if F1 could arrive to our country, because we have such a good and successful history in F1. The population of Finland is only five million people, but there are so many racing fans and I’m quite sure the race would be a success.”

The Doctor Is In Session (Red Bulletin)

This is the full interview with Helmut Marko, an extract of which was published here on Tuesday.

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@Bobthevulcan on Perez’s move to McLaren:

While Perez did show good race pace in the Sauber last year, most notably in Malaysia and Monza, it?s worth noting that all of his stand-out podium performances came from him starting barely within or outside of the top 10, and running an alternative strategy. As for his absolute one-lap pace, he did out-qualify Kobayashi by a fair margin over the course of the season (11-8, with Perez missing qualifying in Monaco).

Exactly how well Perez will fare in the McLaren remains a great unknown. However, his willingness to identify/rectify his own shortcomings, and setting ambitious targets for himself, shows that he has the right frame of mind.
@Bobthevulcan

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