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In the round-up: Lotus will be first to launch their 2013 F1 car in a live stream on their website on Monday.
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Paul Hembery on designing tyres for 2014: “We’d have to get a renewal [if we were going to change it] and it’s about how relevant any of the past or current cars will be to 2014. So the work for 2014, by and large, I believe will be done by a simulator.”
Major events minister Louise Asher: “I hope it’s not a deal breaker because I’d like to undertake a commercial negotiation with a view to having the Grand Prix longer-term in Victoria.”
“I think the first point to be clear on is that Niki Lauda is in charge. He clearly doesn’t understand the non-executive part of his title, which is meant to be non-executive chairman because he’s been acting very much as an executive chairman.”
“My gut feeling is that Mercedes is preparing the way for a possible departure as a team owner, if things do not improve.”
Gray: “I’d like to see live updates to the grid [in their F1 games] over a Grand Prix weekend. When I was growing up I used to spend hour re-arranging the grid to reflect the results of qualifying so that I could run the race myself at home before the real thing.”
Looks like Lotus will be first to launch their 2013 car – the wraps come off the E21 on Monday (28th) at their factory. #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) January 23, 2013
the E21 lives… fired up this afternoon! And so far – without blinding you with science – it looks a nice bit of kit!
— Paul Seaby (@Seabs) January 23, 2013
— Christian Nimmervoll (@MST_ChristianN) January 23, 2013
finished another productive day , with simulator and physical training ! Its going great our preparation , extremely motivated
— Sergio Perez (@SChecoPerez) January 23, 2013
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Comment of the day
If his arm heals, I don’t think he’ll have a problem finding a seat. Obviously he’d have to prove himself in a midfield car at best, but as he has said himself, he doesn’t seem to have lost much, if any, speed. I don’t think a team like Sauber or Force India would say no to the services of Kubica.
I don’t see Kubica paying for a seat, but I’m sure he would be fine driving for pennies. With Hulkenberg being likely to end up at Ferrari, there could be a seat at Sauber with Gutierrez providing a significant amount of cash and Force India, unless in absolutely dire need of money, should go for him rather than Bianchi/Sutil.
Of course, he would be rusty, and therefore he should be aiming at 2014 which promises a more equal playing field regarding experience as the cars will be new. Importantly, I think he should be trying to do DTM rather than the European Rally Championship – if he under-performs, he can always go back to rallying, but at this point I don’t think he should give up on F1.
If he’s capable of driving an F1 car and as quick and consistent as he used to, the benefits of employing him rather than some Johnny Cecotto Jnr with heaps of money should outweigh the risk and financial drawback associated with it. I think Frank Williams would concur with that.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Ling!
On this day in F1
The Buenos Aires circuit in Argentina hosted a non-championship race on this day in 1971 as the venue prepared for a return to the world championship calendar. Chris Amon won in a Matra.
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