In the round-up: Sergio Perez says he hopes to develop at McLaren the way Lewis Hamilton did.
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“McLaren is a team that knows how to handle young drivers. Just think about my predecessor in the cockpit – Lewis Hamilton. He joined the team with no F1 experience at all and the team helped him to blossom into a winner and a champion. All I want is to get the same treatment.”
Toto Wolff: “I have no concrete plans to sell the [Williams] shares. I am going to handle my shareholding carefully. That means looking at all options and alternatives whether Frank Williams buys them back, any of the current investors buys them back or I hold them as long as I think it is acceptable and feasible from a corporate point of view.”
“Roy Nissany, son of ex-Jordan and Minardi Formula 1 test driver Chanoch, will compete in the new European Formula 3 Championship this season.”
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen the new car in the factory, as it is being prepared for the first test. I am very happy to be able to test it and honestly I had not expected that. It?óÔé¼Ôäós a unique opportunity to begin to understand how the car works and how I can help with the work in the simulator.”
“For sheer showmanship it’s unlikely McLaren’s 1997 launch will ever be trumped. The Spice Girls, Jamiroquai and bucket-loads of dry ice were on hand at London’s Alexandra Palace to welcome the new MP4-12 into the world.”
“Motor sports icon Mario Andretti presented his namesake trophy to 2012 Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel as this year?óÔé¼Ôäós Speed Performer of the Year on the Sunday night edition of Speed Center.”
I'm not so sure Mr E's talks with the Nuerburgring are off. May have more news later.
— Alan Baldwin (@alanbaldwinf1) January 28, 2013
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Comment of the day
Are there other drivers more deserving of the opportunity Susie Wolff has at Williams:
She barely broke the top 15 in DTM… why is she doing simulator and straight-line work, when there are race winners in Formula Renault 3.5, GP2, Formula Two, Formula Three, GP3 and DTM that are burgeoning talents?
Surely there are more suitable up and coming female drivers that can be a valid contributing member to the team, which I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure Wolff is, but also have a chance of become a serious contender in a feeder series with a view to racing in F1.
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On this day in F1
Carlos Reutemann won the second round of the 1978 world championship on this day 35 years ago at the Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Behind him was Emerson Fittipaldi, who gave the Brazilian Copersucar team its best ever finish with second place, followed by Niki Lauda’s Brabham.
Images ?é?® McLaren/Hoch Zwei, Ferrari/Ercole Colombo