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McLaren MP4-28 launch
The second car launch of the year is today. McLaren will be revealing the MP4-28 from 11am UK time so look out for lots of coverage from the launch on the site later today.
For details of F1 Fanatic’s launch and test coverage see here:
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Bernie Ecclestone: “We’ve said to them we don’t have to call it the German Grand Prix this year, we can call it the Grand Prix of Europe.”
“It’s not a secret that I started work with a psychologist in September last year and it went very well during the winter. I had a lot of discussion with Genii, the owner, to try to help them understand and take the right decision. And when they called me to say, ‘Okay we go again for one more year’ I was more than happy.”
Jackie Stewart: “You just have to be damn careful you don’t get carried away with your own importance, your own celebrity, or your own schedule outside of being in the cockpit. It can be quite intoxicating.”
“The top teams get a lot of money from Bernie Ecclestone, starving the small teams a little bit. Last year, we showed that we can make a step forward, and found more than 1.5 seconds, but, in order to make the big step, you need double the budget.”
“The thing that struck me the most when I went into the department where the new car was being built, was the smell, the same I used to smell when I went to the Chip Ganassi team headquarters in America. There too the car was red, but it definitely wasn’t a Ferrari!”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “I spoke with Michael [Schumacher] about it many times, but it depends on what your philosophy is of how Formula One should be. You could go for the maximum performance envelope – tyres, engines, aero all set to max – which the sport did, but that only ended up with processional racing. The fans left in their droves. We were asked to do something different.”
“With far reaching regulation changes coming onto the sport in 2014, the 2013 season is likely to be a year of consolidation, as few changes have been are written into this year’s rule book. So teams will be expected to optimise their designs from last year, correcting mistakes and adopting some of the better ideas of their rivals.”
“There are even rumours of Red Bull running its top secret simulator ‘live’ as a third car in practice sessions, although this is denied by the team. Most remarkable is the fact that, with a few days to go before the opening pre-season tests, many race drivers have already driven their 2013 mounts in the virtual world!”
Rob Sinfield of Grand Prix Diary has assembled a seriously impressive collection of F1 prizes – donate to his charity bike ride for your chance to win.
“Carlo Vanzini will commentate on the action alongside Marc Gene, as the two previously did from 2007 to 2009. Jacques Villeneuve, Fabiano Vandone and Sarah Winkhaus will also form part of the presentation team.”
“Despite making their car go faster than it had ever gone before, McLaren never showed any interest in acquiring Byrne’s services and he was later portrayed in the press as being an arrogant and cocksure wannabe.”
— Bob Varsha (@bobvarsha) January 30, 2013
At MTC today for technical drivers meeting, photo shoot and launch rehearsal…only 1 more day until we all see the MP4-28 #McLarenCarReveal
— Oliver Turvey (@OliverTurvey) January 30, 2013
As you know, my speciality was driving on the gravel. Not on the tarmac due to technical problems. What a beautiful! twitter.com/takiinoue/stat…
— Taki Inoue (@takiinoue) January 30, 2013
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Comment of the day
@Supernicebob on Ferrari’s choice of name for its new car:
I hope one day there’s a series of errors and Ferrari launch the F=RAND()*999
From the forum
Happy birthday to Sharan!
On this day in F1
On this day last year Adrian Sutil received a suspended 18-month jail sentence.
A court ruled he had inflicted grievous bodily harm on Eric Lux, CEO of Lotus owners Genii Capital, in a nightclub in Shanghai in 2011.
There have been rumours Sutil could return to Force India this year. The team are due to launch their 2013 contender tomorrow but are yet to confirm their driver line-up.
Images © Ferrari/Ercole Colombo