In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says he expects Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff replace Ross Brawn out at Mercedes.
Sauber C32 launch
Yesterday was one of the busiest days ever on F1 Fanatic. To the best of my knowledge the first images of the new Ferrari F138 appeared here well before they did anywhere else.
That the site withstood the ensuing barrage of traffic so well was thanks to the efforts of Ed Marshall, who’s done some brilliant work in making it run more reliably and efficiently. Thanks also to those who have pledged support to the site which has allowed me to invest more money in the server.
And thanks also to Dan Cross and Elaine Scott who were at Silverstone covering the Force India launch which was going on at the same. Do check out their websites here:
Today we get our first look at the fifth new car of 2013: the Sauber C32. The car is being revealed at 11am UK time so keep an eye on F1 Fanatic for more coverage.
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“They have got Toto there and they have got Niki. That will probably be enough.”
Bob Fernley: “The idea of the Nico [Hulkenberg]/Paul [di Resta] partnership not continuing into 2013 wasn’t our plan. Obviously it slightly de-railed our programme. If we’d had an ideal world we’d have liked to run Jules [Bianchi] for two years as a third driver.”
“The 29-year-old is likely to get a maximum of half a day in the car, while Paul Di Resta will have it to himself for the rest of the week.”
“A V6 engine is not part of the Ferrari tradition and in the name of the F138, we are paying homage to the eight-cylinder engine and the fact this is the last year we will use it. I continue to maintain, for economic, musical and power reasons that it would be better to stick with eight-cylinders.”
A V6-engined Ferrari won the contructors’ championship in 1961 and Phil Hill won the drivers’ championship with the car.
Only one more sleep. Don't forget to add #C32Launch to your tweets. Some very exciting new design to be revealed! The tension is rising…
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Comment of the day
Caterham’s decision to sign Giedo van der Garde for this year provoked more debate about pay drivers:
I think people are looking at this in the wrong way. Now I know I?óÔé¼Ôäóm Dutch and commenting on a Dutch driver joining the grid, but this goes for most “pay-drivers” currently under contract, especially in the bottom two teams, it?óÔé¼Ôäós not like Marussia and Caterham would archieve anything more if they signed former world champions than if they signed rookies.
They?óÔé¼Ôäóre at the far end of the field and better drivers probably won?óÔé¼Ôäót get them higher in the rankings. Faster cars will and for that they need money. It?óÔé¼Ôäós not like they signed Jean-Denis Deletraz after all, they?óÔé¼Ôäóre solid drivers.
Perhaps they won?óÔé¼Ôäót extract 100% out of the car, but at the level Marussia and Caterham are playing at, does it really matter much if their drivers are in it for 95% of the maximum performance they could possibly get out of the car?
Now I know tenth place in the constructor?óÔé¼Ôäós championship is important but the only reason it ever seemed close was luck on Marussia?óÔé¼Ôäós part, Caterham built a better car for three years in a row now.
They might be faster than we expect them to be and without a doubt their money will push the bottom teams further along. Isn?óÔé¼Ôäót that we all want?
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On this day in F1
Today in 1958 Juan Manuel Fangio won the non-championship Formula Libre Buenos Aires City Grand Prix.
The world champion’s former Mercedes team mate Stirling Moss retired after being hit by Jesus Iglesias at the start of the first heat, which was run in heavy rain.