Ecclestone expects Mercedes/Brawn split

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Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2011In 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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F1 chief Ecclestone tips Mercedes to split with team boss Brawn (City AM)

“They have got Toto there and they have got Niki. That will probably be enough.”

Bianchi had been set to stay as reserve (Autosport)

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.”

Rossiter to test Force India at Jerez (Adam Cooper)

“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.”

Luca di Montezemolo: “I defined this car as ‘hopeful'” (Ferrari)

“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.

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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?m 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?s not like Marussia and Caterham would archieve anything more if they signed former world champions than if they signed rookies.

They?re at the far end of the field and better drivers probably won?t get them higher in the rankings. Faster cars will and for that they need money. It?s not like they signed Jean-Denis Deletraz after all, they?re solid drivers.

Perhaps they won?t 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?s championship is important but the only reason it ever seemed close was luck on Marussia?s 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?t that we all want?
@Roald

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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.

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68 comments on Ecclestone expects Mercedes/Brawn split

  1. Harvs (@harvs) said on 2nd February 2013, 7:54

    New hamilton helmet for mercedes? Personally not happy!

    • Its basically the same, with the red/green/blue markings on the sides slightly altered, and obviously, monster sponsor instead of vodafone.

  2. Entirely unrelated but at what time (GMT) is the unveiling of the RB9 tomorrow @keithcollantine? I don’t want to miss it!

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 2nd February 2013, 19:20

    Ferrari may not be a ‘V6′ team, LdM, but you’re not going to pull off the grid for 2014, are you? Nope.

    So you are going to be a V6 team. Quit whinging about it, you’re the most successful team in F1 and you ought to embrace the new challenge.

  4. Gerry said on 3rd February 2013, 1:00

    If Lauda and Toto are elected to run mercedese F1 it will become a Tom & Gerry outfit. Brawn IS the mercedes F1 team period. Poor Hamilton must be shaking in his boots about his decision to join this team!. He surely couldn’t have known about all this ‘goings on’.

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