F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says his team have a “fierce determination” to take both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships for the fourth consecutive year with the newly launched RB9.
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“Team boss Christian Horner said the team had a “fierce determination” to win the drivers’ and constructors’ titles for the fourth consecutive year. Sebastian Vettel, who has won the last three drivers’ crowns, said: “It all starts again from zero, same chances.”
Christian Horner: “If we weren’t happy with Mark we would never have signed him for this year. We give both drivers equal opportunity and it’s down to what they do on the circuit.”
Allan McNish: I fear it’s the end of the road for Lewis Hamilton (Daily Express)
McNish: “I don’t see Lewis winning races in 2013 – and there has to be doubts that the car will be good enough in 2014. Just look what happened to Jacques Villeneuve after he joined BAR having won the title in 1997. He never won another race.”
Jenson Button channels No5 at McLaren with nod to F1′s Nigel Mansell (Guardian)
“At McLaren’s launch of their 2013 car, Button – or “Luke Mansell” as he jokingly referred to himself – said: “Nigel meant a lot for every kid growing up, whether you were into Formula One or not. Because F1 was massive in the late 80s and early 90s.”"
“The Mercedes Formula 1 team, which has signed Britain’s Lewis Hamilton to replaces Michael Schumacher as lead driver, spent a record £242.1 million on its title challenge in 2011, according to its latest accounts.”
RB9 Rhythm of the Factory (Red Bull via YouTube)
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 3, 2013
Question: "Seb, what are your plans for world domination this year?" Vettel: "I'm German but I didn't say that. I have no moustache."
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) February 3, 2013
Managed to steal one photograph as I was presenting RB9 launch pic.twitter.com/FyPV4uH5
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) February 3, 2013
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Comment of the day
With Adrian Newey describing his new car as a progression of the 2012 championship winning RB8, Craig-O wonders whether the RB9 is perhaps a little too similar to its predecessor.
I have a feeling the lack of a pull-rod front suspension could be costly, especially as Ferrari were able to harness its potential. It also doesn’t really look any different other than a few minor details, people also forget it wasn’t the fastest car for the majority of the season anyway. Red Bull could be behind McLaren, Ferrari and maybe Lotus and Mercedes by the end of the season, though should be quick out the starting blocks as they will probably be able to understand the tyres quicker than the others.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Giorgio Pantano who turns 34 today. A star in karting, he made his F1 debut for Jordan in 2004 but missed a few races due to disputes over the sponsorship money he was supposed to bring.
He stepped down a level and joined the new GP2 championship, which he won in 2008. However it failed to lead to an F1 return. He later raced in IndyCar.