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“We are a group with €100 billion in turnover but we are not sure whether we really understand motorsport. We would like a professional who is not only a manager but is also a co-shareholder, who is involved financially, has entrepreneurial risk and is therefore someone we would be comfortable with.”
“I was here even before building works started and was impressed. Now I’m happy with how things are going on.”
“As for F1, Mr Dennis said he has ‘moved on’, and that team principal Martin Whitmarsh calls the tune. But Mr Dennis is still key to McLaren’s F1 ambitions. He consented to Lewis Hamilton’s departure to rival Mercedes, which are now seeking to sign up McLaren’s chief engineer Paddy Lowe.”
This was in the Silverstone Wing F1 paddock today. A sign of the times for racing drivers…. pic.twitter.com/yqieof3I
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) February 4, 2013
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Comment of the day
Who could be F1′s fourth engine manufacturer?
And who’s that fourth manufacturer going to be? It isn’t VW, that’s for sure. They were quite open and serious about a potential involvement, but only starting 2015. So VW, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bugatti are all out of the picture, at least for 2014. I don’t see Toyota coming back too soon either, based on how their last escapade in F1 ended and their current commitment to the WEC project. Hyundai is nothing more than a Bernie-fueled rumour right now, PURE had their cash-cord pulled a while ago etc. etc.
In my humble opinion, I simply can’t see anyone prepping an engine in time for 2014 other than Honda. They are the only manufacturer that already have a V6 turbo they can develop (the one they run in IndyCar) and the know-how to do so in less than one year. Think about it, what if Ross Brawn gets the boot from Mercedes? Maybe laying the foundation for a new Honda factory team might not be that bad of a prospect for him. And what if there’s some truth and willingness on both sides, behind the McLaren-Honda rumours? I know it’s all science-fiction at this stage, but this is a puzzle where the pieces might just fit.
Personally I’d love to see Toyota or BMW aiming for a comeback, or an US manufacturer like Chevrolet getting involved, or Audi and their WEC staff launching an F1 offensive, or even Citroen or Peugeot having a go at Renault’s crown bub… my money is on Honda.
Antonio Nartea (@tony031r)
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- Looking ahead to the 2013 Sebring 12 Hours
Happy birthday to Tom Watson and Ian Hayward!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Hector Rebaque who is 57 today. Rebaque was the last Mexican driver to compete in F1 before Sergio Perez.
Despite partnering Nelson Piquet at Brabham in 1981, when Piquet won his first championship, Rebaque never managed to score a podium finish.