Horner: Less pressure on Red Bull after titles triple

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Christan Horner, Red Bull, Jerez, 2013In the round-up: Christan Horner says there is a more relaxed mood at Red Bull after their third consecutive year of success.


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Horner: Red Bull more relaxed (Sky)

“In many respects the pressure is off us because we’ve achieved a triple double world championship. Nobody can take that away from us, that’s in the history books.”

Second test for Ferrari, first test for Alonso (Ferrari)

“Fernando has… maximised the time available and tackled the task with great dedication, performing a focused physical preparation worthy of the best Olympic athlete by alternating between gym sessions, running and biking.”

Hulkenberg a ‘huge asset’ says Sauber (Autosport)

Chief designer Matt Morris: “I worked with Nico briefly at Williams and he’s not only a fast driver, he’s also a clever driver. That’s both in terms of his general approach and also his ability to understanding engineering.”

Grand Prix denies watering left Albert Park Lake too low for sailing (The Age)

“Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott said the corporation, which has been using the lake’s water since mid-January, uses only a very small proportion compared with what evaporates.”

Ferrari F138 Nose Slot (ScarbsF1)

“Contrary to much rumouring the slot is a relatively simple aerodynamic solution to improve the air flow under the raised section of chassis.”

Mika and McLaren ?ǣ a special relationship (McLaren)

“Neither the 1994 McLaren-Peugeot MP4/9 nor the 1995 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10 was quick enough for him to be able to win Grands Prix in those years, but we who were watching closely saw and admired Mika’s raw speed. So, undoubtedly, did the McLarenites, most especially Ron himself, then as shrewd a judge of a driver’s in-cockpit ability as anyone, and massively if quietly impressed with his new ‘flying Finn’.”


Comment of the day

@Fer-no65 on F1’s falling TV audiences:

At a time when F1 is enjoying one of the greatest eras in terms of competition, this is rather embarrasing for everyone involved. 2012 should?ve been a record breaker, and it wasn?t?? then what?s happening?

Well, for one they are getting out of date. Why isn?t streaming (paid streaming that is) available? people would pay to watch races on their laptops, I?m very sure. Indycar offered for free not long ago (not sure if they still do), so why don?t F1? that?d increase viewing figures massively I think…

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On this day in F1

Nineties F1 backmarker Giovanni Lavaggi turns 55 today.

Lavaggi failed to finish in four starts for Pacific in 1995, and in half-a-dozen appearances for Minardi the following year he failed to get within the 107% time on three occasions. Only in Portgual did he make it to the end while still running, five laps down in 15th place.

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72 comments on Horner: Less pressure on Red Bull after titles triple

  1. Happy Birthday Johnny Carwash!

  2. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 18th February 2013, 12:32

    Must agree with@bascb, Christian Horners comments are a bluff, everyone expects big things from the Bulls. You could even say they’re the benchmark, he is just trying to re-direct the heat. Now that we getting close to the serious side of the season, it will be interesting to see what the next test brings. Massa showed us the F138 seems to have the potential to do what a Ferrari should do and the seemingly super fit Alonso along with a bundle of new bolt-ons will give us all a real gauge to mark off. Let’s just hope that new nose slot can help keep the heads at Ferrari cool as well as their drivers. Great to see “The Hulk” getting the praise he deserves, if Sauber makes those sidepods work with their package, look out rest of the field, it’s his time to shine. As for Albert Park, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. As @dragoll mentioned the AGPC saved that lake, which provides alot more functions to other sports and entertainment than having F1 cars driving around it. As someone who lives in Melbourne, we have had so little rain in the past few months, in doesn’t take a scientist to work out what has happened to the water, even if it has been used to preserve the surroundings, it’s in everyone’s best interest. Remind me to share with you all the multiply press releases ‘The Age’ will glorify itself with on the weekend of the opening round of the highly anticipated 2013 season. Can anyone remind me if Mika has made an appearance on Top Gear? I also rate him highly (as i do most Finns) and would love to see his time a round the track. Regarding COTD @Fer-no65 hit the nail on the head, get with the times F1! I would love to watch the BBC or Sky coverage streamed over my local add filled wish wash, I might even pay for it.

  3. Olympian Alonso? what about Thriatlon Button? Looks like now that the “samurai” and the “gladiator” didn’t work, he will be nicknamed now “the Olympian”… F1 drivers are characterized for their harsh training before and throughout the season. That’s the standard

  4. Giggsy11 (@giggsy11) said on 18th February 2013, 16:41

    Horner comes out with something like this before every season since they have one it, I don’t buy it personally, they have plenty of reason to worry as the impression I get from certain Formula Journalists is that the might not even be the 4th fastest car let alone the fastest. Lets see how their car looks after the spec changes more into what we’ll see in Melbourne.

  5. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher) said on 18th February 2013, 19:26

    People against the Aus gp will do anything. I love the gp but if the majority of people there didn’t want it, then I would think F1 should leave. The problem comes when comes when people will say anything to get rid of it. It is ludicrous to suggest that it has a real effect on the water levels, and trying to pull on peoples heart strings by including people with disabilities into the argument is a bit of a desperate argument.

  6. AlokIn (@) said on 19th February 2013, 2:48

    Lewis smashing Vettel’s lap time by whopping 1 second in Top Gear looks overlooked . Here is the link

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