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Renault Sport F1 president Jean-Michel Jalinier: “To me, five [teams] should be really a max and, if we go back from four to three, I will be happy.”
“It is not so that we think we’ve got a championship-winning car right now, but the difference we have anticipated or predicted between the 2012 and 2013 car seems to be real, which is always an encouraging sign.”
“Dave Charlton, one of South Africa’s most successful and respected racing drivers, died in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon, February 24. He was 76.”
“Paddy Lowe, McLaren’s technical director, will not travel to Melbourne with the team for the opening Formula One race of the season on 17 March and will join Mercedes at the end of the year.”
“We are among the top four teams, I think. There’s no reason to think we are far away, but it’s difficult to say where we are.”
“But it is understood that Thompson wanted a bigger role within the team after playing second fiddle to main presenter Simon Lazenby, and chose to leave after producers failed to promise an improved billing.”
On Wed, the first #FOTAFORUM of 2013 takes place in Barcelona. The event will be streamed live on FOTA’s website for those unable to attend.
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Comment of the day
@AdrianMorse on Paddy Lowe joining Mercedes:
This is good news. I was starting to worry there might not be enough technical directors at Mercedes next year.
From the forum
- @PieLighter gives us an impression of what modern F1 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez would look like
Happy birthday to Madbikerbob!
On this day in F1
There aren’t many Grands Prix that were held in the snow. But the Swedish Grand Prix which took place in 1933, 17 years before the world championship began, was. The race was run over eight laps of a 46km course and took almost four-and-a-half hours.
Victory went to Per-Viktor Widengren in an Alfa-Romeo. A post-race controversy saw his team mate Eugen Bjornstad disqualified for preventing Carl-Gustaf Johansson from overtaking him on two laps, which serves to illustrate both how little and how much the sport has changed in 80 years.
Here’s some footage from the race:
Image © Renault