Button not worried by McLaren losing Lowe

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Jerez, 2013In the round-up: Jenson Button says he isn’t concerned by the departure of Paddy Lowe at McLaren.


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Button shrugs off McLaren technical changes (Reuters)

“I didn’t come here because Paddy [Lowe] was here, I didn’t come here because Lewis (Hamilton) was here. I came here because this is McLaren, with its heritage and history – a word we always use, but it is the truth – and its strength in depth.”

Ferrari: We’re doing alright (Sky)

“I will be surprised if we are the leading car because with the stable rules we were not the quickest at the end (of last season).”

Former world champion Hill doesn’t expect Hamilton to challenge at sharp end of the grid in 2013 (Daily Mail)

“I don’t expect them to be challenging for the championship – I don’t think most people would expect them to be challenging for the championship.”

Bernie Ecclestone wants deal to keep Grand Prix in Melbourne for 50 years (Herald Sun)

“We’re happy with Melbourne and I’d be happy to sign a 50-year contract.”

Pit stops and polarisation (Arts London News)

F1 photographer Darren Heath: “When that DRS system came out or when Brawn and Toyota introduced the double diffuser they wanted loads of pictures of that, so it always makes me laugh when you see (Red Bull team boss) Christian Horner and Co moaning about these things, even though they employ a spy photographer! But the teams all do the same.”

Q&A with Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport)

“We are very conscious that this year will be the final year of the V8 and we will progressively switch from these operations to the V6 as we get closer to the end of the season. Therefore we need to be completely on top of our game right from the start. This means providing absolutely optimum service to each of our partners, in reliability and also what they need us to do.”

10 minutes with Jenson and Checo (McLaren)

Sergio Perez: “My training has been improving a lot since I joined Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. We have been working on the fitness side and I think I have made good progress and we?re ready to start the season. Only a couple of weeks to go ?ǣ but I am as fit as I?ve ever been!”

F1 travel agencies pump up area options, but not Austin hotels (Austin-American Statesman)

“A few tour operators have gone so far as not to offer an Austin hotel option for the November 17 race, blaming the high prices Austin hotels charged last year for the city?s inaugural F1 Grand Prix week.”

Gracious de Villota on road to recovery (Al Jazeera)

Maria de Villota: “Last week they gave me permission to return to driving. The distances I can already calculate quite well and it feels like nothing ever happened.”

Tamara Ecclestone’s ex-boyfriend jailed for blackmail (BBC)

“Derek Rose, 33, who was in a two-year relationship with the daughter of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone when she was 17, was convicted at Southwark Crown Court.”


Comment of the day

How much would a 50-year contract cost Melbourne? @Proesterchen does the maths:

If you take the US $38 million the race is reportedly costing in 2015, the 5% annual increase currently part of the contract, and extrapolate out to 2063, you can see just why Mr Ecclestone would gladly sign such a contract:

2015 $38m
2025 $61.9m
2035 $100.8m
2045 $164.2m
2055 $267.5m
2065 $435.7m

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