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In the round-up: Jenson Button says he isn’t concerned by the departure of Paddy Lowe at McLaren.
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“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.”
“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).”
“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.”
“We’re happy with Melbourne and I’d be happy to sign a 50-year contract.”
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.”
“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.”
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 – but I am as fit as I’ve ever been!”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
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Lowe’s position will be to run the sporting and technical aspects of team; Toto Wolff does the rest. Brawn, I’m told, “won’t stay”… Contd
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) February 26, 2013
Only one car here first new car went back to Grove after last test. VB will drive on Thursday, Friday. PM will drive on Saturday, Sunday.
— Dickie Stanford (@dickiestanford) February 26, 2013
It’s been a busy pre-season media day for JB & Checo at the MTC – here they are interviewing each other for the BBC! twitter.com/TheFifthDriver…
— McLaren (@TheFifthDriver) February 26, 2013
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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:
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On this day in F1
Two-times F1 race winner Peter Revson was born today in 1939. The American joined the Shadow team in 1974 but was killed in a crash during practice at Kyalami.
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