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.”

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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:

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

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82 comments on Button not worried by McLaren losing Lowe

  1. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 27th February 2013, 9:29

    This “Hamilton’s not gonna win the title” thing is getting a bit ridiculous. Generally when you hear anyone you hear anyone downplaying their projected performances in F1, they’re quietly confident. I’m almost starting to expect Hamilton to challenge for the title! OK, that’s not gonna happen this year, but don’t believe a word of Hamilton’s pessimism regarding winning this year; Hamilton will win at least one race this year. Fact. The entire concept of the man that dragged the MP4-24 to four poles and two wins not winning a race in a car that actually looked better than the MP4-24 in testing is utterly absurd. So let’s leave the poor long runs of the W04 to one side, because it’s quick over a lap, and its been driven by the fastest, not the best, but the fastest driver in the world. If Hamilton can get near the front of the grid at tracks like Monaco, Barcelona, Hungaroring or India, can get a good start, I see no reason why he can’t win. And that’s ignoring Hamilton’s skill in the wet; so I might be putting a sneaky bet on Hamilton to win the Belgian GP!

    • By the second half of 2009 the MP4-24 was one of the better cars on the grid – arguably THE fastest car on the the grid with four poles in the last seven races. You have to tip your hat to the engineers/development staff for their work on that car over the course of the season.

      I’ve never seen any evidence that Hamilton is “the fastest driver in the world”.

      That aside, I do expect Hamilton to win a race or two this year and it seems obvious that he is deliberately downplaying expectations in order to increase the praise when he exceeds them.

      • “By the second half of 2009 the MP4-24 was one of the better cars on the grid – arguably THE fastest car on the the grid with four poles in the last seven races. You have to tip your hat to the engineers/development staff for their work on that car over the course of the season.”

        You think its the quickest car on the grid because Hamilton was doing well in it. Would you have thought it was the quickest car on the grid if you took away Lewis performance and just went on HK’s? Would people have thought the 2012 McLaren was the best car on the grid if you just go off purly Buttons performance? No chance.

        “I’ve never seen any evidence that Hamilton is “the fastest driver in the world”.”

        lol. Denial? :]

        • Nick (@nick101) said on 28th February 2013, 0:01

          Yeah, lol!!

          Like, he’s so the fastest in the world man, like he just is. Don’t you know anything?

          I mean after all, he does have the most pole positions for the last few years that PROVES he’s the fastest.

          Oh, hang on…

        • You think its the quickest car on the grid because Hamilton was doing well in it. Would you have thought it was the quickest car on the grid if you took away Lewis performance and just went on HK’s?

          HK was an exceptionally poor F1 driver, which is why he no longer drives in F1. Out-performing HK – who won a single GP in his six year career! – does not make Hamilton the greatest driver of all time.

          Denial?

          No, a simple observation. The whole concept of “the fastest driver in the world” is utterly meaningless if you think about it seriously. There’s a (perhaps foolish) convention of describing the current WDC as “the best driver in the world” or “the fastest driver in the world”, but Hamilton is not the current WDC.

          Hamilton is a very good driver indeed – but he is also the most over-rated driver on the grid. What makes him over-rated is that people like you rate him far more highly than his actual accomplishments merit. And when prompted for some actual evidence that he is “the fastest driver in the world”, what array of data and convincing arguments do you respond with?

          lol

          You’ll pardon me if I don’t find that to be even sightly persuasive.

  2. Nomore said on 27th February 2013, 9:46

    There is an error or a misunderstanding with the Ferrari quote.

    Domenicali says: I will be surprised if we are the leading car in AUSTRALIA because with the stable rules we were not the quickest at the end (of last season)

    He specified in Australia (not for the whole season), and also added that the championship will be very long.

    p.sFerrari never have been very competitive in Australia, except 2004 and 2007 (by the favored for the fact that it was the first race of the full bridgestone)…so theoretically only in 2004 they had the best car there.

  3. Jason (@jason12) said on 27th February 2013, 12:41

    Even if Button was worried about Lowe leaving, he can’t do anything about it.
    It’s best for him to just say that he isn’t.

  4. plutoniumhunter (@plutoniumhunter) said on 27th February 2013, 14:52

    Oh Red Bulll…

  5. button will win in Australia this year

  6. Re: Tweets:

    …PM will drive on Saturday, Sunday.

    Congrats @prisoner-monkeys! :P

  7. GT_Racer said on 27th February 2013, 19:09

    Hearing that Sutil is to be announced as Force India’s 2nd driver either tomorrow or Friday & He’ll be in the car Saturday/Sunday.

    Seems there 1st choice was Jaime Algersuari & there 2nd Bianchi, However Sutil came up with a lot of backing in the last few weeks & that swayed the team in his direction.

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