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In the round-up: Jenson Button says he still has “much to achieve” at McLaren.
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“Some people decide to leave this team because they feel there’s another challenge, or something’s missing from their position. For me, there is still so much to achieve.”
“I think the focus on the driver, the driver’s performance, and the driver being ready for the job at hand is one thing that I’m noticing is quite a little bit better here.”
Romain Grosjean “Mark [Webber] was unkind to me that one time. I went to him after the race to apologise and, of course, he wasn’t very happy, but I told him it was a mistake and I don’t want to do it again. That was the main thing, so I think we’re OK now.”
“I think Mark (Webber) is my best mate when it comes to drivers. I don’t really dislike any of the drivers, but I don’t get along with all of them either. There are a couple that I may have only said one word to in the last 12 months. I think that is just how it is. We don’t go out of our way to hang out. Maybe some do but, to be honest, I am not that interested.”
“I think it’s an interesting device because there’s a bit of a thrill when someone gets within that DRS zone and suddenly shoots past the car in front of them.”
New Jersey Grand Prix promoter Leo Hindery Jnr: “We are back under construction. We have the consents in place that we didn’t have last fall, and we will quite comfortably put the race on, now probably in the mid-year of 2014 with [Bernie Ecclestone's] support.”
“Red Bull’s movement of… FOM camera’s to the hammerhead position on the nose further suggests the team have gone to in order to tilt the front wing backward under aerodynamic load with the camera’s being placed behind the Y250 section it could have had an undesired effect on the aero aft of it.”
“The cold war mentality is well and truly alive in the Formula One pitlane. Mechanics taking secret photos of rival car’s suspension and aero work. Teams using any and all means to make it ‘hard’ for photographers to capture what parts the car has on it by closing us out of garages with canvas screens, and tactics never seen before, to keep us all from capturing any extended views of the car. It’s madness really. Almost comical. Certainly annoying. But at the same time, it really is interesting.”
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Comment of the day
@John-H isn’t convinced teams spend their precious testing time “sandbagging” for the sake of it:
If these teams are sandbagging, what’s the point of testing at all? Do we really think that McLaren and Red Bull didn’t once do a qualifying run to test out performance… wouldn’t that be pretty silly just for the sake of playing down expectations?
I actually think the race pace of the McLaren looks pretty good, but if they haven’t got a fast one-lap car, when combined with their drivers they could be starting many Grands Prix from the middle of the pack.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Mika Hakkinen made his Grand Prix debut on this day in 1991, driving for Lotus in the United States Grand Prix.
He was running 11th when an engine fire forced him to retire on lap 60. Future team mate Ayrton Senna won ahead of Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet.
Hakkinen features in this introduction to the race: