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In the round-up: Sergio Perez says he’s “desperate to get a win” ahead of his first race for McLaren.
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“As a Formula One driver you dream about winning your first race, you dream about it all your life. I have no idea what it feels like. But I have to be honest, I am desperate to know. I have not won a race yet in my career and I am desperate to get a win.”
“The vultures have been on the branches for the last three of four years, that’s just the way it is. But there will be a day where I stop.”
Sebastian Vettel has dubbed his Red Bull “Hungry Heidi” according to Bild.
“Usually in a category you have raced in it is fine, but this is my first F1 race and I think it would be weird if I didn’t have nerves. You need nerves sometimes to egg yourself on so I will be there and enjoy every moment of it and give it my best.”
Bob Bell: “Although it didn’t show it on track last year – and you could spend a day debating why that was – we did get a lot of understanding during the course of last year with the tyres and what was needed to do to manage them.”
“Adrian and Paul make up the driver pairing that brought us to our best-ever championship result in 2011 and there is no reason why we can’t have a similar result this year.”
“The bodied driveshaft is another F1 trend set by Red Bull’s Adrian Newey in 2012 and followed by all the top teams – including Ferrari – for 2013.”
“The 2013 season starts on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia – where the cheapest race day ticket costs £66 compared to £145 for Silverstone.”
— Michael Daniel (@MichaelDaniel75) March 13, 2013
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) March 13, 2013
— Tobias Grüner F1 (@tgruener) March 13, 2013
Everyone knocks a pay driver. Non pay drivers knock them. Yet, I and every non F1 driver who is not one, is trying to be one. The way it is.
— Luciano Bacheta (@LucianoBacheta) March 13, 2013
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Comment of the day
An interesting response to yesterday’s comment of the day from Tyler:
Jaime Alguersuari’s dumping was harsh, but there’s no such thing as a nice end when the team shows you the door. Just ask Kobayashi or Glock, to think of a couple of examples.
Either you think Alguersuari didn’t have the talent to progress to a better team, in which case it’s hard to argue with Toro Rosso’s decision. Or you think he did have the talent, in which case the obvious question is, why hasn’t another team signed him?
Alguersuari is a 22-year-old with a good chunk of F1 experience, as well as a stint as Pirelli’s test driver. Alonso, Hulkenberg and Grosjean have all shown that spending time out of racing F1 doesn’t have to mark the end of your career. If he gets another chance, it will be because Red Bull helped him get to F1 in the first place.
Ask any up-and-coming teenage driver if they’d like a works supported climb up the junior formula ladder, and two and a half seasons in F1, at not cost, and you’d be run over in the stampede.
At a time when everyone complains about the number of pay drivers, the fact that there’s a team willing to spend money on developing talented drivers is cause for praise, not criticism. Sure a lot of drivers will get ejected along the way, but since there will only ever be one or two seats available at the pinnacle, that’s inevitable. Most will still be much better off for the chance.
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On this day in F1
Alain Prost survived a late rain storm to win his first race for Willians on this day 20 years ago in South Africa.
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