Whitmarsh pleased Perez is heading to Force India

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Sergio Perez, Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren, 2013In the round-up: Martin Whitmarsh says he is happy ousted driver Sergio Perez is closing on a deal to drive for Force India next year.


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McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh pleased with Sergio P??rez Force India move (The Guardian)

“Perez was dropped by Whitmarsh less than a fortnight ago after one year at McLaren but the Mexican is expected to drive for Force India next season.”

Ferrari ‘will dominate Formula One again’ (BBC)

James Allison: “The team has been one-by-one picking off its weak points. It’s a work we will need to continue and a work we will never stop doing even once we do finally get ourselves back to the front.”

Christian Horner Q&A: The Red Bull boss reflects on a dominant season (Sky)

“Thankfully we managed to secure this championship reasonably early which has enabled all the focus to go onto the RB10, whilst obviously Ferrari and Mercedes have been battling each other for the runners-up position.”

Di Resta risks being the man who misses out (Reuters)

Paul di Resta: “I’ve done what’s asked of me when the car is under me and who knows? I’ll be in competitive racing…but remaining part of Formula One has to be my ultimate goal.”

Maldonado says team switch was key (Autosport)

“The team I knew in 2011 changed a lot, and I was not full of confidence with the people around the team at the moment.”

McLaren MP4-28 – pull-rod front suspension (F1)

“For 2013 McLaren followed Ferrari’s 2012 lead by introducing pull-rod front suspension. Unlike Ferrari’s set-up, however, McLaren’s is far easier to work on.”

Brazilian Grand Prix ?ǣ epilogue (MotorSport)

David Coulthard: I?ll be frank with you Jenson, I?m a bit pissed off, because you are about to enter your 247th Grand Prix, and I thought at least I would keep the record of 246 starts, the most of a British driver. You?ve got a World Championship, you?ve got more wins than me, and you?re stealing that from me as well.??
Jenson Button: ‘But you?ve still got your looks!'”

Losing our way (The way it is)

“F1 should have a roaring future but the business model Ecclestone created may be broken and as his grip on the sport recedes the political and power struggles within the FIA and among the F1 team owners and manufacturers may make F1 impossible to govern in the future.”


Juan Pablo Montoya, Penske IndyCar test, Sebring International Raceway, 2013

Ex-F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya had his first test for Penske’s IndyCar team at Sebring International Raceway yesterday. More images via the picture above and check the forum thread for Montoya’s comments on how the IndyCar compares to the NASCAR he’s been racing since leaving F1 in 2006.


Comment of the day

@Bleu spotted some more statistics from the Brazilian Grand Prix:

  • Mark Webber is the driver since Alain Prost to finish on the podium in his last race.
  • Webber is also the first team-mate of world champion not to win the race since Rubens Barrichello in 2001.
  • Lotus is the first team since 1970 (Brabham) to win first race of the season and not to win any more Grand Prix?s during the season. It was also done in 1966 by BRM and in 1967 by Cooper.
  • Kimi Raikkonen was 12th driver to win only the opening race. Previous one was Giancarlo Fisichella in 2005.


From the forum

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On this day in F1

And happy 60th birthday to Desire Wilson. The South African driver is the only woman to have won a race for Formula One cars, in the British Aurora series in 1980 at Brands Hatch. However her attempt to qualify for the world championship round at the track that year was unsuccessful.

Her sixth place finish in the 1981 South African Grand Prix should have made her the first woman to score a full point in a world championship race. However due to a row between the FIA and the Formula One Constructors’ Association the race was stripped of its championship status.

Image ?? McLaren/Hoch Zwei

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98 comments on Whitmarsh pleased Perez is heading to Force India

  1. Todfod (@todfod) said on 26th November 2013, 16:25

    Am I the only person massively disappointed with the Hulk going to Force India?

    Whitmarsh needs to get his head checked, and so does Boullier. Arguably, the strongest driver after the big 3 is spending another season in a mid field team.

    • BJ (@beejis60) said on 26th November 2013, 17:10

      IDK, I think he would be good to either stay at Sauber or go back to FI if Lotus can’t get this investment done. If Hulk waits till Feb. to see if Lotus gets this done, he will likely not have a reasonable seat available/remaining. It’s been published that Boullier wants Hulk; Martin seemed to downplay Hulk in the most recent interview I saw/read, iirc though.

  2. TheBass (@) said on 26th November 2013, 16:34

    Nice gesture from McLaren to help Perez find a team for 2014. After his unremarkable performance this season, I had expected them to just forget about him, as teams tend to do most of the times.

  3. I know it’s many years, many gray hairs, and many pounds since the glory days but it makes my heart sing to see Juan Pablo Montoya back in a single-seater.

  4. Chris (@ghost-dog) said on 27th November 2013, 10:09

    I’d rather have seen Hulkenberg go to McLaren next year than some unknown rookie who has never even driven GP2 or GP3, let alone F1. Whitmarsh might as well have given the seat to his milkman.

  5. Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 27th November 2013, 15:58

    Very pleased with Perez and Hulk at Force India. Perez deserves to be on grid after a fairly stagnant season in an very unimpressive car, but I only fear that Hulk won’t get a shot at a top seat if he keeps bouncing around in the midfield. I just pray Maldonado doesn’t succeed in getting a seat, and in turn denying a worthy driver of one. I fear my prayers will be in vain

  6. Perez shouldn’t have gone to McLaren for this year anyways, it was a big step from Sauber to McLaren. And he didn’t fill Lewis’ shoes enough

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