Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 2013

Whitmarsh on Magnussen: “This guy is special”

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 2013In the round-up: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Kevin Magnussen is a “special” driver.

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F1: McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen must grasp his chance as team principal Martin Whitmarsh admits they are taking a ‘risk’ with ‘special driver’ (The Independent)

“I also happened to participate in the engineering debrief at the end of the day and he had a number of engineers around him and at least 20 on video conference. I sat there listening to his feedback, how clear and precise he was, the confidence, and realising ‘This guy is special’.”

In conversation with Marussia (Sky)

Marussia team principal John Booth: “I think we probably spend ??25-??30million less than anybody else. It’s still a hell of a lot of money but we live within our means.”

Hamilton makes dramatic return to witness box (The Telegraph)

“There was a twist on the penultimate day of Anthony Hamilton?s damages lawsuit against Paul di Resta when the father of 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton made a dramatic return to the witness stand after ‘finding’ a box he had reported missing in evidence two weeks ago containing controversial BlackBerry devices.”

‘Talk is cheap’ – Ricciardo (ESPN)

“I know I’m going up against a very strong kid but I have faith that I can give him a bit of a push. We’ll soon find out – hopefully I’m not a second off, that would suck!”

Horner: budget won’t limit Renault (Autosport)

“They perhaps don’t have the budget of some of the others but they have been prudent in how they spend it.”

Heard the one about Nigel Mansell playing golf in the Australian Open? (The Guardian)

“Greg Norman knew Mansell had a low handicap, so he arranged for his friend from F1 to play the tournament as a wildcard.”


Comment of the day

MattDS is surprised McLaren aren’t testing in Bahrain this week:

I understand some teams not being there since a lot of them are strapped for cash and this test would probably cost quite a bit, but I don?t understand McLaren?s absence. I mean, there?s always benefit. Give new drivers time in the car, create a base understanding of compounds (even if not final).

Look at Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat is entirely new to F1 and with so few opportunities to get vital track time, he will get some of it. Meanwhile McLaren could have done the same with Magnussen, but they won?t.

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On this day in F1

An interesting comment from Christian Horner one year ago today – the Red Bull team principal said Ferrari should have dropped Felipe Massa at the end of the season. Twelve months on, they finally have.

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