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In the round-up: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Kevin Magnussen is a “special” driver.
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“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’.”
Marussia team principal John Booth: “I think we probably spend ?é?ú25-?é?ú30million less than anybody else. It’s still a hell of a lot of money but we live within our means.”
“There was a twist on the penultimate day of Anthony Hamilton?óÔé¼Ôäós 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.”
“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!”
“They perhaps don’t have the budget of some of the others but they have been prudent in how they spend it.”
“Greg Norman knew Mansell had a low handicap, so he arranged for his friend from F1 to play the tournament as a wildcard.”
Hello my friends :) i asked for 7,27 and 77. We will see what i will get …
— Jules_Bianchi (@Jules_Bianchi) December 16, 2013
For those asking, @LewisHamilton has already begun his high-altitude winter training programme, which is why he won't be in Bahrain.
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) December 16, 2013
off to Bahrain for tires test . Best Christmas present I could ever have .. Testing in F1 is always welcome :-)
— Daniil Kvyat (@Dany_Kvyat) December 16, 2013
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) December 16, 2013
Interestingly, Vettel wasn't elected the German Sportspersonality of the Year. He came second to discus thrower Robert Harting.
— Girts (@GirtsF1) December 16, 2013
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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?óÔé¼Ôäót understand McLaren?óÔé¼Ôäós absence. I mean, there?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäót.
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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.
- ?óÔé¼?£I wouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót have kept Massa?óÔé¼Ôäó, says Horner
- Massa confirms he will not drive for Ferrari in 2014
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