2012-13 Silly Season

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 18 Dec 2012, 19:37

They're all slim :lol: I consider myself to be of average height and a normal weight, but Lewis and Seb made me feel so chunky :p

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

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Him, Pic, we are getting more and more girls to F1. :D
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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by StratCaster » 21 Dec 2012, 09:17

So Force India and Caterham are the only two left right?

Senna, Kovalainen, Alguersuari, and Petrov are the top unsigned candidates correct?

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 21 Dec 2012, 09:39

Correct.

Force India is between Sutil, Alguersuari and Bianchi.
Caterham is between Kovalainen, Petrov, Senna and Van der Garde.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by StratCaster » 21 Dec 2012, 10:10

phil1993 wrote:Correct.

Force India is between Sutil, Alguersuari and Bianchi.
Caterham is between Kovalainen, Petrov, Senna and Van der Garde.
Thanks, hmmm not happy about Force India's field but I'm sure they'll be happy with whoever they pick all three have solid reputations.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by reppo » 08 Jan 2013, 09:37

http://www.ts.fi/moottoriurheilu/f1/434 ... amvalinnan (in Finnish)
Petrov's sponsorship decides Caterham's choice
F1 | Turun Sanomat 06/01/2013 23:36

For Finns, a very interesting second seat in Caterham F1 team is still unfilled. Company's owner Tony Fernandez has dashed responsibility of the decision to new team manager Cyril Abiteboul, who started at last autumn.

35-year-old Frenchman has been collecting offers and still thinks about the decision. As well as money, sufficient experience is needed for the seat. If only skills and speed would judge, Heikki Kovalainen would not have even a competitor for it.

The thrill continues, especially in Russia. According TS's information the place is going to Vitaly Petrov, but the contract is not concluded until the required sponsorship money has been paid to the team's account.

From Brazil there could be right away generous sponsors for even two driver candidates - Bruno Senna and Luiz Razialle. However, the technical department of Caterham in Leafield recommends more experienced and faster driver than Senna or Razia to team up alongside with Charles Pic.

22-year-old Pic drove in Marussia last season and then moved to Caterham with his sponsors.

Caterham is reorganizing aero department when at the last season CT01 car's problems were primarily related to its aerodynamics. Sporting director Steve Nielsen left Caterham team and is expected to move to Mercedes.

Last year, Kovalainen was the fastest driver in Caterham, but in the decisive Brazilian race Petrov managed to acquire 11 place, which is the best result of new teams which started at 2010, and guaranteed the tenth place in manufacturers championship.

Financially sound Russian Helicopters is a sponsor of Caterham and will also continue in next season. This link is likely to promote continuation of Petrov's contract. Russian driver is reportedly required a total of eight million dollars support package.

According to British sources, Kovalainen have already been informed that there is no place for him in the team. At least it has been very quiet at the turn of the year in the Finnish camp. This might mean that six year career in F1, with 109 GP races, is over.

Bianchi or Kobayashi?

Another still open seat is in Force India, where the Frenchman Jules Bianchi has long been the main candidate for Paul di Resta's team mate.

Behind the scenes team has expressed interest in Japanese Kamui Kobayashi, while Adrian Sutil's opportunities seem to be dwindling.

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''hmm'' I wouldn't say that Heikki was faster than Vitaly.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 08 Jan 2013, 18:33

Heikki's quicker over one lap, but for Caterham they will prefer the money to develop for 2014... 2013 is just a waiting game.

At Force India, Bianchi's come into preference because Force India may switch to Ferrari engines.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by reppo » 11 Jan 2013, 06:09

Well yeah. Heikki was faster on a single lap 11 times but in races Vitaly won 10 - 9 even he had mechanical problems in Monaco and in Great Britain and had to retire. In Australia they both retired because of mechanical problems.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by François » 13 Jan 2013, 22:00

Rumour has it the stars and planets are nicely aligned for Bianchi at Force India: apparently, it has been confirmed that Sauber will change engine suppliers to Mercedes in the future, meaning Force India will most likely go back to Ferrari and that's good for Jules. Not so much for Sutil.
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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by Edi96 » 13 Jan 2013, 22:28

François wrote:Rumour has it the stars and planets are nicely aligned for Bianchi at Force India: apparently, it has been confirmed that Sauber will change engine suppliers to Mercedes in the future, meaning Force India will most likely go back to Ferrari and that's good for Jules. Not so much for Sutil.
Nothing has been confirmed at Sauber. Idle speculation.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 20 Jan 2013, 19:00

Sport Bild reporting that Glock has left Marussia!

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by iceman1 » 20 Jan 2013, 19:02

phil1993 wrote:Sport Bild reporting that Glock has left Marussia!
What a surprise :blink: :blink:

But why?

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 20 Jan 2013, 19:06

I guess financial reasons... pay driver?

Original tweet is here
SPORT BILD ‏@SPORTBILD
+++ Glock und Marussia werden sich in gegenseitigem Einvernehmen trennen. Glock: „Wir gehen in Freundschaft auseinander“

Translation:
Glock and Marussia will separate by mutual agreement. Glock: "We are divided in friendship"

It may be that he's off to DTM
https://twitter.com/realTimoGlock/statu ... 1901160451

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by Treacle » 20 Jan 2013, 19:22

I thought Glock was confirmed for 2013... :/
What are the chances that this is just a hoax?
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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 20 Jan 2013, 19:24

Contracts in F1 mean very little.

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