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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2012, 11:45  
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I thought Kovalainen was in line with lotus possibly.
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PostPosted: 13 Dec 2012, 12:53  
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http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/104807
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Sergio Perez aiming to win F1 world championship in 2013
By Edd Straw and Pablo Elizalde Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 16:08 GMT

Sergio Perez F1Sergio Perez says he is aiming to win the world championship next year when he switches to the McLaren team.

"My target is to win the championship already next year with [McLaren]," Perez said.

Oh yeah, sure. A driver, age 22, with 38 GP experience is going to win his first WDC in his first year in McLaren. Well, at least he is self-confident. ''hmm'' once upon a time there was a driver in McLaren who used to say: "this will be my year" - every year.
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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
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So, France joins Germany in dominating the F1. :D Senna out, Kobayashi probably the same... We need another GOOD team in F1.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2012, 13:21  
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Norbert Haug is to leave his position as the head of Mercedes-Benz motorsport at the end of the month.
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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2012, 14:41  
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Wouldn't say I'm surprised, but I didn't see that one coming. For me Mercedes motorsport and Norbert Haug are inseparable. Will be strange not seeing a shot of him in the garage!

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2012, 17:14  
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Just as an aside, Nico Hulkenberg's getting new management for 2013.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2012, 22:31  
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Turun Sanomat writes that Lauda will replace Haug and take over his job as motorsports chief
http://www.ts.fi/moottoriurheilu/f1/426815/Laudan+tulo+vie+Haugin+elakkeelle (in Finnish)
So, he is not going to be just the head of the supervisory board. Heikki Kulta's headline tells it all "Lauda's entering takes Haug to retirement" (in Finnish: Laudan tulo vie Haugin eläkkeelle). Or does it.
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PostPosted: 15 Dec 2012, 07:36  
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http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/f1/uutiset.shtml/2012/12/1675050/kovalainen-sopimusneuvotteluistaan-arkoja-juttuja-live-tvssa (in Finnish)
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Kovalainen about contract negotiations: sensitive stuff on live TV

Heikki Kovalainen's future in F1 is still a mystery.

Caterham Team still considers who you will it take to team up with French Charles Pic for the next season. Along with Kovalainen for the second seat of Caterham are competing at least Finnish driver's last season's team mate Vitaly Petrov, as well as team's test driver Dutch Giedo van der Garde.

Kovalainen, visited on Friday night MTV3 Heikki & Mikko Show, where he was asked persistently about contract negotiations.

- These are such sensitive things to talk about at Friday night on live TV, Kovalainen laughed.

- I have a really good relationship with the team. Although the results have been pretty mediocre in three years, good relationship has survived. I believe that both would like to see things to continue, Kovalainen added.

Kovalainen again made it clear that he will not be any pay driver. The driver from Suomussalmi understands why Caterham is considering to hire a money bringing driver in his place.

- The market has gone to the direction that teams have certain pressure, Kovalainen said.

Kovalainen admitted that losing the seat would be "insanely tough disappointment."

- I have not even thought what I would do then. At present, however, we seek to ensure that we are there. Training sessions are running and with full throttle for that things will continue as normal, Kovalainen said.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 16 Dec 2012, 21:25  
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Ecclestone wants Istanbul race back in the calendar. He goes to talk with king of Marocco about a possibility to one day have a race there, even he himself does not believe it ever to happen.
http://www.pitpass.com/48159-Morocco-Grand-Prix-talks-have-taken-place-says-Ecclestone
But he is not interested to have a race in Austria. What? Not enough hotels.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/f1-boss-ecclestone-expects-19-grands-prix-in-2013/article6228237/
What's wrong with him?
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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 17 Dec 2012, 07:15  
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This is classic Bernie negotiations tactics.

The FIA must have a calendar by January 1st - although they do sometimes break their own rules.

He wants 20 races. CVC wants 20 races. This is a hurry up tactic to those countries that are interested.

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PostPosted: 21 Dec 2012, 15:21  
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Wow, hadn't clocked this...

https://twitter.com/adamcooperf1/status ... 7422318592

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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2012, 13:38  
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Was looking through some old pictures and found this beauty from the Jerez 2008 test in November (or december).

I wish this was how the cars looked;

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 23 Dec 2012, 14:27  
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The 2008/09 hybrids were pretty cool! Loved that off-season with the huge rule changes, seeing those cars for the first time was a big WTF moment! BMW was the first at that test IIRC.

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That was a huge shock! God, look how simple those front wings were compared to what we have now!

I miss testing. :(

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Not a patch on this beauty.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 Formula One Discussion
PostPosted: 23 Dec 2012, 14:56  
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I miss testing too. How I wish I could drive up to SStone and watch :(

And yes, that McLaren MP4-23/24 was just amazing. Although I still think the 24 is one of the best looking cars of all time.

Ugly cars were the 2010 (bar Renault). I just found them too bulky.

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