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Mercedes gone in 5 minutes: Jackie Stewart has been talking to ‘Metro’ on a number of matters. He expresses concern for Lewis suggesting, “McLaren is part of the F1 furniture, but manufacturers come and go”. Jackie believes if things do not go well the Dailmer Benz board could follow the suit of Toyota, Honda and BMW and make “a board decision that takes 5 minutes”.
Interestingly, Stewart gives the greatest playboy title to Sir Stirling Moss ahead of James Hunt. “Stirling was a great playboy but was so professional that the sport did not suffer” – inferring it did from Hunt’s antic’s. I’m not sure Sir Jack and I have the same definition of playboy.
1st Winner takes all: Well Ferrari do say daft things from time to time, and today was no different. Dominicali appears to be almost suggesting, win the first race and the 2013 title will be yours. Being more generous, I’ll interpret the translation as, “the opening races of this season’s Formula One World Championship will be crucial, according to Stefano Domenicali.”
He actually said to Auto Motor und Sport, “Next season (2013) will be decided in the first races. The teams will do their work for 2013 and then move on to the preparations for 2014 and I think this switch will happen in July, which is why you will need to start the year well.”
Referring to the 2014 rules, featuring the move from V8 to turbo V6 engines, Williams F1’s technical director Mike Coughlan confirmed to the Sun, “It’s a huge change. “There are very few teams who will be able to do a fully focused run on the 2013 championship and the year after.”
However, Domenicali said he is confident Ferrari will succeed where it failed in 2012. What happened to us last year in the Jerez test will not be repeated this year, now we are sure that the wind tunnel will not give us surprises,” he adds.
If we believe yesterday’s Adrian Newey announcement that the RB9 will be late due to the continued development of the RB8 to win the 2012 titles, then anything could happen toward the end of this year. Maybe Ferrari’s 2 teams (1 on 2013 car and 1 on the 2014 car) will pay dividends, or maybe a team like Sauber, Mercedes, FI or Williams could give up on 2014 and just go for the 2013 championships.
My gut feeling and a little knowledge tells me this is all a little dramatic.
Red Bull and a late RB9: Spoke to a mate of mine at Red Bull yesterday, he dismissed media reports that the RB9 will struggle to be ready for Jerez test. He says they are very busy, but this is because they are doing a lot of prototype work on the 2014 car.
How Jordan became Force India: (LINK)
thejudge13 readers views: I believe another site has published a list of things they would change about F1. What would you change – from rules to anything?
Not sure this would happen now, Maybe it shows what the team thought of their driver
Another silly bump
So much damage at such little speed
On this day in F1, Jan 5th
2008: Lewis agreed a 5 year deal worth a reported £70M and went on to win the WDC.
1995: Another British WDC had his first outing at Phoenix in Indycar – Mansell broke the track record. He too went on to win the series driver’s title and simultaneously held both F1 and Indycar titles for a short while.
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