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Devastating Review for Sergio Perez
Not many people in F1 circles will know who Peter Mücke is. Quite a few drivers, however, will. Christian Klien, Sergio Perez, Markus Winkelhock, Robert Kubica, Susie Wolff, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Sebastian Buemi, Sam Bird, Roberto Merhi and Pascal Wehrlein. All these people have made it at least to a test driver role in F1 and they have all driven for Mücke Motorsport in Formula-BMW, Formula 3 or DTM (Wolff, Schumacher, Coulthard).
In an Interview with Motorsport-Total Mücke recalls working with some of these drivers. Kubica, Vettel and Perez were running in Formula-BMW for his team, but only the German and the Pole made it to Mücke’s Formula Three team afterwards. As an explanation Mücke provides a comparison between Vettel and Perez and the best he had to say about the Mexican was that he “is something else”.
“Sergio has shown back then that he has talent,” Mücke explains. “But his whole approach was entirely unprofessional. I’ve rarely had such a slacker in my team.” In addition to off-track escapades, he obviously wasn’t the most tidy person. “His apartment in Berlin looked like a bombing site,” his former team boss remembers. “he did everything a young driver mustn’t do. Team boss veteran Mücke sees Carlos Slim and his fat wallet as the main reason for that. “Telmex delivered money without end. He didn’t need to think about anything. He knew his career would go on anyway, and that was the key. He would never have made it to F1 without the money. On his talent alone [without the proper approach] his career would have been over after that one year in Formula-BMW.
On the other end of the extremes scale the German names Sebastian Vettel who won 18 out of 20 races for Mücke Motorsport in the 2004 Formula-BMW season. “The difference with Sebastian started early in the morning. If the team starts working a 8 o’clock in the morning, many drivers show up at 08:05 still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes. I never had to worry about something like that with Sebastian. He was up at six, jogged for half an hour, got his brain and body going and was waiting at the door when work started. That was the difference between him and many other drivers.”
No rush for Manor to establish new base
Currently the Manor GP team is operating from two different bases in Dinnington and Silverstone, but according to Graeme Lowdon they are in no rush to find a proper new base. The team’s previous factory has been sold to Haas F1 as part of the process to rebuild the team in the off-season.
“It should be getting closer,” sporting director Lowdon told Autosport. “It is narrowed down to a smaller number of places.
“We have a couple of commercial guys working on that pretty much full-time.
“That would be a nice milestone but we obviously want to get the right place.”
However, the Brit say there’s no rush to relocate. “There is nothing imminent on that – these things normally take a while to get sorted,” he explains further.
“If there was a desperate rush we would be capable of going a little bit quicker but it’s a question of getting the right infrastructure in place while we can.
“So it makes sense to get other things in place at this stage.”
Verstappen injured in Red Bull soap box derby
It’s been a recent tradition for Red Bull and Toro Rosso drivers to appear in some of the whackier promotional events of the fizzy drinks company. After his second title Vettel appeared in a soap box race in Germany sporting a Super-Mario getup and this time it was young Max’s turn to star in a derby in Valkenburg, Netherlands.
And just like in his first demo run in the real car, he wrecked it and picked up a slight back injury, but is already cleared for participation in the Monaco GP.
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) May 16, 2015
The Grosjean Clan is expanding
Romain Grosjean has become a father to a son for the second time, and Mr. Palmer tries to seize the opportunity.
Congrats @RGrosjean on baby number 2! If you fancy taking some paternity leave I'll be happy to cover for a bit!
— Jolyon Palmer (@JolyonPalmer) May 18, 2015