In the round-up: Jenson Button says he think Lewis Hamilton’s move to Mercedes, who he drove for from 2003-9 as BAR, Honda and Brawn, isn’t the right decision.
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“He has chosen to go his own way at the end of the year. It is his decision, although I personally don’t think it is the right decision.”
“Sepang International Circuit Sdn Bhd (SIC) will seek for a reduction in the payment to host the Formula One (F1) race which first came to Malaysia in 1999, following a similar successful move by its Singapore counterpart.”
“It’s a pity that Montezemolo had simply stated a principle, nothing more, nothing less. At Ferrari there will be room for anyone who demonstrates they have the talent to drive a scarlet car and to work in harmony both with and for the team.”
“Luca di Montezemolo has revealed he will sit down with Felipe Massa at Ferrari’s headquarters on Tuesday to discuss the Brazilian’s future before making a final decision on a contract for 2013.”
“The Ferrari driver, who was quickest in the practice sessions for the Indian Grand Prix, retired midway through the race with a broken left suspension after kissing too much of the kerb on turn eight of the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida. That kerb has now been christened as the ‘Massa kerb’.”
“The deal that begins next season will air four races on NBC. The remaining 16 races, and all practices and qualifying sessions will be on cable NBC Sports Network in what’s expected to total more than 100 hours of annual programming.”
“This economy, this culture, we can make a success of it here but we probably need to think of the formula and how to do that because the location of the circuit does not make it easy.”
Lewis Hamilton: “I have not been distracted once this year… I am still 100% a part of this team, right until the last minute. People will continue to say there’s a rift between me and Jenson and there honestly are no issues between us. We’ve been fantastic team mates really.”
“I didn’t have enough clutch at Suzuka last weekend and here I had too much. The initial launch wasn’t good and that resulted in me having a mediocre run to the first corner.”
“Red Bull’s adoption of DDRS is also surprising; as it’s the first time a team have exploited this technology since Mercedes introduced it for the start of 2012. This might be in part due to the system being banned for 2013 and teams are looking at the passive Drag Reduction Device (DRD) as tested by Lotus\Mercedes.”
my twitter friends…I can confirm that I will be racing on the last 3 races of the Brazilian Stockcar Championship pic.twitter.com/ZAjaz2ZM
— Rubens Barrichello (@rubarrichello) October 15, 2012
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) October 15, 2012
Managed to dig out a shot of myself and Felix from 2007 – the man of the moment! http://t.co/Nyz0Ow1g
— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) October 15, 2012
Comment of the day
@TimothyKatz kept an eagle eye on the development of BBC’s “Vettel to Ferrari” story yesterday:
I’ve been watching that story – the headline has changed three times this morning. From the original, definite position to “might” and now it’s back to “set to”.
Now they’ve changed the headline to “Ferrari plan for arrival of Sebastian Vettel, but Massa stays for 2013”.
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On this day in F1
One year ago today Dan Wheldon lost his life following an appalling crash at the IndyCar season finale in Las Vegas.
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