Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“I’d rather have ten. I never wanted twelve. It’s just that ten is easier to handle, for the promoters, for transport. We’d rather have ten… so long as we don’t lose Ferrari.”
“There were several incidents in which the other teams were at the limit, but not us. But this has always happened and always will. However, we too have to think within the confines of the rules while looking for some limits, some holes, like the other teams do in order to improve our performances.”
“It is the second time in the five years that the team principals’ top ten has been running that Alonso has taken the number one spot.”
“There is a substantial body of fact-ignoring opinion that still refuses to recognise him as a genuine F1 superstar.”
Maybe they were HRT fans.
Had an Out of Competition Doping Test this morning in my Hotel. Interesting…
— Pedro de la Rosa (@PedrodelaRosa1) December 13, 2012
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) December 13, 2012
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Comment of the day
@Dragoll is disappointed to see Mercedes’ Norbert Haug go:
I think it is a huge mistake to cast aside someone of Norbert Haug’s contribution to F1. Even Mercedes themselves acknowledged the large contribution he made to their return to F1.
Some team principals/managers don’t deserve the position they hold, and have it due to politics or financial ownership. I think in the case of Norbert Haug, we should celebrate his contribution to the sport and hope he stays within motorsport in the future.@Dragoll
From the forum
- Some readers are planning trips to next year’s Monaco Grand Prix
Happy birthday to Dermot Farrelly and Carlo Grlj!
On this day in F1
Five years ago today McLaren confirmed Heikki Kovalainen would drive for them in 2008.
Kovalainen was dropped after two years with the team and joined Lotus for 2010. He’s been with the team – now Caterham – ever since, but there are doubts over his place for 2013.