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"But Booth said the team were 'at a fairly advanced stage with a new investor - a credible investor'."
"The events in Australia, Malaysia, China, Japan and Russia all have their races listed with local start times one hour earlier than last year."
"This may be a chance for me because everyone knows that if you do not drive for a season, you will disappear from the shelf and it is very difficult to return. If I win GP2 I'll have the momentum."
"You can now drive a formula car at 15 years old. The FIA regulations allow this, and now it's possible for a 16- or 17-year-old to come into Formula One."
"Friends of the family said the ex-Simca-Gordini racer, who was a founder of the former Grand Prix Drivers' Club, died at home in the south of France."
Happy birthday @JensonButton !!! Enjoy the day!! We still young…💪💪💪💪
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) January 19, 2015
.@GregorF1 1/2 Not always :-) I want to be fast & to do that, you have to push the limit & sometimes you go over it.
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) January 19, 2015
I never understand why teams present a new car right before test start. Do it a day earlier and you (+ your sponsors) get all the attention.
— Tobias Grüner F1 (@tgruener) January 19, 2015
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Comment of the day
Are Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and the rest really going to close the gap to Mercedes straight away?
I’d be surprised if Mercedes’ rivals have caught right up by Australia.
Ferrari have pretty much already ruled themselves out and I very highly doubt Williams, Lotus or Force India are going to out-aero Mercedes.
The only team who realistically could challenge are Red Bull, but all of this could well be dependent on whether Renault have upped their game or not. It is way too early to say where McLaren are with their Honda package. We simply do not know with them right now.
I’m sorry to say it, but I fear that the first half of the season at least will be much of the same from 2014 in terms of having a championship duel.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Cathal, Explosiva, Qazuhb and The_Sigman!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to former F1 driver Norberto Fontana who is 40 today.