In the round-up: Fernando Alonso will race in January’s Daytona 24 Hours and could be allowed to race for Toyota at Le Mans.
Win “The Mechanic” by Marc Priestley
“The Mechanic” is the forthcoming new book by former McLaren F1 mechanic Marc Priestley which tells outrageous and revealing tales of his decade spent working on their race team. It comes out next month and earned five out of five in F1 Fanatic’s review.
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"For me, I would race every weekend in any car in any country. Obviously that would be difficult for McLaren to allow me to race every weekend, but I think two or three weekends on the year (I will race) in a different series."
"We mustn’t just add races because we can increase the numbers. It’s not sustainable. We’ve got races in the past that came, the quality wasn’t there, and they fell away. That’s not great for our business."
"The Russian driver supported by SMP Racing, Robert Shwartzman, who just turned 18, joins FDA right before the end of the Formula Renault 2.0 (Eurocup) championship that will take place this weekend in Barcelona."
"In the Ecclestone years the reward for winning motorsport's premier series was locked away until a postseason, black tie gala - an event for media and dignitaries, not for fans. In Austin, it was front and centre: after Buffer's introductions, championship contenders Hamilton and Vettel stood opposite each other, either side of the trophy they have been fighting for all year."
"I never really had the same good feeling that I got in FP1, even with trying a lot of different set-up changes, and in the end I was not able to bring the balance together like I had in first practice."
"(Hamilton's) not just thinking about the lap itself but the prep lap, making sure that every individual corner of the car is in the right temperature window with the tyres and the brakes. That approach isn't just for the first corner of the qualifying lap but Lewis is making sure he’s got tyres available to attack the final sector of the lap, and I think this whole mental approach to making sure that the tyres and the car are in the right zone is really paying dividends for him – he's unquestionably the king of qualifying at the moment."
"I do miss the camaraderie with the engineers and mechanics. We have one common goal, to make the car as fast as possible, and they have so much respect for you doing that. But it's a young man's game and I can't put my neck on the line as I used to. It sucks, but that's reality and you have to get your head around it. "
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