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CylonRed
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Re: F1 Silly Season officially begins...

Williams defends driver lineup and practice plans for 2012:

»uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/form···366.html

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Senna knew from the outset that he would have to hand his car to Bottas on most grand prix Friday mornings, but regularly argued that the loss of running was hampering his form.

The Brazilian often struggled in qualifying and was dropped at the end of the 2012 Formula 1 campaign.

He ultimately sat out 15 of the year's 20 practice one sessions for Bottas. Team-mate Pastor Maldonado in contrast ran in all sessions.

Williams's chief operations engineer Mark Gillan is sure bringing Bottas in on most Fridays was sufficiently beneficial to the team.

Asked if Senna's struggles made it hard to justify denying him practice mileage, Gillan replied: "It's a good question. It's one that we will look at in depth.
2 second pit stops:
»uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/mcla···737.html
quote:
McLaren is aiming to achieve two-second pitstop as 'standard' in the 2013 Formula 1 season.

The team set a record four-tyre-change time of 2.3 seconds on Jenson Button's car during this year's German Grand Prix.

Asked by AUTOSPORT if pitstop times were now near the limit of physical possibility, McLaren sporting director Sam Michael replied: "They are, but it's not hard enough at this point that we can't see a lot of things to change.

"We'll be really busy this winter taking the next step along that idea.
They did 2.4 near the end of the season....
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Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain


Warzau
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I remember Hobbs and Machete where shocked when they did that!



CylonRed
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Haug to leave Mercedes motorsports division...

»uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/form···973.html

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Haug played a key role in Mercedes' factory Formula One team signing Lewis Hamilton to partner Nico Rosberg in 2013.

He was also a vice-president of Daimler AG.

A team statement said: "His contract will come to an end by mutual agreement with the Board of Management.

"Preparations for the forthcoming season continue as planned."

Haug, who turned 60 last month, hinted that the team's poor performance since returning to the top flight of racing was behind the decision.
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Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain


CylonRed
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Grojean stays with Lotus:

»uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/form···945.html

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The confirmation came a day after Grosjean won the Race of Champions event in Bangkok, beating Red Bull's triple champion Sebastian Vettel and seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher along the way.

"Romain is a great talent and we are pleased that he is continuing with us for a second season," said team principal Eric Boullier in a statement.
Williams chief engineer leaves:
»uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/mark···469.html

quote:
Mark Gillan, one of the architects of Williams's 2012 revival, has left the team.

Gillan had joined Williams during its troubled 2011 Formula 1 campaign and was appointed as its chief operations engineer during its technical reshuffle.

The team confirmed to AUTOSPORT that Gillan had vacated his role to "spend more time with his family".
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Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain


CylonRed
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Max Chilton to Marussia:
»uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/form···167.html

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Max Chilton will be Britain's fourth man on the Formula One starting grid next season after back-markers Marussia said the 21-year-old would make his race debut with them in Australia in March.
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Kamui gives up on 2013:
»uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/form···907.html

quote:
Kamui Kobayashi has conceded his chances of landing a seat in Formula One for next season are over.
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Sutil looking at Force India ride:
»www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/20753013
quote:
Adrian Sutil believes he has "done the maximum" to secure a return to Formula 1 with Force India for 2013, saying the decision is now up to team boss Vijay Mallya.

The German was dropped by the team for 2012 but tells BBC Radio 5 live's Jennie Gow all his problems relating to his conviction for causing grievous bodily harm have been "solved" and insists there is "no problem" for him to travel the world once again.
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Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain