F1′s winter test season will kick off early ahead of the 2014 championship.
As the sun set on the final day of pre-season testing late on Sunday, the words on everyone’s lips were Mercedes and Red Bull.
“Everyone is saying that this Mercedes is fast. Consistently fast,” said respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt. Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko added: “(It is fast) at least on one lap. But at least we do have to take them really seriously.”
Sam Michael, McLaren’s sporting director, has finally confirmed what the entire F1 paddock suspects — Paddy Lowe is heading to Mercedes.
It is a poorly-kept secret that 50-year-old Lowe, formerly McLaren’s technical director, has been placed on ‘gardening leave’ before he moves to Mercedes, perhaps to become the Brackley based team’s new boss in 2014.
“It’s good to stage the kart race here at Autosport International”
International stars from the world of two and four-wheeled motorsport, football, music and television, joined together to race in honour of British IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon in the Autosport International Karting Challenge in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, on Friday, January 11.
Ferrari, whose Fernando Alonso is leading the world championship, is also the team with the fastest pit crew so far in 2012.
McLaren looks set to be the next team with a ‘double DRS’-like system aboard its 2012 car.
After Mercedes and then Lotus pioneered the straightline speed-boosting concept this season, it emerged that the FIA intends to ban it for 2013 and beyond. But according to sporting director Sam Michael, work is well underway on a McLaren version.
Martin Whitmarsh has backed McLaren’s under-fire sporting director Sam Michael.
Australian Michael joined the team this year after being ousted at Williams, at the end of that famous British team’s worst season in memory. Some have linked McLaren’s repeated tactical and pitstop errors with Michael’s arrival, but boss Whitmarsh insists that, in fact, some of the team’s recent pitstops have been the fastest in history.
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