Lowe will start work as executive technical director early next month
Reigning champion Red Bull’s 2013 car might not be ready for the first pre-season test in early February.
We have already reported designer Adrian Newey’s admission that late development work to ensure the 2012 title somewhat delayed progress of the RB8′s successor. He said in an official Red Bull film that 2012 was “one of the toughest seasons I’ve been through”.
McLaren will allow Lewis Hamilton to speak to engineers at his new team Mercedes even before his 2012 contract expires.
It is believed Hamilton’s deal with McLaren actually runs until December 31. But British newspapers including the Sun and Express say the 27-year-old will actually talk with Mercedes engineers before the new year begins.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Lewis Hamilton’s latest pastime is recording music in a $2,400 per day London studio
Reigning back-to-back world champion and 2012 points leader Sebastian Vettel has admitted that F1 backmarker Timo Glock always beats him — in a game of chess. Switzerland’s Blick newspaper reports that Red Bull driver Vettel only discovered his love of the famous board game in the past few weeks.
McLaren is reportedly seeking a new engine partner for its famous formula one team.
The Woking based team has been powered by Mercedes engines since 1995, but the German carmaker now has its own, entirely separate works team. Indeed, McLaren’s current Mercedes relationship will soon end, leaving the Martin Whitmarsh-led team having to become a normal engine ‘customer’ like Force India.
Eddie Jordan has predicted Force India will make one driver change ahead of the 2013 season.
The former F1 team owner and boss’s words are carefully listened to these days, after he recently correctly predicted that that Lewis Hamilton would move to Mercedes next year, pushing Michael Schumacher back into retirement.
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