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Vettel Quote Key to Hamilton Change

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:40:38 +00002012-12-31T09:40:38Z

A lot of people spoke with surprise this year about how Lewis Hamilton had chosen to leave McLaren for Mercedes after his entire career from childhood up was nurtured under the McLaren roof, with money and support from the team even in go-karting.  My theory had mostly to do with Hamilton growing up and needing to move to a new home.  Today has continued its year-end stories providing quotes from some F1 drivers, with Sebastian Vettel being quoted from some point in the year about why he is staying at Red Bull, where he had been nurtured also since he was a teenager:


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Alonso the Clean Driver of 2012

Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:03:06 +00002012-12-30T15:03:06Z

When we think of the amazing 2012 season that Fernando Alonso drove this year, just barely missing out on the title in the last race despite not having the best car in his Ferrari, we don't think much of something that Brazil's Globo Esporte site has just pointed out:  That Alonso was also as clean a driver as you could possibly be.  Pastor Maldonado had the record number of penalties this year with 15 penalties had nearly double the number of the second most penalties, of Serio Perez, who had did Sebastian Vettel.  But Alonso had NO penalties (as did Timo Glock).

Chandhok May Race in American Le Mans

Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:15:19 +00002012-12-30T13:15:19Z

After the former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok of India raced in 2012 in the World Endurance Championship with the JRM Racing team he may also race in the American Le Mans Series next year, said Chandhok.   "JRM Racing has some American sponsors and we could very well be doing the American Le Mans Series," reported an Indian news agency.  "But nothing has been finalised. As of now, it is the WEC."  This year saw the second annual Indian Grand Prix running a better race this year than last, but without Chandhok.  It did feature his countryman, Narain Karthikeyan, however.

Button Says End of 2013 Could Be Like Beginning of 2012

Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:35:05 +00002012-12-28T13:35:05Z

In a talk with Autosport, Jenson Button has said that he thinks McLaren will be able to be stronger in 2013 and that he thinks they will not have the problems of reliability that cost them so much this year.  It is true that when the car held together, it was fast and great - look at the end of the season when things looked little better, and Lewis Hamilton won in Austin and then led in Brazil until he was bumped off the track.


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Autosport Rates Vettel Third

Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:37:58 +00002012-12-25T18:37:58Z

Interesting.  After Ferrari wondered after the end of the season whether Sebastian Vettel had done an illegal pass in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix - when the German took his third title in a row - now it is Autosport in its Top 50 list of racing drivers that rates Alonso higher than Vettel. It rates Alonso as the best driver of the year, and Lewis Hamilton as the second best, although he finished fourth in the championship. Vettel comes in third on the Autosport list. Also interesting that Nico Rosberg, who won his first race this year and again bettered his teammate Michael Schumacher, finished only 49th on the list!

Vettel Will Improve - He Says

Sat, 22 Dec 2012 11:59:33 +00002012-12-22T11:59:33Z

Sebastian Vettel has told Autosport that he can still improve as a driver.  Vettel became the youngest 3-time world champion in history this year at age 25.  The previous youngest was Ayrton Senna, at 31.  Vettel also became only the third driver in history, after Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher, to win three titles in a row.


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A Dream Team of Champions?

Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:35:16 +00002012-12-16T10:35:16Z

For the sixth year in a row, this weekend Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel won the Race of Champions nations cup for Germany.  The RoC has the teams driving against each other in various bizarre cars in heats.  Can you imagine that team?  Schumacher with 7 F1 titles and Vettel with 3?   And 18 years difference in age?   It suddenly occurred to me that this would be one driver paring I'd love to have seen - or see next year - at Red Bull!  But I wonder if they would remain such great friends....


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The Money Factor to a U.S. Driver in F1

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:25:04 +00002012-12-14T11:25:04Z

It just occurred to me that we never hear enough about one other things preventing American drivers from breaking into Formula 1.  In a year in which optimism of the series breaking into the U.S. was at a very high level after the fabulous return of the U.S. Grand Prix, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, the idea of the need for an American driver in F1 was raised many times.


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End of the F1 Season - Results Final

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:30:00 +00002012-11-30T12:30:00Z

Of course, there was never any doubt within Formula 1 that the results were final after the Brazilian Grand Prix, but now Ferrari has accepted the clarification from the FIA and said it will not consider an appeal after videos showed something confusing to some internauts that seemed to suggest that Sebastian Vettel had passed Jean-Eric Vergne under the yellow flags at the Brazilian Grand Prix...

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The Joke of Vettel Not Champion

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:00:40 +00002012-11-29T15:00:40Z

I was quite amused last night when I went home very late to find an F1 journalist colleague saying on his Facebook that it was possible that the results of the Brazilian Grand Prix would be protested by Ferrari for an apparent illegal passing move by Sebastian Vettel, and that the result could be that Fernando Alonso would be champion - not Vettel.  I mean, hey, this was exactly the deal I expected to happen AFTER the race - I mean, an hour or so after the race.  Not because I expected there had been any wrong doing - just because I expected that someone had to make a protest!  So I wrote onto my friend's Facebook page saying that he obviously had a fun sense of humor and the season was over and bringing out his joking nature.


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