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FORMULA 1 MAGAZINE & NEWS DIGEST

IS THIS THE WORLD CHAMPION WINNING CAR?


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MCLAREN MP4-27 BREAKS COVER LEWIS SPEAKS JENSON SPEAKS WHITMARSH SPEAKS CATERHAM CT01 UNVEILED FERNANDES WANTS A POINT AT LEAST GASCOYNE HAS HIS SAY PIRELLI LAUNCH 2012 F1 RUBBER SUTIL SORRY, ANGRY BIANCHI PROMOTED FERRARI DRIVERS BOOTCAMP BARRICHELLO 19 YEARS 19 CARS AND MUCH MORE... 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

Caterham kick started the 2012 with their late February launch of the CT01. It caused a quite a stir, being first to go public with their car. The consensus was that the car was ugly with it’s ‘platypus’ nose and all that... but really we were all waiting for the first real big revelation! The McLaren launch was really the highlight of the past seven days. This is the car with which two of the sport’s best drivers will be trying to crack the might of Red Bull and their superb world champion Sebastian Vettel. Contrary to predictions that ‘most cars will be ugly’, the MP4-27 is strikingly pretty - beautiful is how Jenson put it. Good looking cars are a McLaren tradition, hopefully it can deliver the goods on track too, which is also a McLaren tradition. In this edition we pay tribute to Rubens Barrichello who looks like having had his last Formula 1 race, barring force majeure or a call up to substitute should this be required by a team in the future. Nevertheless we have a spread of 19 Big Pictures depicting him in 19 different F1 cars during his record breaking career. And of course all the other news, interviews, gossip , photos and general F1 musings on 126 pages! Content & Credits • All content sourced from YallaF1.com • Content providers: PVM, GMM, Reuters, FIA, Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes, Force india, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Williams, Marussia, Caterham, HRT, Pirelli, Cosworth, Renault and other F1 related organisations. • Main Photography by Sutton Images • Additional photography services provided by F1 teams including Getty Images, LAT, Hoch Zwei, Ercole Colombo • eMagazine production by Motorsport27 • Contact: info@yallaf1.com 2


2012 PRE-SEASON: FERRARI SPECIAL WROOOM WITH A VIEW AND FORTY YEARS OF HEROES

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BIG SMILES AS BEAUTIFU MCLAREN MP4-27 REVEA

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light-hearted Lewis Hamilton laughed at the past and looked forward to a happier season ahead after helping Jenson Button take the wraps off McLaren’s sleek new Formula One car. Highlighting the re-profiled wing mirrors on the silver and red MP4-27, 2008 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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world champion Hamilton joked that the rear-view improvements would also be appreciated by Ferrari rival Felipe Massa. The two drivers clashed repeatedly last year in a controversial and crash-happy season that Hamilton was only too happy to leave behind.


“We’ve changed the wing mirrors, so hopefully we’ll be able to see a little bit better,” said Hamilton, admiring the smooth, flowing lines of the Mercedes-powered machine. “Felipe will be happy with that.” The new car had none of the ‘ugly’ bumps on the nose predicted to become a

feature of this year’s crop after Caterham last week revealed a ‘platypus’ front wing that received an immediate thumbs down from the aesthetes. “This is a beautiful car. Many of those that you see will not be,” said Button. Hamilton agreed that the car looked 5

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FOR THE RECORD MCLAREN MP4-27 LAUNCH the business and should be able to do it as well. “I think it looks fantastic. I think it’s probably the most refined looking car we’ve had for some time now,” said the 27-year-old. “When the car looks good, it generally is good.” Hamilton and 2009 world champion Button, overall runner-up in 2011, won three races each last year but Red Bull won both championships for the second year in a row. McLaren, without a constructors’ title since 1998, finished distant runners-up after launching their car with great optimism and then struggling to get an elaborate exhaust system to function properly in testing. They made sweeping changes but still had to play catch-up in the early races while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel chalked up a string of wins and took his second title. Button said he had no idea where McLaren stood this year but hoped he would have a good impression when the car hits the track in Jerez, southern Spain, next week. “We’re all positive now and hopefully that will continue in testing,” he said. “We’ve got to come out of the box and be strong. We are excited but I’m sure every team is a little bit apprehensive when it comes to testing.” While Hamilton took comfort from the car being an evolution of the one that ended 2011 so strongly, the car is substantially revised from last year’s with all major systems updated or re-designed. The rear bodywork is more tightly-waisted, to improve air flow, and the sidepods re-designed as a result of new exhaust regulations. “It looks beautiful at the moment but cars really do look beautiful if they win races,” said team boss Martin Whitmarsh, who recognised last year’s testing had been “abysmal”. “If it looks good at the outset, then that helps us,” added the Briton. “We don’t think we are going to have a repeat of last winter.” This season, which starts in Australia on 18 March, will have a new race in Austin, Texas, and an unprecedented six champions on the starting grid now that Kimi Raikkonen has returned. “It’s great to have so many great champions out there, that’s definitely enough world champions, hopefully there won’t be any more out there,” smiled Hamilton. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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MCLAREN MP4-27 2012 TITLE CONTENDER

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ne of the most anticipated cars of the 2012 Formula 1 season, the McLaren MP4-27, was revealed on 1 February at the team’s Woking factory with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton present for the unveiling. These are the first pictures of the car which McLaren are hoping will be able to challenge for the 2012 world championships – drivers and constructors. McLaren launch statement: The continuation of our double world-champion driver line-up, further 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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consolidation of our championshipwinning engineering team and a subtle, yet deep-reaching technical update of our car all underpin the world-class strength, experience and ambition that exists at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ahead of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. This morning’s technical presentation of the MP4-27 at the McLaren Technology Centre showcased a natural evolution of last year’s six-race-winning car and underlined the message that the new season is very much one of growth through strength and


evident visual differences include more tightly waisted rear bodywork, developed to improve flow to the rear of the car, and a revised cooling system, which re-directs the gearbox oil-cooler. Last year’s U-shaped sidepods have also been re-designed – a legacy of the FIA’s new exhaust regulations that redefine the shape of the rear bodywork. Best driver line-up in Formula 1 retained for third successive season: Maintaining the belief in the validity of strengthened continuity, Vodafone McLaren 9

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continuity. After finishing second in both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2011, our aim for the new season is to fight for both world titles from the very start of this year’s campaign. Evolutionary design of MP4-27 masks overhaul of all major systems: While the all-new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP427 closely resembles last year’s multiple race-winning car, the 2012 chassis has been substantially revised from the groundup, with all major systems updated or redesigned for the new season. The most


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Mercedes is the only team in Formula 1 whose driver line-up consists of two world champions: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Between them, they have scored 22 grand prix victories for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and are the strongest and most consistent driver line-up in the sport. Maintaining the partnership into a third successive season was merely a formality. Strength drawn from consolidation of engineering and race teams: On the technical front, our exemplary engineering trio Tim Goss (director of engineering), Paddy Lowe (technical director) and Neil Oatley (director of design and development programmes) once more remain at the forefront of the drawing office. For 2012, they will be joined by sporting director Sam Michael, whose arrival coincides with the re-orga of our trackside personnel roster to ensure both growth and development within the group. Off-track the most complete team in Formula 1: Away from the track, the team continue 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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became the world’s first carbon-neutral Formula 1 team, efficiently managing its carbon footprint and purchasing carbon credits to completely offset its emissions. As well as continuing relationships of record-breaking length with partners such as Hugo Boss (31 years), TAG Heuer (27 years), Kenwood (22 years), ExxonMobil (18 years), Mercedes-Benz (18 years), Hilton (eight years) and Vodafone (six years), our new strategic partnership with 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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GlaxoSmithKline continues to and planning continue on the Applied Performance, while G are busy developing a ground formula to hydrate our drivers Finally, in a year when th shine on London and the 2012 equipment and technology pi


Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and developed by McLaren Applied Technologies will be used by Team GB’s athletes in their quest for Gold this summer. Following a one-day private shakedown with Oliver Turvey at the wheel, Jenson Button will begin track testing of the MP4-27 at Spain’s Circuito de Jerez on Tuesday 7 February, after which Lewis Hamilton will take over the cockpit. 13

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FOR THE RECORD MCLAREN MP4-27 SPECIFICATIONS

Chassis Monocoque McLaren-moulded carbonfibre composite incorporating front and si Front suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell cr Rear suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell cra Electronics McLaren Electronic Systems Bodywork Carbon-fibre composite Driver-operated drag reduction system Tyres Pirelli P Zero Radio Kenwood Race wheels Enkei Brake callipers Akebono Master cylinders Akebono Batteries GS Yuasa Corporation Steering McLaren power-assisted Instruments McLaren Electronic Systems Paint solutions AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products Engine Type Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z Capacity 2.4 litres with 8 cylinders Maximum rpm 18,000 Bank angle 90째 Piston bore maximum 98mm Number of valves 32 Fuel ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel) Spark plugs NGK racing spark plugs specially designed for Formula 1 Lubricants Mobil 1 Weight 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight) KERS Hybrid Type e-Motor ESS Power

Mercedes-Benz Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator Integrated energy storage cells and power electronics 60 kW

Transmission Gearbox Gears Gear selection Clutch

McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite Seven forward and one reverse McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated Carbon/carbon, hand-operated

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INTERVIEW LEWIS HAMILTON

LEWIS HAMILTON: WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO RE ALL OUR STRENGTHS

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ewis Hamilton, 27, made his Formula 1 debut with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in 2007, immediately making headlines for his supremely assured blend of speed, wisdom and sheer audacity on the racetrack. A world champion at the age of 23 and, uniquely, a race winner in all of his five Formula 1 seasons, Lewis remains one of the fastest, most gifted and compelling drivers in F1 history. At the end of 2011, he threw himself into a series of intense preparations ahead of the new season, training at high altitude in Colorado and at home in Switzerland. Lewis said: “The winter has been a great opportunity to recharge – I got away into the mountains, spent a lot of time hiking and running, improving my fitness and starting to prepare for the new year. “It’s always great to get away from everything; change the scenery. And what’s great about Formula 1 is that you start each season with the baseline completely reset – everybody starts again from zero – and that always makes me so hungry. “I’ve been keenly following the development of MP4-27 over the winter and I’ve been really encouraged by the results and the data that the engineers have been showing me. I think we already had a very strong base to build upon: Jenson and I won six races with MP4-26 last year and I think we’ve been able to retain all the strengths and the reliability of that design while also incorporating lots of improvements and new ideas into the new car. “Of course, the biggest changes for 2012 are the modifications to the exhaust regulations – that will reduce the downforce and grip that we had last year, but it just puts the emphasis on the designers to try and claw some of that back in other areas. “I get the feeling the MP4-27 is going to feel very new and exciting when we get to drive it for the first time.” 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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INTERVIEW JENSON BUTTON

JENSON BUTTON: WE HAVE EVERY REASON

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enson Button joined Vodafone McLaren Mercedes as the newly crowned world champion at the end of the 2009 season and re-signed a new multi-year deal with the team last autumn. His runner-up position in the 2011 world drivers’ championship, including victories in Hungary and Japan and a career-best last-to-first final-lap win in Canada, along with nine further podium finishes, underlined his credentials as one of the most respected and complete drivers in Formula 1 history. The 2012 season will mark his 13th season in Formula 1. Jenson said: “With the regulations remaining relatively stable, we’ve really been able to focus on the detail with this year’s car. I still think we had a very fast package last year – it was very strong in certain areas – and our race pace was almost always fantastic, but we’re hoping for a further step forwards in 2012. With Mercedes-Benz, I think we also had the best overall engine and KERS Hybrid package in the pitlane. “We were also able to continuously develop throughout the year to match Red Bull – and that shows that we have the knowledge, effort and resources to sustain our efforts across the course of a whole season, which can be crucial. “I know that the whole team is extremely proud of the MP4-27. It may look like a direct evolution of last year’s car, but we’ve analysed every area of performance over the winter and the whole car has benefited from lots of fresh thinking and new ideas in every area. I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel in Spain next week. “I know that everyone will be watching us very closely to see what progress we make during the preseason tests, but I genuinely believe we have every reason to feel optimistic about the progress we’ve made and our competitiveness this year.” 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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INTERVIEW MARTIN WHITMARSH

MARTIN WHITMARSH: THE CAR IS PLEASINGLY COMPLETE

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odafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whtmarsh spoke on the occasion os the launch of the team’s 2012 Formula 1 world championship challenger, the McLraen MP4-27, at their headquarters in Woking. Whitmarsh said: “The 2012 season will be an important one for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes: having finished second in the constructors’ championship for the past two seasons, we’re determined to mount a sustained, hard challenge for both world titles. “Our engineering team continues to develop and grow: while the key names who head the department are well known – Tim Goss, Paddy Lowe and Neil Oatley – it’s the strength in depth within the department that continually impresses. I’m extremely proud of our efforts to invest in and recruit young graduate engineers and to develop and school them in the ways of Formula 1. “We have a fantastically committed team of individuals, and MP4-27 is the fruit of their labours – it’s a beautiful car, and one we feel is the perfect platform from which to launch our assault on the world championship. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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INTERVIEW MARTIN WHITMARSH

Whitmarsh: We have the best driver line-up in Formula 1

While there are clear visual changes to this year’s car, there’s greater change beneath the skin, with lots of fresh thinking applied to every major system. The car is pleasingly complete. “I don’t think we want for anything from our drivers, either: in Jenson and Lewis, 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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“I’m pleased and confident that we’ve left no stone unturned in our quest for performance. Now, our focus invariably turns to the track as we evaluate MP4-27 ahead of the start of the 2012 season in Melbourne on March 18. These will be a fascinating three weeks.” 25

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AMG are ramping up their operational capacity. “We have no room to be complacent – what you see today only scratches the surface of what we’re planning to deliver to the track both from an engineering and operational point of view throughout 2012.


REPORT MCLAREN BOSS ON HAMILTON

WHITMARSH: LEWIS IS A BRILLIANT RACING DRIV

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team boss Martin Whitmarsh. Speaking to The Telegraph, Whitmarsh was full of praise for the team’s 2008 Formula 1 world champion, “Lewis won three grands prix in 2011, one of only three drivers to have won more than a single race.


The other two were Sebastian [Vettel] and Jenson [Button].” “Again, just as most teams have never and will never win six grands prix in a single season, as McLaren did last year, it’s equally true to say most drivers have never and

will never win three grands prix in a single season, as Lewis did last year.” “Indeed, some of the most compelling highlights of last season’s on-track action, from the point of view of a racer’s sheer talent shining through, were provided by 27

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REPORT MCLAREN BOSS ON HAMILTON Lewis. In China, Germany and Abu Dhabi, and in many other places besides, he was awesomely impressive, ” With reference to a question about last year being a tough one for Hamilton. the Mclaren boss admitted, “Nonetheless, you described 2011 as ‘a tough season’ for Lewis and undoubtedly there’s some truth in that. But, such is the level of his ambition that he’s his own sternest critic.” “Sometimes, therefore, when things don’t go quite right for him, he lets it get to him. We saw that last year sometimes. But it’s a measure of his competitiveness, a side effect of his monumental will to win. “As such, we wouldn’t want Lewis any other way. He’s a truly brilliant racing driver – one of the fastest we’ve ever seen. And that’s why, throughout last year, we were always keen to reassure him we were backing him 100%.” Hamilton has competed in 90 grands prix form McLaren (the only F1 team he has driven for), winning 17 races, scoring 42 podiums, 19 pole positions and a world title since his debut for the Woking squad at the 2007 Australian GP. Prior to that McLaren have backed the 27 year old since his karting days. “People have short memories, don’t they?” mused Whitmarsh. “Lewis has been an integral part of McLaren for more than half his life. He’s part of the McLaren 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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REPORT MARTIN WHITMARSH ON LEWIS HAMILTON story and part of the McLaren family, too. He knows that. Equally, he’s been phenomenally successful in the five seasons he’s spent with us as a Formula One driver.” “He’s been in contention for the drivers’ world championship until the last grand prix of the season in three of those five seasons, and of course he won the drivers’ world championship for us in 2008.” “Overall, his record of 17 grand prix wins from 90 grand prix starts places him in the very top rank in Formula One’s metaphorical hall of fame.“ Predictably Whitmarsh is revealing very little about the team’s 2012 challenger which is due to be launched on 1 February. But he did reveal, “Everyone at McLaren is already working as hard as is humanly possible to change second to first, and has been all winter. Although that level of commitment necessarily involves personal sacrifice, I don’t think our people see it like that. Formula One people are an astonishingly motivated bunch, and McLaren people are even more driven than most.” “McLaren has won 20 world championships in the 46 years it’s been competing in Formula One, and that’s a stupendous record by anyone’s reckoning. Believe me, we fully intend to add to that tally,” said the McLaren boss. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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REPORT CATERHAM CT01 UNVEILED

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emerged at the head of the pack on 26 January as the first of the Formula One teams to show off ason. was unlikely to win any beauty parade, with some branding the ‘platypus-nosed’ car downright scoyne was sure it would not be alone. ut it is obviously stirring up a lot of debate, but because of the 2012 regulations I think you’ll s type of nose on most of the cars this year,” he said on the team’s facebook page. have been changed to limit the height of the nosebox to try and ensure noses are not too high. enge is that you always want to get the chassis as high as possible to allow clean air flow to the of the car, and what you see on the CT01 is our solution to that,” said Gascoyne. Former F1 designer Gary Anderson, now a technical analyst for the BBC, said the nose’s ridges and bumps were inevitable. “The nose on the Caterham looks pretty stupid, but everyone’s going to be heading in that direction with the new rules,” he said. Renault-powered Caterham were Team Lotus last year, and Lotus Racing in their 2010 debut season. They have yet to score a point, like the other two ‘new’ teams, but they have the KERS kinetic energy recovery system for the first time this year and have set a top 10 finish as a priority.

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REPORT CATERHAM CT01 UNVEILED Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen and Italian Jarno Trulli are their named drivers, although there has been lingering speculation about the latter’s race seat. The season starts in Australia on March 18. Gascoyne said the new car had passed all the mandatory crash tests and would be ready for the first preseason test in Jerez, Spain, from Feb. 7. “The design of the car has been progressing since early 2011. It’s the first year of real stability for us on the technical side, and by keeping the Renault Sport F1 engine and Red Bull Technology gearbox, we know exactly what we’re working with and what we can expect,” he said. “Each year so far we’ve effectively not only had a new design team but also a new gearbox and engine combination. “Now, however, we have a very stable design team under our technical director Mark Smith, and this means we can take a much bigger step forward in terms of the detail of the design.” “Until we run the car, we only have numbers and simulation data to work with,” said Gascoyne. “We finished 10th in the last two years, which has been our target, but now I think it’s time we moved forward again. Let’s see what happens we get out on track.” “It’s no secret that we’ll have KERS on the car this year. Towards the end of last year it really started to affect us racing with the midfield cars. It hurt us in qualifying and in our eventual race positions. At the last race in 2011, Heikki made a good start and gained a lot of positions but then lost out by not having KERS.” “Having KERS embedded into our 2012 car is another good step forward for us. We had our best ever qualifying in relation to the cars ahead of us in Brazil, and with KERS we could have possibly out-qualified a few of them. So, again, we have another good reason to be very positive about 2012,” concluded Gascoyne. Caterham have been using the Williams wind tunnel as well as one in Italy, with aerodynamics the focus as they try and move up the pecking order from 10th place overall last year. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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INTERVIEW TONY FERNANDES

FERNANDES: WE WILL BE MANY MIDFIELD TEAMS

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ig boss of the newly named Caterham F1 Team, Tony Fernandes speaks about the Caterham CT01 and the season ahead for the team which, since it’s inception, has yet to score a point. It’s been a busy week for you with QPR winning their last game and now Caterham F1 Team launching the CT01 – the first team to take the wraps off a 2012 car. What are your thoughts on it? Yes, it’s been a pretty good week. I am thrilled that we broke cover first and that the CT01 is the first example anyone has seen of a 2012 car. I think I am riding on some very good energy at the moment! I am pleased that we were able to release pictures of our new car so soon. Riad, Mike, Mark and the whole team did a fantastic job getting all the homologation and crash tests out of the way early, and keeping on track with the car’s build schedule. I am very proud that we are able to take the covers off first and I think it looks fantastic. This car represents another step forward for us. The detail right across the whole package is light years ahead of where we were when we first started out, and we are all excited about seeing what it can do when we get on track. I’m also very pleased that we were able to show our fans the car so soon. Our aim has always has been to be as open and interactive as possible, allowing our fans a real look inside our team. By launching the car through F1 Racing magazine, I feel we’ve been able to give our fans a unique first look at where we’re heading and what Caterham is all about. Maybe next year I’ll tweet a picture of the car to launch it! 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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INTERVIEW TONY FERNANDES

The nose seems to be dividing opinion… Good. Personally I love this car, and it’s very flattering that people want to talk about our car and our team, but the main consideration is that it is quick. As long as it is quicker than last year’s car I don’t think the looks matter, and I am sure that when all the other cars are unveiled we will see a pretty common thread running through all of them. I actually think it’s beautiful. It’s different, and different does not equal ugly – in fact I think its difference is what makes it beautiful, but then I am probably a bit biased. However, it is important to remember that how the car looks and behaves is one part, admittedly a major part, but just one part of what makes this team who we are. Caterham is the name we will race under for many years to come, but we still have the 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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same DNA we have had since day one, back in 2009. We are the same team but every day we are growing stronger and what underpins that growth is the people in our team who have been with us since the early days, and the people who have come on board and share our vision. We are still very proudly green and yellow and I think that says rather a lot about who we are. For me this is a new year, a new start as Caterham, and the next chapter in our story. This is the first time our whole design team has really been able to get its teeth into creating our own product and I know it will be a progression from the T128, technically and in terms of its performance. How are you feeling about the year ahead? You have quite a lot on your plate now.


the year to come. I am looking forward to whatever may happen – the ups and the downs. I feel very confident in the growth of the businesses Kamarudin and I run, and I am very excited about the future of the whole Caterham Group. Target wise, I have been quoted as saying I want us to score a point this year and that really has to be the aim. It has to be. Towards the end of last year we were so close to the midfield cars, but our lack of KERS limited our capabilities. This year, however, with the people and facilities we have in the factory and the wind tunnel, and with KERS, I am confident that we will become a danger to many of the midfield teams, and yes, I want us to achieve a point somewhere in 2012 – maybe two if we are very lucky! 41

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INTERVIEW MIKE GASCOYNE

GASCOYNE: IT’S TIME WE MOVE FORWARD AGAIN

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INTERVIEW MIKE GASCOYNE And KERS? Gascoyne: Yes, it’s no secret that we’ll have KERS on the car this year. Towards the end of last year it really started to affect us racing with the midfield cars. It hurt us in qualifying and in our eventual race positions. At the last race in 2011, Heikki made a good start and gained a lot of positions but then lost out by not having KERS. Having KERS embedded into our 2012 car is another good step forward for us. We had our best ever qualifying in relation to the cars ahead of us in Brazil, and with KERS we could have possibly out-qualified a few of them. So, again, we have another good reason to be very positive about 2012. What about this nose? It’s creating quite a lot of debate… Gascoyne: Yes, well the regulations have changed to limit the height of the nosebox to try to ensure that noses don’t get too high. Our challenge is that you always want to get the chassis as high as possible to allow clean air flow to the underside of the car, and what you see on the CT01 is our solution to that. As we’re the first car out it is obviously stirring up a lot of debate, but because of the 2012 regulations I think you’ll probably be seeing this type of nose on most of the cars this year. What are our targets for 2012? Gascoyne: I think we need to see the car on track first and get feedback from the first tests. Until we run the car, we only have numbers and simulation data to work with. But every team wants to move up the grid and we’re no different. We finished 10th in the last two years, which has been our target, but now I think it’s time we moved forward again. Let’s see what happens we get out on track. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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REPORT KIMI RAIKKONEN NO GREAT EXPECTATIONS

KIMI RAIKKONEN: I EXPECT TO FIGHT IN THE MIDDLE GROUP

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imi Raikkonen has revealed he is prepared to race in the midfield this season as he returns to Formula 1 with Lotus. The Finn, a winner of 18 grands prix with top teams McLaren and Ferrari, has spent the last two years in world rallying. For the first time since he stepped out of his Ferrari at the 2009 season finale, 32-year-old Raikkonen returned to the wheel of a F1 car this week at Valencia. “I was expecting it to feel faster than it was,” he admitted to the BBC. “Ok, Valencia is not the fastest circuit, but it was still pretty normal.” Raikkonen is also braced for an average season, admitting in Zurich to Italy’s Autosprint magazine that he is unlikely to be a frontrunner in 2012. “I expect to have to fight in the middle group,” he said. “But it will not be a drama. It’s no different to my last year at Ferrari.” It is believed Raikkonen was ousted by Ferrari two years ago because the team’s lucrative new sponsor Santander was willing to pay handsomely for Fernando Alonso. Typically, ‘Iceman’ Raikkonen has no regrets, “I have no resentment towards anyone.” But he has had to pay out of his own pocket for his recent rallying and Nascar forays, and is having to once again plot a course to the front of the F1 grid. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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Kimi: Racing is the biggest thing, that’s why I’ve come back “Of course the championship is the goal,” Turun Sanomat newspaper quotes him as saying. “It’s fine to try it, but I am not obsessed about having another championship or not.” Raikkonen said his Lotus deal is “basically for two years”. “I don’t have any long term plans. Let’s see how it goes with Lotus.” His next outings will be at the wheel of the new car at Jerez. “Generally, if the car feels good right from the start, you are usually competitive (for the season),” said Raikkonen. “The races I don’t think are so different (from 2009),” he added. “Vettel was strong even then even though there is much more passing now, but that depends on the moving 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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wing. “I haven’t tried it (DRS) yet, the 2010 car (at Valencia). But it’s to push.” As for his fitness after two felt good after almost 700 kilome “I don’t feel in the neck any expected to have more problems have any.” “We try to do as well as we but it’s very difficult to say. We ha in the testing and go from there.” “Hopefully we can have a g


years out, Raikkonen said he etres at Valencia. y stiffness,” he said. “I probably s in the neck but I didn’t really

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and that would be nice, but if not we try to improve it and go to the front. “The team has everything we need to produce a good car. We are not missing something that’s the reason we don’t have a good car. “The people are very keen to have a good year. The atmosphere is great, it is a bit more family like than in other big teams, very nice people to work with and I’ve been enjoying it so far.” Raikkonen said the main reason for his return to F1 was that he was missing wheel-to-wheel competition. “Racing is the biggest thing, that’s why I’ve probably come back,” he said. “That’s really the main thing.”


REPORT WHITMARSH ON RAIKKONEN

MARTIN WHITMARSH: KIMI IS A GREAT GUY WITH A SUPER TALENT

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cLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh welcomes and believes the return of Kimi Raikkonen is good for Formula 1, predicting if Lotus provide him with a good car the Iceman will be fast in it “Kimi is a great guy, with a super talent,” Whitmarsh told Formula1.com. “He was very successful during his five seasons at McLaren, winning nine grands prix for us and, although he narrowly failed to win a Drivers’ World Championship during that time, he could easily have become World Champion in both 2003 and 2005 if he’d had a bit more luck or a little more reliability.” “Even as things were, without that extra bit of luck and reliability required to win World Championships, he still won 12 grands prix for us and some of those wins were truly majestic.” “If the Lotus car is quick, Kimi will be quick in it; it’s as simple as that in my view,” added Whitmarsh. “During an FIA press conference at a grand prix in the latter half of last year – I forget where – I was asked by a journalist whether the team principals of the teams then rumoured to be considering Kimi for a 2012 drive, a couple of whom were sitting alongside me, should hire him or not. My answer was an unequivocal yes.” “I stand by that answer, and I’m pleased that he’s made a Formula One comeback. He’s a very popular driver, and I think Formula One will be the better for his return.” “No fewer than six World Champions will be competing in Formula One this season – more than ever before – and each of them, including Kimi, is not only a fantastic racing driver but also a colourful character with a robust fans’ following and a unique global allure,” concluded Whitmarsh. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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REPORT PIRELLI 2012

PIRELLI GET MORE AGGR

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irelli will be taking a more aggressive approach to their Formula One tyres this season and are confident the racing will be more exciting, motorsport director Paul Hembery said at the launch of this year’s F1 tyres. Teams will still be supplied with four compounds over the course of the championship but the gap in performance between them has been significantly reduced. “We have had to make changes and the objective of those changes is to make the racing closer,” Hembery told reporters at a launch event in Abu Dhabi. “There is a smaller gap in performance between the compounds. Last year the teams were making choices based on tyres that had a 1.5 seconds difference – we have tried to get that down below one second and the aim is to have it at around 0.8 seconds.” The super soft compound is essentially unchanged from last year, Pirelli’s return to the sport as sole supplier after the withdrawal of Bridgestone, but the three other compounds have been made softer. Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera said: “These changes will provide more opportunity for passes, and help make a better show. Our tyres will be a bit softer which will add speed and show.” Hembery hoped that closing the performance gap would make tyre strategy more of a factor in races than it became last season as teams got used to 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

the new rubber. “We were going through races where teams would maximise use of the sets of the higher performing compound, which were soft in 2011, and minimising use of the hard or medium,” he said. “From that point of view, the second compound would not come into the strategy. “We want a lower gap between 54

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REPORT PAUL HEMBERY

HEMBERY: HIGHEST LEVEL OF QUALITY EVER IN FORMULA 1

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ith six world champions set to line-up on the grid in 2012, the scene is set for what could be the most competitive season in Formula 1 history, according to Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery. He is referring to the fact that six world champions – Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher – will be on the Melbourne grid in March. That is a quarter of the entire 24-car field. “That is probably the highest level (of quality in F1) ever,” Hembery is quoted as saying by Turun Sanomat, “particularly when you take into account that there are a lot of other very talented drivers who haven’t won a title. “If the level of the cars and the performance levels (of the drivers) are just as high, there will be some astonishingly good races,” added the F1 tyre supplier’s motor sport director. Hembery was coy, however, when asked specifically about Raikkonen, the returning 2007 champion. “I have met him twice,” he said. “He is a quiet guy and, anyway, we strive to keep our distance. The drivers turn to us when they need something.” He did not give anything away about Raikkonen’s first taste of life on Pirelli rubber, after the Finn’s Valencia test this week on demonstration tyres. “We didn’t monitor it at all, it was Lotus’ thing alone,” he insisted. “Of course I saw his comments and it will be a big difference for him now compared to what he has known before. “But Kimi is one of the most extraordinary drivers the sport has seen so I think he will learn quickly.” 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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REPORT VITALY PETROV FUTURE UNCERTAIN

I WANT TO SAY SOMETH ABOUT 2012 BUT I CAN’T

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a move to Malaysian-owned Caterham F1, as a replacement for Italian veteran Jarno Trulli, after losing his race seat at Renault (now Lotus) at the end of last season. “If I said something it will be made into lots, I cannot say anything about what I 58


will do this year,” Petrov told reporters after making an unexpected appearance at a Pirelli presentation in Abu Dhabi. “But please wait a little bit, another week. I want to say something but I can’t say at the moment.

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REPORT VITALY PETROV FUTURE UNCERTAIN old added: “They asked me to come and be part of this event, so I drive some cars and talk to some people and work with them. “Now in Russia, Pirelli is working quite close and maybe in the future we can do some good deals so maybe I will not test Pirelli but maybe we can work together in different parts.” Brazilian Lucas di Grassi is also expected to remain as a test driver, but Pirelli’s Motorsports Director Paul Hembery indicated there was also a role for Petrov. “We will see how it goes,” he said. “There is always a lot of tyre development work to do, and we are eager to have a driver who has experience of racing from the previous year.” Petrov was highly critical of Renault after a disappointing result in last November’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and was then replaced by Frenchman Romain Grosjean for this season. “I think I understand I should not talk about the team like this, but what is done is done and I don’t need to be angry about what happened.” “Already it is the New Year, it is finished so I am fully ready for next year. It is racing. Sometimes you have a good result, sometimes you have a bad one. So I think it is better not to talk about it.” 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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REPORT ADRIAN SUTIL SORRY BUT ANGRY

ADRIAN SUTIL: I AM EXTREMELY SORRY AND HAMILTON IS A COWARD

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ormer Force India Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil was found guilty of bodily harm by a Munich court on 31 January and given an 18-month suspended sentence and $260,000 fine for a night club brawl in China last year. The German, who has yet to find a race seat this year, was found guilty of injuring Eric Lux, chief executive of Lotus F1 team owners Genii Capital, in a Shanghai nightclub after the Chinese GP, Judge Christiane Thiemann said. Lux needed stitches for a neck wound. The Renault team has since been renamed Lotus and Force India have already announced Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg as Sutil’s replacement. Sutil had told the court on the first day of proceedings on Monday he had repeatedly apologised to Lux and denied it was his intention to hurt him but rather to throw a drink in his face. The fine will be paid to charities. Sutil appeared in the witness stand on the first day of the trial and told the court, “I did everything to try to settle this row. I am really sorry, extremely sorry. I never wanted for this to happen,” said Sutil, dressed in a dark suit and tie. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

Lux, also in court, said he had expected the driver to visit him in Luxembourg to make an apology. “A phone call is not good enough,” Lux told the court. Meanwhile Sutil has angrily slammed his former friend Lewis Hamilton for lack of support before and during his assault trial. Hamilton, the 2008 world champion and McLaren driver, declined to appear as a witness in former Force India driver Sutil’s trial this week over the assault of Lotus team executive Eric Lux. Hamilton was sitting beside German Sutil, 29, at the time of the incident, but the Briton wrote in a statement to the Munich court that he could not remember the details of the scuffle. “Lewis is a coward,” Bild newspaper quotes Sutil as saying. “I don’t want to be friends with someone like that. If you ask me he’s not a man as even his father sent me a text message, wishing me the best of luck for the hearing. From Lewis, nothing. He even changed his number so I couldn’t reach him.” 62


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REPORT JULES BIANCHI PROMOTED

JULES BIANCHI GETS FO RESERVE ROLE

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ahara Force India announced that Jules Bianchi has joined the team as its reserve driver for the 2012 season. The 22-year-old Frenchman will be integrated in the team’s programme and will participate in a minimum of nine Friday practice sessions during Grand Prix weekends. In preparation for the 2012 season, Jules will get his first run in the VJM05 during pre-season testing next month. The appointment sees Sahara Force India continue its tradition of investing in young drivers and developing their skills by giving them time in the car. Jules Bianchi: “I’m obviously excited to join Sahara Force India and the chance to get track time during race weekends is an important step for me. Being regularly in a current car is the best way to learn quickly and I hope it will put me in a strong position to one day move into a race seat. The next few months will be really exciting as I get to know the team, see how they work, and prepare for my time in the car. I would like to thank everyone for believing in me and especially Sahara Force India for giving me this great opportunity.” Dr. Vijay Mallya, Team Principal 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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REPORT FERRARI BOYS GET PHYSICAL

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REPORT FERRARI BOYS GET PHYSICAL The four drivers, along with the physiotherapists who look after them throughout the season, have spent the past few days tackling different sports, ranging from mountain biking to football, from tennis to ping-pong, not forgetting canoeing and working out in the gym or on the beach. All of this has taken place in very different conditions to those in Maranello, as the drivers enjoyed average daily temperatures of 20 째C. The Lanzarote course was not only aimed at improving physical condition, which is absolutely vital in a demanding sport like Formula 1, but it was also an important exercise in team building, both because the competitive nature inherent in all the drivers spurred them to work even harder and in the right spirit and also because, spending time together reinforces friendshipS between them. All four of them have important appointments in the first week of February. Jules will make a lightning visit to Maranello, before flying to England to start a new adventure as reserve driver for Force India, while, on 3 February, Fernando and Felipe will be taking part in the launch ceremony for the car they will be driving as from the Jerez test. Davide, who has recently extended his agreement with the Scuderia for two more years, will also be in Maranello: a lot of work awaits him in the simulator, in support of the development of the car that will see the light of day for the first time in a few days. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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MARK WEBBER: ALWAYS SUNNY WHEN W DRIVE THE SIMULATOR

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ark Webber was at Red Bull’s Milton Keynes factory on Wednesday to catch up with everyone after New Year and spend some time with the night-shift workers who often miss out when our drivers attend the daytime race debriefs. We quickly caught up with him to ask about Christmas dinner, the odd gift-voucher and the eternal sunshine of the simulator. So you’re fresh from your winter break, tell us, do F1 drivers tuck into hearty Christmas dinners with all the trimmings like the rest of us? Mark Webber: Absolutely yes. I had a good feed around Christmas time, it was good to relax and unwind with family and friends as we all like to do at that time of year – no shortage of alcohol, put your feet up for a while and recharge. It’s a great way for the body to have a bit of a break and then you can start building your preparations shortly into the new year. What did you get for Christmas? Webber: That’s a very good question actually. Nothing super special, I’m pretty hard to buy for so I get a lot of basic stuff off my family and friends which is fine because I do need some navigational equipment with some of my training, it’s mainly always sports related. They’ll always go for the easy option and buy me gift voucher which is easy for me then to go out and get what I want. I’m pretty hard to buy for and I don’t expect too much, I just like everyone to be 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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there together. We gather you were in Australia for New Year – who does it better – the Aussies or the Brits?! Webber: New Years Eve didn’t work out quite as planned. I think we had so much fun in the build up before Christmas, after Christmas, all that sort of stuff so New Year was a bit of a non-event. It’s what you make of it for sure – you need the company, you need a bit of alcohol to chill 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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out. We welcomed it in but it was pretty tame compared to previous years so I’d say London’s got the nod at the moment. Either way, you’re back with us in the UK now and you’ve been in the simulator here at the factory – was it strange starting out in there again after such a long holiday? Webber: A little bit yeah but you soon get into it


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NEWS PIT TALK OLYMPIC LEGEND TO SPEED UP GOOD PROGRESS FOR KUBICA Robert Kubica has WILLIAMS PIT CREW Michael Johnson, a four-time winner of Olympic gold, explained his role with Williams to The Guradian, “I feel extremely confident in myself and my staff in terms of what we have put together in training methodology and biomechanical efficiency.” “I don’t think anybody knows it better than us. There is a tremendous amount of biomechanical movement going on in the pit stops so it stands to reason we can make that quicker.” “The amount of steps that it is going to take for the guy that has got that tyre and has got to put it on - it makes all the difference in the world which is his lead leg to how many steps he is going to take.” “And the guy with the gun - it jumped out at me immediately that you can do it two different ways. You can take it off the wheel and bring it straight back into your chest or you can take it off and point it upwards to get it out of the way.” “What has never been done is to evaluate the guy from a sensory stand-point to see how accurate can he be,” said Johnson. Ben Howard, the crew man who does the left front wheel for Williams, said of the appointment, “I think everybody was excited, but possibly a little bit apprehensive as well. Michael is well known and trains top-level sports people but we’re not professional athletes so there was nervousness as to what he might make us do.” “To be honest not everyone goes to the gym to train because we use our own activities and hobbies outside of work to keep fit. It’s been good, though, really interesting, and obviously a privilege to be working with someone of his calibre,” revealed Howard. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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returned to the wheel of a Renault Megane, according to reports in Italy. The Omnicorse website reports that the Pole, horrifically injured in a rally crash a year ago, is now recovered enough to drive a car with an automatic gearbox. The former BMW and Renault driver re-broke his leg in an icy slip recently but is now managing some steps without crutches, the report added. Kubica is reportedly spending five hours a day on physiotherapy, with movement in his previously badly-injured right arm now almost “back to normal”.

VW MAKE F1 NOISES AGAIN

German car maker Volkswagen is contemplating a Formula 1 foray, according to German reports. The ca rmaker giant’s motor sport representative Wolfgang Durheimer told leading business magazine Wirtschaftswoche he has devised a preliminary plan for the future that includes F1. “Later this year I will put forward proposals to the executive group for (involvement in) not only the racing series that we do already,” he said. “It is true — in America, Asia and the Middle East, we are not sufficiently represented in motor sport,” added Durheimer. The magazine cited sources in saying the first step for VW, already linked commercially with the Red Bull rookie team Toro Rosso, would be to become an engine supplier.


Force India’s new investor Subrata Roy wants the Silverstone based team to become like Red Bull. That is the claim of fellow Indian billionaire Dr Vijay Mallya, who with title sponsor Sahara’s Roy co-owns the team. Mallya bought the former Jordan team some years ago when it was known as Spyker and finishing grands prix in last place. “The Indian people are proud that we have been able to create a team for the country to play an important role in formula one. Without our success we have attracted a larger group of supporters,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. “Now it’s getting difficult to meet the demands,” “The people of India expect us to beat Mercedes now,” he admitted. If Force India can do that, is the sort of success achieved by Red Bull – another non-carmaker team – a realistic target? “Why not?” answered Mallya. “Subrata Roy’s vision is to be as good as Red Bull but he’s so excited that I have to stop him a bit. “There are no short-cuts in formula one.”

PIRELLI BOSS DENIES FERRARI FAVOURITISM

Pirelli has denied it works too closely in Formula 1 with fellow Italian marque Ferrari in the build up to the 2012 season. “Nonsense,” the tyre supplier’s chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera is quoted by La Repubblica newspaper. The question was put to him after Pirelli decided to soften the hardest compounds of its tyres ahead of the 2012 season. Last year, Ferrari struggled on Pirelli’s hardertyres. “It was a choice we made in accordance with all the teams and drivers,” insisted Provera. “These (2012) tyres are for 2012, not the cars of last year,” he is quoted by Spain’s AS newspaper. He admitted however to wanting to see Ferrari succeed, “Naturally. If you’re Italian your dream is for Ferrari to win, if you’re English then it is McLaren. Everyone’s heart is where it is.” And with Europe in crisis, a Pirelli-shod Ferrari victory would be meaningful for Italy. “There are Italian companies with the right approach in terms of competitiveness, technology, quality of the people. They can offer a great contribution to restoring confidence in the country,” he admitted. During his conversation with reporters, Tronchetti Provera answered his phone. “Luchino!” he beamed, admitting the call was from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. “Now everybody is going to say I have a special relationship with Ferrari,” he laughed, before pausing: “He (Montezemolo) says it isn’t true!” Tronchetti Provera also insisted he would be happy to see a tyre war in F1. 77

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NEWS PIT TALK VETTEL SIGNS UP NEW TRAINER Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has signed up a new trainer. Last month, it emerged that the reigning backto-back world champion was parting with Tommi Parmakoski, who is returning to Finland to coach a women’s hockey team. German Vettel, the Red Bull driver, worked with Parmakoski since 2009. The Sport Bild magazine said the 24-year-old has replaced him for 2012 with another Finn, 28-year-old Heikki Huovinen. The German report said Huovinen – recommended to Vettel by Parmakoski – has a masters in sports science and has worked at a well-known Finnish fitness centre. He has also reportedly been a personal trainer and group instructor, and is a former player in Mestis, Finland’s second highest ice hockey league. Sport Bild said Huovinen, to be trackside at Jerez early next month, is relocating to Switzerland in order to live close to Vettel.

LOTUS NAME 2012 F1 CAR AFTER ENSTONE FACTORY

Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus Formula 1 team, formerly known as Renault, have decided to name this year’s car after their factory in central England. The E20 car, to be unveiled online on 5 February before the first pre-season test in Jerez, will be the 20th F1 chassis produced in the Enstone facility. Team boss Eric Boullier said in a statement on Friday that the name recognised the contribution of the factory staff to performance on the track. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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Enstone has been the headquarters since Benetton, who started as Toleman and won titles with the young Michael Schumacher before becoming Renault and winning again with Fernando Alonso, moved there in 1992. Renault still provide the engines but no longer have a stake in the team which changed its name after last season.

MATE KANAAN OFFERS BARRICHELLO INDYCAR TEST

After losing his drive in F1 with Williams, Rubens Barrichello will test an Indycar next week at the behest of his close friend and series driver Tony Kanaan. A photo has emerged of F1’s record-setting veteran Rubens Barrichello having a moulded seat fitted in the 2012-specification KV Racing car. The image follows reports the 39-year-old, having lost his formula one race seat after 19 consecutive seasons, will test the new DW12 – named after the late Dan Wheldon – at Sebring over two days early next week. Globo claims Barrichello was invited to test the car by his countryman Kanaan as well as KV team owner Jimmy Vasser.


RAIKKONEN PUTS RALLYING ON HOLD FOR LOTUS

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he will sideline his rallying hobby now that he has returned to Formula 1 full-time. F1’s 2007 world champion moved to world rallying two years ago after losing his Ferrari seat. In the meantime, Lotus (formerly Renault) struggled last season in the wake of lead driver Robert Kubica’s horror injuries sustained in a minor Italian rally. The Enstone based team, having now signed Raikkonen, has insisted its drivers will not be covered in cotton wool, even though the 32-year-old recently hurt his wrist in a snowmobile fall. “Kimi is Kimi and it will be difficult to change the way he lives,” said Group Lotus’ Dany Bahar last month.

Around the same time, Raikkonen’s former world rally co-driver Kaj Lindstrom said he hopes the Finn keeps rallying in 2012 “as a hobby”. “If I could continue with rallying at the same time as competing in formula one, I would,” Raikkonen is quoted by Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat in Zurich this week. “But I will have to wait a little while before I do some rallies again,” he admitted. “These days the teams are always a bit nervous about these things,” said Raikkonen.

SPANISH GRAND PRIX BOSS PLAYS DOWN PROBLEMS

Salvador Servia, the boss of Spanish grand prix venue Circuit de Catalunya has played down reports the Formula 1 event is endangered. It is reported that Spain’s other F1 host, Valencia, as well as F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, are pushing Barcelona to agree a plan to annually alternate a single race date. But amid the country’s troubled economic times, Servia said Barcelona remains fully focused on its current race contract. “Only a disaster – say, an earthquake – is a problem. Forget all the rumours and headlines, we are still working as we were before,” he told Vuelta Rapida radio. Ecclestone warned recently that, with F1′s calendar ever-globalising, there could be only five grands prix remaining in Europe within a few years. “If there are five then we want to be one of them, and we will fight to be,” Servia insisted. He said Barcelona’s current F1 contract guarantees the Spanish grand prix until 2016. “We have had no communications, either verbal or written from him (Ecclestone) or his organisation regarding the issues of the rumours and headlines,” said Servia. “We are here, working to fulfil our contract until 2016 and thinking about 2020 as well.” 79

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It is believed Kanaan suggested the available Barrichello would be an ideal driver to advise KV on the setup of Indycar’s 2012 single seater. “After you (Barrichello) play with my toy you’ll give it back, right? It’s mine!” joked Kanaan. “As we can’t keep the secret anymore, Rubens Barrichello will be testing for us. Very proud he can help KV Racing and myself with his feedback,” he added on Twitter. Barrichello’s assistant Anderson Marsili confirmed the news. “It’s an old invitation but now that he has no contract for 2012, he has accepted it to give his help and his opinion to his friend,” he said. “It’s nothing more than that.”


NEWS PIT TALK CARLOS SAINZ JUNIOR UNDER RED BULL WING

The award was made in recognition of Renault’s involvement in Formula 1 since 1977, during which time it has claimed nine Drivers’ world crowns and ten Constructors’ titles. Said Renault Sport F1’s Managing Director Jean-François Caubet: “The success Renault has achieved in F1 is based on technical innovation and performance, a high level of quality and service but also on the strong, competitive relationships we have developed with our teams, drivers and partners. The 2011 results – two championships, 12 wins and 18 pole positions – have demonstrated we have achieved great results. It is however a real honour for Renault Sport F1 to have these achievements recognised by the wider motoring community. “ The Festival (January 26-29), which takes place at the Hôtel National des Invalides in the heart of Paris, also features a display of concept cars which is open to the public. The exhibition includes two Renault vehicles: Zoe Preview and R-Space.

With Red Bull juniors Daniel Ricciardo and JeanEric Vergne stepping up for 2012, the spotlight is set to fall on the energy drink company’s next young hopeful. That youngster is Carlos Sainz Jr, the 17-year-old son of the Spanish world rally legend. Sainz Jr is now the cream of Red Bull’s junior driver programme, and this week is heading to Milton Keynes to drive the F1 team’s state-of-the- GLOCK LAMENTS MARUSSIA NEW CAR DELAY art driver simulator, Spanish sports newspaper Timo Glock has described Marca reports. Marussia’s plans for a Also in the spotlight this year is Russian 17-yearshort 2012 Formula 1 old Kaniil Kvyat, who like Sainz Jr is the other pre-season as “a shame”. ‘veteran’ of the Red Bull programme. The former Virgin team Sainz Jr moves into the British F3 championship has admitted its new for 2012; a category previously won by former single seater is facing a Red Bull juniors Ricciardo, Vergne and Jaime delay, with the MR01 to only hit the track at the Alguersuari. final Barcelona test in March. And Glock and his rookie teammate Charles Pic RENAULT SPORT F1 SCOOP will sit out the forthcoming Jerez test altogether. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD “It’s a shame we are getting the new car late Renault Sport F1 took the jury’s ‘Special Prix’ and therefore only a short preparation (for the prize (Prix Spécial du jury) at the 27th Festival season) is possible,” German Glock is quoted by Automobile International ceremony in Paris, DPA news agency. France, on Wednesday, January 25. He insists the team, ahead of its third 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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SEAT FITTING FOR TORO ROSSO NEW BOY RICCIARDO

Toro Rosso’s new recruit Daniel Ricciardo had a seat fitting in the team’s STR7 at the Faenza factory earlier this week. Toro Rosso reported on their website: “For a racing driver, the first time he gets to sit in his new car is a thrilling moment, a time to imagine what it will be like to drive through the coming season.” “For Daniel Ricciardo, that moment came on 26 January, when he had a seat fitting in the cockpit of STR7 at our Faenza factory. In a few days time, it will be Jean-Eric Vergne’s turn to get the perfect seat moulded around his body.” Red Bull junior drivers Ricciardo and Vergne were drafted in to replace Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari in the squad for 2012.

SCHUMI NO CHANCE AGAINST ROSBERG SAYS BERGER

Michael Schumacher’s former rival Gerhard Berger believes the seven times world champion will hang up his helmet at the end of this year, saying the 43 year old does not stand a chance against Merecedes team mate Nico Rosberg. Berger, quoted by various German media, said, “I don’t think he’s going to extend the contract,” he said, referring to the fact 2012 is the third and final year of the 43-year-old’s existing deal with Mercedes. At some point he has to get tired.” “He has no chance against Rosberg,” explained Berger. “He will have to admit that at more than forty years of age he can’t beat a young driver at Rosberg’s level.” Indeed, young talent is now Berger’s specialty, after he was asked by his former Ferrari boss Jean Todt to head the FIA’s single seater commission. Berger thinks the junior categories cost youngsters too much currently, and has given his opinion on what the costs should be in the ladder to F1. “What I think would be reasonable is $65,000 at the most for a kart season, $130,000 for an entrylevel series, $400,000 for Formula 3 and $650,000 for the last series before Formula 1,” said Berger.

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consecutive season on the grid, will therefore suffer a “hard time” in the “first third” of the 2012 calendar. Auto Motor und Sport magazine said the car will receive its first significant update for May’s Spanish grand prix, but there will be no KERS system at all in 2012 for “cost reasons”. Glock, however, insists he is confident. “I am positive about 2012,” said the former Toyota driver. “Of course, our goal is to keep developing progressively.”


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RUBENS BARRICHELLO: FRANK WILLIAMS CALLE ME WITH THE BAD NEWS

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xed veteran Rubens Barrichello revealed, to a respected Brazilian F1 correspondent, that Frank Williams called him personally to advise him that he had lost his place in the Williams squad for 2012, this was followed shortly thereafter by a call from Bruno Senna. Speaking to Livio Oricchio, Barrichello said, “Frank Williams personally called me. He began by saying that he did not have good news and he explained that they had decided to sign another driver. Being the professional that he is, he did not mention who the driver was. Shortly thereafter, the same day, they announced the hiring of Bruno.” He explained, “I also had a share of sponsorship for the team from BMC (Brazil Machinery) which gave me high hopes of staying with the team. I also was prepared to revise my contract to make payment conditional on my results.” It is public knowledge that Williams has difficulties getting a budget and has lost some of its main sponsors. They were forced to choose a contract that would cover their financial needs. It’s understandable. The decision was solely financial, no doubt, no demerit to anyone,” said the 39 year old. “Let’s see how they will now develop the car with these difficulties. Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado will have to work hard to help them, the problem is that they are not experienced. It will be a challenge for everyone,” predicts Barrichello. Word in F1 circles is that Barrichello had managed to raise just short of $5 million, but that was not enough to match the estimated $12.6 million which Senna brought to the table. 01.02.2012 ISSUE 04

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my one last year. If they have funds available, Williams can grow. It will depend a lot on the work of its drivers to dictate the direction of development. I talked with the engineers and they signaled me there is significant progress in testing the new model,� said the winner of 11

grands prix. Barrichello did point out that he had not heard from Adam Parr, the current Chairman of Williams Grand Prix Holdings, the Brazilian telling Oricchio, “Ah, Adam Parr has not contacted me yet. 87

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