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IGNITION SEB REVEALS HIS TRUE COLOURS PARADES THE VERY BEST F1 PHOTOGRAPHY PITPASS NEWS, OPINION AND ANALYSIS PITPASS TECH IN-SEASON CAR DEVELOPMENT PETER WINDSOR SEPANG JUST WON‘T GO AWAY DIETER RENCKEN WHO WILL BE THE NEXT BERNIE? VALTTERI BOTTAS ON HIS VERY FIRST GRAND PRIX INBOX YOUR VIEWS ON ‘MULTI-21-GATE’ NOW THAT WAS A CAR THE BRABHAM BT20 SUBSCRIBE AND GET A FREE MCLAREN T-SHIRT

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COVER STORIES

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38

THE DARK SIDE OF VETTEL Sepang has been the talk of the season. After Sebastian Vettel‘s sunny side was suddenly eclipsed, Andrew Benson asks: do Red Bull have only themselves to blame?

92 44

80

Flav‘s got plenty to say about team ownership, ditching managers… and ‘Crashgate’

BULLETPROOF BUTTON While no one wants a car like this year‘s MP4-28, Teflontough Jenson Button has endured far worse over the years

38 52

A CHAT WITH MARTIN WHITMARSH McLaren‘s head honcho on a difficult season ahead

54

WHEN TECH GOES BAD McLaren aren‘t the only ones: we investigate how teams can go from hero to zero over the course of a winter break

60

THE RETURN OF ADRIAN SUTIL Putting that nightclub fracas far behind him, Sutil returns to his Force India drive with a new perspective on life

VETTEL It‘s a case of no more Mr Nice 38 Guy as Seb asserts himself at Sepang

66

HÜLKENBURG STEPS SIDEWAYS Force India to Sauber wasn‘t an obvious promotion for young Nico. But his ultimate destination is Maranello

72

AT SAUBER, EVERY DETAIL COUNTS… …as we learn from their chief designer, Matt Morris

74

MONISHA: F1‘S FIRST LADY The sport‘s only female team principal on the pressures of leading a team from the midfield

When the going gets tough 44 heBUTTON always finds a way to pull through

78

GO FIGURE Spain‘s involvement in F1 – in number

80

LUNCH WITH FLAVIO BRIATORE Maurice Hamilton enjoys a lively catch-up with one of the most flamboyant and controversial figures ever to grace F1

88

YOU ASK THE QUESTIONS Pirelli boss and Ricky-Gervais look-alike Paul Hembery tackles your questions about tyres… and calendars

FLAV Brace yourself as the 80 outspoken Mr Briatore lets rip

92

THE ORIGINAL ‘AUSSIE GRIT’ An exclusive interview with the only man ever to win the championship in his own car: Sir Jack Brabham

100

PERFORMANCE DRIVING WITH PROST F1 Racing takes a few lessons from the sport‘s Mr Smooth

THIRD SECTOR: FINISHING STRAIGHT PROST How making the best of 100 your car makes you a better driver

110 114 118 121 122

MALAYSIAN GP REPORT TEAM ORDERS GO AWRY CHINESE GP REPORT RUBBER RUNS THE SHOW SPANISH GP PREVIEW A VERY FAMILIAR CIRCUIT TOM CLARKSON IN TROUBLE AT THE AIRPORT MURRAY WALKER NOT AT ALL HAPPY ABOUT SEPANG

66

The highly rated Nico Hülkenberg is on a fast track to Ferrari – with a detour by way of Sauber


60

Adrian Sutil‘s got his old drive back at Force India. But what has he learned in his time away?

38

When Vettel put winning above team orders at Sepang, it opened

44

a can of worms at Red Bull

100

W We take a spin in Renault‘s b brand-new hot hatch with the ffamously smooth Alain Prost

The relentless Jenson Button on why even an underperforming car can‘t blunt his competitive edge

92

We meet Jack Brabham: ferocious competitor and, at 87, Formula 1‘s oldest living world champion


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The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cuddly' Ron Dennis When McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh was grilled by Fleet Street over his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor start to 2013, one hack wondered why there had been so many calls to have Ron Dennis reinstated as team principal. Whitmarsh replied: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a warm and cuddly sort of individual...â&#x20AC;? Re-inventing the wheel Lewis Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival at Mercedes has necessitated a redesign of the steering wheel on his car. Hamilton felt

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Test your knowledge / Rising stars / All change at Mercedes

Answers: 1 Giancarlo Fisichella 2 Michele Alboreto 3 Riverside 4 Bruce McLaren 5 Mercedes 6 FW17 7 Christijan Albers 8 Paddy Lowe 9 Huub Rothengatter 10 Alexander Lyons

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1 Which driver rolled his car at

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Williams chassis that was used

engine blew up in 2004?

during the 1995 season?

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1981 San Marino GP for Tyrrell?

started 2007 with Spyker?

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podium with Jenson Button after

world championship?

his MontrĂŠal win in 2011?

4 Which eponymous team owner

9 In 1986 who (below) partnered

was born in Auckland in 1937?

Jonathan Palmer at Zakspeed?

5 Which F1 team is situated on

10 What are Jenson Buttonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Reynard Park Road?

two middle names?

THIS BOY CAN DRIVE

PHOTOS: STEVEN TEE/LAT; CHARLES COATES/LAT; LAT ARCHIVE

Keeping an eye out for the stars of tomorrow Fabio Leimer Who is he?

Anything else we need to know about him?

Leimer is a 24-year-old Swiss

Leimer was Formula Master

driver, who is competing for the

champion with Jenzer Motorsport

Racing Engineering team in this

in 2009 and has been plying his

yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GP2 Series.

trade in GP2 ever since. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only had a handful of wins, but did get

How good is he?

an F1 run-out with BMW Sauber in

Leimer took the spoils in the

2011, putting in 67 laps at the Abu

opening GP2 race of the season,

Dhabi Young Driver test.

which supported the Malaysian Grand Prix back in March. His

F1 chances

victory came in the longer feature

After four years in GP2, this has

race after he started fourth on

to be the year that Leimer proves

the grid. If he continues to display

heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capable of winning otherwise

the pace he had in Malaysia then

it could be too late. Then again,

he could be one of the favourites

winning in GP2 still doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

to ďŹ ght for the title this year.

guarantee an F1 driveâ&#x20AC;Ś

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ANALYSIS

As Nick Fry departs Merc, is Ross Brawn next? The staff manoeuvrings continue at Mercedes as Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda work to reshape the management structure

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/ The unexplained mystery of McLarenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sluggish MP4-28

NEWS

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/ Could money woes see off Lotus title challenge?

NEWS

Finance is key to Lotusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title quest Lotus started 2013 with triumph, but could find they lack the budget to maintain season-long development

Kimi started the season well â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but is it sustainable?

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/ Pirelli face criticism from teams / Pitstops on the increase since 2011

RUBBER

Hembery: holding fast

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How pitstops have risen in the Pirelli era Since the two-compounds-per-race rule was introduced in Formula 1, the average number of pitstops in each grand prix and over the first three races of the year, has steadily increased 2009

2010

2011

2012

2013 61

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PHOTOS: STEVE ETHERINGTON/LAT; ANDY HONE/LAT; PAUL GILHAM/GETTY IMAGES

2008

60

56

50 47 40 41

20 10

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30

37

BRIDGESTONE

39

36 32

32

first three races only

40

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2007

32 25

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/ The Williams name continues / Merc and Force India strike deal

NEWS

Claire Williams takes on senior role in fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team Sir Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter becomes the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy team principal and likely long-term successor

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Mercedes were instrumental in securing Sutilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Force India drive

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Pat Symonds Explaining the hidden brilliance that drives Formula 1 forward THE SCIENCE BEHIND...

Car development What happens when a new car appears in testing and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t correlate with what you expected?

PHOTOS: ANDREW FERRARO/LAT; GLENN DUNBAR/LAT; STEVEN TEE/LAT

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HOW MUCH SPEED CAN BE FOUND OVER A SEASON? The difference between a car's

Because the rules have been

performance in the last race of

relatively stable for a few years,

more speed to ďŹ nd. At Marussia,

the year in Brazil and the ďŹ rst

the gains are hard to ďŹ nd up

we found around two seconds

one in Melbourne really depends

front. Unless a big breakthrough

from the different avenues we

whereabouts you are on the grid.

is found, I would expect the top

explored over the year. It is a

teams to ďŹ nd between half a

shame we never get the chance

second and a second's worth of

to really ďŹ nd out these days

speed over the course of 2013.

other than in the simulators.

Backmarkers like Marussia will ďŹ nd more speed over the course of a season than the frontrunners

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Are all the updates aero-based?

Why do so many teams turn up in Australia with such a large update without having tested it first?

Can you find yourselves moving backwards in a season after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone the wrong way with setup?

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Peter Windsor

RACER’S EDGE Authority, wit and intelligence from the voice of F1 Racing

WAS MALAYSIA 2013 THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR RED BULL? OR A NEW DAWN? OUR MAN REFLECTS ON AN AFTERNOON THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING Webber leads Vettel at Sepang. But not for long…

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All happy with that one-two then? Erâ&#x20AC;¦ no

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Read Peter Windsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interview with Adrian Sutil on page 60

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POWERPLAY The stories F1’s bigwigs would rather you didn’t know…

IS THREE FOR THE PRICE OF TWO THE ANSWER TO F1’S SUCCESSION QUESTION?

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“For more than a decade, speculation about who could replace Ecclestone has been rife. One name that keeps cropping up is that of Justin King, currently CEO of Sainsbury’s”

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“You wouldn’t think it, but I slept really well on the Saturday night before the race. I didn’t have any nerves and got nine and a half hours straight”


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Team orders spoil the show

STAR PRIZE Marilyn Strawn wins a pair of three-day admission tickets to the 2013 British GP at Silverstone. For more details, call the hotline on 0844 372 8300 or visit www.silverstone.co.uk

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BRABHAM BT20 TECH SPEC Engine

3-litre Repco 620

Layout

V8 (90 degrees)

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311bhp

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5-speed Hewland

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2,375mm

Weight

560kg

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Esso

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145 litres/32 gallons

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Goodyear

Notable drivers

Jack Brabham Denny Hulme

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THE DARK SIDE OF VETTEL Rancour continues to brew at Red Bull and the happy-go-lucky image of triple world champion Sebastian Vettel has given way to something rather less appealing. But do the team have only themselves to blame? WORDS ANDREW BENSON IMAGE ANDREW FERRARO/LAT & PETER CROWTHER

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Malaysia 2013: public opinion of Vettel shifts as he defies team orders to pass Webber and ‘steal’ the win


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Malaysia 2013: Vettel is struck from behind by Alonso at Turn 2, although Alonso later insisted the mistake had been his

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Hamstrung by Helmut The presence of a highly inďŹ&#x201A;uential adviser means there are practical limits to team principal Christian Hornerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authority Why so? Look no further

racerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instinct, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the

sympathy for Red Bull team

than Dr Helmut Marko. The

product of a culture hard-wired

boss Christian Horner post-

former racer seen so often

to promote his success. He

Sepang. He â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s led the team

at the back of the garage on

grew with Red Bull backing

with enviable calm since â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05,

Vettelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side is the personal

since his teens and now feels

but Vettelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harpooning of

adviser, on motorsport, to Red

empowered to act as he likes,

Webber in Malaysia gave

Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz

safe in the knowledge that

rise to accusations of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;weak

and thus Hornerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst

ultimate authority does not

leadershipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as controversy

nightmare: a hugely inďŹ&#x201A;uential

rest with Horner.

clouded the success of the

minister without portfolio

past four seasons.

placed where the team owner

Vettel. His move at Sepang

Consider Hornerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invidious

So forget talk of disciplining

wants him. While day-to-day

was as much the product of

position. While his team have

running of the team is down to

cool calculation as it was of

a competitive budget and a

Horner, the inďŹ&#x201A;uence of Marko

red mist. Back in Austria, Red

technical staff led by Adrian

is beyond his control.

Bullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overlord will be loving it.

Newey (lured from McLaren by

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in this light that Vettelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Mateschitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genius, after all,

Horner himself, it should not be

deďŹ ance of team orders, in

is as a marketeer... And nothing

forgotten), Hornerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position

such an public manner, should

sells cans like column inches.

remains... nuanced.

be seen: yes he followed his

Anthony Rowlinson

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PHOTOS: STEVE ETHERINGTON/LAT; ANDREW FERRARO/LAT; STEVEN TEE/LAT; VLADIMIR RYS/GETTY IMAGES; SUTTON IMAGES

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BUTTON The slings and arrows of F1 fortune have hit Jenson Button harder and sharper than almost any of his peers. Yet entering his 14th season, he’s standing stronger than ever. JB chatted to F1 Racing about life, lycra, and being McLaren’s out-and-out number one WORDS ANTHONY ROWLINSON PORTRAITS ANDREW FERRARO

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“I’ve pushed myself through things that I never thought I would. And I’ve been through pain that I never thought I would”

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Friends or rivals? How Jensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stacked up against his closest competition over the years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his team-mates Wins

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In conversation with

Martin Whitmarsh McLarenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team boss on tough times both on-track and off PORTRAIT ANDREW FERRARO/LAT


Factfile Date of birth

29 April 1958

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Birthplace

Chobham, England Team

McLaren Role

Team principal 1980

as operations

Graduates from

director

Portsmouth Polytechnic

1997

with a degree

Moves up

in mechanical

to become

engineering

managing

and secures a

director of

job with British

McLaren Racing

Aerospace as a structural

2004

analysis

Becomes chief

engineer

operating officer of the

1988

McLaren Group

Promoted to

in addition to

manufacturing

his McLaren

director

Racing role

of British Aerospace’s

2009

Hamble-le-

Replaces

Rice-based

Ron Dennis

subsidiary,

in the team

Aerostructures

principal role at

Hamble

McLaren and becomes the

1989

chief executive

Joins McLaren

officer of the

International

McLaren Group

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WHEN TECH GOES

McLAREN MP4-28 You wouldn’t expect to see a McLaren battling for position with a Marussia. But then 2013 hasn’t exactly been their greatest start to a season

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McLaren are by no means the first team to slide from the front of the grid to the midfield almost overnight. F1 Racing remembers other sorry examples of top-team tech-tastrophe WORDS ROBERT HOLMES PICTURES LAT ARCHIVE

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Lotus 63

BRM H16

March 721X

Tech timeline

BRM H16, 1966

Lotus 63, 1969

March 721X, 1972

Constructorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship: 4th (22 points) Previous season: 2nd (45 points)

Constructorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship: 3rd (47 points) Previous season: 1st (62 points)

Constructorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship: 6th (15 points) Previous season: 4th (33 points)

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Lotus 80

Brabham BT55

Lotus 80, 1979

Brabham BT55, 1986

Constructorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship: 5th (39 points) Previous season: 1st (86 points)

Constructorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship: 9th (2 points) Previous season: 5th (26 points)

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Ferrari F92A

McLaren MP4-18

Ferrari F92A, 1992

McLaren MP4-18, 2003

Constructorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship: 4th (21 points) Previous season: 3rd (55.5 points)

Constructorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship: 3rd (142 points) with the MP4-17D. The MP4-18 never raced Previous season: 3rd (65 points)

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Adrian Sutil fell out of F1 after being convicted of GBH. Now back with Force India, he tells Peter Windsor how a year on the sidelines has changed his entire outlook on life WORDS PETER WINDSOR PORTRAITS ANDREW FERRARO/LAT

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F1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comeback kings (and clowns)

McLaren in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;82 he was quick enough to add

Formula 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst world champion set the

whose speed hastened Laudaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second retirement,

When Niki Lauda returned to the fray with another title (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;84) to his portfolio. Alain Prost,

benchmark for successful comebacks at motorsportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top level: Giuseppe Farina had

claimed the title in 1993 with Williams after a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (L-R) Returners Farina, Andretti, Jones and Lauda

sabbatical, albeit with a demonstrably superior car

been number two to Tazio Nuvolari in the 1930s

Since then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been rare for a returning driver

and then, like many drivers of his generation, lost

to recreate their peak after time out. In the 1980s,

the golden years of his career to World War II.

Mario Andretti and Alan Jones, champions both,

car â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and some didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have competitive machinery

He won three world championship races in 1950

made brief returns with mixed results: after a

before entering the wilderness: the likes of Bruno

with Alfa Romeo (whose cars were making a

one-off drive with Williams at Long Beach in 1982,

Giacomelli, Jan Lammers and Yannick Dalmas were

comeback of their own, having escaped being

Andretti drove the last two races of the season for

on a hiding to nothing. And of the second comings

melted down for munitions during the war) to

Ferrari and started from pole at Monza, ďŹ nishing

of Nigel Mansell (1995) and Michael Schumacher

claim the very ďŹ rst driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; title shortly before

third. Jones retired at the end of 1981 but returned

(2010-2012), let us not utter another word.

his 44th birthday.

full-time in 1985 for two unproductive seasons.

Stuart Codling

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to everyone else bar his team-mate. Not all drivers get to come back to a winning


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Sideways to victory Wondering why Nico Hülkenberg really transferred from Force India to Sauber for 2013? The answer is written in red… WORDS TOM CLARKSON PICTURES ANDREW FERRARO/LAT

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Think about it from Ferrariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

FROM SAUBER TO GLORIOUSNESS KIMI RÃ&#x201E;IKKÃ&#x2013;NEN Plucked from Formula Renault by Peter Sauber, the 21-year-old Finn bagged a couple of fourth places during his debut F1 season in 2001 and was duly snapped up by McLaren. Race wins followed, and he claimed the world title with Ferrari in 2007.

FELIPE MASSA Finished in the points in his second race for Sauber in 2002 and joined Ferrari as their test driver the following season. Three years on, he was racing for the Scuderia alongside Michael Schumacher.

SERGIO PÃ&#x2030;REZ Second place for Sauber in last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Grand Prix, just four seconds behind the race winner Lewis Hamilton, was enough to cement McLarenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in hiring Checo to replace

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the Mercedes-bound Hamilton.

HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN Had a long association with Sauber in sportscars even before Formula 1, then caught the attention of Williams for 1997. Finished third in the world championship for Jordan in 1999.

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FROM SAUBER TO INGLORIOUSNESS NICK HEIDFELD Seven years racing for Sauber in both independent and BMWowned guise did little for ‘Quick Nick.’ He clocked up 183 starts in his F1 career but never won a race, despite having some rather competitive machinery at his disposal.

JOHNNY HERBERT Took two wins at Benetton before switching to Sauber for three years in the mid-’90s and bagging a couple of podiums. Won one further race for Stewart GP but this was against the run of form,

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and he scored no points for Jaguar in his final season (2000).

KAMUI KOBAYASHI Finished 12th in all three of his years with Sauber (2010-2012), but while former team-mate Pérez used the Sauber experience to secure a McLaren drive, Kamui slipped off the back of the grid into sportscars.

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The percentage of Spanish F1 wins (30) achieved by the same man: Fernando Alonso

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Original Aussie grit At 87, Sir Jack Brabham is the oldest living F1 world champion. Not only that, but he won the title three times and remains the only man do so in his own car. We relish a rare chance to interview a grand prix great WORDS ANTHONY ROWLINSON PICTURES STEVEN TEE/LAT & LAT ARCHIVE

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Brabham takes on and conquers the world for the second year in a row, this time piloting the tiny Cooper T53 of 1960

Black Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wins Round 1

Round 5

1959

Constructor: Cooper-Climax

Constructor: Cooper-Climax

British GP, Aintree, 18 July. Pole position. Constructor: Cooper-Climax

F1 Racing May 2013

1960 Dutch GP, Zandvoort, 6 June.

Monaco GP, Monte Carlo, 10 May.

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“I thought about going to Europe for a year or two and ended up staying for 30!”

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Round 7

French GP, Reims, 3 July. Pole position. Fastest lap. Constructor: Cooper-Climax

Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps, 19 June.

British GP, Silverstone, 16 July.

Pole position. Fastest lap (shared with Phil Hill

Pole position.

and Innes Ireland). Constructor: Cooper-Climax

Constructor: Cooper-Climax

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“I was only ever interested in beating Ferrari, not joining them”

Round 3

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1960 Portuguese GP, Oporto, 14 August. Constructor: Cooper-Climax

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Round 4

1966

British GP, Brands Hatch, 16 July.

French GP, Reims, 3 July.

Pole position. Fastest lap.

Constructor: Brabham-Repco

Constructor: Brabham-Repco


Jack leads Ferrari’s Phil Hill at the 1962 Monaco GP “Beating Ferrari was my greatest satisfaction”

Round 5

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Round 6

German GP, Nürburgring, 7 August. Constructor: Brabham-Repco

Dutch GP, Zandvoort, 24 July. Pole position. Constructor: Brabham-Repco


Brabham on crutches following a serious testing accident at Silverstone in 1969, chats with his rescuer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a young mechanic by the name of Ron Dennis

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1967 Constructor: Brabham-Repco

Constructor: Brabham-Repco

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South African GP, Kyalami, 7 March. Fastest lap (shared with John Surtees). Constructor: Brabham-Ford

Canadian GP, Mosport Park, 27 August.

French GP, Le Mans, 2 July.

1970


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TIM SCHENKEN Clerk of the Course for the Australian GP. Finished third for Brabham at the 1971 Austrian GP â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack has been so important for Australian motorsport. His success alerted us all to grand prix racing. The media coverage he got was minimal compared to what we have today, but it was there and I recall going to the movies and seeing PathĂŠ News and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unusual to see Jack winning a race. For all of us aspiring racing drivers, he was an icon. He was very much a pioneer and very important to us all.â&#x20AC;?

ALAN JONES 1980 world champion â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sir Jack was the ďŹ rst to go to Europe and as a youngster I used to watch him race and he was inspirational. You looked at him and you could see that it was the way ahead: he was a true pioneer and to this day heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still the only man to have won a race and a title in a car carrying his own name.â&#x20AC;?

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MARK WEBBER Red Bull racer â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Brabham family has always been fantastic towards me, and particularly Jack. I remember him telling me 15 years ago that he had always found it great to come to the other side of the world and beat the Europeans, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried to continue that trend as best I can.â&#x20AC;?

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FAST MASTER We take a performance driving lesson with F1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s king of smooth WORDS STUART CODLING PICTURES ANDREW FERRARO/LAT

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Prostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect lapâ&#x20AC;Ś

1a Turn 2

1b Turn 2

1c Turn 2

At Turn 2, Prost brakes

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at the sharpest part

With one ďŹ&#x201A;owing

from 80mph while moving

of the turn, but Prost has

movement on the wheel,

the car ever so gently

only half a turn of lock on,

weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone around the

towards the apex before

and drops just one gear

corner and the car is

the cone marking the turn-

while bleeding off the

perfectly positioned at

in point, in effect looking

brake effort. Slowest point

the apex of the next one,

to make a vee-shaped

of the corner is 44mph.

as Prost accelerates hard

trajectory around this

From here, he picks up

all the way to the chicane.

long corner

speed and has to unwind

We gain 13mph before the

the steering only slightly

steering is fully unwound.

Chicane 1

Spoon 1 The most technical corner

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone up only one

on the circuit runs at

gear, topping out at

a constant radius and

87mph before reaching the

then tightens at the exit.

chicane. Here Prost stays

Prost has time to talk

to the left all the way to

to his passengers while

the turn-in point

turning in to the ďŹ rst apex at precisely the right point, carrying 67mph throughout, hands still delicate on the wheel

Chicane 2 Brake, turn, go. A short, sharp braking effort combined with the turning

104

force brings us down to

Spoon n2

65mph as we take the

Most drivers would get on the

straightest line through the

throttle too early and understeer well

chicane. Just before the

before the exit, but Prost keeps a

ďŹ rst cone, Prost downshifts

constant pace, straightening before

to third and hooks the car

turning again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; shedding speed but

around the cone

lengthening the straight that follows

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FINISHING STRAIGHT Analysis

Opinion

Stats

MAIN PHOTO: GLENN DUNBAR/LAT. INSETS: CHARLES COATES/LAT; STEVE ETHERINGTON/LAT; LORENZO BELLANCA/LAT; ANDREW FERRARO/LAT

Reports Previews

Stirred not shaken No points in Malaysia then a storming victory in China… but Alonso’s recovery still wasn‘t quite enough to overshadow the ramifications of ‘Multi-21-gate’ PREVIEWS

REPORTS

OPINION

121 TOM CLARKSON TC finds himself in a spot of bother at Bahrain International Airport. Is this your bag, sir…?

114 CHINESE

118 SPANISH

GP REPORT

GP REPORT

GP PREVIEW

The team orders debate

Fast-degrading tyres

All the drivers know

Seb’s let Webber down,

rages on, as Red Bull take

dominate the weekend,

Barcelona from winter

he’s let Red Bull down…

a one-two of the most

while Fernando Alonso

testing, but the track can

but most of all he’s let

controversial variety

dominates the race

still dish out a few surprises

Murray down

110 MALAYSIAN

122 MURRAY WALKER

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FINISHING STRAIGHT

RACE DEBRIEF by James Roberts Malaysian Grand Prix 24.03.2013 / Sepang, Kuala Lumpur

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and loses out on

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>

>

Vettel emerges behind team-mate Webber on the final stop but defies team orders to pass and win the race

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FINISHING STRAIGHT

Malaysian Grand Prix stats The lowdown on everything you need to know from the weekend at Sepang… THE GRID

THE RACE 1. VETTEL RED BULL 1min 49.674secs Q3

4. HAMILTON MERCEDES 1min 51.699secs Q3

6. ROSBERG MERCEDES 1min 52.519secs Q3

3. ALONSO FERRARI 1min 50.727secs Q3

Sergio Pérez, lap 56, 1min 39.199secs

THE RESULTS (56 LAPS) 5. WEBBER RED BULL 1min 52.244secs Q3

7. BUTTON MCLAREN 1min 53.175secs Q3

8. SUTIL FORCE INDIA 1min 53.439secs Q3 9. PÉREZ MCLAREN 1min 54.136secs Q3 10. RÄ RÄIKKÖNEN* ÄIKKÖNE LOTUS 1min 52.970secs Q3

FASTEST LAP

11. GROSJEAN LOTUS 1min 37.636secs Q2

12. HÜLKENBERG SAUBER 1min 38.125secs Q2

1st

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

2nd

Mark Webber Red Bull

3rd

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

1h38m56.681s +4.298s +12.181s

4th

Nico Rosberg Mercedes

+12.640s

5th

Felipe Massa Ferrari

+25.648s

6th

Romain Grosjean Lotus

+35.564s

7th

Kimi Räikkönen Lotus

+48.479s

8th

Nico Hülkenberg Sauber

+53.044s

9th

Sergio Pérez McLaren

+72.357s

10th

Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso

+87.124s

11th

Valtteri Bottas Williams

+88.610s

12th

Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber

+1 lap

14. GUTIÉRREZ SAUBER 1min 39.221secs Q2

Jules Bianchi Marussia

+1 lap

1st

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

Charles Pic Caterham

+1 lap

2nd

Kimi Räikkönen Lotus

31pts

15th

Giedo van der Garde Caterham

+1 lap

3rd

Mark Webber Red Bull

26pts

18 BOTTAS 18. WILLIAMS 1min 38.207secs Q1 19. BIANCHI MARUSSIA 1min 38.434secs Q1

16th

Max Chilton Marussia

+2 laps

4th

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

25pts

Jenson Button McLaren

53 laps – vibration

5th

Felipe Massa Ferrari

22pts

18th

Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 51 laps – exhaust

6th

Fernando Alonso Ferrari

18pts

7th

Nico Rosberg Mercedes

12pts

8th

Romain Grosjean Lotus

9pts

9th

Adrian Sutil Force India

6pts

Pastor Maldonado Williams

45 laps – KERS

Adrian Sutil Force India

27 laps – wheelnuts

10th

Nico Hülkenberg Sauber

4pts

Paul Di Resta Force India

22 laps – wheelnuts

11th

Paul Di Resta Force India

4pts

1 lap – accident damage

12th

Sergio Pérez McLaren

2pts

13th

Jenson Button McLaren

2pts

14th

Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso

15th

Valtteri Bottas Williams

0pts

16th

Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber

0pts

17th

Jules Bianchi Marussia

0pts

18th

Charles Pic Caterham

0pts

19th

Giedo van der Garde Caterham

0pts

20th

Max Chilton Marussia

0pts

THROUGH SPEED TRAP

Slowest: Fernando

21st

Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso

0pts

Gutiérrez, 191.42mph

Alonso, 171.91mph

22nd

Pastor Maldonado Williams

0pts

TYRE COMPOUNDS USED CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS

Medium

22. VAN DER GARDE CATERHAM 1min 39.932secs Q1

1pt

Fastest: Esteban

20. PIC CATERHAM 1min 39.314secs Q1 21. CHILTON MARUSSIA 1min 39.672secs Q1

40pts

17th

16. MALDONADO WILLIAMS NO TIME IN Q2 17. VERGNE TORO ROSSO 1min 38.157secs Q1

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

13th

Fernando Alonso Ferrari 15. DI RESTA FORCE INDIA 1min 44.509secs Q2

Mark Webber, 20.736secs (entry to exit)

14th

Retirements 13. RICCIARDO TORO ROSSO 1min 38.822secs Q2

FASTEST PITSTOP

Hard

CLIMATE

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Intermediate Wet

TRACK TEMP

24°C

27°C

1

Red Bull

66pts 9

2

Lotus

40pts 10 Marussia

0pts

3

Ferrari

40pts 11 Caterham

0pts

4

Mercedes

37pts

5

Force India

10pts

6

Sauber

4pts

7

McLaren

4pts

8

Toro Rosso

1pt

Williams

0pts

For comprehensive F1 statistics visit www.forix.com

*Three-place grid penalty for impeding another driver

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2. MASSA FERRARI 1min 50.587secs Q3


FINISHING STRAIGHT

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wheel and retires

race once again

>

Webber started

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Vettel pits from

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second place to take

a comfortable

on soft tyres, setting

victory from Kimi

up a tense final sprint

Räikkönen by more

to the flag

than ten seconds

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FINISHING STRAIGHT

Chinese Grand Prix stats The lowdown on everything you need to know from the weekend at Shanghai… THE GRID

THE RACE

1. HAMILTON MERCEDES 1min 34.484secs Q3

5. MASSA FERRARI 1min 34.933secs Q3

7. RICCIARDO TORO ROSSO 1min 35.998secs Q3

Sebastian Vettel, lap 53, 1min 36.808secs 4. ROSBERG MERCEDES 1min 34.861secs Q3

6. GROSJEAN LOTUS 1min 35.364secs Q3

8. BUTTON MCLAREN 2min 05.673secs Q3 9. VETTEL RED BULL NO TIME IN Q3

11. DI RESTA FORCE INDIA 1min 36.287secs Q2

FASTEST LAP

10. HÜ HÜLKENBERG ÜLKENBE SAUBER NO TIME IN Q3

12. PÉREZ MCLAREN 1min 36.314secs Q2 13. SUTIL FORCE INDIA 1min 36.405secs Q2 14. MALDONADO WILLIAMS 1min 37.139secs Q2 15. VERGNE TORO ROSSO 1min 37.199secs Q2

THE RESULTS (56 LAPS) 1st

Fernando Alonso Ferrari

2nd

Kimi Räikkönen Lotus

+10.168s

3rd

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

+12.322s

1h36m26.945s

4th

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

+12.525s

5th

Jenson Button McLaren

+35.285s

6th

Felipe Massa Ferrari

+40.827s

7th

Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso

+42.691s

8th

Paul Di Resta Force India

+51.084s

9th

Romain Grosjean Lotus

+53.423s

10th

Nico Hülkenberg Sauber

+56.598s

11th

Sergio Pérez McLaren

+63.860s

12th

Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso

+72.604s

Valtteri Bottas Williams

+93.861s

1st

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

Pastor Maldonado Williams

+95.453s

2nd

Kimi Räikkönen Lotus

49pts

15th

Jules Bianchi Marussia

+1 lap

3rd

Fernando Alonso Ferrari

43pts

52pts

16th

Charles Pic Caterham

+1 lap

4th

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

40pts

17th

Max Chilton Marussia

+1 lap

5th

Felipe Massa Ferrari

30pts

18th

Giedo van der Garde Caterham

+1 lap

6th

Mark Webber Red Bull

26pts

7th

Nico Rosberg Mercedes

12pts

8th

Jenson Button McLaren

12pts

Retirements Nico Rosberg Mercedes

21 laps – anti-roll bar

9th

Romain Grosjean Lotus

11pts

Mark Webber Red Bull

15 laps – loose wheel

10th

Paul Di Resta Force India

8pts

Adrian Sutil Force India

5 laps – accident

11th

Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso

6pts

Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber

4 laps – accident

12th

Adrian Sutil Force India

6pts

13th

Nico Hülkenberg Sauber

5pts

14th

Sergio Pérez McLaren

2pts

15th

Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso

16th

Valtteri Bottas Williams

0pts

17th

Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber

0pts

18th

Jules Bianchi Marussia

0pts

19th

Charles Pic Caterham

0pts 0pts

1pt

20th

Pastor Maldonado Williams

Fastest: Daniel

Slowest: Pastor

21st

Giedo van der Garde Caterham

0pts

Ricciardo, 199.38mph

Maldonado, 189.68mph

22nd

Max Chilton Marussia

0pts

TYRE COMPOUNDS USED

19. CHILTON MARUSSIA 1min 39.537secs Q1

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS 20. PIC CATERHAM 1min 39.614secs Q1 Soft

21. VAN DER GARDE CATERHAM 1min 39.660secs Q1

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

13th

16 BOTTAS 16. WILLIAMS 1min 37.796secs Q1

18. BIANCHI MARUSSIA 1min 38.780secs Q1

Sebastian Vettel, 19.323secs (entry to exit)

14th

THROUGH SPEED TRAP

17. GUTIÉRREZ SAUBER 1min 37.990secs Q1

FASTEST PITSTOP

Medium

CLIMATE 22. WEBBER*‡ RED BULL 1min 36.679secs Q2

* Excluded from qualifying for having insufficient fuel for sample ‡ Started from pitlane

Dry

Intermediate Wet

TRACK TEMP

28°C

40°C

1

Red Bull

78pts 9

2

Ferrari

73pts 10 Marussia

Williams

0pts 0pts

3

Lotus

60pts 11 Caterham

0pts

4

Mercedes

52pts

5

McLaren

14pts

6

Force India

14pts

7

Toro Rosso

7pts

8

Sauber

5pts

For comprehensive F1 statistics visit www.forix.com

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3. ALONSO FERRARI 1min 34.788secs Q3

2. RÄIKKÖNEN Ä Ö LOTUS 1min 34.761secs Q3


FINISHING STRAIGHT

The Spanish GP preview

10-12.05.2013 / Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona Drivers might be very familiar with a track so well used in winter testing, but the Circuit de Catalunya can still throw up surprises â&#x20AC;&#x201C; particularly in the final sector

THE ENGINEERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S VIEW Xevi Pujolar, Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chief race engineer

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BARCELONA STATS AND FACTS

730

metres

The run from the start/ďŹ nish line to the ďŹ rst apex is one of the longest straights of the season

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different drivers have won the

Five different

Spanish GP in the

venues

past ten races

have hosted the

held at Barcelona

Spanish GP

Michael Schumacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record

SIX

Spanish GP wins is followed by Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Mika Häkkinen on three each


Sector 2

3 5 4 2

9 1 6

SPANISH GP RACE DATA

7

F1 debut 1991

TV TIMETABLE (UK TIME)

Length 2.892 miles

Friday 10 May

Distance 190.826 miles

Practice 1 09:00-10:30

Laps 66

Practice 2 13:00-14:30

Direction Clockwise

Saturday 11 May

Lap record 1min 21.670secs,

Practice 3 10:00-11:00

K Räikkönen, 2008

Qualifying 13:00

Full throttle 58%

Sunday 12 May

Gear changes per lap 44

Race 13:00

Winners from pole 17

Live coverage

Tyre compounds TBA

Sky Sports F1 (available in HD)

Circuit Circuit de Catalunya

8

12

Sector 3

14 10 15

BBC One (available in HD)

16

LAST YEAR Winner Pastor Maldonado

13

11

Sector 1

DO YOU REMEMBER…

Retirements 5 Overtaking moves 30

…when Eddie Irvine and Giancarlo Fisichella came to blows after colliding

DRS overtakes 15

at the 1998 Spanish GP? Irvine tried to pass the Italian’s Benetton and

Weather Sunny, 22°C

the pair touched then spun simultaneously into the Turn 1 gravel trap.

BARCELONA TELEMETRY

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RACE

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250

500

750

1000

1250

1500

1750

2000

2250

2500

2750

3000

3250

3500

3750

4000

4250

4500

Turn 3

Turn 9

Turn 13

This is fast, but because it’s a very long

This is a high-speed corner,

You can take a

corner, drivers are building up speed and

although drivers do need to

number of lines here.

they need to lift as it tightens mid-corner.

brake a little before turn-in.

Some drivers opt for

The more fuel they have on board, the

You can see how the speed

a wide exit; others

more speed they lose

reduces on the telemetry

stay in the middle

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ILLUSTRATION: ALAN ELDRIDGE. PHOTOS: STEVE ETHERINGTON/LAT; LAT ARCHIVE

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“Wow! What an absolutely great run of opening races for the 2013 season – and for very different reasons…”

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