In the round-up: Charles Pic has high hopes for his new team.
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“For me the Caterham factory is great. We?óÔé¼Ôäóre doing everything we can to make a good car so now we have to work and start to prepare for next year. I think Caterham has big potential – I?óÔé¼Ôäóm 100 percent confident of that. We just have to work very hard to improve ourselves to be better next year and to take a step forward.”
“It is not clear why he is leaving, but sources suggest that he is moving to another outfit. The Leafield-based team has confirmed he will stop working for it in January.”
Luiz Razia says he was surprised Marussia signed Max Chilton for 2013, but hopes to land a seat with Caterham or Force India.
The Circuit de Catalunya does not want to share the Spanish Grand Prix with Valencia.
“In his garden shed, Thomas is slowly putting together his own Formula 1 car based on parts from a 2001 British American Racing 003.”
Frustrating part of modern race tracks, many are designed/build with no operating guidelines. after the race the tracks face a black legacy
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Good to see @MaxChilton in F1. For those who think someone like Kobayashi is more deserving, his best season in GP2 was 16th compared to 4th
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Comment of the day
@Magnificent-Geoffrey has a concern about the proposed new F1 race in Thailand:
Please tell me the circuit?óÔé¼Ôäós not going to be called the ‘Bangkokring’.
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Happy birthday to former F1 driver Karl Wendlinger who is 44 today.