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BLITHERING IN BAHRAIN

 

  Ah well, the pre-season testing is drawing to a close in sunny Bahrain where the weather is just a bit warmer than where most of the F1 workers hail from. I noticed it was a barmy 2 in London the other day. Some sort of order is appearing, which will please some but not others. Some that will not be happy are the true fans who have made it quite clear just what they think about this stupid double points issue and those, well unique, nose cones. Sometimes it’s hard to tell a F1 nose from a mandril’s arse.

 A Formula 1 nose cone

  Testing has suggested that if you have German power behind you, you will be at the pointy end, if you have Italian you will be in that sqidgy middle bit while the French are finding it all a bit hard at the moment. Even on the penultimate day of running Red Bull could not put in a single full lap with Herr Vettel spending three hours in the pits before coasting to a halt on his installation lap with electrical ”ishoos” and on his second attempt in the afternoon the Red Rag cried enough before it even got out of the pit lane. Ricciardo showed the car has basic pace with his time on Friday but they have still not managed a race simulation. Even Caterham and Marussia have done vastly more mileage than the reining champions.

 

  Meanwhile the Mercedes powered squads are jockeying amongst each other to be the pre-season champions. McLaren started quickly but have been not seemingly improving at the pace of its peers while Williams and |Force India have leapt to the front in the last couple of days. If that order is real then Sergio Perez, who set the best time on both Thursday and Friday, will not be able to get the grin off his dial for weeks. Massa and Bottas have both been rapid in the Williams while the Mercedes pair of Rosberg and Hamilton are just looking quietly ominous.

 

  In the Italian camp it’s hard to tell if the horse is prancing or limping as, although Kimi and King Fernando have been racking up decent mileage they have never been quite at the front. Not far back, but more than you would expect they would like. Marussia has surprised so far as the second best Ferrari powered car, again getting in some good distance and often even their times have been better than Sauber who are struggling with any number of problems, most often the new braking by wire set-up.

A Mandril's Arse?

 

  And the Renault boys… None of them have done a race run. Only Ricciardo has been able to put in a half way decent time as they are all having problems with the “power-unit”, mostly to do with overheating and power-recovery from the batteries. Caterham, quite possibly the most hideous of this years cars, has been the only one to be able to put some good mileage in, although as Kamui Kobayashi pointed out, they’d be better off bringing a GP2 car to Melbourne. Lotus struggle to get past 30-odd laps per day and are not showing any real pace while Toro Rosso are at best somewhere in the middle of times and laps and Sebastian Vettel has regularly been sitting at the bottom of the time-sheets because he has been regularly sitting on his bottom in the pits while the Red Rag boys try to find ways to cool the car.

 

  In other news from ‘round the traps Jacques Villeneuve (who will be joining Petter Solberg in the World Rally Cross championship) has been signed by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to do the Indy 500 which will pit him against his old mate Juan Pablo Montoya who has rejoined the series with Penske and all those young whippersnappers like Dixon, Power and Briscoe. And dual Olympic gold medallist Alessandro Zanardi will be back behind the wheel this year in a modified BMW in the Blancpain GT championship. Best of British to the lot of them.

 

  And finally – speaking of British – when the Malaysian Grand Prix comes around you will need to wait for a bit for the results etc as I will be joining some other hardy folk at the 72nd Goodwood Members Meeting. Considering their weather at the moment perhaps I can win for the house in swimming, I am Australian after all and there is a lot of water lying about down around those parts. Snow too, according to the MET but it is supposed to get up to a barmy 8 or 9 degrees by the end of March. Just a bit down on the 30 odd here in Sydney. Maybe I won’t go swimming after all…..

 

Sam Snape

 

02/03/2014   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A VERY SERIOUS SILLY SEASON

Once upon a time the F1 silly season was just that – silly. Lots of absurd rumours of driver a going to team b who would be using engine c and tyres d. Whose dramatic testing time was down to running 200 kg under-weight or what bizarre plan Bernie had to spice up the show. Remember scrapping points and awarding Olympic style medals any-one?

 

  Of course every now and then one of these proved to be true. A six wheel Tyrrell, or March, or Williams? Keke Who? will drive the six wheel Williams??? Emerson Fittipaldi is quitting McLaren to drive the Copersucar? Ferrari are singing up that pay driver Lauda?? Brabham are switching to Pirelli? Alesi’s Prost broke the Catalunya record by how much? Oh that’s right – about 50kg.

 

  This year how-ever most of the driver moves were known before last season ended as were the chassis/engine combinations and just a few drivers were chasing a rapidly diminishing number of seats. So there was no fun to be had there. Most of the rumours were based on which team needed the most cash from the remaining list of available talent. Kimi after all, still hadn’t been paid by Lotus for 2013 when they signed Pastor for 2014. And his PDVSA millions. Lotus’ talks with potential backers, Quantum Motorsports drag on and on seemingly without the horizon in sight leaving the ultra talented Nico Huklenberg one of those fighting for the scraps instead of a possible championship. But this has all unfolded now so a list of who is where later.

 

  As for Bernie’s bizarre ideas? Well allocating double points to the season finale in Abu Dhabi seemed like just another head-line grabber during the quiet winter months. But then it got officially accepted by the powers that be and so a dull race on a dull circuit that no-one goes to watch is now more important than the likes of Monaco, Monza, Spa or Suzuka. God give us strength (or a bullet) in a tight championship someones conservative run to third place in Abu Dhabi will count for more than winning at Silverstone, or Austin, or anywhere else for that matter. All to solve a problem that no-one else thinks exists. To quote Pink Floyd, it “fills me with the urge to defecate”.

 

  As for Bernie, we may not have to put up with this nonsense much longer as the courts in Munich have decided that he has a case to answer regarding bribery claims relating to his sale of the sport to CVC in 2006. One would think that as the chap who accepted the alleged bribe, Gerard Gribkowsky, has already confessed and been sentenced to jail that Bernie might be struggling to convince the judges that it was not a bribe, but a blackmail payment as he has claimed. He may have a lot of clout in the paddock but I wouldn’t expect there to be much carry-over to the less fawning Munich judiciary. In the interim, Bernie will continue to run the day-to-day aspects of the sport but has had to stand down as a member of the CVC board. There is more speculation as to who will ultimately replace Bernie than any of the drivers….

 

 

  As most of you are aware former champion Michael Schumacher had a skiing accident on December 29, striking his head on a large rock. He was still conscious when medical help arrived, although not very coherent, but by the time he was being airlifted to the local hospital he lost consciousness and was flown straight to the neurological unit at Grenoble where he underwent an emergency operation to relieve the swelling on his brain. He was placed in an induced coma and underwent further surgery a week or so later and remains in a stable but critical condition. Much has been written about this by well meaning press and other medical specialists but not by anyone who has any direct connection with his medical team so it is mostly just speculation. My only thought on the medical side is that as it has now been four weeks with no announcement of any improvement then his recovery, if it occurs, will be a long and difficult one. You will probable all know my feelings about his driving standards, but this is not something that we would wish on anyone and our thoughts are with Michael and especially his family as they face an uncertain future.

 

  Condolences also go to the family of Jenson Button, whose father John, passed away aged 70 from a suspected heart attack at his home in Southern France on January 12. Not only was he a widely popular figure in the F1 paddock as he supported the efforts of Jenson but had a fairly successful career as a rally-cross driver in the mid seventies.

He will be missed by many.

 

  As previously mentioned all the driver positions have been filled and barring another Luiz Razia type situation the full list of championship entries that will take to the grid in Melbourne is as follows;

 

INFINITI RED BULL RACING

1 Sebastian Vettel                                 Red Bull RB10 Revault V6 Turbo

3 Daniel Ricciardo                                Red Bull RB10 Revault V6 Turbo

Test & Reserve Driver

Sebastien Buemi                                   Red Bull RB10 Revault V6 Turbo

 

PETRONAS AMG MERCEDES GRAND PRIX

  6 Nico Rosberg                                  Mercedes W05            Mercedes V6 Turbo

44 Lewis Hamilton                                Mercedes W05            Mercedes V6 Turbo

Test & Reserve Driver

Paul di Resta                                        Mercedes W05            Mercedes V6 Turbo

 

SANTANDER SCUDERIA FERRARI SpA

  7 Kimi Raikkonen                               Ferrari F14T                Ferrari V6 Turbo

14 Fernando Alonso                             Ferrari F14T                Ferrari V6 Turbo

Test & Reserve Driver

Pedro de la Rosa                                  Ferrari F14T                Ferrari V6 Turbo

 

PDVSA GENII LOTUS F1 TEAM

  8 Romain Grosjean                             Lotus E22                    Renault V6 Turbo

13 Pastor Maldonado                           Lotus E22                    Renault V6 Turbo

 

McLAREN RACING

20 Kevin Magnussen                            McLaren MP4/29        Mercedes V6 Turbo

22 Jenson Button                                  McLaren MP4/29        Mercedes V6 Turbo

Test & Reserve Driver

Stoffel Vandoorne                                 McLaren MP4/29        Mercedes V6 Turbo

Gary Paffett                                          McLaren MP4/29        Mercedes V6 Turbo

Oliver Turvey                                       McLaren MP4/29        Mercedes V6 Turbo

 

SAHARA FORCE INDIA

11 Sergio Perez                                    Force India VJM07      Mercedes V6 Turbo

27 Nico Hulkenberg                             Force India VJM07      Mercedes V6 Turbo

Test & Reserve Driver

Daniel Juncadella                                  Force India VJM07      Mercedes V6 Turbo

 

TELMEX NEC SAUBER A.G.

21 Esteban Gutierrez                            Sauber C33                  Ferrari V6 Turbo

99 Adrian Sutil                         Sauber C33                  Ferrari V6 Turbo

Test & Reserve Driver

Guido van der Garde                            Sauber C33                  Ferrari V6 Turbo

 

CESPA SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO

25 Jean-Eric Vergne                             Toro Rosso STR9        Renault V6 Turbo

26 Daniil Kvyat                                    Toro Rosso STR9        Renault V6 Turbo

 

WILLIAMS GRAND PRIX ENGINEERING

19 Felipe Massa                                   Williams FW36            Mercedes V6 Turbo

77 Valtteri Bottas                                 Williams FW36            Mercedes V6 Turbo

 

MARUSSIA F1 TEAM

  4 Max Chilton                                    Marussia MR03           Ferrari V6 Turbo

17 Jules Bianchi                                    Marussia MR03           Ferrari V6 Turbo

 

GE AIRBUS TEAM CATERHAM

  9 Marcus Ericsson                            Caterham CT05           Renault V6 Turbo

10 Kamui Kobayashi                          Caterham CT05           Renault V6 Turbo

Test & Reserve Driver 

Robin Frijns                                     Caterham CT05           Renault V6 Turbo

Alexander Rossi                               Caterham CT05           Renault V6 Turbo

 

Welcome back Kamui.

Testing starts in Jerez tomorrow.

Does anyone else think the McLaren looks a bit like the Batmobile from front on? Bruce Wayne on the Melbourne grid?

 

 

Sam Snape

 

25/01/2014

 

AUSTRALIA WINS F1 IN SCHOOLS WORLD CHAMPIONS TROPHY AGAIN

Students from two schools, 3000 kilometres apart, proved that distance is no barrier to success in the F1 in Schools™World Finals 2013. A1 Racing, an in-country collaboration F1 in Schools team, beat 37 student teams today to lift the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy above their heads as the anthem,  ‘Rule the world’  reverberated through the room, confetti showered the winners and the Australian flag was raised behind them as they celebrated their success. 

 Australia - World F1 in Schools champions again

A1 Racing, a team of six students from Pine Rivers State High School, Queensland and Phoenix P-12 Community College, Ballarat, Victoria, worked hard to achieve their dream of taking the F1 in Schools World Champions title. They had earned their place at the event after success in the Australian National Finals earlier this year and as well as claiming victory were presented with the Fastest Car Award. Joining A1 Racing on the podium this evening were the runners-up from USA, Allegiance Racing from SoutheastHigh School, and Unlimited Acceleration from Lessing-Gymnasium Winnenden, in Germany, stood in third place.

 

Taking the World Champions title was a proud moment for A1 Racing with Jacqueline Cunninghame, Team Manager saying, “We can’t believe we won, it’s just amazing. There were so many good teams, it was really tough, so we’re really happy to have won this. It means everything to us.”

 

For one team member, Dylan Sexton, celebrations had to be put on hold as he was forced to return to his hotel room to sit a Business Management exam minutes after the team received the trophy. “I’m already 12 minutes late,” said the 17 year old student, “so I’ll have to celebrate later”.

 

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, manufacture  and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model designed using 3D solid modelling software and machined from a block of balsa wood, incorporating 3D print technology in its front and rear wings. The F1 in Schools World Champions not only win the glass Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy but also coveted Motorsport and Automotive Engineering Scholarships for City University London.

 

At the World Finals each team brought along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars were raced on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals with a time of 1.020 seconds.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools said of this year’s World Finals, “I’m always blown away by the professionalism, innovation, engineering capabilities and overall dedication shown by the World Finals teams. This year there was an incredibly high standard of work and it made it very difficult to judge. A1 Racing shone out from their rivals and deserved all their success and the World Champions title.”

 

“But it is not only the academic excellence that we have seen at the World Finals,” adds Denford. “F1 in Schools changes lives around the world and these boys and girls will have formed friendships which will last a lifetime. I know that they will all have learned life skills which will be invaluable throughout their careers and I’m very proud to have been able to give these great students this opportunity.”

 

A1 Racing’s Ben Marshall is an example of just how life-changing F1 in Schools can be. The 17 year old is a lifelong sufferer of High Function Autism Asperger’s Syndrome , he says, “I couldn’t really talk to people, approach people or introduce myself to people, but being  in the competition and learning all the new skills, it has given me so much confidence – I just want to talk to everyone, it has just changed my life, I love my life now.”

 

In addition to the crowning of the F1 in Schools World Champion 2013, 20 awards were presented in a variety of categories.

 

Full list of awards:

World Champions supported by Formula One Management and City University London

A1 Racing, PineRiversStateHigh School & Phoenix P-12 Community College, Australia

 

2nd Place supported by Circuit of The Americas

ALLEGIANCE RACING, Southeast High School, USA

 

3rd Place supported by The IET

Unlimited Acceleration, Lessing-Gymnasium Winnenden, Germany

 

FIA Women in Motorsport Award supported by FIA Women in Motorsport Commission

Alyssa Cote & Merritt Kendzior from ALLEGIANCE RACING, Southeast High School, USA

 

Verbal Presentation Award supported by Williams

Vector One, Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, Canada

 

Innovative Thinking Award supported by Lotus F1 Team

Safire Blue Bullets Racing, GermanInternationalSchool, Dubai, Greece & UAE

 

Fastest Car Award supported by Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team

A1 Racing, PineRiversStateHigh School & Phoenix P-12 Community College, Australia

 

Team Identity Award supported by Ferrari

Lone Star Racing, Akins High School & Granbury High School, USA

 

The Best International Collaboration Team Award supported by Shell

Odyssey, Brighton Secondary School & Donabate Community College, Australia & Ireland

 

Outstanding Sportsmanship Award supported by Sahara Force India

ALLEGIANCE RACING, Southeast High School, USA

 

Best Engineered Car Award supported by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Bardahl Racing, St. David's Holy Faith Secondary School, Ireland

 

Chair of Judges Recognition of Achievement Award supported by Infiniti Red Bull Racing

X-Shift, Raffles Girls' School & WilmingtonGrammar School for Boys, Singapore & UK

 

Best  Newcomer Award supported by Sauber F1

Team Bolt, Amity International School, India

 

Pit Display Award supported by Toro Rosso

Motion Racing, Engadine High School, Australia

 

Team Sponsorship & Marketing Award supported by Marussia F1 Team

Petronas Tritan Racing, SMS Hulu Selangor, Malaysia

 

Portfolio Award supported by F1 Racing

Odyssey, Brighton Secondary School & Donabate Community College, Australia & Ireland

 

Research and Development Award supported by Pirelli

Surge, Mönchsee-Gymnasium & Colégio de S. Miguel, Germany & Portugal

 

Social Media Award supported by Caterham F1 Team

Adroit Infinitum, The IndianHigh School, Dubai, UAE

 

Team Website Award supported by Autodesk

Speed Deamons, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece

 

The Crofty & Gary Pressure Challenge Award supported by Crofty & Gary

Safire Blue Bullets Racing, GermanInternationalSchool, Dubai, Greece & UAE

 

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2013 took place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Circuit of The Americas, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, City University London, Autodesk and Austin Independent Schools District.

 

Article courtesy of Alison Hill ID PR & Marketing Ltd/FIA

RAIKKONEN QUITS LOTUS AMID SILLY SEASON SHAKEUP

Raikkonen out, Valsecchi in. Valsecchi out Kovalainen in. Perez out, Magnussen in. Maldonado out, Massa in. These are the changes that have occoured in just the last three days as the silly season manouvering for F1 rides in 2014 ramps up. This will leave an embarressment of riches for some of the medium to small teams to choose from over the next month or so.

 The sun sets on Kimi's Lotus career

  The most immediate is that Kimi Raikkonen has driven his last race for Lotus. The official line is that he is undergoing minor back surgery in Salzburg, Austria this week instead of flying to Austin for the US Grand Prix. The long term back injury, which almost saw him pull out of the Singapore Grand Prix has reportedly reared it's ugly head again and the recovery period is approximately four weeks, which rules him out of the season finale in Brazil as well. Just how much this has to do with his sciatic nerve as apposed to his hip pocket nerve is up to your imagination but as he was still in dispute with Lotus regarding the fact that he has not been paid this year leaves us thinking "hmmmmm" regarding the timing of it all. However as one who has had the dubious pleasure of dodgy discs I do know just how much it can hurt I can only which Kimi a speedy recovery & look forward to his radio chatter with his big red bosses next year. Initially it was expected that current reserve driver and 2012 GP2 series champion Davide Valsecchi would make his F1 debut this weekend. With his pedigree Davide is seemingly a vastly more deserving debutant than some of the recent announcements although it would have been difficult for his to impress with bugger-all testing mileage and running on circuits he has never before visited. Last minute reports are however that Caterham reserve driver and former Renault, McLaren and Lotus (the other one) driver Heikki Kovalainen will be in the seat. Still waiting for the email from Lotus to confirm that but the word is they wanted someone with experience who should be able to bring home some points as they are still hoping to be able to beat Ferrari and Mercedes in the Constructors Championship. A long shot perhaps but an understandable desire. With all the talent in the world it would have been tough for Davide. Mind you, not knowing the car it may also be tough for Heikki, but it’s nice to see him get a second chance and possibly resurrect his stalling career. It has also been rumoured that Nico Hulkenberg and (God Forbid) Michael Schumacher had been sounded out about the drive.

 

  In the latest batch of signings for 2014 Felipe Massa has been confirmed on a "multi-year" deal to join Williams alongside Valtteri Bottas bringing a raft of Brazilian sponsers to replace the slightly eratic, but occassionally very rapid Pastor Maldonado and his Venezuelan petro-dollars. Needless to say PDVSA will not be Williams title sponser next year but you can be sure that they will show up some-where. Both team and driver have spouted the usual complimentary remarks that come at the beginning of any relationship but whether either of them can return to their former glories remains to be seen. In both cases I hope so. In Felipe's case it should be remembered that before he got sconed by Barrichello's errant damper spring he was, in 2008, World Champion for about 20 seconds. And who knows, if Team Willi can get some sort of stability going it has everything it needs to return to the ways of it's glorious past. Hopefully Pat Symonds can engineer this as he takes control of the technical department. He may even be joined by old pal Ross Brawn who will be departing from Williams new engine supplier Mercedes fairly shortly. It may be that he gets Toto Wolfe's Williams shares as part of his pay-out from Merc, Wolfe having been Williams CEO for a short time before moving to the Silver Slings. Just a thought. It would be just a little weird, Williams being run by the same guys that were once their main enemy at Benetton. So long as they don't bring Flav back………….

 

  Not officially confirmed (although not officially denied) is that Sergio Perez will not be at McLaren next year. Team Brittania has decided to take a punt on Kevin Magnussen, the Formula Renault 3.5 champion this year. Magnussen has been part of the McLaren young driver scheme and was very impressive in winning that title this year. McLaren were looking to place both him and Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne at smaller teams for 2014 with a view of promoting them to the team once they had gotten some experience. Despite their obvious talent it was proving a bit tricky getting both of them a drive so poor old Sergio has been given the heave-ho. Mind you, it has been said that you should never believe anything until it HAS been officially denied so…… watch this space. McLaren however have let be known that their title sponsership announcement, previously set down for December 2 has now been put off until the launch of the new car, which may or may not have anything to do with not getting lots of Mexican Pesos now that Sergio is searching for a new home.

 

 So who's going where?

 

Here's the current list

 

Red Bull (Renault)

Sebastian Vettel & Daniel Ricciardo

 

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg & Lewis Hamilton

 

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso & Kimi Raikkonen

 

Lotus (Renault)

Romain Grosjean & (almost certainly) Nico Hulkenberg

 

McLaren (Mercedes)

Jenson Button & Kevin Magnussen

 

Force India (Mercedes)

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Sauber (Ferrari)

????????????????? (although Sergey Sirotkin has been named - pending gaining a super-licence)

 

Toro Rosso (Renault)

Jean Eric Vergne & Daniil Kvyat

 

Williams (Mercedes)

Valtteri Bottas & Felipe Massa

 

Marussia (Ferrari)

Jules Bianchi & ???????????

 

Caterham (Renault)

????????????????????

 

Which all leaves Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldonado, Paul di Resta, Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez, Max Chilton, Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde, Davide Valsecchi, Heikki Kovalainen, Stoffel Vandoorne and GP2 champion Fabio Leimer as the prime candidates for the remaining six or possibly seven drives. Twelve into six means that the remaining teams now take their time and select the best pairing for their own needs and that (unfortunately) may not have much to do with the available talent as much as the available cash.

 

The late press is from Sergio’s twitter account and that he has confirmed that he is leaving McLaren so you can forget that bit about it not being officially denied. More on that later perhaps, it will be very difficult for Sergio to find a decent drive for 2014 but he does still have all those Telmex Pesos behind him. His shit load of pace won’t hurt either, but………

 

 

Sam Snape

 

13/11/2013

 

FIRST THERE WERE THREE

  When the word got out early in the season that Mark Webber was departing F1 for The Porsche sports-car squad there were three drivers being discussed as potential replacements.  Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen and the Toro Rosso pair, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo.

  Then there were two, as just a few weeks ago Vergne got the news that he would be staying with Toro Rosso as Red Bull didn’t think he was quite ready for the step up to the senior team. Then, at the Hungaroring there were three again as King Fernando’s minions were seen in deep discussions with Christian Horner and everyone put two and two together to get the mythical Forty-Two.

  Within a day or so it was back to two but the talk was that Kimi wanted to stay at Lotus if they could give him a potentially title winning car next year. No surprise here as Kimi has never particularly enjoyed the media and sponsorship work part of all F1 contracts and Lotus has been giving him very light duties in this regard. He would not have gotten off so lightly at Red Bull who’s entire existence is as an advertising platform for their drinkie.

  Now, a little birdie tells me, there is only one, and at Spa this weekend Daniel Ricciardo will be announced as Sebastian Vettel’s team-mate for 2014.  This has also just been reported in the German magazine Sport Bild so I can’t claim that you read it here first, but I think I may have beaten Autosport so I’m happy.  When Sport Bild queried Helmut Marko he didn’t deny the story but said "We won't say anything before Spa, that's all I can say,"

  Daniel would be only the second Red Bull junior driver to ascend to the premier squad after Vettel in 2009 and has impressed the team with his pace at Toro Rosso and his feedback during the few testing opportunities with Red Bull. Has he got the pace and ability to win? Everyone thinks so but don’t expect Vettel to allow that to happen too often. After Malaysia and Mark’s departure it is even more the German’s team than ever and he will use every trick in the book to keep the quick young Aussie in his place as the team’s number two. Let’s hope he’s “not bad for a number two.”

 

Sam Snape

 

18/08/2013