Friday, September 28, 2012

Perez new McLaren driver, bye bye Hamilton


WOKING - Breaking news: I knew... as announced weeks ago: bye bye Lewis... (he chose Mercedes, he's too interested in money only).
"Speedy Gonzalez" Perez new McLaren driver (quite unexpected, thought he was going to race for Ferrari...)
Too many mistakes by Hamilton, especially last year with slow Massa, and blaming the team when it was his fault, and recently the Twitter-gate...


will be an excuse to eat Mexican food ;)



Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is delighted to announce that it has signed 22-year-old Mexican Sergio Perez to a multi-year deal from the start of the 2013 season.

In just two short years, Sergio has made a stunning impression on Formula 1, taking a string of hugely impressive giant-killing podium finishes while combining a deft turn of speed with considerable maturity, and showcasing the potential ability to become one of the biggest stars in global motorsport.

Sergio’s new deal means that he will begin a driving partnership with 2009 world champion Jenson Button. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team’s new driver line-up offers the perfect blend of youth and experience – a combination from which both sides of the garage will be set to benefit.

While Sergio’s career with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will begin in earnest in Melbourne next year, his future team remains absolutely committed to fighting for, and providing every opportunity to both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to contest, the 2012 drivers’ and constructors’ world championships.

Sergio Perez said:

“I’m thrilled and delighted to have become a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver. The McLaren name is one of the greatest in the history of Formula 1. For more than 40 years McLaren has been a team that every racing driver has aspired to drive for – I was brought up on the great stories of Ayrton Senna's many world championship triumphs for McLaren – and I'm truly honoured that they've chosen me to partner Jenson from 2013 onwards.

“I've spent the 2012 season working very hard to demonstrate my potential, but I've always remained humble and focused. I am, and always will be, extremely grateful to Peter [Sauber] and everybody at the Sauber Formula 1 team for their belief in me, and for giving me the chance to race in Formula 1.

“In fact, they gave me the perfect opportunity to demonstrate what I can do – and I'm now equally grateful to Martin [Whitmarsh] and everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for giving me the chance to take this next very big step in my career.

“I'm under no illusion that it is indeed a very big step – as it would be for any driver – but I'm ready for it. So, while I'm still fully focused on doing my best for Sauber for the remainder of this season, I'm already massively looking forward to working with everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, and with Jenson, who's someone I’ve long admired as a brilliant driver and a great champion.

“I'd like to thank Carlos Slim Jr, who has helped me since I was 14 years old, without whom I wouldn't be where I am today. Our journey together over the past eight years has been an incredible one, and I'll do everything in my power to deliver with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes the results that he and I have been working so hard and so long to achieve together.

“As I say, I've worked very hard to get to this stage in my career, and I'm now massively looking forward to this next even more exciting stage. It's fantastic that all the sacrifices I've made are now paying off. For example, I remember very clearly the first day I left my family, when I was 15, to live in Germany to race in Formula BMW. It was tough for me - I was sleeping in a restaurant at that time - but the dream of one day becoming a Formula 1 driver kept me going through those difficult days.

“Finally, I'd like to thank my beloved family, who've encouraged me at every turn, and last but far from least the people of Mexico, my home country, whose magnificent support I'll do my very best to reward with future successes with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.”

Martin Whitmarsh (Team Principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) said:

“On behalf of everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, I’m delighted to welcome Sergio on board. His performances throughout 2012 have convinced us that he's an extremely exciting prospect for the future.

“It was a string of giant-killing performances, a trio of podiums and a brilliant fastest lap in this year’s Monaco Grand Prix that showed us that Sergio lacks nothing in terms of speed and commitment. We've been monitoring his progress carefully for some months - and, now that he's become part of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, our task will be to refine and develop his abilities as his career progresses over the coming years.

“Uniting Sergio alongside Jenson will give us a very broad base of driver ability. Jenson is one of motorsport’s greatest ambassadors, and his unique blend of prodigious speed and canny race-craft makes him formidably well-armed to fight for victory on any grand prix circuit in the world. While Sergio is still developing his palette of skills, we're convinced that he's not only talented and quick, but also that he's willing and eager to learn.

“He's perfectly poised to develop into a world championship challenger. His addition to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team provides us with the perfect two-pronged driver line-up for the new season.

“Finally, it's entirely appropriate that I should take this opportunity to pass on our thanks to Lewis [Hamilton]. He wrote a huge chapter of his life and career with us, and was, and always will be, a fine member of an exclusive club: the McLaren world champions' club.

“It goes without saying that we all wish him well for the future, just as it also goes without saying that we hope and believe that Sergio, too, will become a member of that exclusive club before too long."

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Monza GP, unhappy Hamilton wins

MONZA - Italian GP: McLaren team victory, Button retired. Lewis: “Winning in Italy – one of the greatest experiences of my F1 career”... but he didn't look very happy... says a lot about his future...
Red Bull gives you wings... not really, both retired. 
more photos soon

Santander girls

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Monza 2012, McLaren pole position & front row


MONZA - more photos and videos to add soon.


Lewisella :) ...the silver sun strikes @ the temple of speed: McLaren pole position and front row for tomorrow, 1st & 2nd. 
‎0:57 on the podium: "history is made but the future is unwritten", 1:08 Button, 2:38 Hamilton, 3:08 we gave him skittles :), 4:04 Jenson, 4:19 Schumacher, 5:06 Alonso, 5:37 Lewis, 8:11 broken Ferrari, 9:34 McLaren pit stop, 12:00 McLaren hits a mechanic :), 12:31 Vettel off track (one of 4 times), 13:44 Pavarotti introduces Monza history, 14:44 Milan


90th anniversary for the old circuit (1922-2012)

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Hamilton to leave McLaren


MONZA - Ragazze-hostess @ Monza.
Jenson on Monza:
"I head to Monza absolutely full of motivation after a fantastic result in Spa. It was the perfect weekend for me – it’s not only put me back in contention for the drivers’ championship, but it’s shown that we have a car that can definitely fight for the constructors’ title.
It’ll be great to be back in the car so soon after the victory. Monza is one of the greatest circuits in the world and our car seems to be particularly well suited to high-speed circuits, so I’m optimistic that we’ll be competitive again this weekend.
For some reason, the car we’ve brought to Monza in the last two seasons has been really well suited to me. I’ve really been able to work with the balance and enjoyed pushing the car. The success we had with a low-downforce configuration at Spa also gives us cause for optimism.
I’ve finished second here in both my previous races for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes (+in 2009 with Brawn) – I’ll definitely be going for the win this weekend.”

Monza is one of the most iconic racetracks in the world. Built in 1922 (90th anniversary this year) in a royal park north of Milan, the circuit is an eclectic mix of old and new: the crumbling banking that formed part of the original layout still lies adjacent to the m
odern racetrack, which is the fastest of the 2012 season.
The vociferous Italian fans, known colloquially as the Tifosi, are sure to give every team a lot of support during this, the last European race of the 2012 season. Neither Lewis nor Jenson has previously won at Monza, although Jenson has finished second in each of the past three races at the track.


‎"...reminds me of fashion, football, fantastic food and the fans"
"it's set in amazing city of Milan which provides a beautiful backdrop with the Duomo... I hear it's good for shopping too, shame we don't have time"

After the 2011 disappointing results (all the crashes when he couldn't even overtake slow Massa), and even blaming the team, the contract not renewed yet, and now the tweet issue, it's time for Lewis to change team... The team always comes first.
There are rumours about him joining Mercedes.

Jenson Button has said he is "surprised and disappointed" that his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton revealed secrets of their car on Twitter before the Belgian Grand Prix. The whole team – and particularly Button's side of the garage – were upset when Hamilton posted the confidential information on his Twitter account. It was quickly taken down.
Button, who won Sunday's race from pole, his 14th victory, to leap back into contention for the Formula One drivers' championship, said: "We work so hard to improve the car and keep things like that secret and private. I didn't want to see it on Twitter. It was the whole telemetry from qualifying. It wasn't just the rear wing. I was very surprised and disappointed."
Button does not plan to speak to Hamilton about the incident: "I think it's done now. I don't think it's for me to be angry with Lewis. It's not a personal thing."
Referring to other information posted by Hamilton, Button said: "The bit about the time on the straights isn't the bit that's important to me. He should be gaining it back in the corners because he's got more downforce on anyway. And I was eight tenths quicker in qualifying anyway."
After being beaten by Button in qualifying, Hamilton sent a number of bewildering tweets. One read: "Damn, WTF!! Jenson has the new rear wing on, I have the old. We voted to change, didn't work out. I lose 0.4 tenths just on the straight. Nothing I could do. Now, it's about picking up every point I can from there. Jenson should win easy with that speed."
This, and other messages, were swiftly removed. But it was the tweet revealing secret telemetry information that most angered the team.
Christian Horner, Red Bull's team principal, said: "I have not really seen the tweet in detail but as I understand it, it is car data. If it is, then that is very valuable and I am sure every engineer in the pit lane would be having a close look at it. One of our drivers' would not be able to do that. It would be a breach of confidentially."
Another team chief told Autosport that Hamilton's information had been "gold dust" for his engineers in understanding the performance of the McLaren.
A clearly embarrassed Martin Whitmarsh, the McLaren team principal, said the team had asked Hamilton to delete the tweet but that he would not be taking any further action. He said: "I think he made an error of judgment and we asked him to take that one down and he did. I think he realises that [his error] and I don't think it's had an impact on his weekend."
When asked if he felt it was a breach of confidentiality, Whitmarsh said: "I don't think … no. It was corrected fairly quickly and apologised for. We move on."
The best way for McLaren to move on would be to renew Hamilton's five-year contract, which runs out at the end of the year. It should have been sorted in the summer.
Last season, when there were problems on and off the track, was the most tumultuous in Hamilton's career. One problem for the 2007 world champion was that Button was the better driver in 2011. Another was that Hamilton sensed that Button was the more popular driver within the team.
That problem must not be allowed to resurface but Hamilton's state of mind, in the light of his strange tweeting, must be the cause of some conjecture.
The introduction of closed cockpits will be on the agenda following Sunday's first-corner accident, which took out Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sergio Pérez and Romain Grosjean, the driver blamed and punished for the pile-up. It was the Frenchman's seventh incident in 12 races and he is suspended from this Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza and has been fined €50,000 (£40,000).
Paddy Lowe, McLaren's technical director, said the incident will increase the push being made to change cockpit designs, possibly in 2014.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012

the (Jen)sun is back: pole position


SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - Shell girls @ Spa. Rain on Friday, sun on Saturday with two great laps by Jenson Button on McLaren @ Belgium GP and it's pole (first one for him since Monaco 2009 when he was world champion)

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