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Old 11-27-2013, 04:30 AM   #1501
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:00 AM   #1502
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Very cool. Looks like McLaren doesn't offer public tours so this may be the closest most of us will ever get.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:50 AM   #1503
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:22 AM   #1504
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Good post. I certainly wouldn't blame you for an "I told you so" since you've been solid on your Lotus stance all year.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:26 AM   #1505
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:28 AM   #1506
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ummmm I had no idea that we were talking about this guy.


He's a very very smooth talker and apparently very full of it. However, his resume is very impressive. I met him back in 2002.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #1507
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Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who retired on the first lap, speaking to BBC F1's Lee McKenzie:

"My engine blew. I don't know exactly what happened but there was a lot of smoke and I lost power so I decided to stop 70 laps too early.

I don't know [if I will still be here next season] but hopefully. We can be proud of what we have done this season, being part of the team, but we will see what the future holds."
too bad that Boullier is the manager of Grosjean....makes the search for a seat in another team impossible.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:32 PM   #1508
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ummmm I had no idea that we were talking about this guy…his resume is very impressive.
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:22 PM   #1509
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too bad that Boullier is the manager of Grosjean....makes the search for a seat in another team impossible.
That never stopped Flavio, did it?
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Impressive indeed!
pay attention to his (claims) of diplomacy.
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:16 AM   #1511
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:59 AM   #1512
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thanks for sharing ^^^^^ that.

I've always want to drive an F1 car. Would be really nice experience
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:59 AM   #1513
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Brawn is leaving Mercedes today

rumor: Marussia could merge with Sauber
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:31 PM   #1514
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rumor: Marussia could merge with Sauber
That is quite a rumor. I can't imagine things are all well in Hinwel if they couldn't pay their drivers though.

I have a soft spot for the racing teams like Williams and Sauber, something is romantic about their only real products being race cars (though Williams has diversified as of late). It's a shame that aside from Red Bull/Toro Roso, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes the entire rest of the grid could go away at any moment. Here's to hoping that someone figures out how to make racing a bit more financially viable in the current economy with tobacco money.
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Old 11-28-2013, 04:55 PM   #1515
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That is quite a rumor. I can't imagine things are all well in Hinwel if they couldn't pay their drivers though.

I have a soft spot for the racing teams like Williams and Sauber, something is romantic about their only real products being race cars (though Williams has diversified as of late). It's a shame that aside from Red Bull/Toro Roso, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes the entire rest of the grid could go away at any moment. Here's to hoping that someone figures out how to make racing a bit more financially viable in the current economy with tobacco money.

Two words; Customer cars
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:50 PM   #1516
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I've always want to drive an F1 car. Would be really nice experience
A group in Vegas use to rent them on the speedway, Monticello used to do a day with Arrows, but it looks like both have given up. Must be outrageously expensive to keep the cars running.
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:10 AM   #1517
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Sauber’s head of track engineering Tom McCullough is to leave the team at the end of this season.

The former Williams man is returning to a British team.


The 38-year worked for Panoz and Reynard before joining Williams as data engineer in 2002. He held several positions, including the role of chief engineer on the F2 project. As a test engineer he was also in charge of driver development, working with the likes of Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Hulkenberg when they were test drivers.

He then became a race engineer, working with Hulkenberg in 2010, Rubens Barrichello in 2011, and Bruno Senna and third driver Valtteri Bottas in 2012.

He joined Sauber at the end of last year, where he was reunited with Hulkenberg.
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:22 AM   #1518
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:25 PM   #1519
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Pastor Maldonado will join Romain Grosjean at Lotus in 2014.

Maldonado replaces Kimi Raikkonen, who will drive for Ferrari next season, and has won his seat largely because the team need an injection of funds.

A planned investment deal with the US-Middle Eastern consortium Quantum has so far failed to materialise.

That meant Lotus could not sign their preferred driver, German Nico Hulkenberg, who has only limited personal backing.

Maldonado comes with significant funds from the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, which has paid £30m a year for him to drive at Williams since 2011.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for me," said Maldonado.

"It's no secret that I have wanted a change of scene and the Lotus F1 team offered the very best opportunity for me to be competitive next season.

"The regulations and cars will change significantly so it is a very good time for a fresh start."

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier said: "It is clear that Pastor has pace and potential, demonstrated by his 2010 GP2 Series title success and strong races throughout his career at Williams.

"We are convinced we will be able to provide the correct environment to enable him to flourish regularly."

Lotus, who finished fourth in the constructors' championship, have made no secret of the fact they have had cashflow problems this season - Raikkonen quit the team two races before the end of the season because he had not been paid all year.

The team owe him 17.15m euros (£14.5m) because of a salary of eight million euros and a bonus scheme worth 50,000 euros a point.

Hulkenberg will now drive for Force India, where sources say his deal has been done.

He is expected to be joined by Mexican former McLaren driver Sergio Perez, who is on the verge of concluding his own deal with Force India.

Hulkenberg's Sauber seat will be taken by German Adrian Sutil, whose contract is also said by sources to be secured but has not yet been announced.

The identity of the Swiss team's second driver is not yet known, but they are likely to stick with Mexican Esteban Gutierrez for a second season.

This year's other Force India driver, Scot Paul Di Resta, will lose his place in F1 and is hoping to land a seat in US-based IndyCar racing.

Lotus is a major step up for 28-year-old Maldonado, who won one race for Williams in Spain in 2012 but whose driving has often been erratic.

He has made it clear that he felt Williams had held him back this season, while the team were also happy to part company. Williams have signed ex-Ferrari driver Felipe Massa to join promising Finn Valtteri Bottas.
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:53 PM   #1520
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:58 PM   #1521
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Ugh I wish this guy would just disappear. I guess after next year with Grosjean everyone will see just how good he is.
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:41 PM   #1522
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:47 PM   #1523
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Grosjean has really upped his game the second half of this season though. He really hasn't been as reckless and scored some good points. I think he'll wipe the floor with Maldonado next season.
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