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Vettel Quote Key to Hamilton Change

Monday December 31, 2012

A lot of people spoke with surprise this year about how Lewis Hamilton had chosen to leave McLaren for Mercedes after his entire career from childhood up was nurtured under the McLaren roof, with money and support from the team even in go-karting.  My theory had mostly to do with Hamilton growing up and needing to move to a new home.  Today Autosport.com has continued its year-end stories providing quotes from some F1 drivers, with Sebastian Vettel being quoted from some point in the year about why he is staying at Red Bull, where he had been nurtured also since he was a teenager:

"I've been wearing a Red Bull helmet for almost my entire career," Vettel said.  "It is difficult to imagine another kid of life if you are so used to it. It would be like when you turn 18, 19 and move out of your family's home. I am very happy where I am right now and I don't want to move to anywhere else."

I think that quote sums up perfectly why Hamilton, who will turn 28 in a week, has left McLaren.  Vettel, who this year became the youngest three-time drivers' champion, is still just 25.

Alonso the Clean Driver of 2012

Sunday December 30, 2012

When we think of the amazing 2012 season that Fernando Alonso drove this year, just barely missing out on the title in the last race despite not having the best car in his Ferrari, we don't think much of something that Brazil's Globo Esporte site has just pointed out:  That Alonso was also as clean a driver as you could possibly be.  Pastor Maldonado had the record number of penalties this year with 15 penalties had nearly double the number of the second most penalties, of Serio Perez, who had 8...as did Sebastian Vettel.  But Alonso had NO penalties (as did Timo Glock).

Chandhok May Race in American Le Mans

Sunday December 30, 2012

After the former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok of India raced in 2012 in the World Endurance Championship with the JRM Racing team he may also race in the American Le Mans Series next year, said Chandhok.   "JRM Racing has some American sponsors and we could very well be doing the American Le Mans Series," reported an Indian news agency.  "But nothing has been finalised. As of now, it is the WEC."  This year saw the second annual Indian Grand Prix running a better race this year than last, but without Chandhok.  It did feature his countryman, Narain Karthikeyan, however.

Button Says End of 2013 Could Be Like Beginning of 2012

Friday December 28, 2012

In a talk with Autosport, Jenson Button has said that he thinks McLaren will be able to be stronger in 2013 and that he thinks they will not have the problems of reliability that cost them so much this year.  It is true that when the car held together, it was fast and great - look at the end of the season when things looked little better, and Lewis Hamilton won in Austin and then led in Brazil until he was bumped off the track.

But Button also made an interesting observation about the new Pirelli tire compound for next year that the drivers checked out in Brazil.  Button thinks that it will be easier to warm up, and that it will not give the same problems as last year, but he says he thinks there will be a lot more rubber degradation towards the end of the season, creating a lot of unpredictable results, as things were with the Pirellis in the beginning of 2012....

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