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Posted 11 November 2013 - 15:02




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Posted 11 November 2013 - 15:08

Updated grid:

 

Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing RB9 – Renault Energy F1-2014
Team Principal: Christian Horner; Technical Director: Adrian Newey
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Daniel Ricciardo

 

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
Mercedes F1 W04 – Mercedes TBA
Team Principal: Ross Brawn ; Technical Director: Toto Wolff
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Nico Rosberg
 

Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari F138 – Ferrari TBA
Team Principal: Stefano Domenicali ; Technical Director: Pat Fry
Fernando Alonso
Kimi Räikkönen

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
McLaren MP4-28 – Mercedes TBA
Team Principal: Martin Whitmarsh ; Technical Director: Tim Goss, Neil Oatley
Jenson Button
TBA

Lotus F1 Team
Lotus E21 – TBA
Team Principal: Eric Boullier ; Technical Director: Nick Chester
TBA
TBA

Sauber F1 Team
Sauber C32 – Ferrari TBA
Team Principal: Monisha Kaltenborn ; Technical Director: James Key
Sergey Sirotkin
TBA

Sahara Force India F1 Team
Force India VJM06 – Mercedes TBA
Team Principal: Vijay Mallya ; Technical Director: Andrew Green
TBA
TBA

Williams
Williams FW35 – Mercedes TBA
Team Principal: Sir Frank Williams ; Technical Director: Pat Symonds
Valeri Bottas
Felipe Massa

Scuderia Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso STR8 – Renault Energy F1-2014
Team Principal: Franz Tost ; Technical Director: James Key
Jean-Éric Vergne
Daniil Kvyat

Caterham F1 Team
Caterham CT03 – Renault Energy F1-2014
Team Principal: Cyril Abiteboul ; Technical Director: Mark Smith
Charles Pic
TBA

Marussia F1 Team
Marussia MR02 – Ferrari TBA
Team Principal: John Booth ; Technical Director: ?
Jules Bianchi
TBA



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 15:26

Hope we're seen the last of Maldonado, never rated him. However I see him going to Lotus.

This era we have of who has the deepest pockets gets the drive, preventing better drivers to come through, is just wrong.

So many TBA this late in the season too.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 16:08

Massssssssaaaaaaa :D

 

Edit: Wouldn't Ferrari have 3/4 again next season, since Alonso is 2nd in the WDC confirmed as Kimi is getting no further points and Lewis is >50 points behind?



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 16:12

Massa joins Williams and replaces Maldonado.

I still don't think Williams will be competitive at all next year. Glad to see Massa still in F1 though.

 

http://www1.skysport...-bottas-in-2014

 

Wonder where Maldonado will go? Will it be another team like Lotus or one of the bottom teams Marussia or Caterham?

He carries too much money to not be in a team next season.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 17:24

Massa joins Williams and replaces Maldonado.

I still don't think Williams will be competitive at all next year. Glad to see Massa still in F1 though.

 

http://www1.skysport...-bottas-in-2014

 

Wonder where Maldonado will go? Will it be another team like Lotus or one of the bottom teams Marussia or Caterham?

He carries too much money to not be in a team next season.

 

I hope he goes nowhere tbh, he's crazy and had a lucky break. Especially after what he did to Bottas in Japan, surprised that went unpunished.

 

Also, moved your post to this thread, for 2014 discussion :)



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 18:07

 

McLaren have decided to sign novice Kevin Magnussen as Jenson Button's team-mate next year.

 

The Dane's contract is not signed but team principal Martin Whitmarsh is set to give him the drive, sources say.
 
McLaren have chosen to promote the 21-year-old in place of Sergio Perez, who joined ahead of the current season, after conducting extensive analysis.
 
"We haven't confirmed our driver line-up. We haven't signed contracts with drivers," said Whitmarsh.

"We are still talking about that. There has been a lot of honest feedback both ways, which is best done in private not in public. We'll see in the future."
 
Magnussen, the winner of the Formula Renault 3.5 feeder series this year, is set to be the first rookie driver to be taken on by McLaren since Lewis Hamilton in 2007.
 
Perez has been linked with a potential move to Force India in 2014. He joined McLaren for this season as a replacement for Hamilton but the team have been underwhelmed by his performances.
 
In an uncompetitive season for McLaren in which they have failed to score a podium for the first time since 1980, Perez has taken 35 points to Button's 60.
 
The 23-year-old has scored points in the last two races, including a fifth place in India that matches Button's best result of the season.
 
But the team have spent the week since the last race in Abu Dhabi analysing his performances and concluded that Perez has a speed deficit to Button that he will probably never be able to bridge.
 
The race in Abu Dhabi was a case in point - despite being on a slower strategy, Button made up 23 seconds on Perez after a pit stop on the second lap to replace a damaged front wing.
 
Perez finished ninth after starting eighth on the grid. Button was 12th after dropping to the back following his unscheduled pit stop on lap two.
 
Asked if Perez had done a good enough job to be retained in 2014, Whitmarsh said: "He's done a good job; we're still taking to him.
 
"We have not provided either of our drivers with a good enough race car.
 
"In those circumstances Sergio has been a great team member, he's made a spirited contribution, had some exciting races, some really good races, ruffled some feathers, and done a pretty good job thorough the year.
 
"Abu Dhabi was difficult. It was not the result he and we wanted but difficult weekends happen.
 
"He's a clever guy and a good driver for anyone next year, including ourselves."

Magnussen is the son of former F1 driver Jan Magnussen, who also made his debut for McLaren, in the 1995 Pacific Grand Prix.
 
He is one of two young drivers contracted to McLaren whom the team rate as potential future world champions. The other is Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, who was second to Magnussen in Formula Renault 3.5 this year.
 
McLaren's analysis of Magnussen's performance in their simulator suggests he is already faster than Perez, and he has been extremely impressive in his two F1 tests for McLaren, at Abu Dhabi in November 2012 and at Silverstone in July 2013.
 
Magnussen is more experienced than Vandoorne, whom McLaren believe is not quite ready for F1 yet. Whitmarsh has hinted strongly McLaren will find a seat for him in the GP2 feeder series in 2014.
 
Whitmarsh said he expected Vandoorne to be a McLaren driver "one day".
 
The team are determined to find a place for the 21-year-old in F1 in the next couple of seasons as well.
 
McLaren remain committed to trying to prise double world champion Fernando Alonso away from Ferrari for 2015 and, if they succeed, next season will effectively be a shoot-out between Button and Magnussen to see who would partner the Spaniard.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmula1/24903504

 

Good luck, Kevin. Hope he becomes another Lewis (performance, not attitude).



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 18:24

I hope he goes nowhere tbh, he's crazy and had a lucky break. Especially after what he did to Bottas in Japan, surprised that went unpunished.

 

Also, moved your post to this thread, for 2014 discussion :)

 Cheers, didn't even realise there was another F1 thread.

 

I agree. I hope Maldonado goes nowhere. He is only a paying driver anyway.

Rumours were saying he might have a Lotus seat but i hope Hulkenberg gets that seat.

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmula1/24903504

 

Good luck, Kevin. Hope he becomes another Lewis (performance, not attitude).

It will be a shame if this is true. I don't think Perez got much of a chance considering how poor this years car has been.

Plus he hasn't exactly been that far off the pace when compared to Button. I would have liked to have seen him get another season at least.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 18:28

It will be a shame if this is true. I don't think Perez got much of a chance considering how poor this years car has been.

Plus he hasn't exactly been that far off the pace when compared to Button. I would have liked to have seen him get another season at least.

Yeah, I'm still a bit bemused that they'd drop Checo after one season, but if this is true, then what's done is done; no point in having a go at Magnussen.

 

I'm starting to feel old now; Magnussen would be the first driver in F1 younger than me. :p



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 18:47

Yeah, I'm still a bit bemused that they'd drop Checo after one season, but if this is true, then what's done is done; no point in having a go at Magnussen.

 

I'm starting to feel old now; Magnussen would be the first driver in F1 younger than me. :p

Youngin'. I've watched Niki Lauda race and saw all of Ayrton Senna's F1 career...



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 20:07

McLaren decides that Magnussen will replace Perez in 2014 F1 season

 

McLaren has taken the decision to replace Sergio Perez with Kevin Magnussen for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

 

Sources have confirmed to AUTOSPORT that the team has decided to promote the Formula Renault 3.5 champion, although a contract has not yet been signed.

 

Magnussen, a McLaren development driver, became the favourite for the seat in the days following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

 

Speaking earlier on Monday, team principal Martin Whitmarsh had declined to comment on the prospect of Magnussen racing for McLaren next year.

 

"The fact is at the moment we haven't confirmed our driver line-up, we haven't signed contracts with drivers," he said.

 

Source: Autosport

 

Another reason for me to feel old: I remember the times when his father, Jan Magnussen, was considered the next big talent for F1.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 21:41

 

Here's Felipe Nasr's GP2...

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 22:50

...am I the only one who thinks that Nasr's car looked like the cat was sick all over it? Something like this or this (not actually a real Williams livery) are much nicer.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:59

...am I the only one who thinks that Nasr's car looked like the cat was sick all over it? Something like this or this (not actually a real Williams livery) are much nicer.

I'll agree the ones you posted do look better, but Nasr's livery doesn't look that bad.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:28

This is what I'd want to see.

 

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Sauce: http://wtf1.co.uk/so...n-2013-f1-cars/





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