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#1 eronrules

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:38

let's put all the relevant discussions/ news/updates till 2013 season i.e first free practice of Australian GP here.

And please no silly rumors/speculations, we have 'Silly season 2013' thread for that.

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#2 eronrules

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:40

let me go with the first post ....

Infiniti deal worth about $20-million to Red Bull


Red Bull’s recently announced title sponsorship deal with Infiniti for 2013 and beyond is worth an additional $ 20-million per year, according to the German magazine Sport Bild.

The budget will increase,” is all that Dr Helmut Marko would confirm.



i'd say the last thing Formula 1 needs is more budget to RBR ... ominous sign for 2013 indeed :p

#3 eronrules

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:44

and this ...


Hamilton to work with Mercedes before McLaren deal ends


McLaren will allow departing Lewis Hamilton to consult with engineers of his new Mercedes team even before his 2012 contract expires at the end of the year.

It is believed that Hamilton’s deal with McLaren actually runs until December 31, but British newspapers including the Sun and Express say the 27-year-old will actually talk with Mercedes engineers before the new year begins.

“I won’t be doing much technical work with them but Martin [Whitmarsh] says I’m allowed to talk to people,” Hamilton confirmed.

“I’m expecting to see a great group of people who are determined as anything to win because they’ve not been winning.”

Hamilton insisted he has “a lot of work to do” before actually arriving in Melbourne to race next March, but one reporter suggested a driver’s actual role is really confined to the cockpit.

“I guarantee you that is not the case,” he responded.

“I don’t need to blow smoke up my own arse. I know what I am capable of, although it won’t take a major effect until halfway through next season, although more so with the car for 2014.”

Hamilton admitted, however, that he will immediately enjoy the contractual terms of his new Mercedes deal.

“I look forward to having, like, a third of the PR events that I have here (at McLaren),” he said. “Maybe even a quarter.

“[I'm looking forward] to having a bit more time in my life to be able to train and prepare.”


hmm ... it's awfully generous of Mclaren to let lewis work for Mercedes 1 month ahead of schedule , perhaps that lengthy discussion between Haug and Whitmarsh was about this, or perhaps they've thrown some incentive to Mclaren regarding engine payment . in any case, it's good for Mercedes i guess.

#4 matthewf1

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:47

Looking forward to this A LOT. Will be interesting to see Hamilton in a new environment. As always with Lewis, I think it will be one extreme or the other - either he'll do a brilliant job, or the car will be bad and he'll sulk.

Also at McLaren, Button has this vision of being top dog, which he may well be, but I'd love Perez to surprise everyone and match him straight away.

#5 Gilles4Ever

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:51

Please do not start such general threads. If you have something valid to discuss that warrants its own thread, start it. Otherwise discuss it in the appropriate thread. There will not be general "Let's discuss all of F1" type threads.