January 17, 2013
Fernando Alonso has named Lewis Hamilton as his strongest rival in Formula One and expects him to "win more than one race" for Mercedes this year.
Hamilton's switch to Mercedes from McLaren raised a few eyebrows last season as Mercedes struggled to fifth in the constructors' championship. However, Alonso said that his 2007 McLaren team-mate is his strongest rival and that Nico Rosberg's victory in China last season leads him to believe Hamilton will win races in 2013.
January 21, 2013
Toto Wolff has become an executive director of the Mercedes Formula One team and is set to become a shareholder.
Wolff has left Williams, in which he is also a shareholder, to join Mercedes where he will acquire a "significant minority interest". He will become executive director of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and will complete the F1 team's management line-up alongside Ross Brawn and three-time champion Niki Lauda, who is also set to become a shareholder in the team.
January 28, 2013
For sheer showmanship it's unlikely McLaren's 1997 launch will ever be trumped. The Spice Girls, Jamiroquai and bucket-loads of dry ice were on hand at London's Alexandra Palace to welcome the new MP4-12 into the world. The extravagance was not without purpose however, as the team was launching its new silver livery and West sponsorship, consigning the classic Marlboro livery to the history books in the process. The car itself had been unveiled to specialist journalists at a low-key event beforehand, but it was displayed in an interim papaya orange livery in deference to Bruce McLaren's early cars. However, the new silver livery took centre stage in Alexandra Palace and was broadcast around the world with Sporty Spice commenting, "Sexy, isn't it?" The car went on to take McLaren's first win in four years while the livery remained pretty much untouched until the introduction of a chrome finish in 2006.
“ Are they trying to entrap me? I don't know and I don't care! All I know is that people try anything when money is involved! Bernie Ecclestone insists he is not guilty of bribing Gerhard Gribkowsky and won't be charged ”
January 31, 2013
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has stressed the importance of ruling out mistakes and reliability issues this year and is confident the MP4-28, launched on Thursday, has addressed those issues.
McLaren started and finished last season with victories, but dipped in form during the middle of the year and suffered various reliability issues. The new car has some clear changes for 2013, such as pull-rod front suspension and a higher nose, but Whitmarsh insists it is an evolution and that the team has been focussed on building on the success it enjoyed towards the end of 2012.