411: From Brazil to Abu Dhabi

Right then; what has been occurring since we left Brazil only a few days ago?

The Hulk:

Oh yes, the rookie certainly made an impression on Brazil! Stealing pole position from the fastest cars on the track; and even managed to give both Alonso and Hamilton food for thought. His calm and poise off the track was impressive considering his young age; and he impressed both on and off the track. His biggest complement coming from Jackie Stewart who commented on his seat security for next year; suggesting William’s would be unlucky to lose him.

From Russia with Love:

A lazy pun I know; but I couldn’t resist it after seeing Vladimir Putin in a Formula One car. apparently he was comfortable hitting the top speeds; and remained calm after spinning the car…will he be looking for a seat next year? Doubtful as he complained about the lack of space in the cockpit; but a fanciful bit of advertisement for the 2014 GP race that Russia will be hosting.

A future driver? (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

Bernie loves a Brazilian:

Despite the shocking news about Jenson Button’s narrow escape and the Sauber team’s mugging; F1 will not be leaving Brazil any time soon according to Bernie Ecclestone. It may have highlighted the juxtaposition of the rich and poor; but I have to agree with him, Brazil is an old school track that has consistently provided the fans with an exciting race.

Mateschitz happy to come second?:

We’ve had the thrills and spills of team sport from Red Bull over the last seven days; Webber wants support and Vettel will help Red Bull win. But now the Red Bull head honcho has made his opinion clear; he would rather lose than instigate team orders. Okay; you’ve got to give the guy credit for playing fair, but even the rules stipulate they can come into play (within reason) during the back-end of the season. Come on Mateschitz; play the game!

Discussing team tactics perhaps?

But in lighter news the design genius Adrian Newey dashed the hopes of the rest of the field by confirming he wants to remain at Red Bull.

Can You Hear the Drums, Fernando?:

They’re coming for you and Button is beating them. The McLaren driver is calling out the Spanish driver for those extra 7 points he secured in Germany. Suggesting the championship will be devalued if he wins by less than those he gained; would he be in the mood for knocking Alonso down a few places on the grid?

Future Talent:

Another exciting aspect of the end of the season is the arrival of the Young Driver’s Test. It’s here where we get to see the up and coming talent of the future; you never know, we could have a title winner amongst these. He they get to gain vital experience and try out the current cars. This will happen on November 16-17th.

McLaren Mercedes: Gary Paffett & Oliver Turvey
Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo
Ferrari – Jules Bianchi, Cesar Ramos, Stephane Richelmi and Andrea Caldarelli
Renault – Mikhail Aleshin & Ho-Pin Tung
Mercedes – Sam Bird
Force India – Paul di Resta & Antonio Felix da Costa
Williams – Dean Stoneman & Pastor Maldonado
Sauber – Sergio Perez & Esteban Gutierrez
STR – Jean Eric Vergne
Lotus – TBA
HRT –  Pastor Maldonado (mentioned twice as he’s testing for both teams)
Virgin – Jerome d’Ambrosio, Luiz Razia & Rio Haryanto

It’s a constantly changing list; and Lotus are the last to confirm, but are expected to be using two drivers.

Only a few days to go and we will have a new World Driver’s Champion!

Later rookies!

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