November 8th 2012

Birthdays:
Leonardo Cordeiro (BRA), formerly of GP3, is 23 today!

On This Day:
1992 saw the final race of the season. Dominant world champion Nigel Mansell (GBR) retired for the second race in a row, taken out by Ayrton Senna (BRA), but the points gap was unbeatable. This race was notable for being the last time McLaren used a Honda engine, and Gerhard Berger (AUT) made sure the legendary partnership ended well as he took victory at Adelaide. McLaren would use Ford engines for 1993 then Peugeot in 1994, before they began the ongoing Mercedes partnership in 1995. Two Ford-engined Bennettons joined Berger on the podium – Michael Schumacher (GER), who was beaten by less than a second, and Martin Brundle (GBR). The trio were the only non-lapped drivers in the race.

News:
David Fumanelli (ITA) finished the last GP3/10 test on top for Arden, with Daniil Kvyat (RUS) and Tio Ellinas (CYP) close behind. From next season, the GP3/13 car will be in use for all the teams.
Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) did well on the second day of the F1 young driver test with Red Bull, coming out ahead of McLaren’s Oliver Turvey (GBR) by half a second. Lotus ran Edoardo Mortara (ITA), who was third-fastest. Caterham managed to get Giedo van der Garde (NED) within 6 tenths of Johnny Cecotto Jr (VEN) at Toro Rosso as they continued with their Aero work.
The six nominees for the Autosport McLaren BRDC award have been at Silverstone, where their driving and learning ability was analysed as they drove a number of vehicles including the F2 car. The winner will be announced at the Autosport Awards later in the year.

Today:
F1 Young Driver Test final day.
Private FR 3.5 test, no live timing or updates available.

Stat of the Day:
If Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) completes one more race this season, he will beat a record. Currently the most races anyone has managed to be classified in for a single F1 season is 18 (Monteiro (POR) in 2005, Heidfeld (GER) in 2008, Massa (BRA) in 2010, Vettel (GER), Webber (AUS), Alonso (ESP) and di Resta (GBR) in 2011). Raikkonen is already on 18, and one more will make it 19!

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