November 23rd 2012

Birthdays:
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn is 58, and young driver Facu Regalia is 21.

On This Day:
It’s been a year since 1960 Indy 500 winner Jim Rathmann died. 1960 was the last year that the Indy 500 was part of Formula One, and most of the participants were not regular F1 competitors. The cars were also not operated to the same formula. Rathmann also finished second on three occasions, each time as part of an F1 championship. Rathmann’s name was actually Richard, but he borrowed his brother’s name to be able to race.

News:
Lotus has picked up a new sponsor. Coca Cola will be decorating the black and gold cars with logos from their energy drink Burn. Considering how many fires Lotus had in 2011, I hope this does not turn out prophetic.
Sauber and Force India are set to announce their 2013 driver lineups after the Brazilian GP. However, Sauber’s lineup has already been spoiled by Sergio Perez, who accidentally revealed that he would be replaced by his fellow Mexican, Esteban Gutierrez.
Experienced GP2 driver Marcus Ericsson set the fastest time on day one of this week’s testing for DAMS. Felipe Nasr was fastest in the slower morning session, and set the second-fastest time of the day with Carlin. Rookie Alexander Sims showed a lot of promise and set the third-fastest time.
Kevin Magnussen was fastest in the FR 3.5 tests for DAMS, so the French team topped the times in both series.

Today:
Testing continues at Motorland Aragon (Formula Renault 3.5) and Jerez (GP2).
FP1 and FP2 for the F1 at Interlagos.

Stat of the Day:
Since 2004 the Brazilian Grand Prix has been held towards the end of the F1 season. Interlagos has been the location for the driver’s championship deciding race on six different occasions (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012). Fernando Alonso’s two championships were won here. Sebastian Vettel’s were won in Abu Dhabi and Japan. Who will win it this year?

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