1st December 2012

Countdown to the 2013 Formula One season: 104 days (sorry, got the count wrong before!)

Birthdays:
BBC F1 presenter and pit lane reporter Lee McKenzie is 35!

On This Day:
Not much

News:
The deadline for challenging the F1 championship result has gone. The deadline for paying the 2013 entry fee has also passed. Sebastian Vettel is the world champion. HRT?? We shall see. But it is unlikely they made the deadline. 11 teams in 2013 is most likely.
Force India have said speed rather than money will determine who they sign alongside Paul di Resta for 2013. This is good news for drivers such as Kovalainen and Kobayashi, who are good but lack funds.
Kamui Kobayashi has managed to raise £1 million over the past week or so, all from Japanese fans who adore their local F1 driver. That would be enough to secure him a GP2 seat, but will he be able to make F1?
Norman Nato has been signed for the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 season with DAMS. The French driver came fourth in the Formula Renault Eurocup this year.
The team lineup for Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013 has been announced for the most part. 12 teams have been confirmed so far: Arden Caterham, AV Formula (new entry), Carlin, Comtec, DAMS, Fortec, Draco, ISR, Lotus, P1, Pons and Tech 1. The remaining team is likely to be one of Zeta Management (formerly BVM) or MT Motorsport.

Stat of the Day:
A lot of interesting records were set in the 2012 F1 season. Nico Rosberg won his 111th F1 race – a record only beaten by Webber (130), Barrichello (123), Trulli (119) and Button (113).
Several drivers scored enough points to get into the ‘most points without a win’ top ten: Kamui Kobayashi is second, Romain Grosjean is fourth after just one season of scoring points, Nico Hulkenberg is seventh having sadly lost his chance in Brazil, Sergio Perez is ninth and will hopefully disappear from the top ten next year when he drives for McLaren. Paul di Resta is tenth. However, Nick Heidfeld remains number one with 259 points and no win.

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