December 7th 2012

Countdown to 2013 Formula One season: 98 days

Birthdays:
Happy birthday Robert Kubica! The former Renault driver is 28 today.

News:
The FIA Formula Two championship has been cancelled with immediate effect. The championship, which was restarted in 2009 by former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer and featured a car designed by the Williams F1 Team, also produced this year’s Autosport Rookie of the Year – Matheo Tuscher. 15-year-old Tuscher showed great promise for the future when he took pole position in the first race of the season, and finished runner-up to Luciano Bacheta.
While the Turkish GP seems the most likely addition to the 2013 F1 calendar, the event would require funding from the government. It seems that the government are not prepared to pay, however.
Nine-times WRC champion Sebastian Loeb’s 2013 plans have been announced: he will be competing in four rounds of the WRC, but primarily racing a GT3 McLaren in the GT Sprint Series.
The top two drivers in the 2013 British Formula Ford championship will get a test drive with a BTCC team. FFord will be supporting BTCC next year, and showing off its new ‘slicks and wings’ car.

Stat of the Day:
Only three F1 World Championship races have been held in the month of December: USA 1959 (12th), South Africa 1962 (29th) and 1963 (28th). Similarly February has only featured three F1 races: Brazil 1979 (4th) and 1973 (11th), and Argentina 1960 (7th). Surprisingly, January has hosted quite a few races, all from the southern hemisphere. The last race held in January was the 1982 South African Grand Prix, on the 23rd.

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