29th March 2013

Birthdays:
Happy birthday to Marc Gene, Ferrari test driver.

On This Day:
Argentinian Carlos Reutemann won the 1981 Brazilian GP by ignoring team orders. Teammate Alan Jones finished second, and refused to go on the podium. Nelson Piquet had pole but finished 12th, two laps down.
Things were a little simpler in 1998, when Mika Hakkinen took pole and win for McLaren at Interlagos. Teammate David Coulthard was second, and they finished a minute ahead of Michael Schumacher and Alex Wurz – the only other drivers on the lead lap.
There was a new team on the grid for the 2009 Australian GP. Ross Brawn had bought Honda, and gave them Mercedes engines and a white livery. Brawn GP shocked everyone by taking pole position thanks to Jenson Button, and the British driver also took the win. It was the first time since Mercedes in 1954 that a constructor had won on their debut, and the second race to finish under safety car conditions after Kubica and Vettel collided. This allowed Barrichello to finish second.

News:
Force India will continue to use Mercedes power units and transmissions for the next few years after signing a deal with the German company.
Michelin are set to supply tyres to Formula E when the series begins.
Sebastian Vettel has apologised to Red Bull for disobeying team orders.
Seb Morris has changed from Formula Renault to BRDC F4 for the 2013 season, driving with Hillspeed – for whom he won the 2011 Ginetta Juniors championship with. The championship has attracted drivers from all over the world. The first round of the championship will be at the end of April.

Stat of the Day:
Nobody has ever beaten Fernando Alonso in qualifying five times in a row, but Felipe Massa could manage that in China, having beaten Alonso in the USA, Brazil, Australia and Malaysia. (via BBC)

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