First of all, Happy New Year! Now that Christmas is out of the way and we’re into 2013, we can start to look ahead to the new season. The first race of the year is just over 2 months away, and in the coming weeks the teams will be launching their 2013 cars and getting ready for testing. So let’s start looking forward to the season ahead, and let’s discuss the news from the past couple of weeks. Here’s what’s coming up on tomorrow night’s #F1Chat – the first of 2013…
We’ll begin with the news that Max Chilton will become the fourth Brit on the grid in 2013 as it was confirmed just before Christmas that he will be racing for Marussia. What are your thoughts on this news and do you think Chilton is ready for Formula One? There are now just three seats remaining in F1 for 2013, one at Force India and one at Caterham. It’s increasingly likely that Paul di Resta will be confirmed at Force India, so who do you think will take the final seat? It’s between Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi. It’s looking more unlikely that Heikki Kovalainen will remain at Caterham, and the fight is between Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna and Giedo van der Garde. Who do you think will get the seat?
Adrian Newey has said Red Bull’s 2012 championship campaign has affected the team’s preparations for the coming season. The team will confirm in the coming week if their 2013 challenger will be ready in time for the first test in Jerez on 5th February. What do you think about this news? Is this just the team’s way of putting off their rivals?
Lewis Hamilton began work with the Mercedes team on 1st January, and within days, McLaren’s Ron Dennis was quoted saying that the team could have kept Lewis if they wanted to. What are your thoughts on this? What do you think we can expect from Hamilton at Mercedes this year?
Finally, in other F1 news, Suzi Perry has been confirmed as the BBC’s new F1 presenter, replacing Jake Humphrey. Thoughts on this news? The rest of the presenting team is to be confirmed. Do you think Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard will be back?
Join us at the usual time of 4pm Eastern US, 9pm UK for the first #F1Chat of 2013. Make sure you use the hashtag to answer the questions. We’ll see you there.