End of an Era

First off apologies for the lack of posting recently, I have been rather busy with the real world. As for racing news – deep breath here we go:

First off Im sure everyone has read the sad news that John “Papa Smurf” Button passed away aged 70 at home of a suspected heart attack. A huge figure in the racing world and the F1 paddock (and UK TV coverage!) has been lost and my condolences to the entire Button family.

Secondly Bernie has been indited in Germany on Bribery charges and proceedings will likely start in a few months requiring him to divert his attentions there. It is likely that CVC will quickly line up a replacement now as its not good for business having criminal proceedings being pursed by governments against your CEO! Even if it turns out to be temporary (although at Bernie’s age unlikely) someone will have to take the reigns.

Next up the buzz has all been about testing and Lotus not testing in Jerez. Furthermore I have exclusive rumblings that McLaren are seriously considering testing in a traditional Orange livery before a switch away permanently from Mercedes silver next year to their original colours alongside Honda engines. No other teams have come out and stated non participation in the first test but with it being so early this year its likely that some other teams will join Enstone in sitting it out, whether by choice or by force. Furthermore even if the majority of teams do go to the first test its likely that some may pack up early when they encounter problems.

Next week will see the wraps coming off the 2014 cars, with almost all launches going to be online. Exciting times 4 wheel fans!

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