McLaren in the news – 31st October 2009

Heidfeld now on pole for McLaren seat @ Motorsport.com F1
Saturday 31st October 2009
Nick Heidfeld has emerged as the leading candidate to become Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren teammate in 2010, according to a leading German newspaper.

Bild-Zeitung claims the 32-year-old “suddenly has the best chance” to replace Heikki Kovalainen, after Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button were also touted for the seat.

“Nick’s qualities are well known to us, but still nothing is decided,” Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug is quoted as saying. (read more…)

Kovalainen angry with Hailton favoritism @ The Jakarta Post
Saturday 31st October 2009
Heikki Kovalainen has a warning for whoever takes his seat at McLaren next season – get used to being an afterthought.

The Finn is expected to depart McLaren after Sunday’s race, and like his predecessor Fernando Alonso, he will leave angry at the preferential treatment shown to co-driver Lewis Hamilton.

“It was always difficult to accept that Lewis was always the first to receive the new parts,” Kovalainen was quoted as saying in Finnish newspaper Helsingen Sanomat. “I have never wanted to make a big deal about it, but it would have been nice to just once had the new parts on my car, particularly after we lost the chance of winning the championship.” (read more…)

Jenson Button weighs up McLaren option but best advice is to stay with Brawn GP @ Times Online Formula 1
Saturday 31st October 2009
For the first time the howl and splutter of V8 engines echoed around the magnificent Yas Marina Circuit yesterday with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, Britain’s world champions in 2008 and 2009 respectively, leading the way for much of two sessions of practice for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Jenson Button weighs up McLaren read more…)

McLaren move the only option as Kimi Raikkonen considers Formula One future @ McLaren F1 Telegraph.co.uk
Friday 30th October 2009
The 2007 world champion, who is leaving Ferrari to make way for Renault’s Fernando Alonso, has agreed an early end to his contract with Ferrari, which was reportedly worth $50m a season.

The enigmatic Finn has been linked with moves to both McLaren and Toyota next year – with the Japanese-backed team saying they have offered him a sizeable contract – but Raikkonen revealed ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that there was only one real chance for him if he was going to remain in F1. (read more…)

Hamilton says season’s great experience will make him better driver next year @ Trak.In News
Friday 30th October 2009
Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he has gained a lot of experience from this season, which he will utilize to be an even better driver next year.

The McLaren star overcame a nightmare start to the season to head into the season finale in Abu Dhabi as the leading points scorer in the past seven races. Hamilton has pulled in 40 points from five podium finishes, which included two victories. (read more…)

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