“We pay less than half what Red Bull pays.”
Unable to find a race seat for his F1 return, Jaime Alguersuari has signed up for a season of kart racing.
Giorgio Ascanelli, the well-known F1 engineer who last year left his post as Toro Rosso’s technical director, is set to return to the sport.
But Autosprint, the Italian magazine, played down reports the 53-year-old Italian has decided to go back to Ferrari. Ascanelli began his career at Ferrari in the mid 80s, and was Gerhard Berger’s engineer. He moved to Benetton and McLaren, at the latter team working alongside the great Ayrton Senna.
Prodrive boss David Richards has admitted he is interested in buying F1 engine supplier Cosworth.
It emerged last week that HRT and Marussia supplier Cosworth, currently owned by well-known US racing names Gerry Forsythe and Kevin Kalkhoven, is for sale. And former BAR and Benetton boss Richards, the majority owner of Prodrive, told the Daily Mail: “We’ve just started to take a look at Cosworth although I think they have rather over-priced themselves as I understand they don’t own the brand and they will be out of the formula one business within 12 months.
Flavio Briatore has backed his former Benetton charge Michael Schumacher’s decision to quit formula one for good.
Having taken the then young German to his first two titles, watched him become ultra-successful at Ferrari and then somewhat dent his prestige at Mercedes, Italian Briatore thinks Schumacher’s is a good call not to return in 2013 with a midfield team.
Even the end of a 2000-day podium drought is not enough to curb the speculation about Michael Schumacher’s future.
Although it was powered in part by Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton’s misfortunes at Valencia on Sunday, the seven time world champion’s return to the podium was an emotional moment for the once-robotic German.
Joan Villadelprat has slammed the anti-Red Bull “witch hunt” that is casting the reigning world champions as F1 cheats.
Recently, the energy drink owned team has been told not only to modify small holes in the floor ahead of the RB8′s rear wheels, but also holes in the wheel hub that reportedly also gave an illegal aerodynamic benefit.
Michael Schumacher thinks his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg is a contender for the 2012 world championship.
“I said before the season that it is too early for the title for us,” said the seven time world champion with Ferrari and Benetton. “I have to correct myself,” he is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “At least for Nico it is possible.”
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