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Red Bull is “well on the way” to achieving the same sort of “mythical status” as fellow grandee F1 teams like Ferrari.
That is the claim of Sebastian Vettel, who after winning his third consecutive drivers’ championship with the energy drink-owned team played down persistent rumours he could soon make the move to fabled Ferrari.
Vicky Chandhok is worried F1 may soon be without an Indian driver.
Chandhok, the Indian motor sport federation’s president, has already seen his son Karun’s F1 career end due to a lack of sponsorship. And now it is suggested F1′s other Indian driver, Narain Karthikeyan, may lose his HRT seat at the end of the season.
Korea, among F1′s new breed of grands prix, is far from the most popular stop on the sport’s annual calendar.
Well-known British F1 photographer Darren Heath tweeted from the metropolis Seoul: “Fantastic 3 days. Early train to Mokpo tomorrow. “(It’s) like being in London then heading to Shetland for an F1 GP. Mad,” he concluded.
Ferrari has at least a trio of drivers on tenterhooks, as it considers the future of Felipe Massa.
“I hope it will not take very long,” the Brazilian, who is pushing hard to up his game and secure a new contract, said at Monza. “I cannot wait until there are just two races left,” he is quoted by Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo.
De Villota suffers ‘severe face and head injuries’
Marussia says de Villota ‘conscious’
Marussia was cautious on Tuesday afternoon amid media reports test driver Maria de Villota is fighting for her life in hospital. The 32-year-old Spanish female driver crashed this morning into the side of a loading ramp of a team truck whilst conducting straightline aerodynamic testing in the team’s 2012 car at Duxford airfield.
Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that politics have stalled France’s return to the F1 calendar.
Until former president Nicolas Sarcozy lost the country’s recent general election, France looked destined for a spot on the 2013 calendar, with Paul Ricard thereafter alternating an annual race date with Belgium.
Mercedes has dropped a strong hint that it has no intention of racing out of formula one at the end of this season.
The German marque is currently arguing with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone over the 2013 Concorde Agreement, after only Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull were offered places on the sport’s post-floatation board.
“We are planning to go. People there seem confident that a race two months away will be alright.”
Bernie Ecclestone has played down the latest reports about violence in Bahrain, insisting April’s 2012 race is still scheduled to go ahead. On the one-year anniversary of the ‘Day of Rage’ unrest, international media agencies claimed violent clashes took place, with youths throwing rocks and petrol bombs and police hitting back with tear-gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades.
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