It is believed F1′s 82-year-old chief executive has been charged
Despite vowing never to race on two wheels again, Michael Schumacher is back on the saddle of a powerful racing motorcycle.
German reports say the newly re-retired seven time world champion tried to keep his test outing this week at the Valencia circuit strictly secret. But DPA news agency, and other news outlets, say Schumacher was definitely at full speed on a 220 horse power Honda, with the Holzhauer team.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ new shareholder and director, has played down claims the Silver Arrows is a definite title contender for 2013.
Adrian Sutil is “very, very happy” Force India is giving him a chance to shine by his former team Force India at Barcelona this week.
“He’s very, very happy this is taking place,” the German’s manager Manfred Zimmermann is quoted by DPA news agency. Sutil, now 30, spent his entire five-year F1 career with the Silverstone based team until 2011, when he lost his seat at the end of the season in the wake of the Eric Lux assault affair.
Mercedes has hit back at reports some of its shareholders want the German marque to pull out of formula one.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper has quoted two such shareholders – Michael Muders of the fund manager Union, and Henning Gebhardt, of DWS – as criticising Mercedes’ expanding push for F1 success.
Adrian Sutil’s manager has acknowledged a test this week in Barcelona is the German driver’s “last chance” to return to formula one.
Sutil, 30, bowed out of the sport at the end of 2011, after Force India replaced him with Nico Hulkenberg in the wake of the Eric Lux assault affair. But with Hulkenberg now at Sauber for 2013, Force India’s is the last race vacancy for the forthcoming season.
Ross Brawn on Monday confirmed reports Michael Schumacher is staying in the Mercedes “family” after his retirement from racing.
Germany’s Sport Bild reported that the 44-year-old F1 legend has been signed on in an ambassadorial role by the German marque’s parent Daimler. “He will still be part of the family,” confirmed team boss and friend Brawn at Jerez on Monday, “but in a different capacity.”
Mere days before the pre-season test period begins, Adrian Sutil is still refusing to give up on his formula one comeback for 2013.
Bernie Ecclestone has called off negotiations with the Nurburgring, according to Germany’s Der Spiegel.
Germany’s recent formula one hosts, the Nurburgring and Hockenheim, are still both in the running to stage next year’s July race.
As per the venues’ alternating agreement, the financially-embattled Nurburgring was originally scheduled to organise the 2013 event. But Malu Dreyer, the incoming minister-president for the ruling government of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, said the Nurburgring is still in the running.
Contrary to the latest media speculation, German prosecutors have not yet decided to charge Bernie Ecclestone with bribery.
The German news magazine Focus had claimed the Munich public office had, after a long investigation, finally made the decision to pursue the F1 chief executive officially. Former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who accepted Ecclestone’s millions in alleged bribes, is already in jail.
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