Flavio Briatore has played down the prospect of a return to formula one.
Force India has lashed out at F1′s owner CVC, accusing the private equity firm of not being interested in developing the sport.
The financial news agency Bloomberg quoted deputy team boss Bob Fernley as saying new deals that give more money and power to the bigger teams are a “disaster”. “CVC is not interested in developing the sport, it’s interested in making as much money as possible and then selling it,” he said.
After a low-profile winter for Fernando Alonso, some experts think 2013 is Ferrari’s very last chance to give the Spaniard a truly top car.
“I believe his motivation will run out if he does not get the right material very soon,” former driver Gerhard Berger is quoted by the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was told by Italy’s influential La Gazzetta dello Sport that Alonso, the 2012 runner-up, appeared almost “in hiding” throughout the pre-season period.
Force India has hit back at claims co-owner Vijay Mallya’s reported financial problems could sink the Silverstone based team.
Citing sources, the Italiaracing magazine had said former Indian billionaire Mallya’s “severe economic difficulties” meant Bernie Ecclestone has “activated a plan to save the team”. The report mentioned the possibility of a return to F1 for Colin Kolles, or even Flavio Briatore.
Mark Webber looks set to struggle to keep his Red Bull race seat beyond 2013.
Granted just a one-year contract for a seventh consecutive season at the team, the 36-year-old Australian is already on notice by Red Bull’s tough Dr Helmut Marko. Now, Austrian Marko has made clear Red Bull was not happy with Webber’s driving at the 2012 Interlagos finale, when teammate Sebastian Vettel was fighting for the title against Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
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.
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