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Signaling his intent for Championship
GP3 Series Championship returned to the southern France testing circuit, Paul Ricard, to complete the second official preseason test this past week. With the schedule for the two days being similar as before, with a testing session in both the morning and afternoon, it was the addition of a 30 minute qualifying shootout that would take place directly after the morning session on the second day that had everyone talking and preparing.
“Obviously, I can only be very pleased with how this first official test went” -Bruno Michel
Today marked the conclusion of the first ever GP3 Series test in Le Castellet, and the mood in the paddock as the teams began packing away was a positive one after two days of hard work.
The GP3 Series promises to be a great championship
The ART Grand Prix team would like to announce their driver line up for the inaugural 2010 GP3 Championship season. The French based squad will boast three drivers, Esteban Gutierrez, Alexander Rossi and Pedro Enrique to compete in what will be a strong championship that will run parallel to its sister series, the GP2 championship.
Olivier Quesnel is the sports boss for Peugeot and Citroen
Another potential full-time successor for the departed Renault team boss Flavio Briatore can be scratched from the list. Former F1 drivers Alain Prost and Gerhard Berger have been linked with the role, and although it is believed the quadruple world champion is still interested, Berger denies that talks even took place.
Reigning GP2 Champions ART Grand Prix have completed their 2010 driver line-up by signing Britain’s Sam Bird to partner Jules Bianchi.
Sam Bird and Marcus Ericsson
ART Grand Prix are pleased to announce that Sam Bird and Marcus Ericsson will drive for the team in the upcoming testing session at the Abu Dhabi circuit this weekend ahead of the opening race of the GP2 Asia series that will get underway the following week.
Briatore was invited to crash-gate hearing – FIA
A mystery Renault F1 employee, described by the World Motor Sport Council as ‘witness X’ and by the French team as ‘the whistle blower’, sealed the outcome of the crash-gate scandal.
“He has been left without his means of earning a living”
Some sections of the media believe Monday was the end of the crash-gate scandal, but a scorned Flavio Briatore may be now readying to hit back.
Crash-gate over but clouds remain over Renault
Monday’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council ended Flavio Briatore’s 20-year career in motor racing, and now the British Football League is considering whether to also ban the disgraced former Renault team boss.
F1 world lashes out at crash-gate leniency
As the ‘crash-gate’ scandal ended on Monday, a contrite Nelson Piquet Jr said he now wants to resurrect his formula one career. Having blown the whistle on his ousted bosses Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds, the 23-year-old Brazilian was not punished by the World Motor Sport Council on Monday despite admitting to crashing on purpose during the 2008 Singapore grand prix.
+ Renault & Piquet comments
Renault escaped Monday’s ‘crash-gate’ hearing with a two-year suspended disqualification, but Flavio Briatore was banned from motor sport for life.
Prost gets closer to Renault boss role
Renault’s so-called ‘crash-gate’ hearing of the World Motor Sport Council on Monday took less than two hours. With the French team already effectively admitting the guilt of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds and not contesting the conspiracy charges, a decision is expected to be published by the FIA before the end of business hours.
Briatore not present for crash-gate hearing
On the day Renault is to be judged by the World Motor Sport Council, Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport suggested that the French team can expect a $50m USD fine and exclusion from the constructors’ championship standings.
Multiple media reports said the FIA did not comment
A high ranking FIA official reportedly knew about the ‘crash-gate’ allegations as long ago as the 2008 season finale in Brazil last year. Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper on Friday published a transcript of Nelson Piquet Snr’s August 17 interview with Quest investigators, commissioned by F1′s governing body, about the scandal.
“It’s just rumours” -Prost
Alain Prost believes heading Renault’s F1 team would be an “honour”, while Frederic Vasseur said the rumours similarly linking him with the role are “very flattering”.
Singapore plays down crash-gate scandal link
Nelson Piquet Snr may hit back at Flavio Briatore with his own court action depending on the outcome of Monday’s World Motor Sport Council.
Heavy consequences await departed F1 chiefs - Ghosn holding fire on ‘crash-gate’ reaction
Fernando Alonso insists it is not ’100 per cent’ certain that he will be a Ferrari driver in the near future. The Spaniard had been told by La Gazzetta dello Sport that Italian fans already see him as the next driver of a Maranello made single seater.
Briatore departure a ‘noble gesture’ – Galliani
Nelson Piquet’s famous father and namesake has vowed to contest the legal action mentioned by the Renault team in a recent official media statement.
Richards ‘not contacted’ about Renault boss job
Bernie Ecclestone has said he was “surprised” by the news and “very sorry” to see his friend and business partner Flavio Briatore leave formula one in disgrace.
Diario AS said Renault has offered to oust Briatore in favour of Frederic Vasseur
The French carmaker Renault has reportedly offered to replace the boss of its formula one team, Flavio Briatore. The offer, made to the sport’s governing body ahead of the 21 September hearing into the ‘crash-gate’ affair, was interpreted by the Spanish newspaper AS as being a move to appease the World Motor Sport Council.
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