“Sam didn’t throw Lewis out of our garage”
The FIA’s ‘engine maps’ clampdown has not cost Red Bull even a single tenth, according to the team’s engine supplier Renault.
After crossing the finish line in second place just a week ago at Hockenheim – where the reigning champions were using the now-outlawed settings – Sebastian Vettel’s practice best in Hungary on Friday was good enough only for eighth.
Contrary to his earlier promise, Bernie Ecclestone in fact did not show up at Hockenheim on Saturday.
David Tremayne wrote in the Independent that the F1 paddock had spent the day playing “where’s Bernie?” The F1 chief executive’s absence – unusual for a European race but not unheard of – heightened speculation he is afraid of being arrested.
“We are focused on Michael for as long as it takes and whatever it takes”
Ross Brawn has answered “why not?” when asked if he can imagine Michael Schumacher staying at Mercedes in 2013. The seven time world champion’s three-year contract is set to expire, and the German marque’s former DTM protege Paul di Resta has been linked with the race cockpit alongside Nico Rosberg.
Now, Silverstone chairman Neil England has confirmed the founding of the F1 circuits’ union.
Formula one’s circuits have created a union designed to give them a greater say on the future of the sport, according to business journalist Christian Sylt. He revealed in the Independent newspaper that the Formula One Promoters Association, created in May, is chaired by Australian grand prix chief Ron Walker.
Two British newspapers on Sunday reported an explosive rumour about F1′s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The Independent on Sunday, and the Sunday Times, separately said the Red Bull driver has signed a pre-contract to join Ferrari in 2014. “Insiders are adamant that the German has signed an option with Ferrari for 2014, subject to competitive form from the Prancing Horse stable for the rest of 2012,” said the Independent.
The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton’s pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren.
That was the tone of the paddock’s reaction to the news late on Saturday that a McLaren gaffe saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid. The Sun newspaper called it a draconian “24-place grid penalty” imposed by the FIA after an “astonishing cock-up” by McLaren.
Patrick Head has admitted he will begin to take more of a back seat at Williams from 2012.
Earlier this year, the famous team’s 66-year-old co-founder released most of his shareholding for the Frankfurt floatation, before chairman Adam Parr announced to the press that Head “will be retiring at some point this year”.
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