BMW has ruled out returning to formula one in the “medium term”.
Monisha Kaltenborn will become F1′s first ever female team boss.
That is the revelation of Peter Sauber, who at the age of 68 has hinted he might call it a day before his 70th birthday. Indian Kaltenborn, 41, is already Hinwil based Sauber’s chief executive, while Peter Sauber remains the team principal.
“We have always said we would look first at the drivers from our own programme” – Jens Marquardt
BMW’s motor sport boss has refused to comment on speculation Nick Heidfeld could move from formula one to the DTM series next year. German Heidfeld, 34, was appointed as injured Robert Kubica’s replacement for 2011, but Renault has now dumped him in favour of Bruno Senna.
Bernie Ecclestone’s mischievous sense of humour has returned yet again in the latest edition of his personalised annual Christmas card
Bernie Ecclestone sounds confident a solution will be found
To allow the newly Qadbak-owned Sauber team to take its place on the 2010 grid. Although founded by Peter Sauber in 1993 and racing constantly in formula one ever since, the Hinwil based team’s owner BMW is pulling out, and the available team places have been taken up by Lotus, Manor, USF1 and Campos.
“We will ask the FIA to give us clarity as soon as possible” -Mario Theissen
Williams may not be the only team holding back its support for a confirmed 14th team entry for BMW-Sauber. It has emerged that Williams has inserted its veto to expanding the 2010 grid from 13 entries, and now the Swiss newspaper Blick reports that the new Spanish outfit Campos also objects to allowing a 14th team.
A transport container carrying eight BMW formula one engines has been dropped at the Suzuka circuit
Auto Motor und Sport magazine reports that the engines were to be used in Friday practice by Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, as well as being potential replacement units in the event of engine failures.
“I cannot leave my team in a difficult moment.” -Rampf
Following the links with Malaysian and Indian investors, yet more possible saviours of the BMW-Sauber team have now emerged. Germany’s Sport Bild mentioned Kaiser Ritter, a Liechtenstein wealth management firm, whose chief Fritz Kaiser co-owned the Hinwil based outfit until 1999.
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