Ten-place grid penalty for Montreal
“I have everything I need at Red Bull and I can’t even imagine leaving at the moment.”
Sebastian Vettel has now weighed into the new saga about his future beyond 2013, insisting he is “not thinking” about a reported switch to Ferrari. Some have suggested the rumour is a ploy by Ferrari to destabilise the German’s current team Red Bull, as the reigning champions look set to dominate the final part of the 2012 season.
Nico Rosberg has dealt a blow to the Lewis Hamilton saga, insisting he is definitely staying at Mercedes next year.
And 27-year-old German Rosberg also said he hopes his current teammate, Michael Schumacher, also stays with the Brackley based team in 2013. According to intense media speculation, Briton Hamilton is weighing up a big monetary offer to join Mercedes next year.
“Will Pastor or Valtteri be top drivers in the future? I believe so”
Williams’ driver lineup will “definitely” remain in place this year, team shareholder and executive director Toto Wolff insists. He joked that a change of policy will happen “when the sun falls from the sky,” according to Speed Week.
Felipe Massa may have kept his seat at Ferrari for economic reasons.
That is the view of Keke Rosberg, the 1982 world champion and father of Mercedes race driver Nico. Keke’s Finnish countryman Mika Salo, a former Ferrari driver, told MTV3 last week he was “surprised” Brazilian Massa kept his seat for 2012 after two consecutively poor seasons.
Stewards failed to notice an incident that should have seen Michael Schumacher penalised during the Italian grand prix.
That is the claim of former F1 driver Derek Daly, who was the third official in the stewards’ room at Monza. Since last weekend’s race, many F1 commentators and figures have suggested Schumacher should have been penalised for his antics during a scrap with Lewis Hamilton.
“We have not talked as there is still a season and a half in front.”
Felipe Massa insists he is not worried despite admitting that talks with Ferrari about 2013 have not yet begun. With 30-year-old Brazilian’s contract running out at the end of next year, team boss Stefano Domenicali hinted that Massa’s eventual successor will be an up-and-coming youngster.
Luca di Montezemolo has responded mischievously to speculation about his future in politics.
It has been rumoured the Italian might hang up his hat as Ferrari president for a new calling, to which he told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Me in politics? Yes, with Alonso as prime minister. “I would have him because he has the strongest character and is optimistic but also a realist.”
Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa have stepped into leading roles with the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.
During a meeting of the safety-oriented body at Albert Park, Mercedes reserve driver Nick Heidfeld was voted in as the new chairman, with Pedro de la Rosa wanting to concentrate instead on his new Sauber race seat.
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