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Williams is not planning to replace Mark Gillan, the chief operations engineer who was credited with helping the team recover its lost form in 2012.
Gillan left Williams late last year, but at the time the Grove based team did not say if it intended to recruit from elsewhere to fill the vacancy. “You have to remember,” said chief designer Mike Coughlan on Tuesday, “there’s a lot of people moving forward in their careers.”
Pay television company Sky could replace formula one’s own broadcaster, according to a report in the Times.
Journalist Kevin Eason said Barney Francis, the managing director of F1′s new British broadcaster Sky Sports, will be in the Austin paddock this weekend. “He wants to introduce 3D to F1 and will have talks with Bernie Eccclestone”, Eason wrote.
Paul di Resta has all but confirmed suggestions he will stay at Force India in 2013.
Earlier, the Scot was linked with the McLaren and Ferrari vacancies for next year, but those top teams have now pushed ahead with alternative plans. Di Resta, 26, hinted to Britain’s Sky Sports that his ambition to switch to a top team has fallen short for now.
Jean Todt has dismissed suggestions he is willing to loosen the FIA’s grip on formula one in return for more money.
Ahead of a crucial meeting between the FIA president, Bernie Ecclestone and the teams in Paris on Tuesday, the Financial Times reported speculation Frenchman Todt will agree to trade some of the federation’s rule-making power for a bigger share of the sport’s financial pie.
Pastor Maldonado has admitted there is “a chance” he will switch teams ahead of the 2013 season.
Days ago, before Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was re-elected by his countrymen, the lucratively PDVSA-backed Maldonado answered “we’ll see” when asked if he will still be a Williams driver next season.
Luca di Montezemolo has dealt a knockout blow to speculation Sergio Perez could be set to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari next year.
Red Bull made a snap decision to re-sign Mark Webber in order to stop the “constant rumours” about the Australian’s future.
Dr Helmut Marko has played down the likelihood Lewis Hamilton might switch to Red Bull in 2013.
Hamilton’s long-term McLaren contract is due to expire, but it was expected that the 27-year-old would stay with the team that nurtured him since childhood. In Canada last weekend, however, the Woking based outfit’s executive chairman Ron Dennis hinted all is not well regarding the contractual talks.
F1′s governing body has declared illegal the ‘holes’ in the floor of Red Bull’s 2012 car.
Rivals teams including Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes had raised concerns about the design at Monaco last weekend, but opted not to protest on the promise that the FIA would issue a clarification prior to Canada next weekend.
Lewis Hamilton may already have decided to quit McLaren, according to a reliable source.
That is the claim of the French TF1 television commentator Jean-Louis Moncet, writing in his Auto Plus column. It emerged recently that McLaren has offered the 2008 world champion – whose current contract runs out this year – over $30 million a season to stay at the British team for five more years.
The mere issue of ‘steering’ risks creating a rift between Lotus and its star driver Kimi Raikkonen.
The 2007 world champion has complained about the steering system aboard the black and gold E20 from his very first lap this season. For Monaco, the team debuted a special system tailored to the Finn’s needs, but it lasted just a single out-lap on Thursday morning.