Red Bull chose not to use a new specification of alternator last weekend in Austin, it has emerged.
Red Bull could resume dominance now – Lauda
Mark Webber’s future in formula one seems secure, after reports this week linked him to two top teams for the 2013 season. First, Spanish specialist reports said Ferrari is interested in the experienced Australian to replace struggling Felipe Massa next season.
F1 is slowly adjusting to the sport’s new reality.
Although still with a winning car, Red Bull’s utter dominance is undoubtedly over. Not just that, the Pirelli tyre situation, and the equality of performance amongst teams, have thrown up as many as four or five teams that might realistically be in with a shout of the 2012 title.
Jean Todt has reportedly dismissed Bernie Ecclestone’s fears about formula one losing its roar in 2013.
F1 chief executive Ecclestone revealed recently he is “at loggerheads” with the FIA president about the 1.6 litre, four-cyclinder turbo engine plans championed by Todt. Todt, however, said it is important to accept the change due to F1 needing to be greener.
“We are probably going to have to drop two races to fit in Austin and Russia” – Ecclestone
After the niceties of last week, Bernie Ecclestone has now hinted Australia might be dropped from the F1 calendar as soon as next year. The Melbourne race has a contract through 2015, but F1′s chief executive has latched onto a rising local rhetoric about the escalating cost of the annual event to Victorian state taxpayers.
The Australian Grand Prix could be moved from Phillip Island, or scrapped altogether
If a solution to a proposed date change is not found, the future of the MotoGP Australian Grand Prix remains in doubt as Dorna and organisers at Phillip Island continue to clash over a change in the race’s calendar date.
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