Di Resta spokesman confirms Hamilton split
McLaren is offering Lewis Hamilton a lucrative new contract for 2013 and beyond, British newspapers are reporting from Monaco.
The stories – in all the major dailies including the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Express, the Star, the Sun, the Mirror and the Times – consistently contradicted an earlier rumour that Hamilton might need to take a pay-cut if he wants to stay with the British team beyond this year. The Guardian said McLaren has in fact put a five-year, $150 million contract on the table, which combined with bonuses might mean Hamilton overtakes Fernando Alonso as F1′s highest paid driver.
A travelling F1 journalist believes this weekend’s controversial Bahrain grand prix could go ahead without problems.
Ahead of the island Kingdom’s highly-contentious return to the F1 calendar this weekend after a two-year absence due to civil unrest, some of the sport’s correspondents have this week been reporting from the scene of often violent protests.
Rubens Barrichello is right back in the frame to retain his race seat at Williams, according to reports.
It had been expected the Brazilian veteran would not get the chance to race a 20th consecutive season in F1 next year as the British team eyed a new teammate – perhaps Adrian Sutil – for Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado.
“They have been pulled over very rarely and that will now change”
Motor sport transporters are facing the prospect of more police checks following an incident in the UK last month. The Telegraph reports that huge amounts of drugs and a gun was found in trucks belonging to the World Superbike series team Kawasaki whilst travelling by road and ferry from Italy.
Paul di Resta claims he was hit several times by tyre “marbles” during the Malaysian grand prix.
Off the racing line, the Sepang circuit was littered with discarded chunks of Pirelli’s synthetic compounds that roll off the tyres as they degrade. “Come the end of the race, it gets difficult to overtake,” Scottish rookie di Resta is quoted by the Telegraph.
The company confirmed its Williams investment in a statement.
A Dutch investment company on Wednesday became a significant shareholder of the famous F1 team Williams Cyrte, a subsidiary of the financial services provider Delta Lloyd Group, bought 5 per cent of the British outfit as it was partly floated on the Frankfurt stock exchange.
“Do I believe the pressure has got to me? No” – Vettel
Sebastian Vettel briefly suspected he was the victim of clandestine team orders during the recent Italian grand prix. According to a report in the British newspaper The Telegraph, the German’s instinctive suspicions were raised at Monza when he sensed a problem with his RB6 whilst running ahead of his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
Press angry after Ferrari team orders verdict
Ferrari escaped penalty in Wednesday’s team orders disciplinary hearing because there was not enough proof, FIA president Jean Todt has confirmed. Former Ferrari boss Todt, whose team order at the A1-Ring in 2002 famously triggered the imposition of the ban, admitted he suspects a similar order was in effect when Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso swapped places at Hockenheim.
Webber close to signing a new deal for 2011.
Red Bull Racing has played down suggestions Kimi Raikkonen was a serious contender for a seat in 2011. As the team edges closer to re-signing Mark Webber for next year, boss Christian Horner was asked if there was any truth to recent reports linking Raikkonen with the Australian’s seat.
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