“The tyres are wrong”
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s Telmex company is the favourite to replace Vodafone at McLaren next year
McLaren has reportedly played down reports title sponsor Vodafone is pulling out of formula one due to the controversial Bahrain grand prix. A day after the British team confirmed that its title sponsor since 2007 will pull out at the end of the year, The Times newspaper said Vodafone made its decision “after conducting a review of the deal on the back of last year’s Bahrain grand prix”.
The FIA is “nervous” ahead of formula one’s still-controversial return to Bahrain in 2013.
After the 2011 race was cancelled due to civil unrest in the island Kingdom, the sport’s return to Sakhir this year was hugely controversial. And “top-level figures” at the sport’s Paris-based governing body “are already nervous” that the 2013 edition – scheduled for next late April – will be “another horrifying embarrassment”, according to Times correspondent Kevin Eason.
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.
The cost of a formula one driver’s mandatory FIA ‘super license’ is going up, the Times newspaper reports.
It emerged in Abu Dhabi last weekend that teams have been told by the governing body that the price of their official entry fees for the 2013 season are definitely increasing significantly. Journalist Kevin Eason said Red Bull’s success this year is likely to earn the team a more than $3 million FIA bill for 2013, while even straggler HRT is facing a minor increase to the flat rate.
“We will see what we can do. I think we are a good team together.” – Martin Whitmarsh
McLaren has slightly upped its monetary offer in a late bid to secure Lewis Hamilton’s services for 2013, according to multiple British newspapers. The Daily Mail said McLaren has increased its offer by EUR 2.5 million to 15 million, which is still less than his current retainer of about 19 million.
Christian Horner has emphatically denied suggestions he might be the next Bernie Ecclestone.
Already very close to the sport’s 81-year-old ‘supremo’ Ecclestone – who is at the middle of a potentially-damaging corruption affair – the name ‘Horner’ is often mentioned in the paddock as perhaps Ecclestone’s preferred successor.
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