Force India boss Vijay Mallya’s grounded airline Kingfisher appears close to folding.
Romain Grosjean has vowed to continue his overly-cautious approach to the start of grands prix.
The Frenchman was noticeably guarded on the run to the first corner in Korea two weeks ago, having been reportedly warned that more start crashes could mean a multiple-race ban, or possibly even the loss of his Lotus seat for 2013.
Vijay Mallya, the owner and boss of the Force India team, had good and bad news on Thursday.
The good news was that embarrassing protests planned for the Indian grand prix by grounded and unpaid staff of his ailing Kingfisher airline have been called off. That’s because he struck a salary deal with the disgruntled workers.
Kamui Kobayashi is sounding increasingly resigned about bowing out of formula one at the end of the season.
The exciting Japanese, who got his break with Toyota at the end of 2009 and was then snapped up by Sauber, admitted recently he has been told to find some backing or risk losing the seat at the Swiss team for 2013. “Unfortunately my plan for next year is not fixed yet, but of course I will do my best,” he told his Twitter followers this week.
Karun Chandhok insists he has no regrets despite having to look back on a short formula one career.
With F1 returning to his native India this weekend, thee 28-year-old insists he is not disappointed that his new foray is sports car racing. Chandhok raced part of the season for HRT in 2010 until he switched to Caterham (then Lotus) as reserve driver, even standing in for Jarno Trulli in Germany mid last season.
Narain Karthikeyan is not guaranteed his HRT seat for the whole of the 2012 season.
Following what the reporter referred to as a ‘chat’ with the Indian driver, the Times of India claimed Karthikeyan is “a million euros” short of a contract that will see him definitely race through November’s Brazil finale.
F1′s governing body has played down claims Sebastian Vettel faces a penalty for his behaviour during the Malaysian grand prix.
After the race, the reigning world champion dismissed HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan as an “idiot” following their on-track collision. On-board footage subsequently proved that Red Bull driver Vettel, 24, twice showed his Indian driver a ‘middle finger’ salute. Reports in Germany suggested the behaviour was a breach of the stricter code of conduct under FIA president Jean Todt, with the German theoretically facing anything from a warning to the revocation of his superlicense.
2012 will be a novel season for Karun Chandhok as the Indian prepares to collect a pay-packet.
After two seasons of paying to race with HRT (2010) and serving as Team Lotus’ reserve driver (2011), the 27-year-old will actually be paid as he contests FIA endurance sports car races with the JRM team this year.
The value of Indian telcom Airtel’s three-year naming rights deal for the Indian grand prix is $8.5 million, according to the Times of India.
“The deal is … worth much less than Indian corporates pay for a slice of the cricket pie,” said the report. Earlier this month, Airtel pulled its reported $40 million title sponsorship of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament.
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