Jackie Stewart and Alain Prost were scheduled to be the lead pallbearers
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Sebastian Vettel has hit back at critics who claim the new triple consecutive world champion is not good at overtaking.
The critics have said the Red Bull driver is good at dominating grands prix from pole position, but usually falters when he needs to do some passing en route to the chequered flag. But German Vettel thinks his races in Abu Dhabi, when he fought through the field from the pitlane to finish on the podium, and in Brazil where he won the title despite a first-lap spin, have proved the critics wrong.
Luiz Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, is reportedly in talks over a 2013 race seat with Force India, Caterham and Marussia.
“I am negotiating with all three,” the Brazilian told Agencia Estado. “Before, it was all the teams, now only these three.” The 23-year-old admitted his preference is Force India. “There is still a chance to close (a deal) with them,” said Razia, referring to the vacancy alongside Paul di Resta for 2013, even though Adrian Sutil is regarded as the favourite.
Organisers of the Brazilian grand prix are planning to send Michael Schumacher back into retirement in style.
In late 2006, the seven time world champion entered his first retirement with a pre-race celebration on the Interlagos grid involving soccer legend Pele. Now, with the 43-year-old’s ultimate trip into retirement also coinciding with a Brazilian season finale, race organisers are planning a similar send-off.
Robert Kubica enjoyed a dream return to competition at the weekend, winning the Ronde Gomitolo di Landa rally in Italy.
Wearing a bandage on his right forearm that masked the most serious scars of his F1 career-ending rally crash of 19 months ago, Italian reports said the Pole took his Subaru Impreza to victory in all four time-trials.
Bruno Senna has admitted he will be feeling more relaxed when he races on the fabled Monza circuit this weekend.
The Brazilian made his grand prix return at Spa recently, but a pending court decision could have seen Nick Heidfeld back in the Renault after Monza. The team has subsequently reached a financial settlement with German Heidfeld, confirming Senna as Vitaly Petrov’s regular teammate for the remainder of 2011.
The quest for pole position has lost its importance amid F1’s new spectacle of 2011.
That is the claim of veteran drivers Jarno Trulli and Rubens Barrichello, with the former claiming earlier this month that the strategy chaos caused by the Pirelli tyre situation has meant “the death of qualifying”.
The controversial ‘Cafe’ corner at Interlagos will still be in place for the 2011 season finale in November.
Following two recent fatalities in stock car races at the fast left-hand kink, the Sao Paulo circuit has agreed to make changes that will require significant work including the removal of a grandstand.
Both Team Lotus regulars will sit out initial practice on Friday morning.
The Tony Fernandes-led team has announced that reserve drivers Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi will take over the T128s for the first official session in Shanghai. Italian Valsecchi drove Heikki Kovalainen’s green car early at Sepang last Friday, two weeks after Karun Chandhok stood in for Jarno Trulli in Melbourne but crashed.
David Coulthard has scoffed at suggestions the Malaysian grand prix was too confusing a spectacle.
Journalists but also some teams and drivers said after Sepang that it was difficult to understand the race as its 59 pitstops unfolded. “Honestly, you cannot win with some people,” former grand prix winner and now British television commentator Coulthard wrote in his Telegraph column.
It is expected that the change will be completed by August
Brazilian authorities have confirmed reports that a decision has been made to alter the Curva do Cafe corner ahead of this year’s grand prix at Interlagos. Stock car driver Gustavo Sondermann’s death after bouncing off the wall back onto the racing line was the third fatality at the high speed left-hand bend in four years.
“We will have a tough weekend.”
Ferrari’s drivers were disappointed at Sepang to learn that pole, victory and even a podium on merit are out of reach at present. The Italian team was surprised to find itself off the pace in Melbourne, but had high hopes that the more conventional Malaysian layout would paint a different picture.