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Mercedes is not yet willing to let its drivers “off the leash” in their three-race fight for the drivers’ title.
That is despite the German squad having wrapped up the crucial and lucrative constructors’ championship three weeks ago in Russia. It was said at the time that Mercedes, having tried to contain the hostility of the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, might react to its title success by giving the drivers freer reign to battle for F1’s biggest prize.
Romain Grosjean has revealed an exit clause will allow him to walk away from Lotus at the end of the season.
Jules Bianchi’s family has denied reports the French driver could soon be transferred from the hospital in Japan.
This Sunday will mark four weeks since the Marussia driver’s life-threatening Suzuka crash, and the family announced in a new statement late on Thursday that Bianchi is still in a “critical but stable” condition.
With Ferrari currently having three champion drivers under contract, speculation about Fernando Alonso’s future continues to run wild.
Organisers of the US grand prix face an embarrassing explanation after botching the details above Daniil Kvyat’s garage at Austin.
F1 is heading awkwardly into the US grand prix weekend, following the collapse of the two backmarkers Caterham and Marussia.
The sport has always had a dubious relationship with America, although Austin’s inaugural races in 2012 and last year were proclaimed definite successes, featuring big crowds and the exciting Circuit of the Americas layout.
Organisers of the US grand prix say world champion Sebastian Vettel’s absence from qualifying this weekend is “unfortunate”.
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Newly crowned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Champion Colin Thompson will make his debut in the preeminent Porsche one-make Series, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, this weekend at the Circuit of Americas, in Austin, Texas.
Marcus Ericsson’s manager says he is in talks with three alternative teams after Caterham ran off track.
With the Leafield based team in administration and set to miss the forthcoming Austin-Brazil double header, Swedish rookie Ericsson’s teammate Kamui Kobayashi admitted he is not sure the green team will be back in action for the Abu Dhabi finale next month.
F1 risks sliding into crisis and having to reinvent its very DNA as struggling backmarker teams begin to succumb to collapse.
HRT folded in 2012, and now F1’s two other newest teams Caterham and Marussia are in the throes of financial administration. Organisers of next weekend’s US grand prix look set to welcome just 9 teams to an 18-car grid, unprecedented since BAR-Honda was banned for a time almost a decade ago.
Marussia is not commenting on claims it will sit out the next races and is on the verge of being put into the hands of administrators.
Amid Caterham’s well-documented troubles, Bernie Ecclestone revealed that Marussia will also sit out the Austin-Brazil double header. And F1 business journalist Christian Sylt claims the team has notified the High Court that it also intends to go into administration.
Marussia looks set to join Caterham in entering administration, the Daily Mail reports on Sunday.
After Bernie Ecclestone said he will allow the struggling backmarkers to sit out the next Austin-Brazil double header, F1 business journalist Christian Sylt now reveals Marussia’s operating company has “filed a notice with the High Court saying that it intends to appoint an administrator”.