2014 could be major F1 sponsor UBS’ last season in the sport.
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UBS, a major sponsor of formula one, could be considering pulling out of the sport.
The Swiss based global financial services company entered F1 in 2010, powered by its then chief executive Oswald Grubel, who had also brought the Swiss bank Credit Suisse to the sport and was a board member of the BMW-Sauber team.
With fresh Paralympic gold around his neck, Alex Zanardi is eyeing the German touring car series DTM as his next goal.
Since losing his legs in a 2011 crash, the former F1 driver has completed the last laps of that ill-fated CART race, won world touring car races for BMW, tested a BMW-Sauber, and soared to the very top of the world of hand-cycling.
But does he rue the success already achieved by his defeated F3 rival Vettel?
Paul di Resta has revealed he is racing to catch up with his contemporaries and F1 champions Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. The rookie Scot has impressed the F1 paddock with his Force India debut this season after rising to the top of the German touring car series DTM.
“Yeah, the Sauber mechanics one night dragged me into one of these famous sex clubs (in Montreal)”
Sebastian Vettel has revealed a few of his biggest memories of Canada after returning to Montreal for this weekend’s grand prix. In 2007, then a teenager, he was in the pits when Robert Kubica crashed heavily in the BMW-Sauber, leading to his grand prix debut in the US a week later.
Renault is a more open team to work with than was BMW-Sauber, Nick Heidfeld has admitted.
The German, who has replaced the injured Robert Kubica this year, was paired with the Pole for several years at BMW-Sauber before the carmaker pulled out in 2009. “Renault is extremely open,” the 33-year-old, referring to the Lotus-sponsored team owned by Genii Capital, said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
An extra motivation will be the presence of Daniel Ricciardo
Sebastien Buemi has a new chief mechanic and trainer, following his lacklustre second half of the 2010 season. Although Toro Rosso insists it is retaining both the Swiss and his teammate Jaime Alguersuari for this year, the FIA is yet to confirm that news officially.
His latest outing in his Renault Clio is this weekend’s Rallye du Var in France.
Permission to contest rallies is crucial at this stage of Robert Kubica’s formula one career, his manager has confirmed. Following the contractual restrictions during his time with BMW-Sauber, the Pole has enjoyed contesting a range of formative rallies since switching to Renault in 2010.
The former GP2 team Durango is in talks with Toyota about acquiring its 2010-specification formula one car.
It emerged last month that the Italian outfit, who pulled out of GP2 due to financial problems, has lodged an application to be F1’s thirteenth team in 2011. According to the Italian source Italiaracing, Durango boss Ivone Pinton has confirmed he is in talks with Toyota.
Kubica and Massa play down 2011 Ferrari seat rumours
As the uncertainty about Felipe Massa’s contract rises, Robert Kubica is increasingly mentioned as his most likely successor. Renault has a multiple year contract with the 25-year-old Pole, who after switching from BMW-Sauber has been a standout of the season so far.
De la Rosa ends F1 test return with sore neck
Sauber’s drivers will wear the numbers 26 and 27 in 2010. Despite sticking with an unchanged official team name BMW Sauber F1 Team, resulting in the awkward FIA designation ‘BMW Sauber-Ferrari’, it was decided on Monday that the Hinwil based team should not receive the numbers 9 and 10.
Mercedes not confirming Heidfeld reports
Nick Heidfeld has been offered the role as test and reserve driver for Mercedes GP in 2010, Germany’s Bild reports. The major daily newspaper said the move would complete what it describes as F1’s new ‘German national team’, with compatriots Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg signed up to fill the race cockpits this season.
“The decision will fall in the coming week”
Bertrand Baguette has told a Belgian daily that his chances of securing a role with Sauber in 2010 stand at “96 per cent”. The 23-year-old Belgian’s manager said earlier this week that Baguette, the new champion of the Renault World Series, could be the Hinwil based team’s reserve driver.
Baguette linked with Sauber reserve role
In the wake of BMW’s withdrawal, Sauber is reportedly set to retain Petronas as a major sponsor. With the oil company owned by the Malaysian government, it had been rumoured that Petronas might end its long-term alliance with Sauber in order to back the new Malaysian team Lotus.
“I miss F1″ -Kubica
Amid the more unfamiliar faces at this week’s Jerez test, Robert Kubica was a conspicuous presence on the Renault pitwall. The Polish driver, who has signed to switch from BMW-Sauber to the French team in 2010, travelled to the Spanish circuit on Wednesday in the wake of his participation in the recent Rallye du Var.
“If we can help him, that’s what we’ll do” -Dumontier
The new promoter of the Canadian grand prix has vowed to try to help Jacques Villeneuve secure a return to formula one in 2010. French Canadian Villeneuve, now 38-year-old world champion of 1997 who left BMW-Sauber and the sport three years ago, has been linked with the new Malaysian-owned Lotus team.