Bernie Ecclestone has slammed reports his return to formula one’s executive board has been denied.
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Felipe Massa was penalised for the collision with Lewis Hamilton in India because it “could have been avoided”.
That is the claim of former grand prix winner Johnny Herbert, who was serving as the fourth FIA steward at the inaugural Delhi race. Although McLaren’s beleaguered Hamilton is usually the one receiving the penalties at grands prix, Herbert said it was the embittered Massa who deserved the blame this time.
Mark Webber has contradicted recent reports that said he re-signed with Red Bull for 2012 because he had no other options.
The Australian revealed that, in fact, the interest expressed by rival teams when he was still on the market was “amazing”. Webber, 34, has had a difficult season alongside Sebastian Vettel, failing to win a grand prix compared with his dominant teammate’s ten so far.
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he was “very tempted” to buy Renault’s formula one team when the French carmaker pulled out as an owner.
“Perhaps it is the moment to forget the drivers’ world championship”
Yet more drivers, experts and pundits are crowning Sebastian Vettel the likely 2011 champion after his latest victory in Belgium. At the German’s rival team McLaren, team boss Martin Whitmarsh insists giving up on the championship would not be right despite Vettel’s huge points lead.
A group of Russians have scammed former F1 team boss Flavio Briatore to the tune of EUR 86,000.
According to the Unione Sarda newspaper, they got off a superyacht and entered Briatore’s ultra-expensive Billionaire club in Sardinia, charging 90 bottles of EUR 900 Cristal champagne to a Russian oligarch’s account.
Prepared to use legal channels to hang on to his race seat
Nick Heidfeld could sue Renault if the team confirms its reported plans to drop him for the rest of the 2011 season. Enstone based Renault on Tuesday released its usual pre-race quotes ahead of the Spa-Francorchamps race weekend but did not mention the proposed driver lineup.
“He (Gribkowsky) was shaking me down and I didn’t want to take a risk.”
Bernie Ecclestone has finally confirmed reports he paid $40 million to jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky. But the F1 chief executive, who was officially named in the Munich prosecutors’ charges against Gribkowsky this week, denies it was a bribe, hinting instead that he was effectively blackmailed.
The governing Concorde agreement expires at the end of next year
F1’s biggest teams have scheduled a meeting in Stuttgart next weekend to discuss the future of the sport, according to reports. The news was reported by the Daily Telegraph but also Sky News’ City editor Mark Kleinman, who has been very well informed so far on the possible Rupert Murdoch-led takeover of formula one.
The FIA is sticking to its May 1 deadline for the possible rescheduling of Bahrain’s 2011 grand prix.
With the date fast approaching amid reported continuing problems inside the island Kingdom, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday indicated he is now willing to wait for Bahrain until “early June”.
F1 teams will reportedly demand more money than ever when the next Concorde Agreement is negotiated.
It emerged this week that the teams last year shared $658 million of the sport’s commercial revenue, a 21 per cent increase over 2009. That was the third successive annual pay-rise for the teams, due to their negotiation of more favourable terms when the last Concorde was signed amid the threat of a ‘breakaway’ championship in 2009.
Three F1 figures have come out in support of Bernie Ecclestone’s ‘rain button’ proposal.
Other commentators have slammed the idea or accused the F1 chief executive of doing nothing more than drum up publicity. The 80-year-old has proposed that, to spice up the action, tracks could be artificially watered during races “maybe with a two minute warning”.