Drivers and team personnel have been ordered to fall silent when the Russian anthem is played on the Sochi grid later on Sunday.
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Rivals are piling pressure on Mercedes to agree to “unfreeze” engine development in formula one.
The German marque has utterly dominated the sport this year as the all-new turbo V6 era dawned. So rivals, powered by struggling Ferrari and Renault, have argued that the strict limits on in-season development of the ‘power units’ should be relaxed.
Mere days after the Suzuka race, F1 authorities are continuing to withhold official video footage of Jules Bianchi’s horror crash.
Russia and formula one are pushing ahead with preparations for the country’s inaugural grand prix.
There have been doubts about the viability of the Sochi race in recent weeks, particularly after the MH17 disaster. But Russia’s Championat claims that preparations for the Russian grand prix, scheduled for mid October, are ongoing.
Talks to take formula one back to France are still on, according to Magny Cours boss Serge Saulnier.
Last month, Saulnier said: “If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks, we are very close (to returning).” He said Magny Cours, located a remote 250 kilometres from Paris and absent from the calendar since 2008, is heading for a comeback race in 2015.
Razlan Razali, the boss of the Malaysian grand prix, has admitted that 2015 could be the Sepang circuit’s last formula one race.
He told Isportconnect it is “too early to even think” about whether the existing contract will be extended. “I think for the event to be successful and to even consider the event going beyond 2015, and paying lots of money to formula one, FOM must help the circuit to try and allow us to do as much as possible to get spectators to come to the circuit,” said Razali.
American multinational Mastercard could be set to return to formula one, according to the latest rumour from Brazil.
Russia’s f1news.ru reported that Mastercard – having sponsored Lola’s stillborn F1 effort in 1997 and then Jordan between 1998-2001 – has now agreed a trackside sponsorship deal with Bernie Ecclestone’s company FOM.
Pay television company Sky could replace formula one’s own broadcaster, according to a report in the Times.
Journalist Kevin Eason said Barney Francis, the managing director of F1’s new British broadcaster Sky Sports, will be in the Austin paddock this weekend. “He wants to introduce 3D to F1 and will have talks with Bernie Eccclestone”, Eason wrote.
Mercedes signs Hamilton, Concorde, Lauda, not Schumacher
Following the signature of the commercial agreement with FOM this week by Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is pleased to announce that Lewis Hamilton has signed a three-year agreement to race for the team from the 2013 Formula One season.
F1 teams are already making plans for winter testing.
Auto Motor und Sport reports that provisional plans are already being made for the teams to reveal and test their 2013 cars for the first time from February 5 next year. The date of the first test, set for Jerez, is based on the fact that – according to the Melbourne organiser – Australia is provisionally scheduled to host the 2013 season opener on March 17 “subject to FOM confirmation”.