FIA president Jean Todt is also in Russia this weekend.
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Force India has played down this week’s alarming news from India about team supremo Vijay Mallya.
Amid the decline of his airline Kingfisher, the former billionaire was declared a ‘wilful defaulter’ by the public sector lender the United Bank of India, meaning he will lose his director positions and be unable to borrow money.
Bob Fernley, the day-to-day team boss at Force India, has backed Ferrari’s decision to deliberately penalise Felipe Massa in Austin.
The Italian team was roundly criticised for tampering with Brazilian Massa’s long-life gearbox for no other reason than to incur a five-place penalty that switched title-fighting teammate Fernando Alonso to the ‘clean’ side of the grid. Ferrari’s immediate competitors, Red Bull and McLaren, said they wouldn’t have made a similar decision.
So when asked if Kobayashi needs a sponsor now, she insisted: “No.”
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn has played down suggestions Kamui Kobayashi’s future with the Swiss team depends solely on his efforts to find a sponsor. It is believed the Hinwil based squad is – to please its major backer Telmex – on the brink of signing its Mexican reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez to partner Nico Hulkenberg in 2013.
The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton’s pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren.
That was the tone of the paddock’s reaction to the news late on Saturday that a McLaren gaffe saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid. The Sun newspaper called it a draconian “24-place grid penalty” imposed by the FIA after an “astonishing cock-up” by McLaren.
Bernie Ecclestone has admitted F1 teams will breach their contracts if they do not race in Bahrain next weekend.