Marussia’s eleventh-hour bid to return to action in Abu Dhabi has failed.
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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.