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“We will see what we can do. I think we are a good team together.” – Martin Whitmarsh
McLaren has slightly upped its monetary offer in a late bid to secure Lewis Hamilton’s services for 2013, according to multiple British newspapers. The Daily Mail said McLaren has increased its offer by EUR 2.5 million to 15 million, which is still less than his current retainer of about 19 million.
Contrary to his earlier promise, Bernie Ecclestone in fact did not show up at Hockenheim on Saturday.
David Tremayne wrote in the Independent that the F1 paddock had spent the day playing “where’s Bernie?” The F1 chief executive’s absence – unusual for a European race but not unheard of – heightened speculation he is afraid of being arrested.
Martin Whitmarsh has backed McLaren’s under-fire sporting director Sam Michael.
Australian Michael joined the team this year after being ousted at Williams, at the end of that famous British team’s worst season in memory. Some have linked McLaren’s repeated tactical and pitstop errors with Michael’s arrival, but boss Whitmarsh insists that, in fact, some of the team’s recent pitstops have been the fastest in history.
De Villota is currently in hospital with reportedly “severe facial and head injuries”.
Spain’s motor racing federation has vowed to help get to the bottom of the incident involving seriously injured female test driver Maria de Villota. But Carlos Gracia, president of the RFEdA, expressed caution in light of rampant speculation following the 32-year-old Spaniard’s impact with a team truck whilst ‘straightline testing’ Marussia’s 2012 car in the UK on Tuesday.
Paul di Resta has split with his manager, London’s Telegraph newspaper reports.
Anthony Hamilton, the father of 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton, also no longer manages his McLaren-driving son. Journalist Tom Cary said Force India driver di Resta’s split with Hamilton snr “happened some weeks ago” and “was not planned”.
Sam Michael is in the spotlight as McLaren continues to struggle in the pits in 2012.
Williams’ former technical director had to leave Williams at the end of last year as the beleaguered team restructured, and so he switched to McLaren to be sporting director. But his new tenure got off to a difficult start in 2012 amid recurring problems particularly during crucial pitstops — one of Michael’s responsibilities.
And the candidates are lining up.
Ferrari has played down rumours it is close to immediately ousting Felipe Massa, insisting it is possible the struggling Brazilian will still be in a red car next year. On Twitter, the famous Italian team said the latest rumours – including a claim that former Virgin driver Jerome d’Ambrosio is a candidate to replace Massa in 2012 – are “funny”.
55.4 per cent answered yes
More than half of Michael Schumacher’s German compatriots think the seven time world champion will return to retirement at the end of this year. After three years of retirement, the 43-year-old returned to F1 in 2010 on a three-year Mercedes contract, which runs out in 2012.