F1 links: Trulli still hopes for Toyota drive

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Trulli awaits Toyota’s budget decision (Autosport) "Although Toyota president John Howett has made it clear several times that he thinks it unlikely the Italian will be retained by the outfit, Trulli has revealed that he has agreed with Toyota's team principal Tadashi Yamashina not to commit to anything else for now." Head: Hulkenberg will be … Continue reading F1 links: Trulli still hopes for Toyota drive

F1 links: Button not happy with car balance

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Jenson Button is concerned about his car’s qualifying performance at Interlagos. Meanwhile Ferrari is still on damage limitation after what Felipe Massa had to say about Fernando Alonso on Thursday. Q&A with Jenson Button (Autosport) “We need to sort our balance out on the softer tyre. I think during the race the better tyre will … Continue reading F1 links: Button not happy with car balance

F1 links: Donington claims it has funding

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Donington Park unveils last-ditch plan to stage British Grand Prix (The Times) "Donington has launched a last-ditch attempt to hang onto the British Grand Prix with an ambitious bond issue to raise £135million. But the scale of the task is nothing short of epic with only seven working days left until Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s … Continue reading F1 links: Donington claims it has funding

F1 links: No return for Massa until 2010

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Ferrari have officially confirmed Felipe Massa will not make a return to F1 until next year. A press release from the team stated his test tomorrow in a 2007-specification car “is in no way a proper test session”. Felipe back on track tomorrow (Ferrari) "Talk of a proper return to Formula 1 can wait until … Continue reading F1 links: No return for Massa until 2010

F1 links: Button ‘won’t cheat like Schumacher’

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After the Renault scandal it seems several people in F1 are trying to look whiter-than-white. First Ferrari say they’ll give their drivers equals status next year, now Jenson Button is talking about how he won’t copy Schumacher’s tactics of 1994 and 1997: Jenson Button: I’d never cheat to win title (The Sun) "That was Schumacher. … Continue reading F1 links: Button ‘won’t cheat like Schumacher’

F1 links: Massa wants Singapore justice

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Felipe Massa has spoken for the first time since the Singapore scandal about how it affected his championship campaign. Unsurprisingly, he’s a bit miffed Renault were allowed to keep their win. Felipe Massa was ‘robbed’ of F1 world title by Nelson Piquet Jnr Singapore crash (Daily Telegraph) "I have seen in football how a referee … Continue reading F1 links: Massa wants Singapore justice

F1 links: Virgin to take over Manor

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Manor Motorsport’s F1 entry for 2010 looks set to be branded by Richard Branson’s Virgin company. Also, Rubens Barrichello won’t have to take a second gearbox change at Singapore. Virgin reach for the stars with Manor (The Independent) "Richard Branson's Virgin group have taken control of the new Manor team joining Formula One next year, … Continue reading F1 links: Virgin to take over Manor

F1 links: Rosberg: ‘I won Singapore’

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Nico Rosberg feels he is the moral winner of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix following the Renault crash scandal. Plus, Bernie Ecclestone has criticised Flavio Briatore’s punishment, while the Italian consisders starting a racing series of his own. And Ferrari are once again dropping hints about Fernando Alonso. ‘Winner’ Rosberg is still so bitter (Daily … Continue reading F1 links: Rosberg: ‘I won Singapore’

F1 links: Raikkonen tipped for McLaren

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The 2010 F1 driver market rumours just get stranger. Now the Daily Mirror claims Kimi Raikkonen could return to McLaren to join Lewis Hamilton. Fact, fiction or total fantasy? Meanwhile Jaime Alguersuari continued his appearances in the World Series by Renault at the Nurburgring this weekend. But elsewhere in motor racing all eyes are still … Continue reading F1 links: Raikkonen tipped for McLaren

F1 links: Alonso will be at WMSC hearing

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It’s been a quiet weekend for news so far, but there have been some small developments in the ‘Crashgate’ saga. Fernando Alonso will be appearing at Renault’s WMSC hearing on Monday. Meanwhile the boss of the Spansh motor sport federation has strongly criticised both Piquet and condemned the FIA for offering Piquet Jnr immunity. FIA … Continue reading F1 links: Alonso will be at WMSC hearing

F1 links: Piquet after Briatore, not Alonso

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Nelson Piquet the elder has come out fighting about the possibility of taking Flavio Briatore on in court, but has clarified his comments regarding any involvement by Fernando Alonso in the Renault crash scandal. I suspect many of you are, like myself, suffering from ‘crashgate fatigue’, so for something different check out David Tremayne’s interview … Continue reading F1 links: Piquet after Briatore, not Alonso

F1 links: Lotus gets 2010 slot, Symonds gets immunity

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Two big developments in the F1 news already today: Symonds offered race-fix immunity "The development comes on the back of interviews between Symonds, FIA representatives and members from the Quest agency at the Belgian Grand Prix where it was deemed his evidence was 'central' to finding answers to what happened in Singapore." FIA going after … Continue reading F1 links: Lotus gets 2010 slot, Symonds gets immunity