Re: Formula 1 gossip and rumours.
Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey said the death of three-time world champion Ayrton Senna in 1994 changed him physically and almost led to him leaving the sport.
Full story: the Guardian
Mercedes Formula 1 chief Norbert Haug said his team have "quite a few upgrades in the pipeline" but added team principal Ross Brawn will hit him if he reveals them now.
Full story: IBNLive.com
Hispania driver Vitantonio Liuzzi is confident of his team making big strides in the near future. "If we're able to get all the updates we were planning then I think we'll make a big step forward and might even impress quite a few people," he stated. "Everything is going in the right direction, if we keep progressing and working as the team has until now then I'm sure we'll have a bright future."
Full story: Hispania Racing
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says he remains cautious about introducing upgrades at the Spanish Grand Prix. "As we saw in Istanbul last week, there is always risk inherent in bringing any upgrade to the circuit - particularly following the absence of testing. For Barcelona, we're planning to re-introduce some of the proposed upgrades initially scheduled for introduction in Istanbul. Once again, however, they'll only be introduced if their initial deployment on Friday proves successful."
Full story: McLaren.com
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton said that if Formula 1 chose a city for a new street circuit then he would want it to be Las Vegas because it would "fun" and a "great weekend for everyone". The former world champion also said that if he was a team boss he would pick Mercedes' Nico Rosberg to join his set-up. "You have to consider the whole package that comes with a driver. Harmony in the team, consistency and all that," said Hamilton.
Full story: Formula 1
Mark Smith started work as Team Lotus technical director on Monday, a year to the day since he resigned from his job at Force India, who held him to his full notice period. A long-term key lieutenant of Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne, Smith has set himself the target of winning a world chamionship with his new employers. (Team Lotus)
Red Bull motor racing consultant Helmut Marko says the threat of F1 teams forming a breakaway series is not that serious. "A suitable compromise can hopefully be found," he said. "Ferrari are the best-known team and have been in F1 the longest - but being Italian, they tend to express things more emotionally than others. In my opinion, the situation is nowhere near as bad as it looks."
Full story: motorsport-magazin [in German]
The Australian Grand Prix will remain at Albert Park as long as the event is a part of the calendar, according to local officials in Melbourne. They ruled out a switch to nearby Avalon because of the £200m needed to stage the race there.
Full story: autosport.com
Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder of drinks company Red Bull, believes that Formula 1 could return to Austria's A1 Ring, which has been renovated and renamed as the Red Bull Ring. F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, who attended the official opening of the circuit on Saturday, said at the Turkish Grand Prix that a return to Austria was a "possibility".
Full story: Kleine Zeitung [in German]
Meanwhile, F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, who also attended the ceremony, said: "It would be very nice to drive a race here and I would be very happy if Formula 1 returns to the Red Bull Ring - preferably during my career!"
Full story: Red Bull Racing
Teams are set to reject an offer from FIA president Jean Todt to bring back limited in-season testing from next year. Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner said: "One of the biggest cost savings we have seen is the reduction in testing, so I think the balance we have with the pre-season and the young driver test at the end of the year is right - and fiscally beneficial not just to the big teams but to the small teams as well."
Full story: autosport.com
GP3 Series driver Adrian Quaife-Hobbs drove an F1 car for the first time on Sunday when he took part in a test for the Virgin Racing team in Spain. "Experiences like this only make you hungry for more and it's exciting to get a taste of what the future could hold," said the 20-year-old from Pembury.
Full story: Virgin Racing
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