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Re: Formula 1 gossip and rumours.
Posted by: Hall_Green_Wolf
Date: 20/06/2011 15:37
Bernie Ecclestone will push to convince the BBC to renew its £200m deal to stay as Formula 1's UK broadcaster. "We want Formula One to stay free to viewers," Ecclestone said. "That is 100%. The BBC have done a great job for us and we like their shows and the people obviously like it because so many are watching. They did warn me that they were facing problems but, so far, nothing more has been said. I hope they want to keep us because it is such a success and I will do my best to keep Formula 1 on the BBC."
Full story: The Times (subscription required)
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has urged the BBC to rebid for Formula 1 when its five-year deal expires in 2013, hitting out at what he claims are "significant inaccuracies" in a Sunday newspaper report alleging the corporation is poised to axe the sport as part of its cost-saving drive.
Full story: Daily Telegraph
Williams are hoping some more upgrades to their diffuser will lead to both cars finishing in the top 10 at this weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia. Technical director Sam Michael said: "We have some further upgrades to our diffuser and our target is to be in the points with both our cars."
Full story: Williams
The FIA is to stick with a single detection area for the two DRS zones at this weekend's European Grand Prix, following a debut for the concept in Canada last weekend.
Full story: Autosport
The FIA has come under fire from teams and engine suppliers for its lack of a clear stance on the new en2013 engine formula. Cosworth's Mark Gallagher says his company is concerned by the lack of clarity and has spokent o the FIA about a possible delay.
Full story: GP Week
Jaime Alguersuari did a Red Bull street demo in Hong Kong on Saturday, and inevitably that has led to suggestions that the city could one day host a Grand Prix. At least one local official is keen on the idea.
Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog
Fears over the funding of the 2012 United States Grand Prix, due to be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, have eased according to Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell. Event organisers have agreed to contribute $4m (£2.5m) per year, for a period of 10 years, ending speculation taxpayers would have to contribute money upfront for the race.
Full story: Austin Chronicle
The inaugural Indian Grand Prix on 30 October will not face the same ticketing problems which blighted the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 and this year's ICC Cricket World Cup according to Ashish Hemrajani, the head of ticketing for the event.
Full story: Reuters
Lewis Hamilton's father, Anthony, has leapt to the defence of his son following a turbulent period which has seen the McLaren driver have four separate incidents at the last two races. "It was just motor racing," said Anthony Hamilton. "He just has to remain how he is, carry on driving how he is driving."(Press Association)
Sauber driver Sergio Perez is confident he will be fit to race at the European Grand Prix on 26 June after missing the last two events following his crash in qualifying in Monaco. The Mexican said: "I flew home from Montreal, and back in Mexico I spent the time preparing myself for the next race and trained together with our physiotherapist. I feel perfectly well and I'm very much looking forward to racing in Valencia." (Sauber)
Red Bull's chief technical officer Adrian Newey says Sebastian Vettel's mature approach to racing has been key to his success. "He is always in the paddock in the evening, speaking with his engineers, going through the data and reflecting on what he did in the car," said Newey. "I think that's one thing all great drivers have in common."
Full story: Formula1.com
The ban on the off-throttle use of blown diffusers will definitely come into force at the British Grand Prix after details were finalised by technical chiefs and the FIA, the sport's governing body, on Thursday.
Full story: Autosport.com
Argentina and Mexico, two countries formerly part of the Formula 1 calendar, are evaluating plans which could see both become capable of holding F1 races again.
Full story: F1 Fanatic
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is the third highest-paid non-American athlete in the world according to Sports Illustrated's latest annual survey. The Spaniard, who trailed Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and boxer Manny Pacquiao in the list, has an estimated $45m (£27.9m) fortune. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was 13th.
Full story: Sports Illustrated
Russian fans will get a taste of F1 when Renault and Virgin Racing take to the streets of Sochi, the Black Sea resort which is set to host Russia's first F1 race in 2014, for a demonstration on 17 July.
Full story: Formula1.com
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