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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2010, 10:34  
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Bahrain to host Champion's gathering

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The Bahrain Grand Prix organisers expect all living world champions to attend this year's Sakhir race.

The 20 title-winners have been invited as part of the celebrations of the Formula 1 world championship's 60th anniversary.

"This will be a truly special occasion, especially for all those who love F1 and who have been following the sport for many years," said circuit boss Martin Whitaker.

Many of the cars associated with the champion drivers will also be brought to Sakhir for the occasion.

The Bahrain GP has moved back to the season-opener slot this year and will take place on 14 March.


Brazilian rumours suggest Toro Rosso will sign Senna

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Citing Brazilian sources, that information was reported by Italy's Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport publications, in the wake of claims that the new Spanish team is struggling to compile a full budget for its formula one debut.

It would explain why Toro Rosso has left open the race cockpit alongside Sebastien Buemi that late last season was occupied by the Spanish youngster Jaime Alguersuari.

26-year-old Senna was signed by Campos in the hope that his famous surname would attract more sponsorships on top of his Telmex backing, but it emerged this week that it has not been so.

The Brazilian sources said Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso already has the "right" to sign Senna in the event of difficulties at Campos.

Campos was already in talks with pay drivers Vitaly Petrov and Pastor Maldonado, and the F2 champion Andy Soucek told EFE Radio this week that he is also in contact with the Spanish team.

"I am talking with Campos, and although at the moment it is complicated, I trust that it is an option," said the Spaniard.

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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
PostPosted: 13 Jan 2010, 11:11  
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Schumacher upbeat about neck problem

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Michael Schumacher emerged from the first day of his GP2 test at Jerez with no qualms about the neck injury that prevented his return to F1 five months ago. "This [test] is not about whether the neck holds. About that I have no doubts," he was quoted as saying.
However, reportedly also in Spain for the test is a doctor of the specialist Bad-Nauheim sports clinic, as well as Schumacher's new Mercedes GP race engineer Andy Shovlin, who worked alongside Jenson Button in 2009. More rain is forecast for Jerez on Wednesday, when the private three day test continues.
It was also revealed Schumacher will race a new helmet livery in 2010. At Jerez on Tuesday he wore his customary bright red livery, which had become synonymous with his successful career at Ferrari.
However, it appears helmet manufacturer Schuberth is currently building his 2010-spec prototypes, and in the meantime he is using the 2009 model.


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Rome race threatens Monza future

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Bernie Ecclestone is not considering accommodating two Italian races on future F1 calendars, according to the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.
The newspaper's correspondent Heikki Kulta reported from Madonna di Campiglio this week that Rome's bid for a street race in 2012 endangers the historic Italian Grand Prix venue Monza.
Shortly before Christmas, Ecclestone confirmed an agreement for a seven-year race deal with Rome, hinting the layout would be close to the Vatican. "Every time there is an overtaking manoeuvre, we're going to put the black smoke up," he joked.
At the time of the initial announcement, reports suggested that the two races would both run in the same season. Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome, said: "It's not true that it is an alternative to Monza. Monza is a grand prix on the circuit, and the grand prix of Rome is integrative to that of Monza, it's not a replacement."
However, the decision will ultimately be Ecclestone's. Spain currently has two grand prix, one at the Circuit de Catalunya and one on the streets of Valencia, and Italy hosted two events up until 2006, with the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola supplementing Monza. But with the introduction of a new race in Korea this year, and possibly another in India in 2011, the F1 calendar is getting close to having 20 races - an amount that would put intense pressure on the teams to get from venue to venue.


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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
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MSC will drive with a new design helmet, so he won't drive with his 'Ferrari' red helmet, according to this site:

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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
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Shortcuts on F1 tracks? Bernie Ecclestone’s winding everyone up again:
http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/01/13/s ... -up-again/

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Bernie Ecclestone’s contribution to the debate over what should be done to improve racing in F1 is another one of his wind-ups:

Imagine a shortcut which a driver can use five times every race. It would stop people getting stuck behind others. It would be good for TV.
Bernie Ecclestone

We’ve had similar ‘ideas’ from Ecclestone before, not least the ‘Gold medals’ plan which was hastily introduced then dropped last year. His ’shortcuts’ brainwave, reported by Reuters, will surely not be taken seriously.

Unfortunately it may serve to make some of the other poor ideas for “improving the show” hinted at by Stefano Domenicali earlier today seem more palatable.

Predictably Ecclestone didn’t have anything to say about the kind of innovations F1 fans really want to see – like broadcasting more team radio and the long-overdue arrival of HD coverage.

It’s all well and good for those of us who know not to take this kind of thing seriously. But tonight and tomorrow there will be a lot of headlines about the latest crazy, contrived changes being cooked up by F1’s boss.

And that will do the sport’s image no good at all.


imagine a shortcut throught the water surrounding Monaco. :lol: .it is laughable :rofl:

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Bernie, Bernie, Bernie...

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Typical Bernie :DD haha I'd kinda like to see this new idea of his in action! Fascinating but not practical.
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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
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Shortcuts on F1 tracks? Bernie Ecclestone’s winding everyone up again:
http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/01/13/s ... -up-again/

Spoiler:
Bernie Ecclestone’s contribution to the debate over what should be done to improve racing in F1 is another one of his wind-ups:

Imagine a shortcut which a driver can use five times every race. It would stop people getting stuck behind others. It would be good for TV.
Bernie Ecclestone

We’ve had similar ‘ideas’ from Ecclestone before, not least the ‘Gold medals’ plan which was hastily introduced then dropped last year. His ’shortcuts’ brainwave, reported by Reuters, will surely not be taken seriously.

Unfortunately it may serve to make some of the other poor ideas for “improving the show” hinted at by Stefano Domenicali earlier today seem more palatable.

Predictably Ecclestone didn’t have anything to say about the kind of innovations F1 fans really want to see – like broadcasting more team radio and the long-overdue arrival of HD coverage.

It’s all well and good for those of us who know not to take this kind of thing seriously. But tonight and tomorrow there will be a lot of headlines about the latest crazy, contrived changes being cooked up by F1’s boss.

And that will do the sport’s image no good at all.


imagine a shortcut throught the water surrounding Monaco. :lol: .it is laughable :rofl:


Shortcuts???? What's next? A gun for every driver with one bullet per race to puncture others drivers' wheels and 5-second rockets instead of KERS?
Last lap in bicycle? Quali in reverse? An hula hula competition on podium?

Bernie, you need a circus, not F1... time to retire yourself...
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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
PostPosted: 14 Jan 2010, 14:17  
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he is crazy, i would really like to know where he will install a short cut in monaco, the man is old his blood is not reaching to his brain anymore, bernie my advice to u - retire and live like hugh hefner, u have the money, build some castles over the world and throw a party every week and invite the bunnies... and fun is 100% guaranteed
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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
PostPosted: 14 Jan 2010, 15:55  
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Schumacher on the pace
Lola still retain F1 interest
Alonso sure Ferrari will be his last team
Vettel downplays missing first test
Silverstone set to decide on layout
Superleague Champion to win F1 test
Virgin to test on 10th February
Points system no use - Bernie
Trulli shuns shortcut idea
DC: Schumi will surprise

With the black jackets, do you guys reckon Virgin will have a black car?

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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
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With the black jackets, do you guys reckon Virgin will have a black car?

Black from the jackets and white/red from the virgin logo would be a good combination. I have no idea, but there's a good possibility it'll happen as most of the teams have the same colours on their jacket as on their car
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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
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Hope we do see a black car, I'm fed up with all the teams having variations on a white car. On Bernie, he's making himself a laughing stock. Comments like these really are just silly, the less said about them the better.
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McLaren: Struggling through the big freeze

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The British winter. You either love it or you hate it. Or, if you’re British, you probably enjoy the snowy landscape for the first morning before becoming increasingly aggravated as the general chaos and disruption tightens its grip, bringing the whole country to a standstill.

If you’ve been following Vodafone McLaren Mercedes on Twitter (www.twitter.com/thefifthdriver), you’ve doubtless seen that Woking hasn’t escaped the winter freeze.

In fact, Surrey was one of the worst affected counties in southern England, witnessing huge snowdrifts, icy paths, blocked roads, traffic mayhem and public transport chaos.

But, in true British spirit, the poor weather was simply a nuisance, rather than an obstacle, for the brave workforce at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

With the launch of the new MP4-25 car only weeks away, there was simply no option of failing to appear at the McLaren Technology Centre – and, in some cases, the efforts of the few to help the many were positively heroic:

Andrew Bailey, head of design at McLaren Racing, ferried his team to work in his 4x4 after the roads proved too treacherous for two-wheel-drive vehicles.

Head of vehicle engineering, Mark Williams, was forced to abandon his car in his street and instead opted to walk the 90-minute journey into the MTC.

After abandoning his car in heavy snow, McLaren Marketing managing director Ekrem Sami boarded a local train which duly caught fire in the snowy conditions! As the others drifted home, Ekrem was the sole passenger to brave the elements, and he managed to make his way into the MTC for an important meeting with Vodafone.

Engineering programme director Neil Oatley roomed overnight in a local hotel in order to make it to work safely.

The Group’s transport department selflessly clocked extra hours, often leaving home as early as 5am, to ensure the support roads and car parks around the MTC were kept clear of snow and as safe as possible.

Even world champion Jenson Button wasn’t immune from the problems: stuck in his car on the icy, sloping MTC car park, the team loaned him a rock-solid Mercedes-Benz E-Class 320 estate for his journey home.

As well as these superhuman efforts, many employees have been banding together for the common good, car pooling, providing lifts to local train stations and arranging stays in local hotels.

The ‘Dunkirk spirit’ has been challenging and fun – but we’re all looking forward to warmer weather!

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 Post subject: Re: 2010 Season Discussions: Driver Line-ups, News and Misc
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Boy that was an arselicking, stereotypical piece of trash. "True British spirit???" That's to lay on the sofa watching Top Gear on dave isn't it??? Also referencing "Dunkirk Spirit" I find distasteful, this really isn't necessary. Stupid article, McLaren trying to generate cheap publicity.
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Shortcuts on F1 tracks? Bernie Ecclestone’s winding everyone up again:

Bernie is too old to run F1 :roll::
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