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Ricardo Zonta, Toyota, Laguna Seca, 2006A round-up of Formula One news and comment from around the world this week. (All links external)

New rules cost F1 workers dearPitpass (and others) have explained the dire consequences of the FIA’s engine freeze for employees of Cosworth – a plight a friend of mine was telling me about only last week. FIA President Max Mosley appears unmoved by the situation: “There are bound to be redundancies,” he said.

Crowds show up for HistoricsThe Monterey County Herald report on Toyota’s appearance at the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Ricardo Zonta lapped the Californian road circuit – home of the daunting corkscrew turn – in 1:06.596 in a TF106.

(However representative Zonda’s time, set on intermediate tyres, may be, it compares with a pole position time of 1:09.358 by Sebastian Bourdais the last time the Champ Car field visited in 2004, and 1:15.189 by Salvador Duran during the A1 Grand Prix race this year.)

F1 Guru unveils plan to win MotoGP titleThe Times on Mario Illien’s hopes for an attack on the 2007 MotoGP motorcycling championship. The last UK manufacturer to triumph in the series was Norton in 1951.

Famous names to attend F1 “Grand Prix grand party” in IstanbulXinhua report on the celebrities that will be at the Turkish Grand Prix party including Missy Elliot and Carmen Electra. No Mike Tyson this year, then?

Watch out for Midland F1 saleGrand Prix.com reckon Lost Boys are about to move in for Midland – but there’s been speculation about this all year long. Wait and see if they’ve sprung a scoop.

Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen is an ambassador to MobileKids – Italian car news site DueMotori.com report on Hakkinen’s work promote road safety to children.

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