My good friend and colleague Pino Allievi is writing in La Gazetta dello Sport in Italy that Fernando Alonso has a four year contract with Ferrari starting 2011, but with clauses which allow that contract to be brought forward one year to 2010.
…but Murray Walker is voted favourite commentator. Quite rightly, too.
A look back on the dramatic title decider at Interlagos
Behind the remarks there is sound commercial sense. Although Italy remains the fifth most visited country in the world, with an estimated 43.7m tourists a year, it is underperforming dramatically in comparison to France (82m) and even Spain (60m).
The Faenza team is restructuring and has announced that Gianfranco Fantuzzi is to take over.
Ong Bang Seng is a good choice. Cracking name too.
Former Formula 1 drivers Martin Brundle’s son Alex has signed for the inaugural FIA Formula Two season.
In an effort to improve the team there have been a number of changes with the primary alteration to the team's structure being the disappearance of operations division of the team, which had been headed by Mario Almondo.
"While Toyota still has about $18.5 billion in cash and relatively little debt, the company could reconsider some of its involvement in motorsports to save money, especially Formula One, in which the company reportedly spends close to $450 million annually."
Lewis Hamilton: "You ain't seen nothing yet. I've won the championship in my second year, but there is a lot more to come. I can do better, I can be fitter, I can be sharper, I can make less mistakes." 'Fewer' mistakes, surely Lewis?
"My sources tell me there is no chance of any more cash on offer for the teams until 2013 at the earliest. Bernie thinks that if 10 teams can't get by sharing $450m of annual commercial rights revenue in addition to their sponsorship funding, then they're probably not very good businessmen."
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