Here’s a round-up of F1 news and other interesting links I’ve found today.
If you’ve spotted a hot news story, interesting new website or just something funny from the world of F1, please share your links in the comments below.
Flavio Briatore: "We’re not bluffing because when you have the responsibility of three or four hundred people, it’s not bluffing. These are people who go home and the next day we need to make sure that we have the money to pay their salaries. You’re not bluffing when you are putting on the line so many employees between everybody. We have to be concerned about that. We have people who have mortgages, we have people who have to send children to school. We are not bluffing. As I say, we don’t want any war, we want stability in order to have a long term Formula One engagement. This is what we want. We don’t want anything special, we just want stability, just stability."
"The agreement will see Scalextric develop a Brawn GP slot car at 1:64 and 1:32 scales. A new 1:64 set will be available in time for Christmas, while a 1:32 set will be released from early 2010."
"Although there remains some uncertainty about Toyota's future in F1 amid the ongoing row about entries to next year's championship, Glock has said that if the team remains in the sport then he thinks it a given he will be part of the line up."
"MYF1DREAM would like to officially announce that we placed a new entry for the FIA 2010 F1 world championships. The entry was lodged at 09:00 am Thursday 28th May 2009." Fan-backed team claims to have submitted an entry.
"The head of [Italian F1 broadcaster] RAI has already made it clear that they would want to review their contract if Ferrari were not in F1."
"Donington’s chances of being ready to stage next year’s British Grand Prix have been boosted after the track-owning Wheatcroft family settled its dispute with Simon Gillett’s company out of court."
Question: What is the likelihood of any of these guys being back in an Indy car in the near future: Hornish, Allmendinger, Montoya, Bourdais, Villeneuve. (Will, Belfast, Northern Ireland) Answer: I wouldn't think so. Maybe Bourdais. He was interested last fall.
"I worked hard to bring F1 here and am very happy to have done so, but it's not been much appreciated. Even our prime minister would want to keep F1 here; it's one of the best tools for promoting Turkey and Istanbul. I would have preferred better circumstances, but most people are after their own self-interest rather than the interest of the country."
"The example you see here, Chassis 19, was painstakingly restored to original condition, and was set to hit the auction block at Christie's two years ago until it was withdrawn at the last minute due to unanswered questions over its heritage and provenance. With the questions answered and its pedigree assured, Bonhams is now offering this extremely rare and most desirable piece of automotive history at its upcoming auction at the Quail Lodge this coming August, where it is expected to fetch in excess of $8 million. But with previous estimates having placed it closer to $12 million, it stands a real chance of breaking the $12.2 million record set by the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa at the RM Auction in Maranello just last month."
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