"Formula 1 star Kimi Raikkonen is understood to be ready to sign a deal with Citroen to drive a C4 World Rally Car on all 13 rounds of the 2010 World Rally Championship." Is Kimi Raikkonen about to get one of the most coveted seats in rallying? It would be a huge coup for the championship which has struggled in recent years.
BMW has given up on Qadbak, which is reassuring because we never heard much about their F1 plans. Can Peter Sauber get the team on the grid for 2010?
"The Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris has upheld the FIA’s selection procedure for new teams in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship and rejected a legal action filed by UK company MSC, one of the unsuccessful candidates."
"The court said it expected to reach a verdict on January 5." Added to the F1 Fanatic calendar: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/credits-and-contacts/f1-fanatic-calendar/
"BBC Sport has won a prestigious Royal Television Society Award for the short film that introduced the coverage of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix." And thoroughly deserved it was too.
"By not coming out and denying the Mercedes stories, Schumacher and Mercedes boss Norbert Haug are keeping themselves in positive headlines, building to fever pitch in Germany, which keeps the Schumacher brand strong and neutralises the damage caused to Mercedes by Jenson Button’s defection to McLaren." I'm often sceptical about this kind of reasoning – why would Mercedes want to build expectation to 'fever pitch' and then fail to meet those expectations by signing Nick Heidfeld?
"Campos Meta 1's car for its debut Formula 1 season has been homologated by the FIA following a series of tests last week."
Willi Weber: "I know that Michael spoke with Dieter Zetsche and Norbert Haug at the season's finale in Abu Dhabi."
Ross Brawn has an interesting explanation for how Ferrari lost the 1997 championship: "We were involved with races where we would use our drivers strategically. At Suzuka in the late 1990s, Michael [Schumacher] built a lead while Eddie [Irvine] controlled the pace of the rest of the pack. And in 1997 we lost the world championship because [Heinz-Harald] Frentzen held Michael when [Jacques] Villeneuve was pulling away. The FIA won't accept it now, but that's how we did it in those days. This [Nelson Piquet Jnr's premeditated crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix] was different. This crossed a boundary nobody had ever crossed before, and in many ways I'm glad it came out and got punished. I can safely say it will never happen again."
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