In today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up: Austin Grand Prix officials say preparations are on course, and that funding is secured, despite Bernie Ecclestone expressing doubt the race will go ahead in 2012.
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?óÔé¼?ôAustin Grand Prix officials says they are baffled by suggestions from Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone that next year’s race is in doubt – as they insist that preparations at the new track are well on course.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôWilliams?óÔé¼Ôäó Pastor Maldonado and Toro Rosso?óÔé¼Ôäós Jaime Alguersuari have been given post-race time penalties by the Abu Dhabi stewards. Both were punished for ignoring blue flags during Sunday?óÔé¼Ôäós Grand Prix at Yas Marina.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôBBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz gets the inside line from the paddock on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the impressive Yas Marina Circuit.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFormula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone thinks it unlikely that third cars will become a part of the sport, despite a fresh push by Ferrari for them to be allowed.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFormula 1’s leading outfits have failed in a push to try and expand staff numbers for next season, after a proposal to change the terms of the Resource Restriction Agreement was blocked by smaller outfits.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôIt’s going to be a very exciting winter for us. I am just going to be itching to see what we produce next year. We are so, so close to Red Bull in every way that we are going to try and get every single hundredth out of the car over the winter.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôBoullier said: ?óÔé¼?£The latest I have is that he cannot commit to any deadline, so we have to discuss a common communication plan. We obviously want him to be back.?óÔé¼Ôäó
?óÔé¼?ô?óÔé¼?£If it has to be during the course of next year, why not? There are some conditions that we need to discuss, and I need to discuss with his manager that once he knows he cannot be back, or if he cannot be back, then any scenarios we now need to properly communicate.?óÔé¼Ôäó?óÔé¼?Ø
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Comment of the day
What did you think of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ? Jonathan189 says:
I know the race organizers were desperate for a more interesting race this year?óÔé¼?ª but I think leaving a thumbtack on the apex of turn 2 was taking it a bit too far.
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Two years ago today I wrote this piece on free-to-air F1 in Britain. Sadly some of the article’s more pessimistic predictions came true earlier this year: