Sebastian Vettel, Bernie Ecclestone, Monza, 2011

Ecclestone rekindles interest in F1 sale

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Cari Jones

In today’s round-up: Bernie Ecclestone’s comments on a Singapore floatation spark a market for sale of F1, as potential buyers are put on alert.


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Ecclestone flotation talk puts potential F1 buyers on alert (James Allen)

??There also remains the issue of the 2013 Concorde Agreement. It is hard to see how any sale, either public or private, could take place until a new one is agreed and put in place, binding in the governing body, commercial rights holder and teams for a fixed period of five years or more.??

Ferrari are racing to pair Lewis Hamilton with Alonso again (Daily Star)

??Controversial Brit Lewis Hamilton could be in line for a sensational switch to Ferrari.??

Williams F1 & TRL Sign Simulator Training MoU (Williams)

??Williams F1 and TRL (the UK Transport Research Laboratory) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on research regarding the application of advanced simulator-based vehicle training technologies. This will help to improve road safety, reduce vehicle emissions and increase passenger comfort and safety.??

Force India not taking sixth in constructors’ for granted (ESPN)

??Force India has vowed not to become complacent over its current sixth place position in the constructors’ championship.??

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Comment of the day

There?s been a great response to Keith?s article on the drivers will make their last F1 start next week. petebaldwin says:

If Williams have decided that Barichello isn?t going to race for them next season, it should be announced before the race so he gets a final send off.

It would be a shame for his career to end quietly after the season.

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On this day in F1

Jacques Laffite turns 68 today. The French driver made his F1 debut in 1974 and scored his first victory in the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp in 1977.

Like all of his six victories, it was achieved at the wheel of a Ligier, the team he started 132 of his 176 races for.

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  1. Jacques Laffite made his debut in 1974…not 1964 as mentioned here.

  2. Controversial Brit Lewis Hamilton could be in line for a sensational switch to Ferrari.

    I hope so! I know Massa won’t be there beyond 2012, so I’d like to see Alonso and Hamilton against Vettel! Such a strong pairing would almost be certain to win the constructors’ championship, but what about the drivers’?
    Although I’d also like Lewis to remain at McLaren for all his career to establish a new record.

  3. Brazillian blogger Fábio Seixas (quite good sources) is claiming that Barrichelo has a “letter of intent” with the black Renault and is almost certain to be one of their drivers for next year. Announcement will be at Interlagos.

  4. Pedro De La Rosa, just signed with Hispania.
    As racing driver it seem… Will be interesting now with the Toro Rosso kids… I´m sure there will be tears… #poorbuemi

    1. And I think is the end for another Red Bull Junior Program… Liuzzi…

      1. GO PEDRO!!!!!!

        1. liuzzi might not be done unless A) he’s had enough or B) he has no money i see no reason to drop him otherwise. No way riccardo will be in hrt next year redbull have a tight leash on him. Even in interviews he has to ware the redbull cap lol and it’s the only part of sponsorship clothing u can see when they have the overals pulled down to the waist.

          I think you are correct in your thoughts this announcement means buemi will almost definitely be dropped to make room for riccardo no one could justify dropping jamie.

          1. Whats more amazing is that both “De La Rosa” and “HRT” are trending on twitter worldwide…

    2. I don’t use twitter but im glad to hear it if the world is excited about pedro returning they should be he’s a great guy. I can see from the media side this is gold for hrt. Spanish team spanish driver and it’s been announced before the years even out! That’s a massive difference from a week before the last test last year lol maybe hrt are going to really start stepping up as a team.

      1. But wouldn´t they earn more if they hired a young driver from Spain… someone like Dani Clos.

        I know that De La Rosa is a good guy, but he doesn´t have a good showing… a new driver will give them hope of new sponsorchip…

        1. They can always put Clos in next to Pedro (or have him in the 3rd driver seat and do the old chairdance mid season).

  5. Well this is true but then it’s probably more important to have the young speed when you have a good car hamilton to mclaren in 07 for instance. I think pedro can really help move them forward he has so much development experience with the best development team.

    Also he gave kamui a good run for his money and was robbed of at least one good finish that year due to imploding ferrari engines. Lady luck never smiled on pedros f1 career. I have a feeling he may even surprise a few people in the next two years because i think he has a bit of a reputation with the fans of not being quite good enough. If you ask the team bosses and the drivers i think you will hear a very different opinion about him. :)

    1. you might want to disregard what i have just said since i obviously don’t have the sense to even be able to press reply ;)

  6. Martin Brundle

    Pedro De la Rosa to drive for HRT next 2 years. That will surprise more than a few drivers who hope they might be on the grid somewhere.

    1. already old news by the look of it sorry should have done a review before posting.

    2. Reading the few headlines above, if Rubens signs with TheTeamFormerlyKnownasRenault-Bennetton… and Kimi signs with Williams, then someone will get Grosjean into Trulli’s seat and Glock next to Rubens to we can throw half the grid around!

      Gotta love the old silly season!

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