In today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up: Robert Kubica looks set to be back in an F1 simulator from June.
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?óÔé¼?ôStories coming from Italy suggest that injured F1 driver Robert Kubica aims to get into an F1 simulator and then back into a car and has set his sights on doing it from June onwards.?óÔé¼?Ø
“Dany Bahar, Lotus chief executive, has been trying to find a partner with the firepower to guarantee debt funding of ?é?ú500m. […] Bahar may have stiff competition for the brand from Genii Capital, the Luxembourg-based buyout firm that already owns the Lotus Formula One team.”
?óÔé¼?ôGerhard Berger has predicted that Michael Schumacher will retire from Formula One for good at the end of the 2012 season.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôSebastian Vettel has signed up a new personal trainer ahead of the start of the season.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôTomorrow will be in England visiting the team! Having a look at the new car.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFerrari test engineer Ossi Oikarinen has joined the Audi Sport Team Rosberg R8 LMS squad alongside ex-#F1 technical director Dieter Gass.?óÔé¼?Ø
A relaxing of the rules by the FIA will allow teams to use torque-sensing wheel-guns in 2012. Federico Galloni from wheel-gun suppliers Paoli told F1Web.it teams will be able to pre-programme an amount of torque energy to be achieved when fastening the wheel. A set of LED lights will illuminate to show mechanics when the nut has been sufficiently tightened. This may help prevent cars leaving the pits and losing wheels, as has happened several times in recent seasons.
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Cost-cutting taken to a new level at Lotus with Raikkonen?óÔé¼Ôäós latest seat fitting.
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Nonetheless they were the quickest cars in the test – and the team also had Luca Badoer testing at Mugello simultaneously.