Rift grows between Hamilton and Sutil over trial

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013In the round-up: Adrian Sutil says he hasn’t spoken to his former friend and F3 team mate Lewis Hamilton since the Mercedes driver chose not to testify at his trial last year.

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Adrian Sutil will race for Force India as F1 driver line-up completed (BBC)

“We have no relationship at the moment. I never saw him, I never spoke to him. For sure I will meet up with him, but I don’t know what will happen.”

Marussia expects engine change (Crash)

Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon: “My understanding is that Cosworth won’t be making a 2014 engine.”

Kings of the private equity jungle (FT, registration required)

“CVC distributed ??5bn [??4.32bn] to investors last year and expects to make as much as seven times its $1bn [??660m] investment in Formula One, the motor racing company slated for an initial public offering in Singapore this year.”

Vergne hails impact of updates (Autosport)

“We have new upgrades here [and] we are really happy. There were many things we wanted to test and we could follow the programme quite well despite the bad conditions.”

Good news for Vijay (Joe Saward)

“Mallya keeps saying that the troubles of one company do not affect the other firms in which he has shareholdings, but it is hard to imagine that at least some of the cash will not be going towards the airline, unless even he has finally concluded that it could be a lost cause.”

No Time For Tears ?ǣ Racing, Romanticism and Revolution (The Buxton Blog)

“Ultimately this whole thing will have come down to finances. The money off deal proposed by Ferrari for their 2014 engines will have been less than Adrian Sutil was able to bring to the table.”

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@MalleshMagdum on the long wait for Force India’s driver announcement:

That announcement took as long to arrive as Kingfisher employee’s salary.

Happy to see him back.
@MalleshMagdum

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On this day in F1

Jody Scheckter became the third different winner in as many races on this day in 1975.

He won the South African Grand Prix for Tyrrell with team mate Patrick Depailler third and Brabham’s Carlos Reutemann in between them.

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