Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Ferrari dismiss Alonso exit rumours

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2013In the round-up: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says suggestions Fernando Alonso could leave Ferrari for another team are media speculation.

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Ferrari expects Alonso to stay (Ferrari)

“I am very pleased with Fernando. He has a contract with us until the end of 2016.”

Engine manufacturers fear Honda challenge (F1 Technical)

“The current engine manufacturers fear they may face a considerable disadvantage to Honda over the course of 2014 as the Japanese manufacturer is not yet obliged to the engine freeze before it enters competition in 2015.”

F1 star Eddie Irvine: Dissident bombers are idiots (Belfast Telegraph)

“Former race ace Eddie Irvine has branded dissident republicans who?ve brought terror back to the streets of Belfast as ‘clowns and idiots’.”

A special christmas message from Esteban Gutierrez (Esteban Gutierrez via YouTube)

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Comment of the day

@Wsrgo on the Indian Grand Prix’s chances of returning to the F1 calendar in 2015:

I hope Vicky Chandhok?s decision to not stand for re-election doesn?t affect the Indian Grand Prix?s chances to return in 2015. Either way, it probably still hinges on whether Government support can be obtained. If India?s top brass still continue to treat F1 as entertainment, not sport, and thus levy entertainment taxes on the incomes, the Indian Grand Prix will probably not return.

Chandhok has done tremendously well as the FMSCI president in the last few years, and it?ll be tough for his successor (whoever he is) to emulate him.
@Wsrgo

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On this day in F1

Happy birthday to Wilson Fittipaldi who turns 70 today. Sixth place on his debut for Brabham in his (non-championship) home grand prix in 1972 was a promising start but he ended the year point-less. Nevertheless he remained with Bernie Ecclestone’s team for a second season and took a best finish of fifth at the Nurburgring.

He returned to F1 in 1975 driving for the new Copersucar team he founded with his brother. At the end of the season his younger brother Emerson, already a two-times world champion, stunned the F1 world by taking over from his brother at the fledgling team.

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