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More trouble for Mr E 21:21
The dark clouds of justice that was gathering in Germany for Ecclestone has now made it to Britain. The Financial Times reported Formula One Group and owners CVC were ordered by a London court to release hundreds of documents relating to the sale of the motor racing series seven years ago… German media group Constantin Medien is claiming damages of at least $171m due to Formula 1 being sold below value.
The noose is starting to tighten me thinks…
Not one but two busses… err Russians
You know that feeling when you stand at a bus stop, waiting for the bus which is running late. Then not one but two busses rocks up…
We may find ourselves with two Russians on the grid in 2014. Apart from young 18 year old Sergey Sirotkin pushing to come into F1 Vitaly Petrov has now raised his voice and claims he is busy putting something together to be on the grid in 2014.
In an interview with Russian news agency Ria Novosti Petrov said that the organisers of the Sochi Grand Prix are helping him find his way back to F1. Petrov said, “Even the race track itself, they are helping quite a lot because they are talking with people. We are working together to find a seat for next year,“.
A case of the blind leading the blind? TJ13 reported late last week that the organisers have missed the application deadline due to ‘disagreements’ between the Russian Automobile Society and the organisers.
Anyway, they are now helping Petrov find his way back with Williams F1 and Marussia being two teams that could be possible partners.
Montezemolo’s weekend of wars – Pirelli tyre test
It has been a busy weekend for our Ferrari president. Having rebuked Alonso this weekend (again) he also took a swipe at Mercedes saying their win was a result of the secret tyre test they carried out. He rightly observes, “before then [the test], it [Mercedes] had not won a single grand prix, then after the test it won three out of five“.
Obviously Ferrari had the opportunity to test, under the same constraints, new compounds at Silverstone during the ‘young drivers test’ and during this test could rake up more than 1000km in testing. This was not enough to make the Ferrari a true challenger.
Now Montezemolo seem to be in luck.
Pirelli’s Paul Hembery said this weekend that they are planning another 1000km test. According to Hembery the test with Mercedes was, “the best we’ve ever done” and “That’s why we want more of it”
Hembery goes on to say that the tests may be in both 2011 and 2013 cars and that they will make the specifications for next year’s tyres available in October. Tyres are rumoured to be wider and made of more conservative compound as the criticism was “too much” this year.
Every country that has access to the British series Top Gear knows that Formula 1 drivers put a lot of importance in their “lap with a reasonably priced car’, a Suzuki Liana.
In the last episode of series 20, Mark Webber took to the Top Gear track in an attempt to beat everyone, including his soon to be ex teammate, Sebastian Vettel. Well Mark was unsuccessful in beating Lewis Hamilton’s time of 1m42.9 however, he did manage to beat Vettel’s time of 1m44.0 in a time of 1m43.1. Maybe he has made the right decision to go to sports cars after all.
The programme should be live in the link above for those viewers who can access it on BBC iPlayer.
Lewis doesn’t like snorers
Lewis Hamilton shared this picture of Roscoe this morning with the description ,”Yo, I used to wake up to the most beautiful woman in the world & now look what I wake up to…..balls all out Roscoe snoring hard!!” Although according to The Telegraph, this could all be about to change.
The latest twist in the saga that is the Hamilton-Scherzinger relationship, is that two looking to reconcile following their respective difficulties from being apart from each other. A source has said, “they both know this is the final chance to make it work.” Scherzinger is currently in the UK filming the latest series of the reality TV show, X-Factor. At the very least, this will give Lewis a couple of weeks to spend with his former long-term partner.