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News Roundup 21:49
Alexander Wurz have come out in support of the Austrian Grand Prix saying, “There’s always a debate about whether or not this track is super-sexy or not,”
“However, for the racing itself, even in the years where overtaking was almost impossible, every year this was the racetrack with the highest amount of overtaking and for that reason it was a cool race for spectators and drivers.”
Red Bull billionaire boss Dietrich Mateschitz will stump up the cash for the hosting fee himself.
Nothing like a bit of patriotism…
Mid way last year Sauber had amassed 80, lying sixth in the championship just behind Mercedes. This year however things are much tougher and the 7 points the team has scored were all by Hulkenberg… who has not been paid yet.
The future may look uncertain at Sauber but Hulkenberg is optimistic about the second half of the season saying, “The team will still work on this year’s car after the summer break” The development will be funded with the Russian investment.
Must be in a better position as Lotus F1 then… watch out Kimi, Hulkenberg is coming for you… From Russia with Love.
Love is in the air….
Christian Horner has come out in support of our leader Mr E. “Bernie is a unique individual who has run Formula One tremendously successfully for the last 40 or 45 years. The business, as it is today, is because of the way he has run it and operated it. It is unimaginable for him not to be there.”
So would that mean teams are going bankrupt because of him or they (Red Bull) are making money because of him? Or is it actually making it into the Global Sport that it is today … with giant antipodean rodents eating cables. (Sorry, could not help myself…)
Horner goes on,”I hope he goes on for a long time to come.”
More money troubles at Lotus
It is not news that Lotus F1 team has been having money problems. In fact, this has been known since last year and Raikkonen’s performance based contract is not helping them either.
According to a report in Motorsport-Total, the team is in debt to around 120m Euro and with Raikkonen not paid some of his money (again) you can understand why he would be looking to go elsewhere.
Although his move could be motivated by money (likely) there is also a concern around the development of the car. According to Alan Permane there is no more developments planned for 2013, “What was planned has already been developed and will be used [in the second part of the season]”.
They could be focusing on their 2014 car however reports suggest Lotus technical staff and suppliers have not been paid either. This does not bode well for Raikkonen’s championship challenge for this year.
The reported investment by Infinity Racing into the Lotus F1 team has yet to materialise. In a similar situation to the Sauber investment it appears that Infinity Racing has yet to pay Lotus any money as part of their investment. Having said that, the “investment” was never about a monetary investment per se, but rather a ‘technical partnership’.
Bleak times ahead for Formula 1… do we have any other Russian investors interested in Formula 1?
Petrov to drive for (a) Mercedes Team
What a weekend can do for you. Yesterday TJ13 reported that we may have not one but two Russian drivers in 2014. Vitaly Petrov has been making noises about possible backing from Mercedes and we know about Sergey Sirotkin and Sauber.
Petrov was seen at the DTM race in Moscow sporting a Mercedes branded jacket and when asked about sponsorship he said, “If something happens, it would be just great because Mercedes have a big market in Russia and a big support,”.
Is it unthinkable that he may be in line for a drive with DTM rather than Formula 1?
The challenges of a Russian F1 race
Last week TJ13 reported that the Russian Automobile Association (RAS) has not filed their application to host the 2014 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi due to a disagreement between itself and Omega Center.
It now appears they have come to an agreement (of some sorts). In an interview with Russian daily Sport Express, Deputy General Director for Omega Center Oleg Zabara said, “We are really interested in a good partnership with the RAF for years.”
“We’re set to sign an official contract with RAF this week before sending an application to stage the 2014 race to the F1’s ruling body, the FIA. We’ve already reached the agreement, which we now need to formalise.”
RAS has yet to comment on this agreement however once the contract is signed they will claim force majeure and submit their application to host the 2014 Russian Grand Prix. Considering the 22 races for 2014 is now hovering around the 20 mark and could decrease it may be successful.
The challenges of a Russian F1 race Mark II
Not only does the organisers of the Russian GP have to agree a contract and submit an application, they also have to deal with airspace issues if this weekend’s DTM race can be taken as an example.
The Daily Mail reports DTM’s Q4 had to be cancelled after the airspace above the Moscow race circuit was closed due to Russian President Vladimir Putin flying over in his private jet. This meant that the medical helicopter would not have been able to take off in the case of an emergency… put this into F1 terms though.
If the medical helicopter was not allowed to take off neither will the television helicopters be able to give us the great shots from above. One can only imagine what Mr E would say to that. Should the Russian GP go ahead next year Mr E and his CVC paymasters may have to consider some VIP treatment for Putin, including getting him to the track without the need of a plane and well in advance of any racing.