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Silverstone sold 21:00
A senior motorsport personality, who is a BRDC member, told The Independent: “A deal has been done on Silverstone. I don’t know who bought it and I don’t know what the terms are, but it is absolutely categoric that a deal has been done and not due to be announced until next month probably.”
It is rumoured that the potential buyer is a real estate firm with the most recent company linked to a takeover being MEPC, a property group owned by the BT pension fund, with an offer of £40m.
With Silverstone already being one of the most expensive races to attend one can only hope that the new investors can find a way to boost their income from developing a business park to subsidise ticket prices.
Sirotkin to start 2014 preparation
After a week of turmoil it appears Sirotkin is on track to start his induction and familiarisation with Sauber next week. Earlier this week TJ13 reported some troubles with the Sauber/Russian deal as it was rumoured that the board of NIAT (National Institute of Aviation Technologies) are refusing to sign off the investment.
It is well known that Mr Putin is the ultimate sign-off and perhaps he had a word with his subordinates as Sauber now says “The contract with Sergey Sirotkin is in place“. Russian media supports this quoting Sirotkin’s management saying he will visit the team and it is, “scheduled for 20-22 August,” and, “Sergey will become acquainted with team staff, technical equipment and the Sauber Formula One car“.
With Spa next weekend let us hope we see Kaltenborn in the team principal’s press conference. It should be interesting…
Williams has great expectations of Symonds
With Pat Symonds leaving Marussia for Williams expectations are that the Grove based team will see an improvement in their performance. How soon though remains to be seen however in an interview with Brazil’s TotalRace deputy team principal Claire Williams said although they are not where they want to be she thinks Symonds will have an immediate impact.
“Pat Symonds is coming after the August break and I think he will have an immediate impact and get us where we need to be.”
It appears Symonds will be working to revive the 2013 challenge rather than focusing on the 2014 car with Williams saying, “We cannot do that. Williams always goes to every race trying to score points, wanting to win. As in any year, let’s make sure that we continue to develop this car, while thinking about the car for 2014.”
Is that the right strategy, to focus on the 2013 car which is rather off the pace? Would it not be better for resources to focus on 2014 to ensure they have a decent chance in the new season or is this being done in the hope of securing better results to impress sponsors?