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Maldonado to leave Williams (13:27)
A little help from your friend – New Jersey
We know Valencia is canned and it appears Mr E is growing rather soft in his older age… well almost. Spanish newspaper Marca reports Ecclestone has agreed to terminate the Valencia contract without implementing his normal termination fees, which for Valencia is a reported 50 million euros.
However… not be be seen as too kind (it would ruin his reputation) Mr E has decided that all the equipment that was used to make Valencia a safe street circuit should be shipped across the pond. For recycling I hear you ask? Not quite…
The rusty structures of Valencia’s street circuit will make it’s way into the Manhattan skyline when Formula 1 graces it’s shores in 2014. More than 10km of barriers, worth an estimated 6 million euros, will be reused for the Gran Prix of America.
Here at TJ13 we like to be positive and we love the global sport that is F1. The more people that follow the sport the better however, what sort of a start is this to a Gran Prix in the land of many opportunities?
Any ideas what India may throw into the kitty for New Jersey?
Maldonado to leave Williams
Yesterday TJ13 reported Claire Williams had made a trip to Venezuela to discuss the future of the sponsorship deal PDVSA has with Williams F1 team.
Things seem to be going from bad to worse with a full scale civil war about to break out at the team. Maldonado is very unhappy because he feels he is not being given a car to win races something which team manager Dickie Stanford admits. Speaking to AMuS he said, “I’ve never seen a racing car that reacts so little to modifications“.
But the team is not taking all the blame saying Maldonado is still making too many mistakes.
Now Nicholas Todt who manages both Maldonado and Massa is working hard to get Maldonado lined up for the Lotus drive and then fill the vacant seat at Williams with Massa, who has a reported kitty of 6 million euros.
The silliest silly season in how long?