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Here is the last batch of 2007 Silverstone photos, Formula 1, courtesy of Vasek Penaz. Two of the drivers featured here are no longer on F1 grid. How many more will disapear before the next season begins… There are several hot candidates…
Here is the second batch of 2007 Silverstone photos, GP2. Again courtesy of Vasek Penaz.
A CD landed on my desk earlier this week. Happens all the time, but very seldom it is a CD containing photos from an F1 race. Here is a first batch, courtesy of Mr. Vasek Penaz. I thought the best batch to begin with would be the Silverstone babes
The transcripts from last weeks World Motor Sports Council hearing are now online. You can download it in PDF format here.
Enjoy the reading.
For the uncensored version of WMSC transcripts click here: WMSC Uncensored
When on December 19, 2005 news broke out, that Alonso will leave Renault and move to McLaren at the end of 2006 season, it caught many if not all by surprise. One of the people caught by surprise was for sure Alonso’s team boss, Flavio Briatore, who at that time also happened to be Alonso’s manager. Knowing nothing about his client (who also happened to be his team’s star driver and freshly crowned World Champion) negotiating a deal with Ron Dennis. Briatore kept a brave face despite the sharp stab in his back.
“I was at no time directly or indirectly involved in the conduct of these negotiations, Fernando made a personal decision that his future lies outside the Renault team when his current contract expires at the end of 2006. He contacted and negotiated with McLaren at his own instigation.”
Bernie Ecclestone also had his opinion on the whole matter:
It is time for another 2008 driver rumours round up. Some are from papers, some are my speculations.
It becomes more and more unlikely that we will see Fernando Alonso in McLaren next year, no matter how hard McLaren and Alonso’s managed try to state he is going nowhere… If it were up to me, I would probably let him go right away, but that would be expensive exercise for Dennis. It might as well upset Max Mosley, who made it clear, that should any steps be taken against Alonso by McLaren after he basically testified against his team (and himself), he would not hesitate to take McLaren to Paris again … So McLaren and Alonso will need their lawyers to work out some deal that will satisfy both parties.
How much more ridiculous the things can get? According to SpeedTV sources close to the Super Aguri team say that Honda effectively sabotaged its customer outfit’s chances at Spa.
Super Aguri were not allowed to use a wing design that it had used at the Spa test in July and found to be very competitive. Instead come the race weekend Honda provided Aguri only with less effective options, including a Barcelona-spec wing.
Indeed Anthony Davidson was so frustrated by the performance of his car in qualifying spec that he opted to drop out of parc ferme and start from the pit lane with a different wing fitted.
Ironically, in the race Takuma Sato still managed to fight his way past Jenson Button by going around the outside at the corner at the end of the straight, much to the embarrassment of the works team.
This would not be the best PR ahead of Japanese GP…I hope both Honda and Super Aguri deny this news as a piece of rubbish …
Aguri Suzuki has always insisted that his team is in no financial danger for 2007 season, even after the payments from their main partner, SS United stopped coming.
However he made no secret of the fact, he is on lookout for some partners. Several names have been mentioned (Alejandro Agag, Tony Teixiera). But it seems that the cash injection has arrived from Japan. Austrian paper Salzburger Nachrichten reports that a powerful Japanese businessman has plugged the budget hole, therefore securing the future of Leafield based Super Aguri. The new investor is set to be announced officially at Suzuki’s home race at Fuji in two weeks.
This is what Aguri Suzuki reportedly had to say:
The trip down the F1 history continues with a look at the 2005 cars. This was the last time we could see the yellow color of former race winning Jordans, black and white perrenial backmarkers Minardi as well as Saubers (turned into BMW Saubers in 2006)… Several tobacco backed teams used alternative tobacco free liveries for races in countries where tobacco ads had been banned. McLaren went tobacco free half way through the season. Jordans and Minardis kept changing their looks with new sponsors coming and going. Red Bull went mad in Monaco… Toyota seems to be very happy with their boring livery, they haven’t changed it much since they entered F1…
Ferrari – Marlboro version
Ferrari – Tobacco Free
West McLaren West Free Version
Johnnie Walker McLaren
The former rally driving world champion Colin McRae was killed in a helicopter crash Saturday afternoon…
“Colin was a remarkable man who wore his heart on this sleeve and was the epitome of a racer; fearless and attacking, yet he remained true to his roots and grounded despite the international fame and recognition that he achieved. The world is a sorrier place without him.” – David Coulthard
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This much is obvious, McLaren is out 2007 Constructors Championship and $100mil lighter. What else does it mean?
a)They will not be classified in constructors championship, so they should get the pit garage at the looser’s end of pitlane next year.
b)They still though should be able to keep car numbers 1-2, if the driver’s champ comes from the team, and the champ stays with the team next year. But if the champion comes from Ferrari, or a McLaren champion leaves the team, their car numbers will have 2 digits and will start with ‘2’…
After few weeks of Prodrive radio silence, some new information emerged last weekend in Spa. As Autosport reports, the deal is on hold, until the new Concorde Agreement is finalized.
From what David Richards says, it seems that all is in place:
“We are there, but there are lots of issues surrounding the validity of the Concorde Agreement, it is those sort of things that leave question marks at the moment, and they need to be resolved. Every other aspect of it is cleared up.”
It is widely expected that Prodrive will run McLaren chassis next year. This deal will come handy for McLaren, they sure would not mind extra cash to fill at least a bit of the $100,000,000 big hole. But….
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