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Wed 30 Dec 2009
Schumacher would have raced third Ferrari - Gene
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Schumacher would have raced third Ferrari - Gene

Different rules could have seen Michael Schumacher return to F1 in 2010 with Ferrari. That is the belief of Marc Gene, the famous Italian team's Spanish test driver. He wrote in his column for the El Mundo newspaper that Ferrari pushed...

Alguersuari hopes deal announced next month
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Alguersuari hopes deal announced next month

A further sign that Jaime Alguersuari will retain his Toro Rosso race seat for the 2010 season has emerged. When the 19-year-old rookie's name was left off the provisional entry list for next season, his management expressed surprise and said...

Soucek hints Williams test option for 2010
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Soucek hints Williams test option for 2010

New F2 champion Andy Soucek has hinted he could be installed as Williams' test and reserve driver in 2010. As his prize for winning this year's F2 series, the 24-year-old Spanish-Austrian recently tested for the British team at Jerez. Soucek...

Ralf Schumacher not confirming Toro Rosso talks
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Ralf Schumacher not confirming Toro Rosso talks

Ralf Schumacher has refused to deny speculation linking him with Toro Rosso's vacant race cockpit for 2010. The 34-year-old German, who races with Mercedes in the DTM series, has this week been back in the headlines, revealing an offer from one...

Montagny hints no F1 seat for 2010
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Montagny hints no F1 seat for 2010

Franck Montagny has hinted strongly that he will not be returning to Formula One in 2010. The 31-year-old Frenchman, a former test driver who contested a handful of races with Super Aguri in 2006, recently confirmed he has been in contact with...

No title sponsor yet for 2010 Australian GP
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No title sponsor yet for 2010 Australian GP

The Australian Grand Prix is yet to sign a title sponsor for its 2010 event. The Melbourne race was previously backed and named after the Dutch bank ING, who early last year announced it would no longer be involved with Formula One beyond ...

Piquet to complete 2010 Campos lineup - report
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Piquet to complete 2010 Campos lineup - report

A Spanish motor racing website is reporting that Nelson Piquet will complete the driver lineup of the new Campos team in 2010. Motor21.com said on Monday that the 24-year-old Brazilian's contract is for three years, ensuring a lineup of famous...

Ecclestone hopes Klien gets Sauber race seat
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Ecclestone hopes Klien gets Sauber race seat

Bernie Ecclestone has crossed his fingers that Christian Klien is chosen to be Kamui Kobayashi's teammate at Sauber in 2010. Klien, 26, has been the Hinwil based team's test driver for the past two years but faces stiff competition for the race...

Schumacher's return not universally popular
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Schumacher's return not universally popular

Even among those representing Mercedes-Benz, Michael Schumacher's return to Formula One is not universally popular. Uwe Werner, a member of parent company Daimler's supervisory board, said the decision to pay the seven time world champion 7 ...

Todt's FIA to tackle Schumacher favouritism claims
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Todt's FIA to tackle Schumacher favouritism claims

F1's governing body will be "on their toes" in 2010 to scupper renewed suggestions of bias towards Michael Schumacher. Damon Hill, the German driver's fierce championship opponent of the mid 90s, told the BBC: "The suspicion was always that ...

Todt says F1 still too expensive
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Todt says F1 still too expensive

Jean Todt has vowed to continue Max Mosley's efforts to reduce costs in Formula One. "F1 is too expensive," the new FIA president said in an interview with France's Le Figaro daily. "I am sad that Honda, BMW and Toyota have left, but when one...

Vettel agrees new points system not radical
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Vettel agrees new points system not radical

Sebastian Vettel agrees with Norbert Haug that the changes to F1's scoring system for 2010 are not as radical as was interpreted by some. Mercedes' competition boss Haug said earlier this month that the new points system actually does not...

Schumacher not bookmakers' favourite for 2010 title
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Schumacher not bookmakers' favourite for 2010 title

Bookmaker Victor Chandler is offering odds of 13/2 that Michael Schumacher will secure a record-expanding eighth world championship in 2010. After the legendary German's return to the sport after a three-year absence was announced just prior to...

Ralf Schumacher 'ready' for F1 return
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Ralf Schumacher 'ready' for F1 return

Ralf Schumacher has confirmed reports that he would like to return to the Formula One grid. An unnamed source close to the 34-year-old German has told Bild newspaper that Schumacher, the younger brother of seven time world champion...

D'Ambrosio tipped for 2010 Renault seat
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D'Ambrosio tipped for 2010 Renault seat

Jerome d'Ambrosio has emerged as a possible candidate to be Robert Kubica's teammate at Renault in 2010. The 24-year-old Belgian has been a GP2 driver in the last two years, and in the wake of the Genii buyout, he is being linked with the...

2010 Mercedes car to be launched in Stuttgart
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2010 Mercedes car to be launched in Stuttgart

After the collapse of plans for a common 2010 car launch event, the newly rebranded Mercedes GP team looks set to reveal its new single seater in Stuttgart late in January. The German Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag said the event will ...

Ralf Schumacher rejected F1 offer for 2010
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Ralf Schumacher rejected F1 offer for 2010

Michael Schumacher's brother might also have made a return to Formula One in 2010, it has emerged. After 40-year-old Michael's sensational comeback with Mercedes GP was announced last week, his younger brother Ralf said: "Honestly, I also would...

Button second in 2009 European sportsman poll
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Button second in 2009 European sportsman poll

Jenson Button has placed second in the annual awards poll contributed by members of the European Sports Press Union. The new world champion and Briton was awarded 81 points by journalists working for numerous European news agencies, behind the...

USF1 car also designed without wind tunnel
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USF1 car also designed without wind tunnel

A second 2010 Formula One car has been designed without the aid of a wind tunnel. A minor spat between the new Virgin and Lotus teams erupted earlier this month when Virgin designer Nick Wirth said his single seater for next year had benefited...

USF1 website shows monocoque construction
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USF1 website shows monocoque construction

USF1 has launched an official website, including a video showing progress on its 2010 car. The new American entry's sporting director Peter Windsor recently denied Bernie Ecclestone's claim that it might not contest next year's ...

Toro Rosso crash-testing 2010 car STR5
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Toro Rosso crash-testing 2010 car STR5

Crash testing of Toro Rosso's new 2010 car is progressing well, technical boss Giorgio Ascanelli has revealed. Due to the total ban on customer cars, the Faenza based team is for the first time having to design and construct its very own...

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Johnson, F1 exodus - top storiesHeadline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Johnson, F1 exodus - top stories

Ingram's Flat Spot On By: Jonathan Ingram Johnson, F1 exodus: top stories The Top Ten motor racing stories in 2009, according to one man's opinion. 1. Jimmie Johnson wins four straight -- This is the story of the decade. It only changes...

No buyer found for unusable Donington
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No buyer found for unusable Donington

Administrators of the Donington Park operation have not found a buyer, BBC News reported late Thursday. The previous leaseholding run by Simon Gillett went into administration following the failed bid to host the British Grand Prix beginning in...

Stefan GP chief visits Toyota's Cologne HQ
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Stefan GP chief visits Toyota's Cologne HQ

Serbian businessman Zoran Stefanovic's interest in the Toyota Formula One team stepped up a gear last week. His outfit Stefan GP hopes to make its Grand Prix debut either next year or in 2011, and a recent visit to Toyota's Cologne headquarters...