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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Can we add salt to your wound, Ron?

Schumi to help distribute fine $$$

The FIA announced Michael Schumacher has been tapped as part of a five man team to help distribute $60 million paid by McLaren for last year's spying controversy.

Schumacher joins Max Mosley, Jean Todt, Norbert Haug and Nick Craw (representing the national sporting associations). One can only assume Haug was included to drive home the point that the FIA blames McLaren, not Mercedes.

The FIA plans to spend the money on safety programs.


Get off my land!

Reuters reports Eddie Jordan has blocked the main access road to Force India’s factory at Silverstone.

Seems when EJ sold to Midland, he retained some of the land around the factory including the road. Now he wants the current tenants to buy the land.

Concrete blocks were been placed across the road while Force India was away in Malaysia. Employees were able to use another entrance.

The Irishman made a point of saying he has nothing against team owner Vijay Mallya. Still, I’m betting EJ’s band doesn’t play another Force India function for a while...

Qatar to upgrade circuit

Qatar confirmed plans to upgrade the Losail circuit, used as a bike venue, in hopes of eventually luring F1.

Mindful that two dates are already planned in the Middle East in the near future, officials are eyeing a role as a test track, with a race as a long term goal, according to a report in Gulf Times.

Thus continues F1’s expansion out of traditional markets. Races such as Silverstone, Melbourne, Magny-Cours, Indianapolis and Montreal will need to ante up big time to remain or regain places on the calendar. Many countries can’t compete with locales backed by governments with deep pockets. I love the idea of new venues, but each traditional race we lose is a shame. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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