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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Bahrain notebook

Sebastian Vettel revealed to autosport.com that a move to McLaren was blocked last winter by Red Bull.

The 20-year-old German first burst on the scene last season when he subbed for Robert Kubica at Indianapolis following the Pole's horrific crash the previous week in Canada. Vettel was serving at the time as BMW’s reserve driver.

His performance soon earned him a recall by his Red Bull masters to replace Scott Speed at Toro Rosso, where he went on to put in some spectacular drives.

Continued good performances for resurgent Toro Rosso this year has led to speculation he is on the short list further up the paddock.

Vettel is proving to be a great, great talent, and he seems to have his head screwed on straight. As long as he keeps his head down and continues to put in consistent drives, there is no doubt he will be moving up before long.

Alonso: I have no escape clause

Fernando Alonso denied there is an option to opt out of his Renault contract at the end of the season.

Alonso reiterated to reporters his commitment to Renault is for two years, and noted that rule changes for ’09 will create a unique opportunity to reshuffle the field.

Rumors have been running rampant that he will replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari, perhaps sooner rather than later.

My guess is that all parties are in a wait and see mode.

Mosley calls for a special meeting of the FIA

Amid calls for his resignation, Max Mosley has called for a special meeting of the full membership of the FIA.

It will most likely take a few weeks to convene such a meeting due to the logistics of such an event.

Mercedes, BMW, Honda and Toyota all issued statements critical of Mosley earlier in the day, and Lewis Hamilton became the first current driver to speak out, aligning himself with those critical of the FIA chief.

Mosley is not in attendance this week in Bahrain. Bahrain's royal family, in a letter sent to Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone, requested Mosley steer clear of the event to avoid distraction. 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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