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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mallya: Sutil is safe

Despite a difficult start to the season, Force India boss Vijay Mallya has backed Adrian Sutil as a talent which can be cultivated, Crash.net reports.

Sutil had a productive first campaign with Spyker, and was touted for a possible move up the grid over the winter. He was retained by Mallya when the Indian bought the former Dutch squad.

But the German has just three retirements and a 19th to show for his sophomore campaign. Mallya chalks up his early season performance to a combination of bad luck and being paired with a vastly more experienced teammate.

Mallya believes Sutil can learn from Giancarlo Fisichella, and that before long the youngster will see his luck turn.

Fry not a believer in Super Aguri’s investor

Honda team boss Nick Fry doubts the Weigl Group has what it takes to keep Super Aguri afloat, Reuters reports.

Super Aguri announced yesterday it was in final talks with the German automotive manufacturer, and plans to present the deal to the Honda board next week.

Honda must OK the deal, as it supplies engines, chassis and significant financial support to Aguri Suzuki’s squad.

Unless significant long-term funding can be found, Super Aguri’s days would seem to be numbered, even if the Weigl Group investment is approved. The team's cozy “customer” role with Honda will not be allowed under next season’s rules.

F1 Drivers looking to run A1 teams?

The Daily Express reports both Giancarlo Fisichella and David Couthard are examining the possibility of running teams in A1 GP, the self-styled “world cup of motorsport.”

A1 GP promoter Tony Teixeira said he can’t name names, but that he has four members of the Formula One community interested in his series, and Coulthard and Fisichella’s interest would be very welcome.

Teixeira went on to say the Bernie Ecclestone was “dumbfounded” when it was revealed A1 GP had secured Ferrari power, offering “his respect” for the deal. 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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