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Monday, May 12, 2008

Teams wrong to object to customer cars


Honda Racing boss Ross Brawn says those who voted down customer cars put their own interests ahead of the sport.

The allowance for teams to buy chassis from existing constructors, championed by Max Mosley, was objected to by the independent teams.

The subsequent reversal of the customer car allowance for 2009 helped lead to the end of the Super Aguri squad, resulted in Prodrive abandoning its own F1 effort, which would have used McLaren customer cars, and ultimately will lead to the sale of the Toro Rosso team.

Brawn said in an interview with ITV that the independents were motivated by self preservation. Earlier in the weekend, he commented that current economics in the sport mean only manufacturers will be able to compete, according to ITV.

Hamilton: My best race ever!

Lewis Hamilton believes Turkey was his best race yet.

The BBC reports the Briton feels his second last weekend in Istanbul proves McLaren have closed the gap on Ferrari as the series heads for Monaco, his favorite race on the calendar.

Don’t overlook BMW Sauber, Renault

As for the Prancing Horse, team boss Stefano Domenicali thinks it would be shortsighted to overlook BMW Sauber and Renault in Monte Carlo.

The Italian said the unique nature of the tight, twisty track allows for other teams to take bold strategies, so the challenge isn’t limited to McLaren, according to ITV.

Quick Nick “annoyed” by quicker Kubica

Nick Heidfeld has denied claims he is under pressure from his BMW Sauber bosses despite Robert Kubica outperforming him so far this season.

The German said he finds it annoying, but not worrying, and he can up his game and beat his Polish teammate, according to an interview with German news agency SID.

Magny-Cours again on the outs

Bernie Ecclestone says this year's French Grand Prix is it for the Magny-Cours circuit.

Long a target for axing by the F1 head, Ecclestone said this year’s race is the last time the sport will put up with the remote location and shortcomings of the track.

In an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe, Ecclestone said he covets a race on the streets of Paris.

Istanbul faces fire in stray dog incident

Charlie Whiting and the FIA are not happy with race organizers in Istanbul after two stray dogs made their way onto the track during Sunday’s GP2 race, F1-Live reports.

One dog was struck by Bruno Senna's car, ending the Brazilian's race. The second resulted in a safety car period. Both incidents are a violation of the sporting regulations, and the FIA is investigating, according to a statement by Whiting. 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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