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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Schumacher quit to save Massa’s job

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher says he quit Formula One because he was worried Felipe Massa would lose his seat after the team hired Kimi Raikkonen.

“I stopped because I didn't want my friend Felipe Massa to be unemployed," Fox reports Schumacher told Swiss newspaper Blick.

The German goes on to say he did not quit out of fear of the Finn.

"I would have had no problem going up against Kimi Raikkonen."

Mallya’s “heart, soul and money” going into 2009

Vijay Mallya’s Force India squad has found it difficult so far this season, the Indian team the only one currently on the grid without a point, but the piranha club’s newest owner knows success in F1 doesn’t happen overnight.

“Of course, we need to now show better and get better results, but it has only been six months since we took over, so what can you expect?,” Mallya is quoted by the AFP news service. “Our real focus is on 2009, and I'm absolutely determined that in 2009, we'll have some reason to be proud. Trust me, I'm putting my heart, soul, money and a lot more into 2009, and I intend to be right there.”

“The way we look at it, India hasn't qualified for the Olympic Games hockey, and in football we didn't qualify for the World Cup,” he continued. “Here we have an Indian team that's actually racing in the World Championship. That itself is an honour, to fly the Indian standard at one of the top flight levels of the sport.”

Glock: Trulli underestimated

Toyota’s Timo Glock rates his teammmate, telling German magazine Auto Motor und Sport:

Jarno is underestimated. His former team-mates have told me that as well.”

The 34-year-old Italian has had the better of Glock this season, who made his debut in 2004 for Jordan as a replacement for Giorgio Pantano.

Glock returned to F1 after a year in Champ Car and two in GP2, winning the 2007 GP2 championship.

Fisi not ready to hang it up

Despite driving with the struggling Force India squad this season, Giancarlo Fisichella says he has no intention of quitting.

“I am enjoying myself and love this sport,” Eurosport reports Fisichella said. “Next year I will still be here, and only after that will I think about my future, with this team or with another team; I don't know yet.”

Fisichella has a two-year deal with Force India.

Theissen mum on ’09 lineup

Mario Theissen remains firm the team will not announce it’s 2009 driver lineup until at least August in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport.

It is a given BMW Sauber will want to retain the on-form Robert Kubica, but speculation has surrounded Nick Heidfeld, who at times has struggled.

When asked, Theissen told Auto Motor und Sport:

“A team that wants to play a role in the world championship needs two strong drivers. However, even the best driver is not a robot. He can only deliver maximum results if the equipment, the environment and everything else is right. At Silverstone Nick gave a convincing performance; strong in qualifying, fast in the race, with spectacular overtaking manoeuvres and very good vehicle control in very difficult conditions. For me this is the fruitful result of the past weeks of intensive work. I am convinced that, in the second half of the season, we will see a strong Nick Heidfeld.”
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