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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Stuck on Alonso

Hans-Joachim Stuck’s at it again. After recently weighing in on how much better Timo Glock is for Toyota than Ralf Schumacher, the German ex-F1 driver has turned his sights on Nick Heidfeld.

It’s the VW racing head’s opinion BMW Sauber should replace Quick Nick with double world champion Fernando Alonso, and sign the Spaniard into a long term contract.

“It's nothing against Nick, but unlike Kubica he is not a driver who can win a World Championship," F1-Live reports Stuck told Sport Bild. “If you can secure an Alonso for the long term, then you must.”

Force India to go seamless (again)

Force India is set to bring back its new seamless shift-gearbox in Valencia.

The team tested the gearbox during Friday practice at Hungary, but did not use it in the race.

“We tested our new seamless-shift gearbox and we are very happy with the results,” Vijay Mallya told the official F1 website. "We did not use it in Budapest, but we will introduce it at the European Grand Prix in Valencia - and as far as I am concerned that's it for the development for 2008 and all the focus from now on will be to develop a really competitive car for 2009”

Force India is the last in Formula One to go to a seamless-shift gearbox.

Renault’s aerodynamicist Dino Toso dies

Renault director of aerodynamics Dino Toso lost his battle with cancer Wednesday. He was 39.

The Italian continued to work through his treatment, finally leaving the team just this June. He had been with Renault since 2000, and was instrumental in the team’s 2005 and 2006 championships. Prior to that he worked for Jordan and for BMW’s GT program.

“It is with great sadness that the ING Renault F1 Team confirms that former Director of Aerodynamics, Dino Toso, lost his battle with illness this morning and passed away peacefully at his home,” the team said in a statement.

“Dino was instrumental in building one of the sport's most successful aerodynamics departments, which helped the Renault F1 team win double drivers’ and constructors’ titles in 2005 and 2006.

“His contribution to the team, both through his results and his courage in the face of illness, are an inspiration. He will be missed enormously and the immediate thoughts of the whole team are with his family.”
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