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Monday, September 1, 2008

Justin Wilson claims first Indycar win

Former Minardi and Jaguar driver Justin Wilson opened up his IndyCar account, winning last weekend’s Detroit Indy Grand Prix.

It has been a hard season for the IndyCar series’ ex-Champ Car drivers since the merger, even for one of the established operations such as Newman/Haas/Lanigan.

“This is the most important win of my career,” F1-Live reports Wilson said. “A lot of things have happened with the team this year and a lot of things are still going on. It's been a long, difficult year and it's just great to repay the team with a win near the end of the season.”

Helio Castroneves dominated much of the race, but Wilson’s late surge saw the Penske driver defending to the point of blocking, for which he was penalized, putting Wilson into the lead.

Wilson then put in several hot laps to take the checkered flag.

Mallya on learning the ‘hard way’

Vijay Mallya came into F1 with high expectations for his Force India squad, but the sport has proven to be more of a challenge than expected, the billionaire now admits.

“One realises how tough Formula 1 really is,” F1SA quotes Mallya. “And it reinforces the challenge that I have before me for 2009 to be really competitive.

Yet to score a point, Force India has weathered a lot of disappointment this year. Including the latest rumor team principal Colin Kolles and chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne are at odds.

But the team is better funded than in the past, and Mallya believes this year’s experience will pay dividends next season.

“I now know precisely what I'm up against, so I can plan better," Mallya said. "Maybe I learned the hard way, but it's good to learn. 2009 will be much more competitive for the Force India team.”

Spa to face changes?

A Spa Francorchamps official is denying reports in the Belgian media the historic circuit would be shortened, cutting out some of the tracks famous corners.

“Spa has always been an unique circuit and that is not going to change,” F1-Live reports spokesman Luc Willems told the Dutch language f1today.nl. “Our circuit is as it is and is not going to change.”

According to reports, a proposal was made to and approved by Bernie Ecclestone.

It’s Donington or nothing

If Donington Park cannot be ready in time for the 2010 British Grand Prix, the race won’t run.

That’s the word from Bernie Ecclestone, who said Silverstone is not a fallback option.

“We've been playing around for six or seven years," Fox reports he said. "If Silverstone couldn't do it before then why could they do it now? We scaled back so much for them and agreed things we shouldn't have, to keep things at Silverstone. If there is no Donington there is no British GP.”

There is a lot to be done to the Donington Park track if it is to be brought up to F1 standards in time for 2010. 100 million pounds have been promised to upgrade the track, but there are more questions than answers surrounding the new home of the British Grand Prix. 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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