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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Standard engine looks set for go ahead

The FIA’s planned standardised Cosworth engine looks set to go forward, with autosport.com reporting five teams have signed on, including, surprisingly, Renault.

Renault’s presence on the list was a bit of an eyebrow raiser, but the French automaker’s continued participation in the sport has always been questionable with Carlos Goshn, a notorious cost cutter, in charge of the company.

Indeed, given the current economic climate, it is somewhat surprising Renault hasn’t already left.

Teams will not be forced to use the standardised engine, but it will be the basis for performance specs. Autosport surmises for Renault, that made building its own engine a redundant cost.

Max Mosley meets with the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) Wednesday to discuss the latest round of cost-cutting measures, and the FIA World Motor Sport Council will meet again on Friday, at which point it is believed the standardised engine will get the OK.

Williams, Red Bull sign new sponsorship deals

Times may be tough, but that hasn’t kept a pair of sponsorship deals being signed by two of the sport’s independents.

Williams extended its deal with Swiss watchmaker Oris, adding to recent extensions by fellow sponsors Allianz and Philips, while Red Bull brought on board Dutch company Trust, late of Jordan and Minardi.

Richards: let’s take it slow

Prodrive boss David Richards is not rushing into anything to purchase the Honda F1 team, Reuters reports.

“I'm not rushing in blindly and saying absolutely this is something I've got to do,” Richards told the news service. “I want to know all the facts, first of all. I want to know the exact lie of the land before I commit myself to anything.”


It doesn’t seem to be the price tag which is causing the former BAR boss hesitation, but rather the money needed to keep the team going.

“It's all very well going along and making the commitment to buy it because I don't think that will be too onerous,” he added. “The real issue is to make sure that you have the resources and the wherewithal to sustain it for the foreseeable future.”


Day 1 in Jerez

Sebastien Buemi was fastest in the first day of testing at Jerez, leading STR veteran Sebastien Bourdais in wet conditions.

  1. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:18.742
  2. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:19.288
  3. Gary Paffett, McLaren, 1:20.134
  4. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:20.164
  5. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:20.261
  6. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber 1:20.678
  7. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:21.338s
  8. Nelsinho Piquet, Renault, 1:21.547
  9. Christian Klien, BMW Sauber 1:22.098
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