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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Whipping up a Christmas laugh

Last year it was the spygate, this year Bernie Ecclestone's Christmas card pokes fun at the Max Mosley sex scandal.

Ronaldo With Bernie Ecclestone

The Daily Star newspaper describes the card:

The daring festive card shows crew members watching a race on a bank of TV monitors with Mosley lashing a whip at a man whose screen shows a woman’s legs in fishnets and high heels.

Meanwhile, two other smarting victims to the left of the row are seen clutching their bottoms.

Grinning Bernie is pictured holding plasters as a treatment for the sore behinds.

Inside a message reads: “Usual team punishment, just a special for Christmas. Have a happy one. Bernie.”

Howett: Ecclestone won’t break FOTA

FOTA vice chairman John Howett believes Bernie Ecclestone’s revelation Ferrari had a special relationship with the sport was designed to drive a wedge between the members of the Formula One Teams’ Association.

He doesn't think it will work.

“He may be trying to [split FOTA] but all the information that was given is very transparent and openly shared among the members of FOTA, so it was a bit of a non-event because everybody is aware of the historic status [of Ferrari],” he told The Times newspaper.

According to Howett, FOTA is looking for a greater percentage of the sport’s annual income. Currently, Ecclestone takes a 50 percent share. Howett used the Champions League as an example, saying football teams receive “upwards of 96-97 per cent of the revenues”.

Bernie’s probably not laughing about that one...

Richards, World looking to buy Honda team

F1 Testing Session

Rumors abound concerning just who wants to purchase the Honda team, with grandprix.com reporting interest from both Mexico and South Korea.

Mexican telecommunications billionaire Carlos Slim (Telmex), reportedly a Bruno Senna supporter, and Korean automaker Hyundai Kia Automotive Group are said to be players in the future of the Brackley-based squad.

What is known, according to the Mail on Sunday, is Prodrive boss David Richards flew to the Middle East for talks with investors last weekend.

"There are a group of people in the Middle East who want to support a formula one entry for me and have been very specific about it for a year now," Richards said recently.

Toyota commits to F1 despite loss

Toyota recorded its first annual loss in 71 years, but will not follow Honda out of Formula 1.

"We will continue F1 and other motorsport activities while cutting costs,” the BBC reports Toyota Motor Corporation president Katsuaki Watanabe said.

Fellow Japanese manufacturers Subaru and Suzuki pulled out of the World Rally Championships last week.

Dennis says F1 will return to North America

McLaren boss Ron Dennis says no one should think the sport has turned its back on North America.

The U.S. Grand Prix did not return in 2008 after Indianapolis boss Tony George couldn’t agree to a deal with Bernie Ecclestone, and the Canadian Grand Prix was dropped off the calendar for 2009, leaving the continent without a race for the first time since 1958.

"We are really trying hard to find the model that works. We just haven't found a solution yet,” Fox quotes Dennis. “That's not to say we're going to give up on it. We definitely expect to be back in North America within the next three years."

Forgive me if I don’t hold my breath...


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