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Friday, January 2, 2009

F1 Roundup 1/2/09

Every now and then, Bernie Ecclestone opens up with an off the wall opinion.

This time the F1 ringmaster has voiced his view on Jenson Button,
who finds his future up in the air with Honda’s withdrawal from the sport.

The 78-year-old said in the Daily Telegraph he believes Button would do better to take a year off than tool around with a backmarker, and that it is a “pity” he signed a three-year deal with Honda.


Ecclestone pleased Schumacher won’t race Superbikes

F1-Live reports Ecclestone told Gulf News it is "good news" seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher has turned down the chance to race for Honda in the Superbike world championship.

“He wouldn't be able to race or ride round just for show, he'd have to give it a real go and that could be dangerous,” he said.

Honda Racing's Carlo Fiorani was quoted recently in La Gazzetta dello Sport as saying all Schumacher had to do was say the word and a ride was his.

Hamilton honored

Lewis Hamilton felt “humbled” by being announced an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honors.

“It is a massive honour and incredible privilege to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen,” said Hamilton told the BBC.

Alonso turned down Ferrari for ’09?

According to F1-Live, Spanish newspaper Diario AS reports Fernando Alonso chose loyalty to Renault over an opportunity to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari next season.

That would seem to support Eddie Irvine’s belief Raikkonen needs to step up his game.

Fox reports Irv the Swerve warned the Finn if he doesn’t, he will be fired or have his salary slashed by Maranello.

Ralf: “Nobody should be worried about me”

After a disappointing season in DTM, it is looking increasingly likely Ralf Schumacher will be without a ride for 2009.

F1-Live cites a report in German newspaper Bild the lesser Schumacher’s attempts to extend his contract have not paid off, and he may be looking at other vocations, possibly yacht racing.

Bourdais to Penske?

With the future of Helio Castroneves (facing tax evasion charges) up in the air, Roger Penske’s IRL effort is looking at options.

One possibility? Sebastien Bourdais, whose STR future remains undecided. 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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