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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bernie backs Branson

Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters he has been in contact with Richard Branson's Virgin Group, and the mogul is definitely interested in F1, autosport.com reports.

And the F1 ringmaster wants him.

“I've spoken to Richard's people about it. He would love to do it,” Ecclestone is quoted. “I'd like it very much. It would be super. We're working to try to make it happen.”

Sports News - February 18, 2009

Autosport.com believes it is down to Branson or the Fry/Brawn buyout, with it up to Honda as to who gets the team. Shutting the team down is also an option.

On this one, Ecclestone isn’t a gambling man.

“I have no idea which way it will go. I wouldn't bet on it either way,” he said.

Patrick “flattered”

IndyCar’s Danica Patrick says she is “flattered” to be considered a contender for a seat with an upstart USF1 team.

USF1’s Ken Anderson told the Associated Press earlier this week he was interested in the star.

Patrick, in a story in Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper that was filled with a lot of maybes and we’ll-sees, admitted she was surprised by the mention. She didn’t seem put off by the fact Anderson said nothing about her driving ability, only her media impact.

“There weren't any quotes from me because they haven't spoken to me,” ITV quotes Patrick. “It's very flattering. I think that any time you are in the same sentence as Formula 1, it's a flattering thing.”

Ferrari finishes on top

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa led runners in the final day of testing in Bahrain, setting a best of 1:32.162 on the Sakhir circuit.

BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld was second, and Timo Glock rounded out the field in his Toyota.

The next test session begins March 1 at Jerez.

  1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:32.162
  2. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:32.225
  3. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:32.445
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