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Monday, February 2, 2009

... dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

What can unite bitter rivals? Apparently, Max and Bernie.

Former blood enemies Ferrari and McLaren are working closer than ever as teams present a united front to F1’s ruling powers.

"If you had told me a year ago that I would be doing this I would not have believed you," Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni told the BBC after a day at Woking.

Motorsport/Formel 1: GP von Monaco

A far cry from just a couple short years ago, and spygate, but necessity creates strange bedfellows. And with Max Mosley pressing for radical changes, FOTA wants it’s voice heard.

Thus, such strange things as Luca di Montezemolo praising Ron Dennis in the press, something that would never happen in the Dennis/Jean Todt years.

How long will that last?

Merc (barely) backs F1 program

Crash.net, citing German magazine Focus, reports a Daimler board vote called by chief Dieter Zetsche backed continuing the company’s collaboration with McLaren by a narrow 3-2 vote.

Not quite a vote of confidence for manufacturer participation in the sport following Honda’s withdrawal, and perhaps one of the reasons Bernie is so keen on signing them up long term.

Singapore to change course

Singapore Grand Prix officials have confirmed they will alter turns 1, 13 and 14 to improve overtaking, resurface parts of the circuit, reduce the runoff at turn 22 and modify the pitlane for 2009, F1-Live reports.

Gascoyne to look overseas?

Ex-Force India technical guru Mike Gascoyne says in the future he may look for work overseas.

Citing the Oxford Times, Crash.net reports he has put his mansion up for sale.

"I will probably work abroad in the future," he is to have told the newspaper, "so will not need such a large home in the UK."

Not surprising, after stints at Jordan, Benetton, Renault, Toyota, Spyker, Force India, there aren’t many places for him to go in the paddock.

Honda or bust for Button?

Fox is reporting Jenson Button is not in the running for a seat at STR, meaning his only chance at the grid in 2009 looks to be if Honda can find a buyer.

Portugal to get back on the calendar

With European venues dropping like flies, Grandprix.com is reporting Bernie is showing interest at putting the Portuguese Grand Prix back on the schedule at the new Algarve circuit.

Rossi rules out F1

MotoGP star Valentino Rossi says his chance at F1 has passed and he will stay on two wheels.

“I had my chance and I decided to stay with bikes,” he said in an interview on the Yamaha Racing Web site. “The choice is made and I don’t think that there will be another possibility.”

Sport mourns Mayer

The F1 community is mourning the loss of American Teddy Mayer, who helped put together Bruce McLaren’s team and ran it during Emerson Fittipaldi’s and James Hunt’s title seasons.

He also ran programs in U.S. Racing, winning the 1976 Indy 500. 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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