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Saturday, February 28, 2009

VJM02 revealed

Force India has revealed its new car and 2009 livery ahead of the car's first public showing at Jerez tomorrow.

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 with the new Force India F1 VJM02. Force India F1 VJM02 Launch Studio Shoot Rollout Force India VJM02

It’s a national color scheme for the Mercedes-powered VJM02, which was shaken down Wednesday at a private session at Silverstone.

Vijay Mallya is taking a more hands-on approach this season, parting ways with Mike Gascoyne and team principal Colin Kolles, perhaps the new paint job is another step in putting a difficult 2008 season behind him.

Drivers strike looks remote

Drivers appear to be footing the hefty bill for their superlicence fees, heading off fears there would be an impasse before the season opener at Melbourne.

Grandprix.com analyzes the situation, and adds a little about the history of drivers’ strikes.

Kyle Busch would consider F1, but first things first

NASCAR’s Kyle Busch, speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday’s Cup race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, said he might be tempted to try F1 once he has won the Sprint Cup title.

“It's something I'd love to take a shot at one day,” Busch is quoted by Autosport.com. “Hopefully, one of these days I'll get a chance to drive one and see if I'm good at it. It's not quite time for me to do that yet," he said. “If I could win a championship here in the next two or three years, then I wouldn't mind going over there and doing that, trying it for a few years and coming back.”

The 23-year-old’s name was mentioned in a list of potential drivers by USF1’s Peter Windsor on Tuesday’s press conference.

“I think I would still be young enough where, if I could win a championship by 25, go run Formula One for a couple of years and be back by 28, I've still got plenty of time left to run in NASCAR,” said Busch, who feels it would be easier for him to adapt to an F1 car than for an F1 driver to adapt to a stock car.

Busch had been slated to test a Toyota over the winter, but had to pull out when NASCAR would not release him out of a Nationwide Series awards event. 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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