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Saturday, March 7, 2009

USGPE plays down name change

Peter Windsor says USF1’s change to USGPE is “no big deal.”

The team changed it’s name at the request of Formula One management, but Windsor said the organization was not concerned - at this stage, nothing was permanent.

F1: FEB 24 USF1 Press Conference


“Our original logo was just a placemark for a work in progress,” Windsor told ITV. “Now that we’re in business, we need to conform with FOM rules and of course we’re delighted to be doing that and will be announcing an official logo shortly.”


What was a big deal, said Windsor, was reaction to the new team, citing figures that show over 4,000 articles about the team were published in February.

“Who said that no one was interested in Americans in F1?”


Stewart will work for free in ’09

Sir Jackie Stewart is giving up his 2009 salary to help out the troubled Royal Bank of Scotland
, Autosport.com reports.

The bank announced Stewart, contracted to perform ambassadorial duties for RBS through 2011, offered to work for free this year.

“Some years I go to five races, some years ten, it depends,” Stewart explained. “They pay my expenses wherever I travel, which is sometimes commercial long-haul and sometimes in a private plane with other RBS people. If RBS already have a plane going somewhere, then I travel with them.”


The bank, under a microscope since receiving a government bailout, praised the decision.

“His commitment and loyalty at such a challenging time in the company's long history is greatly appreciated by everyone at RBS,” head of communications Andrew McLaughlin said.


Honda bids farewell

With the sale official, Honda thanks its fans for their support.

“We will always have happy memories of podium celebrations and, of course, Jenson’s victory at Hungary in 2006...”


Adrian Sutil speaks

Force India’s Adrian Sutil opens up on where things stand for Force India, and his hopes for the new season.

“Everything is possible. I just know the field is very close together, even closer than last year. If in Melbourne all the cars are close together then the chances are higher to get off the back row.”
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