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Monday, April 27, 2009

Post-Bahrain odds and ends

Another quiet Monday as the circus returns to Europe and we await Wednesday’s McLaren hearing, and a good chance to catch up on the interesting stuff on the Web.

BMW Sauber brings us a letter from Mario Theissen (or F1 Racing’s Ned Flanders), who is looking at the Spanish Grand Prix as a “new beginning” for the team.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Previews

Saying “nobody in the team envisaged this start to the season...” after a winter of testing which saw many pundits calling the Hinwil outfit the team to beat, he called the current situation unfamiliar ground for the team. But he expects a development package for Spain to bring “a significant improvement in performance.”

Meanwhile, Formula1.com brings us Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo following Ferrari’s first points of the season.

Citing poorly written rules (finally, someone blames the rule and not the teams which exploited it), and a late start on the new car for the team’s poor start to the season, the Ferrari boss is “very confident” the team will be back on the right track “soon.”

He also talks FOTA (“the unity of FOTA is good”), Michael Schumacher’s role with the team, and budgets.

And Autosport.com gives us a Q&A with Ross Brawn, who discusses things like surprise and optimism.

iSport latest to be linked to F1

GP2's iSport has moved to dispel rumors it is looking to make a jump to F1 should proposed budget caps come into effect.

“For many years I've said if the conditions were right and the numbers made sense, then we'd enter F1," team principal Paul Jackson told Autosport.com. "The budget cap could be the perfect opportunity for us, but until we find out what the magic number is, I don't know if it's do-able or feasible. When it's all in print, we'll look at it, start doing our sums and talking to potential investors. Until then, it's all speculation but there have been a few outrageous stories about us doing it.”


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