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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Loeb makes pitch to US F1

French newspaper L’Equipe reports agents for rally star Sebastien have been in contact with Team US F1 about taking part in races next season that don’t clash with his WRC schedule, according to ITV-F1.

Sebastien Loeb Test the Red Bull F1 Car at Silverstone

“After the Abu Dhabi episode, a team asked me whether I really wanted to do some F1 racing. In turn I wanted to know if I was likely to be of interest to anyone, just out of curiosity. One of my people therefore made contact with this new team. I do not know what the reply was.”

Loeb points out he is looking to extend his current deal with the Citroen WRC team, but has an interest in seeing how he would perform in F1.

Team US F1’s Peter Windsor confirmed contact with Loeb’s people.

“Loeb has an incredible rallying pedigree and would surely do great things in F1. We’re looking more at American drivers but we’re going to consider his profile anyway.”

Brawn finds backers

Brawn GP has secured three sponsors to guarantee the team’s future for the next three years and replace departing Virgin and funding from Honda, AUTOSPORT reports.

In doing so, the team confirmed Virgin is leaving later in the season and moving to Manor after the two sides were unable to reach a deal.

Brawn’s Nick Fry said the team will remain mum on who the backers are until the 2010 launch, but the site mentions Emirates, Monster, Bwin and Telmex as possibilities.

Ross Brawn credits the new Concorde Agreement for getting the deals signed.

“That was a log jam because sponsors wanted to know what the situation was, and things are freeing up. Everyone up the pit lane will find that things are now much better because we know what the commercial basis is for the future. We know we are going to be racing for the next three years at least in this championship - and I hope beyond, I hope we don't get into discussions about alternative championships again.”

India: F1 not a sport

The Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport has denied a $36.5m payment from the Indian Grand Prix promoter to Formula One Administration, claiming F1 is not a sport, grandprix.com reports.

It’s all wrapped up in political and financial mumbo jumbo, but after a series of questions regarding the transfer of funds in January, the decision was kicked up to the ministry, which denied the request, saying the money could be better spent on sports with more relevance to the general population.

The inaugural race is scheduled for 2011.

Grandprix.com has the details.


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