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Saturday, August 8, 2009

You snooze, you lose BMW Sauber

With BMW’s announcement it is leaving the sport and unable to put together a deal to save the team prior to last Wednesday’s signing of the Concorde Agreement, the FIA have announced it is reopening the selection process for a replacement team, AUTOSPORT reports.

F1 Grand Prix of Germany - Qualifying


Max Mosley reportedly sent a letter to the seven teams on the “reserve list” that were not selected in July that a space on the grid is available.

Thus, if Peter Sauber is able to reach an agreement to save the team, he would then be invited to apply for its former spot with the other hopefuls.

Epsilon Euskadi has already signalled its intention to pursue any opportunities that might arise. AUTOSPORT also suggests Dave Richards and Prodrive may still have an interest.

Settlements all around, then

Toro Rosso have reached a settlement with Sebastien Bourdais to avoid going to court. Grandprix.com reports the team will pay him his salary plus damages to the tune of $2.1m.

And FIA president Max Mosley has settled with a lawsuit with German newspaper publisher Axel Springer AG over reporting over the sex flap, USA Today reports. The price? $290,000 to two charities and an interview in its Bild newspaper.

Weber: Schumi no pain in the neck

Michael Schumacher's manager, Willi Weber, says concerns about the seven time world champion’s neck are overblown.

"It is pure speculation that Michael will not race in Valencia," Sky reports Weber told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "We are preparing for the fact that he will be there."

Why not? After all, Weber was right about the other thing...oh... right.

Gil de Ferran to retire

Gil de Ferran has announced he will retire from driving after the 2009 season to focus on the growth of de Ferran Motorsports.

The IndyCar vet wants to field two cars in ALMS and IRL next year.

"For us to meet the challenge, I should be 100% focused on expanding the team," de Ferran is quoted by USA Today. "My life always has been about challenges, and the biggest is the success of my team. I still enjoy driving the car, but at the end of the day the magic is the team, and it's been more and more difficult to manage both well. I set very high standards, and I'm a true believer the first ingredient to achieve high performance is focus. We have some very lofty goals and big dreams. If I keep splitting my focus, it's likely I won't do anything well."

The former Honda team boss has 12 victories in his Champ Car and IndyCar career.

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