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Monday, September 7, 2009

Merc investments, Tonio Liuzzi, KERS and Badoer: F1 roundup 10/7/09

Contrary to what many of its competitors are doing, Mercedes may be looking to increase its investment in F1. The auto giant is reportedly in talks to take an interest in Brawn GP.

F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Qualifying

A statement from Mercedes says there will be no impact upon its current relationship with McLaren.

The BBC reports McLaren is “supportive.” Brawn refused comment.

Liuzzi in for Force India

Force India have named reserve driver Vitantonio Liuzzi to replace the departing Giancarlo Fisichella for the remainder of the season.

Liuzzi will be looking at this as a chance for redemption after being dumped by Toro Rosso after the 2007 season.

“Although it’s unfortunate that this came about as an direct result of Felipe’s accident, this is my opportunity to show people what I can do and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Read more, including some Tonio fun facts, on the Force India Web site.

KERS for Renault at Monza

Renault is bringing back its KERS system for the Italian Grand Prix.

The team had started the season with the system, but dropped it after Spain.

Ferrari and McLaren have used their KERS systems to their advantage in the later stages of this season. It played a vital role for Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at Spa, and Renault’s Pat Symonds sees similar advantages for the system at high-speed Monza.

“Firstly, the gain in lap time of running KERS in Monza is likely to be around a quarter of a second and it's worth even more in qualifying as you can do one release before you start a timed lap and another release during the timed lap. In terms of the advantage at the start, it's a long way from the grid to the first corner in Monza and KERS will give an advantage of well over fifteen metres compared with non-KERS cars. For assisting overtaking, you have to remember that Monza is a circuit where it's very difficult to overtake, but running KERS certainly won't disadvantage us in that respect. All these factors combine to make Monza a very favourable circuit for KERS.”

Read AUTOSPORT’s full Q&A with Symonds.

Badoer: The media is to blame

Luca Badoer believes the media, not his two last place performances, cost him his race seat at Ferrari.

"Those who write don't understand how much harm they can cause. The media played a fundamental role in the decision to replace me," Sky reports Badoer told Italian newspaper Gazzetta Sportiva.

While he regrets not being able to show how much better he would have been at Monza, Badoer says racing for Ferrari was the realization of a dream.

He also said he is very happy for Giancarlo Fisichella, and expects the Roman will adapt quickly to his new surroundings. 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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