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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rosberg's last race with Williams

Nico Rosberg confirmed he is leaving Williams at the end of the season, the BBC reporting he is expected to swap seats with Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello.

F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Qualifying

"It is my last race for Williams so it's a bit strange," Rosberg is quoted. "I've been with the team for five years… There's no reason why they (Williams) can't be as good as this year (next year). But I'm not sure they can win races at the moment, and I would like to win races."

Long thought to be a candidate to team with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, the landscape would seem to have changed based on Mercedes' interest in purchasing a stake in Brawn. It is thought the manufacturer wants a German driver in the team.

Should such a deal go through, Mercedes will likely sell its 40 percent of McLaren.

Donington done

Bernie Ecclestone says there is now no chance Donington will host next year's British Grand Prix.

"There's no Donington. They've missed the deadline which we kept extending for them," AUTOSPORT quotes Ecclestone. "It's unfortunate for them, to be honest with you. It was the credit crunch that caused them to be in trouble because their intentions were good, that's for sure."

Ecclestone is now talking with Silverstone about hosting the event.

"We're talking. A deal can be done if they want to."

Trulli's still mad

Despite pretty much everyone calling it a racing incident, Jarno Trulli has refused to let his first-lap tangle with Adrian Sutil at Interlagos go.

The first round, trackside after the crash, resulted in a $10,000 fine for Trulli. The Italian took another run at the Force India driver at Thursday's press conference:

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association) Question to Jarno and Adrian: I’m just wondering if you two guys have settled your differences after your exchange of words following your first lap accident in Brazil?

Jarno Trulli: I think we’re going to discuss it probably tomorrow in the drivers’ briefing and in the GPDA briefing. Obviously it was very disappointing to end the race like that, especially on the first lap. Obviously I think I had every reason to be extremely furious. I’ve got all the evidence to show that I was there, I was next to him, so I think tomorrow we are going to discuss it.

Adrian Sutil: I think there’s nothing to discuss. It was a quite obvious incident. In the end it was very disappointing for myself, even more, I think, because I was the one who was just driving and he lost control of his car and crashed in my back, so it was not my problem, it was his problem. I don’t know why he’s freaking out like that, to be honest.

JT: (Laughing) If you want, I can show you some pictures. I don’t know if you’re blind but they clearly show you that my front wing is next to your front wing, so…

AS: Yeah, but you’re trying to overtake me on the outside on the kerbing. There was not a problem…

JT: So you mean… you didn’t move there…

AS: No, you were just not going off the power. The same happened in Barcelona where you lost control again and crashed again into a Force India car. You just have to sometimes also…

JT: I just lost…

AS: ...expect the limits of the car. If there’s no way to go, you have to back off, that’s how racing is, and I don’t know how long you want to learn it.

JT: In Barcelona I spun and he hit me because he tapped the kerb, he completely cut the circuit and he didn’t slow down, so basically… Anyway, I think it’s better…

Fernando Alonso: (to Kimi Raikkonen) Shall we go?

AS: No, no. Watch the race in Barcelona. I didn’t hit you, you hit me. I don’t know what’s the problem, but maybe your eyes are a problem.

JT: I don’t have any feeling about him.

AS: I don’t understand, really, sorry.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My first impression hasn't changed. Trulli tried to take advantage of Sutil while he was distracted by the car ahead of him. Trulli pushed the limit, lost control and had an accident. He's a racing driver. He took a chance and it didn't work. This wild anger at another driver for 'not looking out for me' is ridiculous. I think he feels guilty about his own risky behavior.

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