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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Williams not alone opposing grid expansion

Williams CEO Adam Parr has gone on record saying more than just Williams have come out in opposition to expanding the field to 28 cars to make space for Sauber.

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"Frank has been crystal clear on this," AUTOSPORT quotes Parr. "He feels very strongly about it, but he's not the only one. At the last FOTA meeting it was not the only team that raised concerns, and it was not the only team that voted against 14 teams."

Key to the opposition says Parr, is the lack of research as to the implications of accommodating two more cars on the grid, including logistics and revenue.

Parr believes no work has been carried out to check if it would be logistically possible to make room for four new teams next year, and he is convinced there would not be enough revenue to share among them.

He cited Brazil and Monaco as two tracks incapable of holding 28 cars.

Parr also made it clear the team is against the concept of pre-qualifying.

"No, because then people will start saying we need to pre-qualify, which is completely ludicrous. The idea, in this day and age, to have a team flying all the way to Melbourne or somewhere at massive expense, only to tell their sponsors that they are not going to appear on the grid. It's just ridiculous."

Other teams have acknowledged the difficulties involved in adding a 14th team, but are keen to help save Sauber.

Button in talks with Brawn

Newly-crowned World Champion Jenson Button is in talks over his future with Brawn GP, indicating he wants to stay with the team.

"I'm not going to look for another team just because they say they'll pay me a load of money. I want to be with Brawn, we've not discussed a contract yet and it was right not to do so because we had to focus on winning a world championship," AUTOSPORT quotes Button. "Now we can discuss it in a few days. I'm certainly going to put some pressure on them but I'm not that expensive."

Toyota makes offer to Raikkonen

Toyota has confirmed it made an offer to departing Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen.

“We don't play too many games. We put on the table what we can afford and what we think is a serious offer in the current market,” said team president John Howett, according to Reuters. “I think genuinely we could work well with him, give him a car that’s quick.”

Raikkonen has been tied to a return to McLaren, but Howett has hinted Toyota may better suit the Finn's lifestyle.

“We have had very good relationships with Scandinavian drivers in the rallying times that enjoy life and it works very well, so we could cope with it as a team,” he said.

It is thought Toyota is aiming to replace Jarno Trulli, who hasn't been happy with the current offer on the table.

Timo Glock is not yet secure, either. And rookie Kamui Kobayashi did a good job subbing for the German in Brazil.

Briatore appeal set

Flavio Briatore's appeal against his lifetime ban is set to be heard in French court November 24.

Briatore is challenging on grounds including "procedural issues, a breach of natural justice and an abuse of the FIA’s power" according to ITV-F1. 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


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Some tracks can't support that many cars? Spare me. It's the money, it's the money, it's the money.

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