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Monday, June 21, 2010

Race prep: Europe

In the wake of the Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari's Luca di Montezemolo hit out at F1’s new teams over their lack of pace.

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari attends a press conference to announce the sponsorship of Ferrari by Santander during previews to the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 10, 2008 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

"Cars which perform at GP2 level should not be allowed to participate in F1 races because they are supposed to race on Sunday mornings..." Montezemolo was quoted by Gazetta dello Sport.

Meanwhile, with the race on as to who will take the spot formerly belonging to USF1, the news seems to be more about who isn’t after the position.

Trevor Carlin has denied reports out of Finland that his British Formula Three team Carlin has applied for the spot, while Prodrive’s David Richards went to great lengths in an interview with the Independent to explain why his organization has not submitted a bid.

“I wasn't prepared to risk everyone's livelihoods.”

It has emerged a little known clause in Jenson Button’s Brawn contract guaranteed him one of his cars if he won the championship.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP drives during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

After the fact, it seems, Brawn tried to back out of the deal, claiming limited quantities were manufactured for the 2009 season for cost reasons.'

According to the Mail on Sunday, only the threat of legal action from Button forced Brawn to own up to its half of the bargain.

Finally, HRT’s Karun Chandhok is denying reports his seat is on thin ice due to a lack of funding.

Reports in the media have team boss Colin Kolles talking with possible replacements, including Christijan Albers and Pastor Maldonado.


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