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Monday, July 19, 2010

The week that was...

Much centered on the relationships at Red Bull post wing-gate, with the team vowing to clear the air with Mark Webber. This it did, Webber admitting in recent days he said too much (ya think?) and Christian Horner saying maybe he could have explained things better. Here on in, leader in the championship gets the goods.

May 16, 2010 - Monte Carlo, Monaco - F1 GP of Monaco, Monte Carlo 13.- 15. May 2010..Podium - Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing - Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director - Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing.

Webber wasn't the only one unhappy with things surrounding Vettel, however, as Adrian Sutil had a few words for his countryman.

"I had some good battles today but the last one was not fair. Sebastian pushed me off the track and I lost seventh place. It's annoying. I don't think that's the way you have to pass with a car that is two seconds faster."

For his part, Vettel said it wasn't intentional.

The other big passing incident of the race, Fernando Alonso on Robert Kubica (resulting in a penalty for the Spaniard), continues to make news.

Charlie Whiting says Ferrari was told to give the spot back, the team claims otherwise.

And McLaren is hoping to have that exhaust-blown diffuser ready for Germany.

The race to be F1's 13th team continues

Keen to avoid another USF1, Bernie Ecclestone has put a big price tag on the entry.

USF1. That was embarrassing, says Jose Maria Lopez.

Among those aiming to be that team? Pesky Stefan GP and... Villeneuve Racing?

Looks like Villeneuve is tied up with perennial hopefuls Durango. Also in the frame, American Cypher Group continues to make noise.

As for the more established teams, Frank Williams compared the independent life to tying up with a manufacturer, while Lotus looks to be lining up with Renault power.

Who goes where?

Meanwhile, rumors persist Kimi Raikkonen could be on his way back. First, Martin Whitmarsh said the Finn deserved to be in the sport, then Norbert Haug confirmed he paid a friendly visit to him.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - MAY 27: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland in the Service Park outside the Algarve Stadium during the Shakedown of the WRC Rally Portugal on May 27, 2010 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)

Why the traction? The continued struggles of one Michael Schumacher. Over the course of the week, both Jackie Stewart and Bernie Ecclestone question the future of the seven times world champion.

Raikkonen seems set to stay in rallying, however.

Toro Rosso said it is sticking with its lineup next season, and though Sebastien Buemi threw that into question, saying he hadn't signed anything, it looks likely both drivers will return.

Were that it were so easy at HRT. Just when we are finished getting our minds around Bruno Senna's replacement in Britain, word is Senna is back but Karun Chandhok out for Germany (money, money, money...).

And Virgin says they want to hold on to Timo Glock.

In with the new...

In track news, Austin says all is good, while South Africa gets caught up in rumors about the future.

Korea remains quiet. No news is good news?

Bring on Germany!

HEPPENHEIM - JULY 18: Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel performs donuts in the streets of his home town of Heppenheim during the 'Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Home Run' F1 display in build up to round 11 of the Formula One at Germanys Hockenheim circuit, on July 18, 2010 in Heppenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images for Red Bull)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Buemi has offers from who?
It would be nice to see some recent photos of the Korean construction. The last time I saw anything, it didn't look like they be done.

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