peter wrote:BMW ditched Sauber and they were desperate for an engine. Ferrari stepped in at short notice - so they are probably owed a few favours ?
Brian and Helen wrote:(but he's not really that shit-hot, is he?)
peter wrote:A return of the French GP continues to be under discussion.
PlanetF1 say :
France's sports minister David Douillet insists that plans for the country to host a grand prix in the near future are very much alive.
There were suggestions earlier in the year that the Paul Ricard circuit could welcome back F1 for the first time since 1990. However, the rumour mill soon ran out of gas and it appeared that the plans would not materialise.
Douillet refutes this, asserting that a deal to alternate the hosting of a race with Belgium is still a possibility.
"I met Bernie Ecclestone, he is totally willing to share just what Formula 1 Grand Prix between Belgium and France," Douillet told TF1.
"It has been mobilized and motivated by local governments struggling to finance this type of event. The cost will be divided by the two as we will share it with Belgium.
"We have three new French drivers in Formula 1 and so we have to have a Grand Prix de France. That is my job."
Former world champion Alain Prost - the last man to win a GP at the Paul Ricard circuit - admits that a race in France every year would be ideal but if that is not possible a race every second year is better than no race at all.
"Obviously the best thing would be for France and Belgium to have their own Grands Prix each year," the four time champion told Russian website F1News.
"But unfortunately you have to admit that Europe is facing great difficulties, so if this is the only way for the race to happen, then why not? It's better than nothing."
France has its biggest presence in F1 for some time, with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne, Charles Pic of Virgin and Lotus' Romain Grosjean all flying the Tricolour.
Provided it is a profitable project, I can not imagine that Bernie Ecclestone will vote against it. He owns the circuit through Excelis, a company he owns.
catalanglais wrote:Hamilton has a grid penalty of five places for the Chinese GP, due to a gearbox change.
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