According to strong paddock rumours, Sunday’s Brazilian grand prix will be the last lap for ailing backmarkers HRT. Publicly looking for a buyer, it is reported that staff have actually already been served with pending redundancy notices that will come into effect after the chequered flag waves on Sunday. Read more... (129 words, estimated 31 secs reading time)
Kimi Raikkonen, undoubtedly F1′s most laid back driver, reportedly skipped Thursday’s proceedings at Interlagos.
Normally, drivers attend media and sponsor functions, meet with their engineers and walk the circuit at grand prix venues on the day before the official practice action kicks off. Read more... (115 words, estimated 28 secs reading time)
Bernie Ecclestone is pushing organisers of the Brazilian grand prix to improve the ageing facilities at Interlagos.
The circuit is regarded as one of the most outdated on the entire F1 calendar, and Speed Week reports that the sport’s chief executive will meet with track officials on Saturday. Interlagos’ existing grand prix contract runs only to 2014. Read more... (138 words, estimated 33 secs reading time)
A nervous F1 circus has travelled to Sao Paulo for F1′s 2012 finale, amid reports of more than 1000 murders in the Brazilian city this year. Britain’s Guardian said the worse-than-usual bloodshed is due to drug-linked organised crime. Read more... (209 words, estimated 50 secs reading time)
According to 1996 champion Damon Hill, Fernando Alonso still has a significant chance of winning the 2012 world championship this weekend. Read more... (347 words, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)
On paper, Sebastian Vettel is the overwhelming favourite to seal his third consecutive drivers’ crown this weekend in Brazil. His 13-point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso means he can steer his ultra-competitive Red Bull to just fourth place at Interlagos and still set off for his winter slumber with the title. Read more... (255 words, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Organisers of this season’s F1 Brazilian Grand Prix are planning to send Michael Schumacher back into retirement in style.
In late 2006, the seven time world champion entered his first retirement with a pre-race celebration on the Interlagos grid involving soccer legend Pele. Now, with the 43-year-old’s ultimate trip into retirement also coinciding with a Brazilian season finale, race organisers are planning a similar send-off. Read more... (130 words, estimated 31 secs reading time)
If – as is expected – the 2012 title battle goes down to the wire, Mark Webber is not sure he would put his money on his Red Bull teammate. Read more... (159 words, estimated 38 secs reading time)
Bernie Ecclestone has approved plans to radically upgrade the Interlagos circuit, scene of the annual Brazilian grand prix in Sao Paulo.
O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper reports that the plans were presented to the London office of the sport’s chief executive on Wednesday of this week. The newspaper said Ecclestone’s approval of the sweeping plans essentially guarantees the organisers will retain the event beyond the 2014 contract until at least 2020. Read more... (224 words, estimated 54 secs reading time)