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Posted by Mole on July 29, 2011 | No Comments

- Director of Volkswagen Motorsport, Wolfgang Dürheimer, has confirmed interest to join Formula 1 in the near future. In a recent interview, Dürheimer told journalists “I could in 2018, when the group is in the auto industry up front, imagine a Formula 1 involvement. We have enough good brands that could do that.” It’s thought that if Volkswagen were to enter the sport, they are most likely to choose from either Audi, or Bentley Motors to run a team, both of which have had monumental success at Le Mans in the past.

-With rumours that limited in-season testing will be back for the 2012, it seems that the Italian circuit of Mugello is the favourite to host. According to one website, the circuit is scheduled to hold a three-day test ahead of the European Season next year. But, importantly, the owners of Mugello are Scuderia Ferrari. In previous years the Ferrari F1 team frequently tested there, meaning the data they have collected before could favour them.

- On paperwork which the Formula One Management President, Bernie Ecclestone, handed out today, it stated that the Turkish Grand Prix is expected to be dropped from the Calendar for the 2012 F1 Season. The Istanbul Circuit has been hosting the 4th round of the Formula One World Championship since 2005, but low attendance figures seem to have got the better of the organisers. McLaren Managing Director, Jonathan Neale, commented “It is always sad when you lose a Grand Prix from the calendar. We are sorry to see Turkey go.”

- It has emerged today that Sky-Sports has somehow managed to pull of a deal to broadcast Formula One. Sky will show every practice, qualifying, and race, whereas current broadcasters BBC Sport will only have rights to show half the season’s practice, qualifying, and races. However, and added bonus is that both companies are able to present the pictures in High Definition… if you are subscribed… and you have a HD TV and Sky HD Box, meaning it’s not as easy as it first  seems. Managing Director of Sky, Barney Francis, said “This is fantastic news for F1 fans and Sky Sports will be the only place to follow every race live and in HD.” However, watching the coverage in HD is easier said than done, as the viewer MUST own a Sky HD box, a HD-Ready TV, and be subscribed.

- Scuderia Torro Rosso driver, Sebastian Buemi has the opinion that the Formula One Stewards were ‘Harsh’ to punish him with a 5-place grid drop at the German Grand Prix. The punishment was handed after a collision with Renault driver Nick Heidfeld, which forced Heidfeld to retire from the race, just 11 laps from the end.

- Force India driver, Paul Di Resta, says he expects to score some good points at Hungary. The 25 Year old Scot feels he has been very “Unfortunate” recently, with a 15th place finish at Silverstone, and 13th at Hockenheim (Due to a collision with Nick Heidfeld). He also added that the team are aware of the current situation, and will push themselves as hard as they can to ensure good, consistent results ahead of them.

- Mark Webber narrowly escaped after kissing the barrier in first practice today. The Australian Red Bull driver unfortunately managed to just over-ride the outside of his left-rear wheel on the astroturf of turn 9. Webber was not injured, but suffered a puncture, and was able to drive back to the pits. Sebastian Vettel’s day has hardly been any better either. He could only manage a 1:21:549, half a second slower than McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

….Having read that, you are now up to date with all the news! Don’t forget to check back on Monday! 

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