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Posted by Mole on August 5, 2011 | No Comments

- The Financial Times has reported that Formula One Management President, Bernie Ecclestone, is unhappy about moving the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix from March, to November. In an interview the Financial Times, Ecclestone told reporters “They [Event Organizers] didn’t want it up the front so I’ve had to screw the whole calendar up.”

-Staying with Ecclestone, the Billionaire is even further furious at an idea to make Formula One Cars run off electric in the future. He commented saying that electric power in the pit lane would almost certainly end in “people being killed”.

- Hispania first driver, Daniel Ricciardo, is trying to make an impression, that he could be a World Champion contender, for reasons which aren’t immediately clear. Ricciardo, who currently drives a problem-restricted Hispania, drove for Torro Rosso last year as Test Driver. Some could say that the youngsters hopes of winning a World Championship, are a little too early for comfort, unless he gains a drive with a high-end team.

- Virgin Racing Director, Graeme Lowdon, believes the team, and car, have overcome problems which were seen in the earlier stages of Virgin’s season. Previously, the Virgin MVR-02, suffered from consistent Mechanical Failures, in particular from the; Gearbox, Cosworth V8 Engine, and Suspension Hydraulics, provided by Penske. The largest worry was that the Fuel tank was not large enough to hold a sufficient amount of fuel to complete a race. But, the team says they have developed the whole car, and are looking towards a bright future.

-Williams F1 Team driver, Rubens Barichello, has made hints that he might not stay with the team, for 2011. He said that Williams is “the team is shrouded in uncertainty”. More on this story as it develops.

-Former Brawn GP Director, and current Mercedes GP boss, Ross Brawn, is insistent that the team have reduced the gap between their Silver Arrow, and the rival, up-front cars. Although their has been improvement, Brawn said “Obviously we’re still trying very hard,” said Brawn. “Interestingly we kind of do an analysis after each race and generally we’re clawing it back, slowly – obviously not as quick as we would like because I think there’s pretty intense competition at the front so they’re working ferociously to improve their situation and we’re also trying to catch up”.

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