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Aug 28

We have a contract with Pirelli, says Ecclestone

We have a contract with Pirelli, says Ecclestone

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Bernie Ecclestone has downplayed Michelin’s prospects of replacing Pirelli as F1’s sole tire supplier, despite the French company formally confirming to the FIA that it is interested in the role.

Ecclestone has always been close to Pirelli, while FIA President Jean Todt is known to be sympathetic to Michelin. Exactly how the tire saga will play out in the coming weeks remains to be seen, but the bottom line is that time is running out for all concerned.

Aug 27

EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Dempsey, Tully’s Michael Avenatti Part Ways

 

Patrick Dempsey, Tully's Michael Avenatti Part Ways

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Dempsey Del Piero Racing could have a slightly different look this weekend at Baltimore, as SPEED.com has learned that Patrick Dempsey and business/racing partner Michael Avenatti have parted ways, effective immediately.

The Hollywood actor/racer, who is in the spotlight this week for the debut of his new four-part “Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans” TV documentary, has severed ties with Avenatti, whose company had purchased the bankrupt Tully’s Coffee in January.

Aug 27

Fry Looking Forward to Allison’s Arrival at Ferrari

Fry Looking Forward to Allison’s Arrival at Ferrari

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Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry says that the arrival of James Allison will allow him to focus more on improving the performance of the F138.

Former Lotus man Allison, who officially starts work next week, will have Fry’s former job title of technical director (chassis). This will be his second spell at the team after he worked under Ross Brawn from 2000 to 2005.

Aug 27

IndyCar Drivers Would Welcome Back J.P. Montoya

IndyCar drivers would welcome back J.P. Montoya

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If Juan Pablo Montoya returns to IndyCar next year, he’ll get a warm welcome from the drivers he’ll have to beat.

Michael Andretti is looking for sponsors for an IndyCar ride for Montoya, who is leaving Chip Ganassi’s NASCAR team. Montoya says he hasn’t decided where he’s going next, but several drivers at Sonoma Raceway think he belongs back in American open-wheel racing, which left in 2001 for Formula One, followed by an underwhelming foray into NASCAR.