Aug 21

F1 Indian GP Promoter Wants Government Help

The last Formula One Indian Grand Prix was held in October 2012 at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

The last was held in October 2012 at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Indian Grand Prix promoter says that he is confident that the Formula One race will return in a healthy state in 2015 after skipping 2014 – but says that the event would benefit from government support.

Thus far, the race has run without any help, and indeed has been held despite the controversy over the government’s attempts to collect tax revenue from the visiting teams.

“We have a very sound contract with the management,” Sameer Gaur of Jaypee Sports told NDTV. “Bernie Ecclestone is a wise man, and he believes in India as a destination. The 2014 Indian Grand Prix is not happening because of logistical problems, but those problems will be sorted out, and in 2015, bang on, we will be on target.

“We will continue to have the Grand Prix till our five-year contract runs [out]. But after five years, let us see how the situation is. We don’t want to disappoint the F1 enthusiasts in India, the ones who have gotten used to watching the Grand Prix here. We have that in mind, and God-willing, we will find a way out.”

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Aug 21

Sirotkin Set For Sauber F1 Demo Run

Teenager Sergey Sirotkin will make a demo run for Sauber. (Photo: Sauber F1 Team)

Teenager will make a demo run for Sauber. (Photo: Team)

Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin will have a taste of power when he does a demo run for Sauber in Sochi on Sept. 27, a little over a year before the first GP at the venue.

Sirotkin, who turns 18 next week, visited the team’s Hinwil base this week, where he had a chance to sit in a F1 car for the first time.

“My visit to the Sauber F1 Team headquarters was busy,” he said. “I learned a lot about the team and many other things. I had a seat fitting, met the engineers and learned about the car and what happens over a race weekend.

“I also had a lesson with the steering wheel. I am happy because, if you had told me six months ago that one day I would visit this workshop and meet this team, I would have never believed you. It’s great. The dream is so close to becoming reality now.”

Team boss said: “We are proud to be doing the demo run next month. It will be a historical moment when a Russian driver drives a car for the first time at the track in Sochi.”

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Aug 21

Williams Is A Great F1 Team, Says Symonds

Pastor Maldonado drives the Williams F1 car. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives the Williams car. (Photo: Getty Images)

Having left his previous job at Marussia, started work as chief technical officer of Williams earlier this week, and the former Benetton/Renault man now faces the difficult task of helping to turn the team around as heads into the new turbo era – one that will see a new partnership forged with Mercedes. Here’s an insightful Q&A with Symonds issued by the team on Aug. 21.

Q: You have recently been appointed chief technical officer of the Team. What does this new challenge entail?

“Firstly, I think it’s a great team. The facilities are top class, we have a huge number of talented people and yet the results on the track are not a reflection of the quality we have. So I think my challenge is to analyze why this is happening, make the changes that are needed to empower the people and really get the focus in one direction: performance.”

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Aug 20

Racing Industry Remembers Floyd Ganassi

Photo Credit: Chip Ganassi Racing

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Condolences continue to stream in after Monday’s passing of 87-year-old , father of , and Series team owner Chip Ganassi, who helped his son to become an Indy car driver in the 1980s and later to build the championship-winning Ganassi Racing program that opened its doors in 1990.

The elder Ganassi was a fixture in Indy car and stock car paddocks across North America, forging deep relationships with many of those he came in contact with. The late Pittsburgh, PA.-based businessman has received a number of touching tributes in the 24 hours since the news was revealed by the team.

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Aug 20

Ferrari Can Still Win F1 Title, Boss Tells Team

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 08: Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain and Ferrari is seen with his Team Principal Stefano Domenicali as he prepares to drive during practice for the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2011 in Northampton, England.

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team principal gave his crew a pep talk at Maranello team headquarters on Tuesday, and insisted that can still win the 2013 World Championship.

Domenicali’s speech, recounted on the Ferrari website, comes after some tension was created in the camp by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s reaction to Alonso’s comments. Alonso has been frustrated by the team’s drop-off in form in recent weeks.

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