Team Lotus (formerly Lotus Racing) principal Tony Fernandes says Group Lotus chief Dany Bahar was never interested in working with his team.
?óÔé¼?ôWe have done exactly what we said we would do. The whole relationship with Proton soured with the arrival of Dany Bahar, and it was very clear that he had his own agenda, and that didn?óÔé¼Ôäót include us. He never visited Lotus Racing, he never came and saw what we were building, he thought Mike Gascoyne was old school.”
“As general contractor, Austin Commercial will be in charge of assembling contractors and overseeing construction of the venue, which will include a 3.4-mile track, facilities for race teams, grandstands for 120,000 fans, and other hospitality and entertainment components that have not yet been announced.”
“NASCAR driver Scott Speed filed a $6.5 million breach-of-contract lawsuit Friday afternoon against Red Bull Racing, the team that released Speed following the 2010 season.” Speed drove for Toro Rosso in F1 in 2006 and 2007.
“There is no obvious replacement for the BBC’s Formula One commentator Jonathan Legard (right), who is paying the price for a perceived lack of chemistry in the TV booth with Martin Brundle. One possibility being mooted is Brundle and David Coulthard, close friends and former business partners, teaming up in the commentary box.”
Comment of the day
Despite only getting their circuit ready days before the race, the Korean Grand Prix organisers won an FIA award for promotion. Jarred Walmsley offers an explanation:
Maybe the FIA is trying to show us that they do have a sense of humour after all?
From the forum
An interesting story spotted by Magnificent Geoffrey: Mark Webber’s home town is currently underwater.
I’m going to interview Cosworth’s Mark Gallagher next week so if there’s anything you want to know about the new engines rules for 2013 or Cosworth’s plans for 2011 please post any suggestions in the comments.
On this day in F1
Jack Brabham won his second world championship title in the United States Grand Prix at Sebring. The final round of the 1959 season was held very late in the year, three months after the preceding race at Monza.
Brabham ran out of fuel on the final lap of the race but fortunately for him his championship rivals Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks were out of the picture. He pushed his car over the line into fourth place.