King_Nightwolf escribió:"Estoy encantado de correr junto a Heikki, alguien contra el que me he enfrentado desde 2007 y que aporta la experiencia de haber corrido en dos equipos grandes. Creo que juntos somos una de las parejas más competitivas de la parrilla. El equipo tiene planes ambiciosos y estoy preparado para ayudar a que consigan sus objetivos", afirmó Trulli.
Renault has decided to merge its F1 team with Gerard Lopez's Mangrove Capital Partners group. It's not clear how much of a stake in the team Lopez is getting from the deal, could be 75% but also 51% or 49%. The official statement may be out as soon as tomorrow, but could also be delayed until next week.
Lopez's offer was better than Prodrive's because they will also pump more money into the team after becoming a stakeholder. David Richards only offered to be a stakeholder, he wouldn't contribute to the team's budget.
There was also another factor that made Renault chosing Lopez over Richards. Some of Lopez's companies are into the 'pure energy acquisition' thing [whatever that means] and they'll co-operate with Renault as far as green technology in road cars is concerned.
Ferrari: Schumacher deal 'not binding'
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says his company would not prevent Michael Schumacher from racing for Mercedes in Formula 1 if he wished to do so - but added that the German had not yet discussed any such situation with him.
Reports in Germany over the weekend suggested that Mercedes was on the brink of securing Schumacher for its new factory F1 programme next season, in a sensational move that would bring the seven times world champion back into the sport three years after he retired.
Schumacher has been with Ferrari since 1996 and stayed on as a consultant and occasional test driver after his F1 career ended.
Although he intended to make a comeback this summer to deputise for Felipe Massa at Ferrari, a lingering neck injury prevented this. He was set to remain with Ferrari to work mainly with its road car division, but rumours of a Mercedes F1 deal threw this agreement into doubt.
When asked by Reuters if Ferrari would insist that Schumacher kept to his deal, di Montezemolo replied: "No, not binding."
The Italian added that Schumacher would have to split from Ferrari if he wanted to race for a rival company, but said there had been no approach from the German yet.
"It's clear that if he decides to take another road our agreement will no longer be valid, that is logical," di Montezemolo told the news agency. "You can't work with a competitor and with us at the same time.
"I still haven't spoken to him about it. He is only a dear friend, not a team member. He is a consultant for our road cars."
The German media has predicted that a Schumacher-Mercedes deal could be announced as early as this week. Mercedes has already signed Nico Rosberg for its other car.
"I hadn't spoken to him since Abu Dhabi but I spoke to him yesterday (Wednesday)," said di Montezemolo about Schumacher's Mercedes-Benz situation.
"He phoned me and he told me that there is a very, very, very strong possibility [of racing for Mercedes-Benz]. Having said that, it is not 100 per cent decided. But that is what he said yesterday morning."
Di Montezemolo confirmed that Ferrari had agreed to release Schumacher from any remaining commitments he had to the Italian team so he could make the switch to Mercedes-Benz in the event of a deal coming off
hombre vicio escribió:Pregunta para los seguidores más veteranos (en edad) de F1 viendo que Michael Schumacher va a volver casi con seguridad:
Cuando os enteráis del regreso de Alain Prost a la F1 en 1993 ¿pensasteis que iba a llegar donde llegó después del año sabático? Y para los que ya seguíais F1 en la década de los 80 (si los hubiera, claro), ¿que opinión teníais sobre el regreso de Niki Lauda en 1982?
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