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Rumours and Rumblings From This Week in F1

Posted Aug 19, 2010 by Shaun Edwards

Bernie: Aussie Chasing

Rumours are persisting regarding current Virgin driver Timo Glock, and the current rumblings dictate that he is going to be picked up by Renault in the close season.  Whilst the German has a current two year contract with the British team who have been struggling this season, he has made no attempt to shy away from the fact that he struggles with the lack of success. ‘For someone like me who has won the GP2 title and been on the podium with Toyota several times, it is no secret that it is not easy to be at the back," Glock stated. At the age of 28, Glock still insists that his aim is to one day win the Driver’s championship, and that without this aim, he would ‘not belong in the premier class of motor racing.’  Judging by these comments, and knowing how much of an impact the quality of the car has on F1, it seems likely that Glock will indeed soon depart. 

Speaking of Virgin, team  boss John Booth has been less than impressed with the comments by F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone stating that the two struggling teams this year might ended up folding before this season concludes.  Ecclestone was none too subtle in stating that the two teams ‘really shouldn’t be there’ and that he would personally welcome the current F1 grid dropping  to twenty cars. In response to the F1 supremo’s comments, Booth responded that he was ‘not particularly pleased’, and that it was irresponsible of Ecclestone to make them, noting that ;comments like that for a team like ours can do great damage.’ 

Struggling teams being the topic of conversation, Mercedes have been making  threatening noises regarding their staff.  Having been less successful than they would have liked, the constructors have already confessed that all their work is going into their car for 2011. Norbert Haug, the vice-president of the team, has made some almost-menacing threats with regard to the possibility of Mercedes not improving next season either.  ‘If we fail to achieve the goals we have set, we may have to change some people’ the Mercedes boss stated. Any chance of it being the German behind the wheel, Norb? 

On a slightly lighter, less heads-rolling  type note, apparently Don Ecclestone has been out courting some Aussies to act as a support for the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.  Namely, some V8 Australian supercars.  Martin Whitaker, a former boss of the Bahrain track, now runs the Australian series that Ecclestone would ‘love to have us there in an earlier timeslot’, noting that it would be ‘better for the spectators.’  Intriguing idea – though some of the Aussie ladies might have been a better idea.    

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