Virgin future safe
G ute news for Timo Glock: Virgin announced a partnership on Thursday (November 11th). The English racing team of the airline tycoon Richard Branson sells shares to the Marussia Group. It is a Russian sports car company. Team boss John Booth already declared in Sao Paulo: 'Our budget for the next three to five years is in place.'
In the focus of thieves
Not only for Jenson Button and three Sauber engineers became a bad trip to Sao Paulo because of the attempted and carried out robberies. The crime also struck in the photography center. A man and a woman smuggled their way into the Formula 1 photographer's workroom, took a favorable moment and stole four large lenses. One of the victims was the French clipper veteran, Bernard Asset.
Job guarantee at Mercedes
Churrascarias are the gourmet tip among travelers to Brazil. Under the motto 'all you can eat', meat is served until the stomach strikes. Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn invited his engineers to Sao Paulo's meat temple 'Vento Harragano'. Rumors that there would be a big wave of layoffs after the disappointing season, Brawn contradicts: 'We don't lay off a single one. Some engineers are given new responsibilities and a few new people are added.'
Clap for Maldonado
Nico Hülkenberg is not afraid of GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan was at ART Hülkenberg's teammate in 2009. 'I beat him 10-0 back then in training.'
On Friday, a Force India employee in front of the hotel got a bag with everything on it Stolen valuables. The thief was noble. He just took the money and later handed the travel documents over to the hotel reception.
Red Bull mysterious
Red Bull reckons that Mark Webber might end the year Resignation declared? Or does one of the Toro Rosso pilots have to tremble for his cockpit? Red Bull substitute driver Daniel Ricciardo has no driving opportunities for 2011. It would be logical for the runners-up in the Renault World Series to climb up to GP2. 'We don't yet know what we'll do with him next year,' says Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko mysteriously.
Petrov incurs extra costs
Vitaly Petrov costs Renault more money than it brings in the form of sponsors.After the crashes in Suzuka and Korea, he delivered the third total write-off of the last three races during the first practice session for the Brazilian GP. 'The F-shaft did not work,' apologized the Russian. True, but Petrov had already been on the road with this defect for 45 minutes. He knew how the car reacts. There was also a € 2,000 fine for driving too fast in the pit lane.
No Bridgestone information
Bridgestone distributes a leaflet with information for journalists at every Grand Prix. The packages with the DINA 4 sheets first got stuck in Brazilian customs for two days, and then they disappeared. The Japanese tire manufacturer had replacements flown in from Europe, but discovered that they had packed the wrong folder. With information about the MotoGP race in Valencia. The attempt to print the information sheet in Brazil also failed. The printing company only said yes, only to have to admit one day later that the job was overwhelming.
Everyone loves Johnny
Actually, Emerson Fittipaldi was the reinforcement for them three race stewards planned. The Brazilian had to cancel because of too much PR work and a show appearance in his world champion Lotus 72. The replacement is Johnny Herbert. 'Funny that all the drivers are so friendly to me,' grinned the ex-Sauber driver. 'You can see what a little power can do.'
Alonso scolds the referee
There are still things that World Cup leaders Alonso really do exasperate. For example, the referee at Real Madrid's last Champions League game. 'Milan's second goal against Real was clearly offside,' said Madrid fan Alonso.
Stop and Go in Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is a killer. The 20 million inhabitant Moloch keeps everyone under control. Anyone who drives by car is guaranteed to be stuck in traffic at some point. At any time of the day or night. Timo Glock can tell you a thing or two about it: 'It took me two and a half hours from the airport to the hotel.' For a distance of 25 kilometers. Nico Hülkenberg added: 'And I stood my feet in my stomach for an hour when I entered customs.'
The film was on Wednesday evening premiered about Ayrton Senna's life in Sao Paulo. Of course, nephew Bruno Senna was there. 'If you were right in the middle of it like me, this film is very moving. I can only recommend everyone to see the work.' Rubens Barrichello had to pass. He had invited his Williams team to go karting. 'But I'll be in the cinema for the official start. Senna was my hero.'
The engine failure in Korea got Sebastian Vettel from hero to in one second Zero done. Damage analysis became a detective game for Renault engineers. The torn off connecting rod had knocked everything down in the Renault engine. How do you find yourself in the messout of metal chips, which broke first? The engineer in charge, Fabrice Lom, explained how he and his colleagues put the puzzle back together: 'The piston of the fourth cylinder was still in order, as was the crankshaft. So the damage must have happened in between. Only the connecting rod remains.'>