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Adrian Sutil’s manager says Force India talks ‘not concrete’

Adrian Sutil’s manager Manfred Zimmermann has played down reports the German is in line for a return to F1 with Sahara Force India in 2013.
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With Nico Hulkenberg switching to Sauber next year, Force India Team Principal Dr.Vijay Mallya admitted last weekend that Adrian Sutil is an optional candidate to replace the outgoing Nico Hulkenberg.

Adrian Sutil has been on the sidelines this year following his bar incident conviction of 2011.

Switzerland’s 20min. quotes admitting there are “definitely opportunities” for a return to formula one in 2013. But his manager Manfred Zimmermann is for now playing down the Force India link. “There are no concrete negotiations with Force India,” he told the German news agency DPA by telephone.

Zimmermann said Sutil, 29, has several options for 2013. “I think we have legitimate hopes,” he said. “We hope the puzzle is over in the next 14 days.” Indeed, another contender for Hulkenberg’s Force India seat must be the team’s reserve driver Jules Bianchi, who is backed by Ferrari and managed by Felipe Massa’s manager, Nicolas Todt. “If a place becomes available,” the French rookie told RMC Sport, “there will be plenty of contenders.

“The main objective is Force India,” admitted Bianchi.

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Lewis Hamilton won’t rule out McLaren return

Lewis Hamilton has absolved Martin Whitmarsh of any blame in his move to Mercedes, saying there was nothing he could have done to hold onto him.

Last week it was confirmed that Hamilton is on his way to Mercedes next season, bidding farewell to McLaren with whom he has a 14-year relationship.

The decision resulted in McLaren in for some stick from the British press and fans who felt that the team – and especially Whitmarsh – had not done enough to persuade the Brit to stay.

Hamilton, though, insists that’s not what happened.

“It was not about the offers. I had two offers on the table which were very, very similar,” he said.

“Martin asked me what they could have done more. To be honest, it was about the new challenge and a step that I wanted to make.”

He added: “I wanted to make sure that Martin knew how much I appreciated all the support he has given me over the years.

“I have an incredible relationship with him. He is so easy to work with, so welcoming, so forgiving when you make mistakes. Very much more a friend than a boss. I called him and said “Look, I’ve decided to go this way”.”

The 27-year-old, who finally broke his silence over the move for the first time while speaking to journalists in Japan, said it was one of the hardest decisions he has ever had to make.

“It was like a pendulum. One moment I’d think let’s go for it, the next I’d think, I’m going to stay. Eventually it became clear in my mind.

“I already had the feeling a few days before but it stuck with me and I didn’t have any swinging back. Then I got to Thailand and it was incredibly peaceful and I just sat by the pool and thought for several hours.

“It was important to do it on my terms in my own time rather than other people’s. I wasn’t going to be pushed and rushed into this decision although there was a lot of pressure – Martin had been asking me when I was going to do a deal since China last year.

“I had a couple of deadlines, I didn’t meet any one of them. But then the decision was made. It really, really was a tough but once I made it I was so much more relaxed.”

Hamilton revealed that he has yet to speak to Ron Dennis, McLaren’s former team boss and his first point of contact with the team all those years ago.

“I did try to get hold of Ron, but I did not manage to speak to him.”

The Brit, though, is determined to leave the Woking-based outfit on a good footing, conceding that one never knows what the future holds.

“I don’t feel as though I am going out of McLaren through the back door. I am going out the front door happily.

“The way I look at it is that I am walking over that bridge and down a different path. If that path brings me back – then who knows?”

Source:Planet-F1.com

Kimi Raikkonen excited about his first Indian GP

New Delhi: It is hard to believe Kimi Raikkonen stayed away from Formula One for two years. The ‘Iceman’ is one of the title contenders this season with six podiums already. Now as the F1 gears up for the Asian circuit, the Lotus driver is eagerly looking forward to his first race in India.

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Raikkonen, who returned to F1 after a stint in the World Rally Championship, found the track at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) interesting on the simulator.

“It is great to be racing there and the track looks interesting. I always liked to visit new countries and India is an exciting place. As far as performance goes, we won’t know how well the car will perform until we get there,” Raikkonen told IANS in an e-mail interview ahead of the second Indian Grand Prix (Oct 26-28).

Raikkonen and Frenchman Romain Grosjean are part of a brand new Lotus line-up for the 2012 season. The duo might not have the first-hand experience of the BIC track, but the 32-year-old Finn has heard a lot of good things about it from the team’s reserve Jerome d’ Ambrosio, who drove for Virgin last year.

“Romain, too, hasn’t raced at BIC, but going by what I heard from Jerome it looks like an exciting track. But I would still say, it is better to get out on the track and experience it for yourself,” said Raikkonen as he prepares for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka over the weekend.

It is sheer consistency that has taken him to third place in the drivers’ standings and that, too, without a win.

Asked whether he expected three second places and as many third place finishes in the 14 rounds so far, Raikkonen’s candid response is: “I have always been pretty consistent and even the car is okay.”

His tone is the same when you talk to him about his return to F1.

“F1 hasn’t changed much, it feels like I wasn’t away at all. There were a few familiar faces in different shirts but that’s what happens every year anyway. Though I like many forms of motor sports such as WRC, NASCAR, motocross, snowmobile racing, my focus is on F1.”

Apart from India, South Korea (Oct 12-14) is another new venue for Raikkonen. The 2007 World Champion welcomes the expansion of F1 calendar, calling it good for the sport.

“Korea is another one where I will be driving for the first time. The circuit looks good and it is a new port of call for F1. It is good for the sponsors. I am looking forward to driving on the new track,” he said.

Source: IBNLivesports.com

Robert Kubica wins and still hopes to return to F1

Robert Kubica took victory on his return to competition in an Italian domestic rally on Sunday.

The event was the first motorsport contestthe Pole had entered since sustaining horrific injuries in a rally accident in Italyin February 2011.

Driving a Subaru Impreza World Rally Car with Giuliano Manfredi, Kubica won all four stages of the Ronde Gomitolo di Lana rally to claim victory by nearly a minute over Omar Bergo’s WRC Mini.

Before the start of the rally, Kubica told Italian television channel that the event marked the start of “a more active phase” in a recovery that he still hopes will bring him back to Formula1 eventually.

“Let’s hope we can enjoy ourselves, without looking at stage times because in the end it’s a matter of re-establishing the way of driving and helping the arm to recover better,” said Kubica.

“Having been a driver for 20 years, my body is accustomed to certain things, and I can feel these things only while I drive, so we’ll see.”

Source: Autosport

Fernando Alonso unsure about Kubica return

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Fernando Alonso concedes it is difficult to say whether or not Robert Kubica will make a return to Formula One. Former BMW and Renault driver Kubica has been out of action since the start of last season after he suffered life-threatening injuries during a rallying accident in Italy in February 2011.

Although the Pole is determined to return to competitive racing – he has already done a series of tests in an F1 car simulator – his close friend Alonso admits he is unsure if the 27-year-old will ever make a comeback.

“It’s very hard to say whether Robert will return to 100 percent fitness and be able to race again in Formula 1,” he said in an interview for September’s F1 Racing. “Now and again we speak and I know how much it hurts him to be so far away from what has always been his world. He has to keep calm and think first and foremost about recovering total functionality of his body, then he can think again about racing.”

Source: Planet F1

Bernie Ecclestone says F1 could return to Turkey

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Turkish newspaper Haber Turk on Wednesday, says both the teams and F1’s governing body, FOA, were “happy” with Turkey.

Turkey joined the F1 calendar in 2005 but the race attracted poor attendances due to high ticket prices and difficulty of access to the venue.

It was dropped from the 2012 calendar when Turkey and the FOA failed to reach an agreement on the fee to stage the race.

Ecclestone told Haber Turk: “If we can solve this problem, Turkey can return to the F1 calendar.”

Many drivers have said they enjoy Istanbul’s testing circuit, which boasts the 640-meter long Turn Eight.

Source: F1pulse