Force IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Paul di Resta has his fingers crossed for a race seat in 2011 after getting his hands on the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s F1 car during free practice sessions this year.
Di Resta, is already well-connected in the sport with backing from MercedesÃ¢â‚¬â€the team he drives for in the DTM seriesÃ¢â‚¬â€while Lewis HamiltonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father Anthony is his manager. His next outing in the VJM03 will come this weekend at Silverstone.
Red Bull want to extend Sebastian VettelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contract to at least 2015 as they look to ward off any interest from rivals Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari.
Team principal Christian Horner even joked about extending it to 2028, when Vettel will be the same age Michael Schumacher is now. Vettel negotiates his own contracts, but says he is more worried about a competitive car than money.
GP2 team ART have pulled out of the race to become the 13th team on the grid in 2011 citing Ã¢â‚¬Å“unfavourable economic conditionsÃ¢â‚¬Â. Their place has been taken by the US-based Cypher Group, believed to contain some elements of the defunct USF1 outfit. Rivals to the new US bid include Epsilon Euskadi, Stefan GP and Durango.
Bruno Senna wants to stay with Hispania in 2011 despite a difficult debut season for the Spanish team. The Brazilian said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think I have developed a lot, learned a lot in F1.
“I have improved so much on driving and being assured of myself, in motivation. In the end of the day, all I think about is making my career long.”
Williams and McLaren will test their versions of Red BullÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blown exhaust during free practice at Silverstone this weekend. McLaren say that if the drivers think it is good, they will run it for qualifying and the race. The blown exhaust is believed to give a team an extra two or three tenths per lap.
Officials for the Texas Grand Prix will be at Silverstone this weekend, keen to learn from the best of what it has to offer. The English circuit has recently undergone track and facility upgrades and had lost the race to rival Donington before the East Midlands circuit suffered financial problems.
Adrian Sutil has revealed he is interested in the second seat at Renault alongside Robert Kubica for 2011.
Sutil has impressed in the Mercedes-powered Force India this year, and with Renault rumoured to be in bed with Mastercard for next season, and Kubica already signed up, he will be looking to secure a fast and competent team-mate for the Pole.
Former world champion Kimi RÃƒÂ¤ikkÃƒÂ¶nen, Mercedes reserve driver Nick Heidfeld, and LotusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Timo Glock are also in the running to partner Kubica.
And finally, Ferrari have revealed their new logo to replace the controversial Ã¢â‚¬ËœbarcodeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ design. The new emblem will come into effect at the beginning of 2011. The 2010 logo was said by some to be too similar to principal sponsor MarlboroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s branding. Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali confirmed the team will still be called Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.
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