F1 News: Michael Schumacher to remain in F1 beyond 2010?

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Schumacher may remain in F1 beyond the end of 2010 (Photo: Bacardi Ltd)

The Sport Review rounds up all of latest happenings from the world of Formula 1.

RED BULL will introduce the Switchable Rear Wing (SRW) or F-duct in free practice in Canada after deciding against using it at the Turkish Grand Prix as it made compromises on their downforce. The team will continue to work on its development and have it ready for the next race.

MICHELIN has re-entered the race to become F1’s sole tyre supplier from 2011. The French tyre company last supplied teams in 2007 but pulled out after failing to compete with Bridgestone. Michelin has the backing of FIA President Jean Todt, but F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone favours a deal with Pirelli—the company expected to win the bid—despite talks recently stalling. Of the teams, only Ferrari and Renault favour a deal with Michelin after McLaren and Mercedes recently switched sides.

ADRIAN NEWEY has said he does not expect to switch teams again in F1 when talking about his future recently. He also said speculated he could not go on doing it in his 60s. Aged 51, that is good news if you work for Red Bull. Newey, their chief technical officer, is arguably the best designer F1 has ever had.

ANDREW PARR has said discussions to have up to 24 races a year are being discussed with teams as Bernie Ecclestone looks to expand the sport into new markets. Just this week a deal was announced to take a race to the United States Austin, Texas from 2012. India is set to join the calendar from 2011, with possible races in Russia, France, and Africa under consideration. Ecclestone confirmed a return to Mexico is not on the cards, and a new long-term deal for Turkey is being considered despite poor attendances.

MERCEDES GP’s Ross Brawn has hinted that Michael Schumacher will remain in F1 beyond the end of 2010 despite rumours to the contrary after a largely disappointing return. He also confirmed that the team expects to retain its current driver line-up into 2011.

Former FIA boss MAX MOSLEY has accused Ferrari of trying to fix races on the weekend of their 800th F1 race. Mosley told the Daily Mail, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo asked the FIA to ban the double diffuser attributed to much of Brawn’s success in 2009. Mosley also reveals that Ferrari’s attempts to fix races stretches back to 1999. Who is the new FIA President? The man di Montezemolo brought to Ferrari in 1993 to turn the team around, Jean Todt.

WILLIAMS have revealed they have secured most of their budget for the 2011 season after making a profit last year, while discussions are underway with current and potential partners. Earlier this year it was announced that a deal with major sponsor, The Royal Bank of Scotland, will end.

USF1 has finally ended its attempts to become an F1 team after engine supplier Cosworth pulled its contract with the North Carolina-based team. Despite attempting to join in 2010, the team massively underestimated the costs involved and failed to deliver. There was a hope the team could secure funding and resources in time for 2011, but the game is up. The factory has been shut down and the staff released from employment. The deadline for 2011 is 23 June, with 15 teams expected to apply including GP2 team ART, and Spanish team Epilson Euskadi.

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