F1 News: Bruno Senna tipped to replace Jarno Trulli at Lotus
The Sport Review’s round-up of all of the latest news from the world of Formula 1.
Jarno Trulli has been spotted in US following rumours that he could be replaced at Lotus Racing in 2011. A number of drivers have been linked with Trulli’s seat, including Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna. Senna is rumoured to be in ‘well-advanced’ discussions with the leading newcomers about joining them next year.
The Rome Grand Prix is under threat after local residents voiced their opposition to the proposals to hold a street race through their district. Local mayor Gianni Alemanno revealed at a press conference that “a majority, albeit not an overwhelming one, of EUR and Rome residents are in favour of the race”. A letter of intent signed with Bernie Ecclestone could see a race as soon as 2012.
Cesar Ramos, Stephane Richelmi and Andrea Caldarelli have all secured Formula 1 tests with Ferrari following the conclusion of the Italian Formula 3 championship. The trio finished first, second, and third respectively in a tight championship which was won by Ramos.
JerÃƒÂ´me d’Ambrosio is close to securing his F1 debut in 2011, reportedly partnering Timo Glock at Virgin Racing. The Belgian former GP2 champion is the current test driver for the rookie team and is expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
Former FIA president Max Mosley says Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso will devalue the Formula 1 championship if he wins it by less than seven points. Mosley is still upset with the way Alonso took victory at Hockenheim in June when Ferrari ordered Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa to let him through when the Brazilian was leading, despite a ban on team orders.
Mercedes have confirmed that GP2 rookie Sam Bird will drive for the team at the Young Drivers’ Test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on in November. Bird has impressed with ART and is fifth in the championship with just the final race to go at Abu Dhabi.
Sir Frank Williams has suggested rookie Nico HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg will stay with Williams in 2011 despite earlier rumours that he could be dropped in favour of sponsorship money from Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado. The German has impressed in his debut season in F1 and it could be team-mate Rubens Barrichello who now misses out as Williams look to plug the financial hole from losing four principal sponsors. Barrichello is the most-experienced driver in the pitlane, and recently competed in his 600th grand prix, but with HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg looking good, Williams could gamble with another rookie to balance the books.
Lotus Racing’s Heikki Kovalainen has again signed up for the Race of Champions, the event he surprised at in 2004 as a relatively unknown driver, beating Michael Schumacher in the semi-final and Sebastien Loeb in the final to take victory.