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GP Week : Issue 210
F1 >>> nEWs Formula 1’s controversial double points finale may not be extended past this season. Bernie ecclestone admitted recently that the innovation, which will see the winner of the Abu Dhabi GP awarded 50 points, might not be a permanent fixture. “I wanted it to be for the last three races,” he said in singapore, “but everyone said I was mad, so we won’t do it. “As for keeping it for the last race, I don’t know,” ecclestone added. “Probably not. We can’t yet see whether it has worked.” at BriEFly » Mercedes-Benz has recruited a new test driver. A week after becoming the youngest-ever race winner in the DTM at the Lausitzring Pascal Wehrlein joined the team in Singapore. The 19-year-old has already completed 30 days of simulator driving in a virtual F1 W05 Hybrid covering over 12000km. » Sebastian Vettel was in a brand new Red Bull in Singapore. The German used a fourth RB10 chassis on his way to a season-best result of second place. Red Bull Racing is believed to have detected a flaw in his first car. He got a second for Spain and another pre-Monza. » Johnnie Walker has become an official Formula One sponsor. The whisky brand, which is owned by Diageo, was previously a backer of McLaren. » There will be an extra Russian driver in action at Sochi next month. Sauber will give test driver Sergey Sirotkin his first run in Friday Practice. Sirotkin, 19, tested for the Swiss team in April in Bahrain. » Romain Grosjean will return to the Race of Champions this year. Grosjean, who won the last ROC event in 2012, will race at Bushy Park in Barbados on December 13-14. Tom Kristensen is also down to compete. Other drivers are TBA. double points may be single year only A 20-round calendar has been announced for the 2015 Formula 1 season. The FIA has confirmed that the season will start in Melbourne on March 15 and end in Abu Dhabi on November 29. Highlights of the season include the return of Mexico after a 23-year absence and a second year for sochi, in spite of the current political difficulties in eastern europe. There will be four back-to-back events, starting with Malaysia (March 20) and Bahrain (April 5); Germany (July 19) and Hungary (July 26); singapore (september 20) and Japan (september 27); and usA (October 25) and Mexico (November 1) 20 races for 2015 March 15 Australia March 29 Malaysia April 5 Bahrain April 19 China May 10 Spain May 24 Monaco June 7 Canada June 21 Austria July 5 Great Britain July 19 Germany July 26 Hungary August 23 Belgium September 6 Italy September 20 Singapore September 27 Japan October 11 Russia (Sochi) October 25 USA (Austin) November 1 Mexico November 15 Brazil November 29 Abu Dhabi 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: