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GP Week : Issue 211
F1 >>> nEWs Max effect, Min fUss Max Verstappen has three more opportunities to get mileage in a Formula 1 car this season. The 17-year-old became the youngest driver in history to participate in an F1 event when he drove a Toro Rosso in FP1 at suzuka. The second-generation driver completed 22 laps and ended the session 12th fastest, 0.4 behind team-mate Daniil Kvyat, in spite of losing the last six laps of the session with a Power unit failure. sTR is keen to run its star rookie again this season, though he will skip the maiden Russian GP because of a Formula 3 commitment in europe. sTR boss Franz Tost confirmed that his new driver would drive in the last three FP1s of the season. “We want to run him in Austin as well as in sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi - this is how we want to prepare him for next season,” Tost told the BBC. “We all know that this race track is quite difficult to learn so we gave him the opportunity to go out. “He has to learn the tracks so when he comes next year he can just go out and knows all the tricks you need to know here.” at BriEFly » Sebastian Vettel is not the only person on the move. Last week Italy’s Autosprint magazine reported Riccardo Adami was leaving Toro Rossi. The race engineer worked at Faenza for some time, even before Vettel was there in 2007/’08. In another shock Kenny Handkammer, Vettel’s chief mechanic at Red Bull Racing, left the team last week. Both are rumoured to be going to – surprise, surprise – Ferrari... » Will Stevens had an awkward weekend. The 23-year-old was named as Marussia’s latest test driver last week and was down to drive in FP1 on Friday. But he was withdrawn from the role at the last minute, and it seems that he is in further negotiation to fill the role later in the season, perhaps as soon as at Sochi this Friday. » Reports from Belgium suggest that the country’s GP could have a rosy future. Newspaper L’Echo reports that the fabulous Spa-Francorchamps track could have a new three-year deal with Bernie Ecclestone, extending the race’s future to at least 2018. » Bernie Ecclestone has denied reports that his return to the F1 Board has been delayed. The 83-year old described the reports, which suggested that he had had certain conditions placed on his activities once he returns to the Board of F1’s parent company Delta Topco, were “complete and utter rubbish”. » Not strictly F1-related but... Ferrari has lodged a patent for a motorcycle design. The design, which appears to feature a narrow-angle V-twin engine, is thought to be a method a dampening vibrations. Ferrari has never produced its own motorcycles but Fiat Chrysler Chairman Sergio Marchionne is thought to be in favour of expanding the famed brand’s reach. 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: