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GP Week : Issue 212
F1 >>> nEWs ONE MARUSSIA IN SOChI, TWO FOR US GP The FIA and Bernie ecclestone were quick to allow the Marussia team to run just one car in Russia after the suzuka accident that has left Jules Bianchi in critical condition. The team ran the single entry for Max Chilton, in spite of having nominated reserve driver Alexander Rossi prior to Practice starting. A freshly built spare car, howevert, remained in the second garage all weekend. The team said that it was “the appropriate course of action under the difficult circumstances of the weekend”. “The support from the F1 family has been incredible and all we can do is be there to support Jules’ family at this difficult time”. Said Chilton: “I don’t know how to put into words how truly devastated I am by what has happened to Jules ... Jules’s car crew have built a second car, which is ready to race, and this will remain on his side of the garage throughout the weekend.” The question now remains whether the team will run both its entries at the next race in Texas. At this stage, it seems likely, and that Rossi will drive. Should Rossi get the call he would become the first American GP driver since Michael Andretti drove in the 1993 Italian GP. The future of Fernando Alonso continues to attract rumours and attention – and the latest of those from spain has a new wrinkle. According to the sports newspaper Brand, Alonso is poised to take a seat with McLaren next season, a move that has been anticipated for some time. However, this report suggests that the double World Champion may even take an ownership stake in the team. The theory is that Alonso, whose ambitions to own at least a stake in a Formula 1 team has been well-documented, has the support of spanish telco Movistar. The link with Movistar is thought to be the company ’s recent recruitment of Maria sánchez del Corral, who was responsible for the Formula 1 marketing of Banco santander, a long-time Alonso sponsor who followed him to McLaren and then Ferrari. According to the rumour, Movistar and Blackberry will join forces to market its mobile phone hardware and services to consumers in all its markets. Of course, Movistar already has deals in place in other areas of sport, including backing the Yamaha Racing MotoGP team and its riders, former World Champions Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Blackberry currently backs the Mercedes AMG team, but the spanish story reports that the current deal will expire at the end of the season. If the Canadian-owned mobile phone maker were to move, it would go some way to make up for the recent news that Hugo Boss is moving to Mercedes AMG next season. The German clothing and accessories brand has been a McLaren sponsor since 1981. ALONSO: MCLAREN, MOvISTAR AND ... BLACKBERRY? 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: