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GP Week : Issue 214
F1 >>> nEWs Formula 1’s Contract Recognition Board may be called into action following news that sauber has signed Felipe Nasr as one of its 2015 drivers. The swiss team last week confirmed that the heavily-backed Brazilian would be Marcus ericsson’s teammate in 2015. Both drivers bring heavy sponsorship to the beleagured team, which ended the 2014 season on sunday without scoring a point. Adrian sutil recently suggested that his contract with sauber ran into the ‘15 season. “They’ve confirmed two drivers, but that doesn’t mean the drivers can drive and it doesn’t mean the team’s going to drive,” the German told BT sport. “so there’s no real change from last weekend to this weekend. It’s just an announcement. “Now, of course, my situation, I think I have to do some talking, to sort out things.” The team also appears to have snubbed Giedo van der Garde. The Dutchman has been sauber’s reserve driver this season and some reports suggested that his sponsorship was dependent on his promotion to race driver next season. “I think we will have clarity within the next two or three weeks,” he told Dutch television sport1 shortly after the team made its Nasr announcement. sauber principal Monisha Kaltenborn told BT sport; “I am very clearly aware of my situation and I know what I’m doing. It is a clear situation. “If there are any other points related to it, these are internal matters we will discuss internally.” Kaltenborn’s initial role with sauber was as the team’s head of corporate and legal affairs but it is worth noting that van der Garde is no stranger to legal matters himself. In late 2006 super Aguri named him as one of their test drivers, but a few months later spyker named van der Garde in a similar role with its team. super Aguri threatened to take the matter to the Contract Recognition Board but van der Garde’s switch to spyker was confirmed before that happened. Between them, ericsson and Nasr are expected to bring more than us$20 million to the team, in the wake of the apparent exit of sergey sirotkin. The young Russian was thought to be in line for a race seat next season, funded by a wave of Russian sponsors but Kaltenborn has confirmed that is now not the case. SAUBER DRIvERS MAY SEEK RUlING BriEFly » Valtteri Bottas had an unusual problem in Brazil. He lost around 12 seconds during a pitstop because he needed to have his crotch straps tightened after they became loose. The Finn battled on to finish in 10th place. » Itmaybetheendofthe season but the work never stops in Formula 1. McLaren is planning on bringing a major update to the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi. The team has streamlined its technical department after the arrival of former Red Bull engineer Peter Prodromou in September. The team’s former head of aerodynamics Doug McKiernan has been put on gardening leave. » Vijay Mallya said in Brazil that a deal with Sergio Perez for 2015 is done but the Mexican seems less certain. “It is getting close to the end of the year and I want to finalise this,” Perez said. “I want to know if I am staying or not by the next race. It is getting pretty close to that.” » Three ‘Friday’ drivers took part in FP1 in Brazil. Daniel Juncadella was 16th fastest in the session for Force India, Felipe Nasr was 12th fastest for Williams and Max Verstappen was sixth fastest for Toro Rosso. » France has lost one of the sport’s greatest supporters. Francois Guiter, who supported the careers of many French Formula 1 drivers, passed away on Saturday night. Guiter guided Elf’s involvement in the sport from the 1960s, the oil giant backing a generation of drivers from the junior categories to GP racing. Guiter retired from the company in 1989 but continued to be involved in the sport. He was 86. 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: