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GP Week : Issue 232
sTIll FIGhTING According to FIA President Jean Todt, Michael Schumacher is continuing to fight as he recovers from injuries sustained during a skiing incident at the end of 2013. Todt says he regularly visits Schumacher, who is now recovering at his home in Switzerland. seeKING A PreW chAlleNGe Phil Prew is set to join Mercedes as chief engineer from the start of next season. He had been with McLaren, a team he joined during the 1997 season. chAsING rAcING Former Sauber driver Giedo van der Garde is targetting a racing return for 2016. Having tested the Renault Sport RS01 it's likely the Dutchman will step into sports car racing. DIscussING hONDA In Mexico, Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai admitted the Japanese company was in discussions with a team over a new engine supply. Though thought to be Red Bull, Arai wouldn't drop names. shuT uP AND lIsTeN Nico Hulkenberg and his race engeer Bradley Joyce got in a heated discussion over the radio in qualifying when Hulkenberg thought he was on a warmup lap. "Shut up!" exclaimed Joyce during the exchange. "It's not a wram up lap, it's a timed lap!" 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news BrieFly Aston Martin will enter Formula One as early as next year, if paddock rumour in Mexico is to be believed. The British car manufacturer will reportedly take up naming rights sponsorship of Force India, rebranding the team in its image. Aston Martin is part-owned by Mercedes, which supplies Force India engines and is believed to have given the deal the green light. With falling sales over the last decade, the owners of Aston Martin's debt are believed to be keen on Formula One as a way of raising brand awareness alongside market rivals Ferrari and McLaren. The company was previously linked to a potential deal at Red Bull, which was looking to switch to Mercedes power for 2016, but the company instead preferred to deal with a team which already has Mercedes power. That narrowed the shortlist to Williams, Lotus and Force India. With Williams unlikely to rename the team in Aston Martin's image, and with Martini sponsorship, a deal with the Grove-based squad was always unlikely. Renault has been sniffing around Lotus for some time, and with mounting debts it's not an especially attractive investment given its current uncertainty. It left Force India to emerge as the favourite, with team boss Vijay Mallya confirming if the right commercial deal came about he would consider changing the team name. Along with the arrival of Aston Martin branding, it's understood Force India will also pick up sponsorship from Johnnie Walker, which has been backing McLaren. Aston Martin has previously competed in Formula One during the 1959 and 1960 seasons, though is most famous for its success in sports car racing. aston martin linked to force india