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GP Week : Issue 17
RUMOURS over the past week that GP2 frontrunner Bruno Senna could be bound for BMW-Sauber in 2009 have left the Brazilian flattered and somewhat surprised. Senna, who has been linked with a potential move to Toro Rosso to replace Sebastian Vettel if the German moves to the main Red Bull team, told GPWeek that the stories were, for now at least, simply rumours. “I honestly don’t know where these stories come from,” he laughed. “There’s really nothing going on for the moment. Obviously it’s great to be linked with a move to Formula 1 and all these great teams, but these rumours have been going on for ever.” Talk of Senna’s potential move to BMW-Sauber were highlighted in last week’s German press as rumours that Robert Kubica is set to depart to Ferrari and that Nick Heidfeld is failing to impress the team continue to do the rounds. BMW-Sauber already has former Jaguar and Red Bull racer Christian Klien and GP2 racer Marco Asmer employed as test drivers, but Senna’s promotion to the team would be a major coup for the BMW name. Senna’s first foray into single-seater racing was a half season of Formula BMW UK in 2004 for Carlin Motorsport. Senna flattered by BMW rumours THE FIA World Motosrport Council announced last week that the governing body of Formula 1 would be conducting an in depth review of the manner in which the sport was governed. “ The FIA will enter into a wide- ranging consultation with the Formula One teams to examine plans for improved efficiency, including new technical regulations for the Championship. This will also involve a review of the governance of Formula One,” an FIA statement read on Wednesday. In a move clearly designed to ruffle the feathers of Bernie Ecclestone and the commercial rights holders of the sport, FIA President Max Mosley is believed to be using the F1 teams as pawns in a move to draw influence, power and revenue away from Ecclestone. The only problem in all this is that the FIA was warned about its role in the organisation of Formula 1 by the European Commission in 2003 over anti-trust legislation in which the FIA guaranteed its role would remain one of regulator, with Ecclestone as commercial rights holder tasked with the job of promoting the championship. Any change in the fragile balance of power could see the FIA overstep its agreed mandate. As predicted by GPWeek last week, the proposal to double the teams’ entry fees was discussed, but the WMSC has only increased the payments in line with inflation for the time being. A 150 percent hike will be discussed after consultation with the F1 teams. In addition, as we also foreshadowed, the proposed tyre blanket ban has been reversed and the technology will remain in Formula 1 next season with the introduction of slick tyres. FIA WMSC draws battle lines 10