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GP Week : Issue 23
Short Straights Mexico/Eastern Creek want Two new races could be vying for one spare spot on the 2010 Formul n Honda Team Principal Ross Brawn has said he would not rule out the possibility of heading up the technical side of the newly formed FOTA. With the teams due to present their proposals for the future direction of F1 to the FIA imminently the group will need a cohesive leadership. With Luca di Montezemolo heading up FOTA, Brawn at the helm of its technical side and Jean Todt rumoured to be in with a shout at the FIA Presidency, the future rulers of the sport could have a familiar look to them … n McLaren’s Ron Dennis has again denied speculation he is set to step back from F1 should Lewis Hamilton win the title this season. The reports in the German press were met with a forthright riposte from the McLaren PR department that Ron would be around for a long time yet. n Former F1 and GP2 racer Scott Speed is making a big impact in the ARCA series back in the US. Having won his fourth race of the season, Speed now leads the title race. Good results in ARCA could lead to the Red Bull youngster making a step up to NASCAR at some point in the future. n Michael Schumacher’s been a busy man this week. The legendary F1 champion has confirmed he’ll be back in Brazil to defend his karting title at Felipe Massa’s post season invitational, while he’s also been rumoured as a tester at the forthcoming F1 Monza test for Ferrari. MEXICO and Sydney have entered the fray as suitors for a place on the 2010 Formula 1 calendar. Mexican FIA vice-president, Jose Abed, has been quoted as saying that he understands Bernie Ecclestone will add two new races to the 2010 race schedule. “Those changes will be made by 2010 and, if it happens, Mexico will have to work hard to have a proper track. Even so, we must wait for Bernie Ecclestone’s decision to include Mexico,” he said, in South American publication Sportsya. The Mexican Grand Prix was last held at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez between 1986 and 1992, and Abed, who played an important role in the running of the Mexican GP said that new tracks in Puebla, Cancun and Tijuana could be interested in becoming a Mexican GP host. “We are able to do it, because the authorities are willing to make the relevant investments and everyone has a chance. We just have to afford it since a Formula One track is worth more than $50 million.” With an Indian Grand Prix expected to fill one of the free spaces on the 2010 calendar, Mexico will, however, face tough opposition for any remaining race slots. Meanwhile in Australia, Sydney’s Eastern Creek circuit, pictured below, has emerged as a potential replacement for Melbourne’s Albert Park, should the Victoria State Government fail to live up to financial and commercial expectations in its new deal to keep the race in Australia until 2015. Allan Moffat, a board