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GP Week : Issue 48
Short Straights n The Goodwood Festival of Speed has announced a wide array of talent for its 2009 extravaganza. Leading the star apearances will be Jenson Button and the BrawnGP BGP001, along with Lewis Hamilton who will get to driver his hero Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4/4. Sebastien Loeb will be making an appearance for rally fans, while on two wheels Mick Doohan and Troy Corser will attend, along with Hollywood legend Peter Fonda on a replica of the chopper he rode in Easy Rider. n Renault has made use of one of its free days for aero testing. British/ Pakistani tester Adam Khan spent a day at Duxford airfield running straight line aero tests on the R29. n French Prime Minister Francois Fillon is not a happy chappy. The PM, who was born in Le Mans, is a bit of a petrol-head and is upset there is no French Grand Prix anymore. He’s said he’ll do all he can to get the race back on the calendar as soon as possible. n Two F1 world champions made forays into other sports last weekend. Lewis Hamilton teed off a Pro-Am golf tournament, while Kimi Raikkonen competed in the Rally della Marca in a Fiat Arbath. The 2007 world champion lost a wheel, while the 2008 champ got rained on and reportedly went home after two holes. New team entries u E IGHT individual teams are understood to have submitted their names for an entry to the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship before the deadline last Friday, although the regulations under which their entries would be made are as uncertain as ever following the ‘conditional’ entry of the nine FOTA teams. As reported last week, Spanish F3 outfit Campos was the first to enter its name for 2010, over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, and is expected to benefit from a collaboration with Italian race car design powerhouse Dallara. The second team to put forward its proposal in Monaco was the much-vaunted Team USF1. On Monday, the Williams F1 Team shocked the sport by breaking FOTA unity and entering its name for 2010 in a move for which it was later suspended from FOTA. Nothing more was heard on new teams until deadline day, when a flurry of prospective new teams entered the ring. Prodrive was the first. David Richards was reported to have entered a bid to join F1 in 2010 as Prodrive, before turning his outfit into a fully-fledged Aston Martin F1 Team by 2012. The next name to enter the fray was the expected entry of Lola, before British F3 team Litespeed also confirmed it had entered its name for 2010. Finally, on Sunday, rumours surfaced that a Superfund F1 Team had been entered, with ex-F1 racer Alex Wurz as Team Principal, and that incredibly (and through what we must stress are unconfirmed rumours), Andrew Fitton had entered the legendary March F1 team name for a 2010 entry. One name missing from the list was that of Paul Jackson’s iSport International. Jackson had no comment to make on the situation when contacted by GPWeek, and despite playing his cards close to his chest is thought to be awaiting a resolution in continuing uncertainties over 2010 regulations before commenting further. It is this continuing confusion that now raises the greatest question over the future of the non-FOTA teams. Despite FOTA’s members issuing a set of suggested regulations to the FIA over financial self- Wurz to be a team boss? Aston Martin by 2012?