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GP Week : Issue 51
Short Straights D n Lewis Hamilton was finally handed his GPWeek Most Impressive Driver Award 2008 Trophy at Silverstone … a bit of good news for the world champ on an otherwise disappointing weekend at his home Grand Prix. n Andy Soucek and Mirko Bortolotti both took race wins at the second race weekend of the 2009 FIA F2 Championship at Brno over the weekend. Bortolotti now leads the early championship standings. n Jenson Button may like to think about reverting to his yellow and black helmet design in Germany. Having finished every race on the podium in 2009 with his new lid, he dropped it for Silverstone and finished sixth. Meanwhile his team- mate reverted to his 2009- spec yellow and black helmet at Silverstone and promptly took a podium. Coincidence? We think not. Windsor: No concerns over F1 split TEAM USF1 Sporting Director Peter Windsor says that he and his team are not concerned by the ongoing dispute over the future of Formula 1, nor of FOTA’s threatened rival championship. Windsor is confident that a resolution to the existing conflict will be found, and insists that all he could do in the meantime is get his team ready to race. “We’re very happy to be given the entry and that’s all were thinking about really,”he told GPWeek. “Now we’ve got an entry we’re going to go racing. We’ve got to build a race car, put a team together and a few other small things like that. We’re not really paying too much attention to the politics because they don’t involve us unlike any other team out there. “In our case we’re part of the FIA championship and that’s the only thing that matters to us.” Windsor said that USF1 had not been in contact with FOTA over joining their rival championship, as a number of failed F1 2010 entries are believed to have been. “I think we’re a long way from two championships being reality and at the moment the only game on the table is the FIA championship. Formula 1 is a very changeable business and as a new team coming into the sport, having got the entry which is a great thing, we’re not at the moment saying these are the regulations and this is the car we’re building to the regulations. “We are open to the political instability that we see around us and we’re building various iterations of the car based around the ways we think the regulations could go.” Windsor insists however that no matter whether the budget cap was raised for 2010, USF1 would not exceed its own self imposed budget restrictions. “The budget that we’re running to we’re very confident will always be compatible with the regulation if they go the budget cap route. That’s a budget that we set ourselves three or four years ago. We’re sticking to what we do and it’s a really boring answer that I’m giving you, but having been given the entry the only thing that matters to us is just doing the car as well as we can do it, getting the best possible team together and racing next year. “In March we’ll be able to look up and say, OK this is who we’re racing against, let’s go motor racing. “We’re having a lot of fun doing that, and that’s the nice thing about running a team. I always knew it would be fun but I didn’t know it would be this much fun.”