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GP Week : Issue 52
Short Straights n Hot rumour of the week is that Virgin is due to cut its ties with BrawnGP in 2010 and take the bold decision of moving its allegiance over to the all new Manor F1 Team, potentially with Manor even becoming known as VirginF1. n Joerg Zander, BrawnGP’s Deputy Technical Director has left the team. Brawn was Zander’s fifth F1 team, following stints at Honda, BMW-Sauber, BAR and Williams. n On the subject of sponsor rumours, there has been much chat over the last seven days that USF1 is on the verge of signing up YouTube as one of its first sponsors for 2010. Both this and the Virgin story (above) are heavily unconfirmed at this stage ... n One interesting point to come out of the WMSC was Luca di Montezemolo’s very slight mention that the concept of teams running three cars in 2010 had been discussed. While the findings of that meeting are all currently up in the air, we’ll be keeping an eye on this topic and watching how it develops. Campos Dallara still on course GIAN Paolo Dallara has told GPWeek that the Campos-Meta Dallara Formula 1 car is on schedule, and that, despite the ongoing difficulties in the sport and a lack of clarity over the 2010 regulations, the project would carry on as normal. “We are continuing as if nothing had happened,”he said in an exclusive interview with GPWeek. “We have started designing three months ago. We took the risk with Campos that if our entry was not accepted we would throw away three months of work. We took this decision because we decided it would be nearly impossible to design and produce an F1 car in the short time from June until the 2010 season.” Mr Dallara confirmed that, despite 2010 regulations yet to be confirmed, the Campos Dallara has not been designed with the capability of refuelling, and that it will not carry KERS. “Our car will be 2WD without the possibility to refuel and without KERS. We have worked on 2009 specification adding the extra fuel capacity required for 2010. We have very clear plans about the design of our car and we are aware of what is possible within our limited budget.” Dallara is hoping to have the initial designs finished in October with the car receiving its first run in January 2010. For more see our exclusive feature with Gian Paolo Dallara on page 22 Charity auction closes this week THERE are just three days left on a fantastic auction of racing memorabilia, and all the proceeds go to a great charity. StarCards, supported by our friends at Sutton Motorsport Images, present a unique collection of Great Ormond Street Hospital playing cards for auction. Each card is professionally mounted together with the reverse of a Great Ormond Street Hospital playing card showing their logo and a high quality 6 “ x 4 “ driver portrait and driving action montage courtesy of Sutton Images. This has been finished with a silver engraved plaque naming the driver and his team with the logos of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Starcards and Sutton Images. Drivers whose autographs are up for grabs include Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and championship leader Jenson Button. Jump online and make a bid at http://shop.ebay.co.uk/ merchant/starcards4gosh_ W0QQ_nkwZQQ_fromZQQ_ mdoZ