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GP Week : Issue 60
Short Straights n The 2010 F1 regulations have been published, confirming that refuelling will be banned, whilst also outlining the new qualifying procedure. Next season the first two shootout sessions will see eight cars eliminated from each, leaving the fastest 10 to fight for pole. Q3 will consist of light-fuel runs. Also confirmed is that the current points system will remain in place. n Suzuka has announced that it has concluded a deal with Bernie Ecclestone to host the Japanese Grand Prix for the next three years, confirming that F1 will not return to the Fuji Speedway in 2010. n The USF1 Team has confirmed that it has linked up with internet behemoths YouTube. The website’s cofounder Chad Hurley will be one of the team’s financial backers. n Williams is understood to be looking for a way out of its contract to run Toyota engines in 2010. The team is believed to be interested in running either Renault, Mercedes or Cosworth power units. USF1, meanwhile, is rumoured to be debating changing their power unit from Cosworth to Toyota. n Online reports over the European Grand Prix weekend suggested Toyota was uncertain over its continued involvement in F1 as a decision on Toyota’s 2010 budget was yet to be made by the main board. However, GPWeek understands that there is nothing strange in this as Toyota’s annual budget meetings have always been scheduled comparatively late in the season. Horner: KERS u Euro GP for Britain? THE European Grand Prix could be set for a shock move to Silverstone if rumours in Valencia prove to be correct. The Valencia street race, which is in only its second season as host of the European Grand Prix, has suffered from poor attendance in both 2008 and 2009, with only 159,000 spectators paying for entry over this year’s event. With Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s comments earlier in the season that the 2010 British Grand Prix would not be held at Silverstone, and the race’s new home of Donington Park yet to give the Englishman the assurances he requires that it will be ready to host the race, rumours suggest that Britain may yet get a Grand Prix with Silverstone being named as the European Grand Prix. There remains a chance for Silverstone to still host a British Grand Prix in 2010, however. Ecclestone has warned Donington that he wants to have absolute assurances that their promised redevelopment is on schedule, declaring over the weekend that a failure to do so would see the British Grand Prix stay at Silverstone next season. “They [Donington] have got until the end of September to produce a bank guarantee and their contract depends on that. If they don’t, it’s adios amigos,” he told the Sunday Express. “I’m hoping Donington do all the things they must do. And if they can’t, we will come back to Silverstone.”