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GP Week : 01-Sep-2009
n It was reported over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend that race organisers at Spa- Francorchamps are hopeful of agreeing a deal with Bernie Ecclestone and the Nurburgring to host a race- share in the future to save costs. The concept would be to alternate between the venues year on year. n BrawnGP has stated that it has found a number of investors for 2010, although at present the identity of their backers remains a mystery. One company rumoured to be linking up with Brawn is the Emirates air company, although a source close to Emirates told GPWeek he was unaware of any connection. n On the subject of Brawn, Kimi Raikkonen is the latest driver to be linked with the team. The Finn told reporters in Belgium that he was sure he would be racing in F1 in 2010, and that if that was not to be with Ferrari then he had another o er from the table. Any move to Brawn would likely involve a substantial paycut for the 2007 world champion. n Stefano Coletti has bruised heels and suspected compressed vertebrae after he was involved in a high speed accident at Eau Rouge in the nal laps of GP2's Saturday race. n Trident Racing mechanic Vasco Rossi is making a steady recovery in hospital, after he was the victim of a freak accident before Race 1 in Belgium. The air lines connected to the team's wheel guns were caught by the rear wheels of Ricardo Teixeira's car as he left the pits, bringing Trident's pit equipment down on Rossi's head. Short Straights hor Stra Sor r ho tr r o t h S S St Sh Sh S S S Va FORCE India team owner Vijay Mallya is understandably delighted in his team for taking its rst points with an incredible podium for Giancarlo Fisichella in the Belgian Grand Prix, stating "I think we should all be very proud of our performance today." Mallya pointed to continued improvements at the team as the reason for its sudden increase in performance, and admitted he had been taken a touch by surprise with the result. "Last year was not really a true reflection because it was a Spyker car," he said. "We could not develop it or do anything. So this is the first true year for Force India in 2009, where we have developed and designed our own car. We always said we hoped to be a good midfield contender this year. So from Australia we have gradually improved and we put on a big update for Valencia, which was successful. We put on another for Spa and from the free practice sessions [onwards] Giancarlo and Adrian have done well. "Of course I was a little surprised, but it was fantastic to be on pole position, and today to be on the podium is a big bonus and we feel very happy." Fisichella might well have won the race had he not been unable to keep the KERS- equipped Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen behind him on the restart lap after the Safety Car period, but despite having the opportunity of running KERS themselves this season, Mallya said he was no disappointed with the result. "KERS was part of the package offered to us [by Mercedes] and we elected not to take it, rightly or wrongly. But nevertheless we are very pleased with the result." Mallya also reiterated that his team was not for sale, stating that as the major investor in Force India, it was his opinions over the team's results that mattered. "I don't see what is the correlation between the result and the future of the team. The sponsor is 95 percent me, so if I'm happy, everybody is happy!" One happy boss! 8