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GP Week : Issue 91
GPWEEK OPINION >> but no mirrors already looking to next year, and that doesn't involve HRT. What will happen to the team? Its owner is on the verge of bankruptcy and the team is basically worthless. The personnel largely come from Kolles' DTM team. At the start of the year, there were rumours of Volkswagen buying the team. An Indian and a Brazilian would be of appeal to VW, as they're key markets. But the team has little else to offer. No, VW are looking to Williams. Williams made the shock announcement on July 8 that it wouldn't be taking Renault engines after all, but would stick with Cosworth. Why would the team do that when the Cossie is so far off the Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes? Because it gives VW competitions boss Kris Nissen a year to get his house in order. And who will tie up this deal? Colin Kolles. Kolles brought in Williams investor Toto Wolff. Kolles did the hybrid power deal between Williams and Porsche. Kolles is close to newly announced Williams chairman Adam Parr. Is he going to lead VW from HRT over to Williams? Don't underestimate Kolles. HRT may be a sinking ship, but I wager he'll be in F1 for a while yet. acement theory And it has in the past been the cause of several very serious and even fatal crashes. So be it. Lorenzo even found a positive .. . if a two-stroke had an engine failure, it would usually seize, and the rider of the broken bike would also crash. Everyone got away with it this time, more or less, though de Puniet's weekend, which had been going well up to that point, was certainly spoiled. But how could it have been done differently? The main thing is unlikely to happen -- the rule for only six engines all season. This engine was knocking on towards 1,500 km, which is a very long way for a grand prix racing engine, though not quite enough to be confident that the rider can finish the year without going over the allocation of engines, and suffering a pit-lane start as a result. The other culprit must be the rider. Lorenzo really should have pulled off the track a bit earlier. But that is easily said, and perhaps not that easily done, when you are at top speed. All the same, next time, he might react a bit more quickly. Could the bikes be modified, to avoid oil spillage? In theory, they are already. Bodywork design must incorporate a trap for spilled oil. Sadly, engines don't always blow up in such a way that the spillage can be contained, and this was a prime example of just such a major failure. This was the first big on-track blow-up of the year. It is not likely to be the last. 21