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GP Week : Issue 101
v Our exclusive partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes means you can stay in the centre of the F1 action when you book a Grand Prix weekend package. For more information or to book, please visit hiltonracing.com Click here to book your McLaren drivers unite against Bernie’s golden plan F1 NEWS >> JUST when it looked like the Korean Grand Prix was a goer – at least that was what GPWEEK had been assured by Karun Chandhok, the only man to drive the track, and F1’s most plugged-in travel and logistics people – more doubts have resurfaced. This time,the question-mark comes from Bernie, who until now had been adamant there would be no problems. The FIA inspection which was originally due last week has now been delayed until the week after Japan. Or, put more simply (and alarmingly) the week before the race. “ Well, it's not good,” Bernie told the BBC. “It should have been inspected maybe six weeks ago – which it was, but it wasn't passed. We normally have a 90-day check before a race and now we are sort of putting this off. "It's quite dangerous what we've done actually, but I mean it's a case of 'do we cancel the race or not?' They say it is all going to be okay, so we hope they are right." Korea doubts resurface WITH the rumour mill in full flow over who goes where next year, Michael Schumacher has been forced to deny rumours that he is set to retire from Formula One for a second time. The German’s return has been unspectacular and at times controversial and there have been rumours that Force India’s Adrian Sutil could be in line to replace Schumacher if he does decide to quit. When questioned on his future prior to the Singapore Grand Prix, the seven- time world champion refuted suggestions he might quit, responding: “ You cannot get rid of me, let's put it this way." Schumacher has been quite honest about his struggles adapting to the narrower Bridgestone tyre but denied that the post-season tyre tests with Pirelli would influence his decision on whether to remain in the sport in 2011, as he feels the Italian manufacturer’s tyres will have changed again by the start of the season: "There is a question mark about if the tyres we have in Abu Dhabi are the tyres that we will start the season with, and we will continue the season with," he said. "Depending on what is the situation there, you will get a quick read because you know how the car was with the Bridgestone tyres and then you understand quickly what it is with Pirelli tyres." The Mercedes driver reiterated that his primary focus was now on 2011 and that the team had faith in him to recapture the form that saw him win 91 Grands Prix in an illustrious career. "Our goal is naturally to win the championship, better earlier than later,” confirmed Schumacher. “But it is a process and we are not magic, so we trying to maximise our opportunity in deciding early to prepare for 2011. "It is a process of getting things together with the engineer, working very closely and setting up as much as possible to our needs,” he added. “ We are more limited, we have tyres that are given and a car that has a certain characteristic and certainly in a way I do feel that the harmony between these two components and myself is not yet given. We are working to make it in harmony." SchuMi Ain’T LEAving GPWEEK’s James Frankland applied Bernie’s proposed medals system to this year’s Driver’s Championship and found that it would stay exactly the same at the top. With Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso tied on wins (4) and second places (2), Webber would retain the championship lead thanks to two third place finishes in Turkey and Singapore, compared to a single third for Alonso in Canada. Elsewhere, Jenson Button would move into fourth place ahead of Sebastian Vettel, owing to his greater number of second place finishes, and Robert Kubica takes P7 from Nico Rosberg thanks to the Pole's second place in Australia. In the Constructor’s Championship, Renault would move ahead of Mercedes into fourth for the same reason. 11