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GP Week : Issue 113
n McLaren are asking their fans from the UK and Ireland to design the overalls to be worn by Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the British Grand Prix. Fans have until Thursday to submit their designs, with the winning design to be worn by both drivers on the Saturday of this year’s race at Silverstone, as well as giving the designer two grandstand tickets and a meet & greet with Hamilton and Button. Go to the McLaren website www. mclaren.com to find out more. n Former Dutch F1 driver Jos Verstappen is tipping young Sebastian Vettel to pick up his second title this year, but is getting very annoyed at his one-finger method of victory celebration. “Sebastian Vettel is definitely the favourite for the title. I don't begrudge his success, but I find it really annoying that he arrogantly waves his finger after each triumph.” n Dr Stephen Olvey has been appointed Director of Medical Services at the newly-named Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Olvey is a renowned doctor in motorsport and is credited with saving Alex Zanardi’s life after his accident at the Lausitzring in 2001. “Stephen Olvey is without question, one of the foremost experts in this arena,” said USGP promoter Tavo Hellmund. “Every driver and team wants Dr. Olvey at their race.” n The Interlagos circuit on the outskirts of Sao Paulo has witnessed its second fatal accident in just over two weeks after 67-year-old stock car driver Paulo Kunze lost his life on Wednesday following a crash at the Curva do Sol. He crashed head-on while overtaking and suffered fatal head injuries. Fellow Brazilian Gustavo Sondermann lost his life earlier this month following a pile-up on the long main straight. Short Straights TEAM Lotus will announce a takeover of British manufacturer Caterham Cars tomorrow (Wednesday), GPWEEK can reveal, after taking control of the sportscar maker a fortnight ago. Company documents sighted by GPWEEK reveal that Team Lotus owner Tony Fernandes (below) and with business partner Kamarudin bin Meranun were appointed directors to the firm on April 12, the same day as chairman Tim Ingram-Hill left the board. In a press statement on Wednesday, Team Lotus confirmed “an incredibly exciting announcement about the future of the team” would be made on April 27, before news filtered through of a potential link-up with Caterham. Caterham were unavailable for comment when contacted by GPWEEK, while Team Lotus were also refusing to comment. The Team Lotus announcement on April 27 comes on the same day as the final verdict in the Team Lotus v Group Lotus high court trial was due to be delivered. It’s now understood that the delivery of the verdict has been delayed and will now not take place until next month. Team Lotus are battling Group Lotus over the right to use the ‘ Team Lotus’ name in Formula One, with the purchase of Caterham seen as a clear ‘Plan B’ should their high court action fail. Team Lotus would then be able to rely on another legendary British motoring brand with which to go racing. The purchase of Caterham will also give Team Lotus an easy route into the road car business. It is unknown how much Team Lotus have paid for Caterham and how much of the company they now own. For more on the Caterham-Team Lotus tie- up, see Adam Hay-Nicholls’ column, page 20. Team Lotus buys into Caterham 10