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GP Week : Issue 114
n Hispania Racing have made use of Narain Karthikeyan’s Indian connections to secure a new sponsor from next weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix onwards. A new three-year deal sees Base Batteries become the official battery supplier of HRT, while the agreement will also see the company’s logos appear prominently on the F111 car. “I am convinced this is just the beginning and [we will] welcome the many more Indian companies that will follow suit in becoming technology partners of Hispania Racing,” said Karthikeyan. n Niki Lauda’s dramatic 1976 season could be the subject of a new film in the near future, with Peter Morgan , writer of such movies as The Queen and Frost/ Nixon, currently in the process of penning the script. 1976 was the year that Lauda was severely burned in a crash at the Nurburgring, and returned to racing only to lose the title by a point to James Hunt. Lauda is supportive of Morgan’s plans, and a producer and director are currently being sought. n Lon Bromley has been appointed Director of Safety at the 2012 United States Grand Prix venue, Circuit of the Americas. A 20-year veteran of the racing world, Bromley is considered an expert in the field of motor sports safety and on- track rapid response. Bromley will oversee the development of safety procedures and policy at the track as well as being responsible for track maintenance programmes and more. He joins the respected former Indy Car medic Dr Stephen Olvey, whose appointment as Director of Medical Services at the USGP was announced last week. Short Straights Bahrain looks to buy more time as deadline passes BAHRAIN Grand Prix organisers are looking to buy more time from the FIA to help get their race rescheduled later this year, after releasing a carefully-worded statement on Saturday, one day before yesterday’s May 1 deadline laid down by the FIA. Following the postponement of the March 13 race earlier this year, the FIA told Bahraini authorities to decide by May 1st if it would be possible to reschedule the race. Although the statement did not clarify whether or not they were hoping to have the race rescheduled for 2011, the chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, Zayed Rashid Alzayani said he was hoping to welcome the Formula One community back to the country “in the very near future”, while adding that “our day-to- day life is gradually improving”. “ We gratefully acknowledge the understanding of Formula One Management and the FIA in what have been difficult times. We also thank the continued support of the international motorsport community and Formula one fans around the world,” said Alzayni in the statement. “Clearly our national priority is to find a resolution to the difficulties that the kingdom of Bahrain has experienced. The national situation has moved on in a positive manner, the situation is evolving all the time; our day-to-day life is gradually improving under the current State of National Safety. “Bahrain’s Grand Prix is a time of celebration and hosting the race is a source of great pride for Bahrain and Bahrainis. It is a showcase to the world and we look forward to welcoming the teams and drivers and everyone involved in Formula One back to Bahrain in the very near future.” F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone also appeared in the statement, voicing his support for efforts to get the race rescheduled. “Bahrain’s commitment to Formula one has been clear from the very outset,” he began. “ While obviously the kingdom has had to put its national affairs first I have never been in any doubts that restoring the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix has been of paramount importance. In eight years with my relationship with Bahrain I have always been confident that they will produce something special.” At the time of writing there had not been a response from the FIA. 10