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GP Week : Issue 115
n Williams are collaborating with Jaguar to provide hybrid technologies for the car manufacturer’s new state-of-the-art supercar, the C-X75. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last October, the car will employ a small-capacity, highly-boosted internal combustion engine with one power ful electric motor at each axle, thus optimizing weight distribution. Only 250 examples of the road car will be built, each costing between £700,000 – £900,000 (US$1.1-1.5m). n The Brabham name is inextricably linked to motor racing in Australia, and now there’s an entire suburb in Perth dedicated to Sir Jack. Last week, Brabham, which neighbours West Swan and Whiteman Park, was officially christened and the 85-year-old three -times F1 champ was tickled pink. “It’s a great honor, it really is. I look forward to coming here again and seeing the suburb up and running in the future”. Lands minister Brendon Grylls commented: “You can see from the enthusiasm here that motorsport is a really important part of our sporting culture.” n In what’s set to be a clash of cultures, Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR’s Tony Stewart are going to swap cars at Watkins Glen on June 14. Organized by Mobil 1, Hamilton will get to grips with Stewart’s Chevrolet stock car around the famed road course, while Stewart will doubtless be amazed by what an F1 car can do: “I already have quite a bit of respect for what Lewis and the F1 drivers and teams do, so to experience laps in the cockpit of an F1 car and see what Lewis can do in the Cup car is something I am really excited about.” n Afirebrokeoutinoneofthe Team Lotus trucks in Istanbul on Saturday morning. One mechanic admitted that there was ‘quite a lot of damage,’ but the team were very relieved to find that its data systems were safe. The fire originated in the plant room. The truck will go back to its manufacturer for repairs and won’t be ready until the European Grand Prix.what Lewis can do in the Cup car is something I am really excited about.” Short Straights Pirelli prepared for long stint – if price is right THE chairman of Pirelli, Marco Tronchetti Provera, has said he is happy with the way things are going for the tyre company’s return to F1 this year and that the company seeks to supply tyres to teams beyond their three year contract, providing the figures add up. “ We have a three -year contract, and we want to learn together with the teams how to do anything that helps to have more attractive and fascinating races,” he said. “ We have achieved our targets until now and we want to continue. F1 is a long term project if it is affordable. If it is a formula that is not too costly, then we are ready to continue. We left because of the costs, we came back because it was affordable and we will stay if the teams are providing us with an opportunity to stay.” Last year Pirelli was selected to be the sole tyre supplier, beating Michelin to the deal. One of the criteria was that the Pirelli tyres were cheaper and they would supply more sets than Michelin. The decision to use fast degrading tyres has been an inspired one, and it has no doubt been a marketing coup for the Italian company given that everyone is talking about tyres – even if it’s about the slightly negative aspect of them going off. Bahrain gets June 3 extension THE FIA has granted the Bahrain Motor Federation and the Bahrain International Circuit an extension until June 3 to decide whether or not it can host a grand prix in 2011. The decision was taken after consultation with the Bahraini authorities and Formula One Management. June 3 is the date of the next FIA World Motor Sport Council, which will be held in Barcelona. The WMSC chief concern will be over safety and security. The country is still considered Level 5 – the most serious risk level – by the Foreign Office and other security agencies. It is strongly urged not to travel there. Nevertheless, Zayed Rashed Al Zayani, chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, says the situation has improved and they’re ready to host the race: “ Things are calm now, life is back to normal,” he said in Turkey, where he and colleagues were having meetings with Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt. Ecclestone says he’s waiting on advice from Bahrain’s government, but he’s concerned about moving another race – such as Brazil – in order to accommodate Bahrain’s reinstatement if, at the last minute, security fears see the race cancelled again. “I think if they are happy to run the race and they are confident they can run the race, it means we have to change for somebody else,” said Ecclestone on Saturday. “ We are happy to do it. But what we don’t want to do is change and then suddenly find that something unfortunately happens and we are in trouble.” When asked if he had spoken to the Brazilian GP organizers about a possible date change, he said: “I have spoken to a lot of people.” With the continuing situation so unstable in Bahrain it strikes us as almost unthinkable that the WMSC will give Bahrain the green light just three weeks from now. But FIA president Todt says the region deserves support: “ Things have improved, but they [Bahrain] were not in a position to commit definitely - and I had a discussion with Bernie, with the government, with the ASN, and they asked us if we would accept one more month. I think if you are in a difficult situation, you need support. That is our responsibility. We need to give some support and it will penalise nobody to have a final answer by June 3.” Todt was known to have strong support in the Middle East himself when it came to his FIA election campaign. 10