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GP Week : Issue 116
10 n Former FIA President Max Mosley has lost his case in the European Court of Human Rights to make changes to media law in the UK. He wanted the media to be bound to pre-notification when publishing stories about people’s private lives, but the court ruled against the Briton on Tuesday. The News of the World infamously published a story about Mosley ’s private life in 2008, although he has since won a legal battle against the publisher. n Adrian Sutil says he has ‘u nreservedly apologised’ for injuring someone at a Chinese nightclub on the night following April’s Chinese Grand Prix. Chief executive of Renault F1 owners Genii Capital Eric Lux was reported to have exited the night club with blood streaming from a neck wound in Shanghai, although Sutil did not reveal the identity of his victim. “As this is a private matter, which has nothing to do with Formula One, I will make no further public comments on this subject,” said Sutil. n Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo says Felipe Massa’s future at the team for next year is secure, despite recent rumours linking him to a seat at Red Bull with Nico Rosberg tipped to take the Brazilian’s seat alongside Alonso. Massa has a contract with the team for 2012 however, and Montezemolo says the deal will be honoured. “ Yes. He has a contract with us for this year and for next year, so absolutely yes. No question about it.,” he said. n The newly-re-named and re- launched Red Bull Ring in Austria, host of the country ’s Grand Prix between 1997 and 2003 as the A1 ring, could make an appearance on the F1 calendar in the future, after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone gave his blessing to the track on Saturday. The Briton replied “why not?” when asked if the track could host a race in the future, although Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz is not actively seeking to have it on the calendar. Short Straights McLaren drivers spread road safety message McLAREN drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have thrown their weight behind a new global United Nations initiative to raise awareness about road safety after meeting with British prime minister David Cameron to launch the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety in London last Wednesday. The launch of the campaign was celebrated all over the world with an aim to save 5 million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries on the world’s roads between now and 2020. Car crashes already kill more people around the world than malaria, and at current rates it is due to exceed the number of people killed by HIV/AIDS annually by 2020. Already the number one killer of young people over 10 years old, by 2015 road crashes will be the leading health burden for children over five as well. Road crashes cost developing countries over $100bn every year – the same amount as they receive in development assistance. “Every single day, young people are needlessly killed on roads around the world. This doesn’t need to be the case,” Hamilton said outside 10 Downing Street. “I’m happy, along with many other Formula One drivers, to support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety so we can raise awareness and hopefully save lives.” “It’s a tragedy that so many people are killed and injured just because simple safety measures are not in place,” added Button. “On the race circuit I rely on my helmet, seatbelt, the safety features of the car and the track working together to help reduce the risk of injury. It should be the same on the public roads in every country – safer cars, safer roads, education and better enforcement. No excuses. Starting from today, we must all take action.” Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher was part of the Decade of Action launch in Strasbourg. F1 teams have launched a new App to help with the reconstruction effort in Japan following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami there in March. Costing €0.79 (US$1.05), the ‘You Are Connected’ app features contributions from all the drivers and team principals to give fans an opportunity to help with the country’s recovery, with all proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross. The book features photos of all the drivers and team principals accompanied by handwritten and – in some cases – very personal messages for those affected by the disaster. There is also a selection of action shots of all the Formula One cars. Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, the only Japanese driver on the F1 grid, highlighted the turmoil that is being experienced in his country at present: “Although the disaster attracted huge international attention in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, other news has dominated the headlines since then,” he said. “However, the destruction in the country is so serious that it will take many years to recover from the losses and damage. So the people in Japan need long-term support. I’d like to thank all my colleagues in Formula One for their contributions and hope that our e-book sells as well as possible.” The App can be found by searching for “You are connected” in the iTunes store, or CLICK HERE to go to www.ign. jp/connected/. F1 launches App to raise funds for Japan