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GP Week : Issue 139
n Tamara Ecclestone, socialite and former F1 pitlane interviewer, has stripped off in a racy photoshoot to promote her reality TV show, Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$ Girl. “I did this picture to show I’ve got nothing to hide and I hope that my new reality show exposes the real Tamara,” Bernie’s eldest daughter told The Sun. “I know my friends and family didn’t want me to do this but my argument is there are so many misconceptions about me, so many stories that aren’t true. At least I finally get to give people the naked truth about my life.” Pictures from the shoot hit the British tabloids this week, and show Miss Ecclestone rolling around on a bed covered with £1 million she is said to have supplied from her home safe. n Organisers of the US Grand Prix at Austin have announced a competition to promote home-grown racing talent in the run-up to the 2012 race. The hunt for America’s next F1 driver will see three US finalists aged between 14 and 20 given what race organiser Tavo Hellmund calls an ‘Ultimate Pit Pass’, but is better defined as a series of meetings with F1 insiders including fellow drivers, team bosses, engineers, and media personnel. “ This is an opportunity that can serve as a tremendous benefit and career booster for a potential future Formula 1 driver,” Hellmund said. “Most young drivers only dream of having firsthand access to experience what the world’s top teams and drivers go through during a typical grand prix weekend. Until now, this kind of opportunity has only been available to young drivers who have either already worked their way up the racing ladder or are in a team/driver development program.” n JThe F1 rumour mill is heating up with the news that Nico Hulkenberg has been signed to replace Adrian Sutil at Force India from 2012 onwards. The German test driver impressed during his year driving for Williams in 2010, when the rookie claimed pole at Interlagos with a qualifying lap that will go down in F1 history. But despite his impressive performance in Brazil, Hulkenberg was dropped by the Grove outfit at the end of the season. Force India signed the young German as their test driver for 2011, and news that Hulkenberg is due to step up to a full-time drive with the team would explain the oft-denied sightings of Sutil at the Williams factory earlier this season. Short Straights WHILE Bernie Ecclestone’s desire for a race along the Manhattan skyline is no secret, rumours of a grand prix in the New York area are often reported with little basis in fact. But when the F1 rumour mill began to churn on Friday evening, it was with increasingly credible stories of an east coast race to come. Serious talk of a proposed race in New Jersey first surfaced over the summer break, when it was reported that the mayors of the towns of Weehawken and West New York had created a joint proposal to host a Formula One Grand Prix on the banks of the Hudson River. While many similar bids have floundered on the drawing board, the strength of the mayors’ proposal could be found in the fact that the majority of the land needed for the nominated site was owned by a single businessman: Arthur Imperatore, an elderly trucking magnate and sports fan. The bid has been put together without recourse to public funds, as there a number of private and corporate investors willing to give an east coast race their full support. Financing for the bid has been put together by Leo Hindery Jr., a US media mogul with a background in global telecommunications. A press conference has been scheduled at Weehawken’s Port Imperial for tomorrow, which is expected to confirm reports of a New Jersey race. GPWEEK will be there to bring you all the details in our next issue. F1 to take on Jersey shore US media mogul Leo Hindery Jr. has put together a bid for the New Jersey Race 16