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GP Week : Issue 142
n According to Renault boss Eric Boullier, the team are no longer expecting to see Robert Kubica back in their car for the start of the 2012 season. Deadlines for the Polish driver’s return have been extended all year, as full recovery is proving to be an uphill struggle. “I think the problem is that October was the key month for him to make sure that he could be back in February,” Boullier told Autosport. “Unfortunately I think he is not ready now, this is why he is missing the month and he is working very hard to catch back. But the October month was the key one to make sure that we could commit for next year and the first race.” n Nico Rosberg has extended his contract with Mercedes in a multi- year deal described as covering ‘2013 and beyond’. “ We are delighted to have extended our contract with Nico as we know that he is a driver who can win races and championships,” team principal Ross Brawn said. “N ico has performed exceptionally well for our Silver Arrows team over the past two seasons, achieving results at the very limit of the technical capabilities of our current car. He has an excellent work ethic and, together with Michael, this gives us a driver pairing who consistently push the team to improve and progress. As we continue to strengthen our team for the future, we look forward to providing Nico with a car which will enable him to compete right at the front of the field and achieve his deserved first win in Formula One.” n A bid to increase the number of staff teams are allowed to bring to grands prix has been rejected by FOTA’s smaller members, who were concerned that the move would raise costs. Teams are currently allowed 45 staffers to work on the car, plus two KERS specialists, although exceptions exist that can bring the total up to 55 people. FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh had hoped to see staffing levels set at a flat 55 without exceptions, but accepted that the current solution was workable. Short Straights Bahrainis make goodwill visit to AbDab paddock BeRNIe ecclestone made a long-awaited trip to Germany last week to testify in the ongoing trial of German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky. Munich prosecutors asked Ecclestone to provide evidence in the fraud trial, which sees the German banker accused of undervaluing the price of Formula One during the sale of the sport to CVC Capital Partners in exchange for what the prosecutors believed was a $44 million bribe from the F1 supremo. But according to Ecclestone – who admits paying the money to Gribkowsky – the payment was made after he was blackmailed in what the 81-year- old billionaire called a sophisticated shakedown. “Mr. Gribkowsky was quite sophisticated in shaking me down,” Ecclestone told the court. “I’ve got shaken down by a lot of people, but not as subtle as with Mr. Gribkowsky.” Ecclestone claims that Gribkowsky had threatened to make false accusations to the British tax authorities over the management of Bambino Holdings, known to many as the Ecclestone family trust, which could have cost the F1 boss more than £2 billion. Rather than face the upheaval of a multi-year investigation by HMRC, Ecclestone decided to pay Gribkowsky hush money. “If someone is threatening you, even in a nice way, then you need to get rid of that threat,” he told the court. Ecclestone’s claim of blackmail centres on his assertion that he does not control Bernie gives evidence in Gribkowsky trial 10