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GP Week : Issue 161
BRIEFLY » It emerged last week that Force India driver Paul di Resta had split with manager Anthony Hamilton. The timing of the news took the paddock by surprise, as we have reached the contract negotiation phase of the season – a time when a driver needs strong management on his side. No details of the cause of the split have been released, and the Force India driver was typically taciturn in his comments to the press. “I think everything’s been said that has to be said,” di Resta told the media on Thursday. “I confirm that we’re not working together. I think it’s been reported that we’re no longer working together, so that is the matter at the moment.” Pressed for more detail on his plans for the future, the Scottish driver said little: “At the moment I’m just fully focused on my racing. At the end of the day, it’s the results that count for me and what’s going to drive me forward.” » Astendstobethecaseatthe British Grand Prix, the Silverstone paddock was heaving with celebrities, of both the home- grown and international varieties. The women of the paddock were left swooning over Jude Law, and many found spurious excuses to interview the movie star. BBC radio DJ Chris Moyles was a guest of Red Bull on Saturday, while other famous faces on view included the ever-present Leo Sayer, celebrity chef and car nut Gordon Ramsay, Hugh Grant, film star Kate Hudson with Muse’s Matt Bellamy, Rush director Ron Howard, and long-time F1 fans Rowan Atkinson, Jay Kay, and Goldie. GENII CAPITAL LOOK TO EXPAND INTO FOOTBALL F1 >>> NEWS Genii Capital, owners of the Lotus F1 team, this week revealed that they had set aside €500 million to invest in European football. Genii Capital is but one of the businesses owned by Gerard Lopez and Eric Lux. The two also own Mangrove Capital Partners, the firm through which they made the early Skype investment that made the pair’s names as venture capitalists. It is through Mangrove that the pair will seek to repeat their F1 success in the world of football. While the initial assumption was that the Lotus pair would seek to buy a team, it later emerged that Lopez and Lux are looking at a number of second-tier clubs while also keeping an eye on investment opportunities in related businesses, including sports agencies – an area in which the pair have some experience already. That is in line with their approach to Formula One, where the acquisition of a team was less about making money from the sport than it was finding a new global platform through which to promote their existing ventures while also creating opportunities for future investments. Ferran Soriano and Marc Inglia, both former senior executives at FC Barcelona, have been engaged by Mangrove to assess the opportunities available. Mangrove are keen to revolutionise football as they have done Formula One, and deny that their interest in the sport is based in the networking opportunities available in the world’s most popular sport. “This is not about inviting people to games,” Lopez told the Financial Times. “This is about investing in businesses that support and service clubs and about buying clubs and making them profitable. They just need to be better managed.” 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: