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GP Week : Issue 195
contract F1 >>> nEWs AUSSIES TAKE SCHOOLS CROWN ... AGAIN For the second year in a row, an Australian team has seen off the competition of 37 other student squads to be crowned F1 in schools World Champions 2013 at the ninth world finals event, in Austin. A1 Racing, a team made up of six teenage students from two schools 3000 kilometres apart, not only won the coveted Bernie ecclestone World Champions trophy but also received highly-prized Motorsport and Automotive engineering scholarships for City university, London. Joining A1 Racing on the podium were the runners-up from usA, Allegiance Racing from southeast High school, and unlimited Acceleration from Lessing-Gymnasium Winnenden, in Germany, who came in third. For one Australian team member, celebrations had to be put on hold as he was forced to return to his hotel room to sit a Business Management exam minutes after the team received the trophy. F1 in schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, manufacture and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model designed using 3D solid modelling software and machined from a block of balsa wood, incorporating 3D print technology in its front and rear wings. Formula One track designer Hermann Tilke has been commissioned to design a brand new circuit on the outskirts of Moscow. Russian sport news agency R Sport revealed that the proposed track will be built adjacent to the city’s Vnukovo airport, with schematics to be handled by Tilke’s design company, Tilke GmbH & Co. In a statement on Tuesday, Moscow city planning official Vladimir Zhidkin said: “It is planned to open a race track that will be able to host competitions of the very highest level, right up to F1.” As far back as July, the Moscow city government expressed its aspiration to build a Formula One grade facility. Their desires were made public not long after the Moscow Raceway, situated far from the capital in the Volokolamsky District, opened its doors for business. While not strictly licensed for F1 events, the Moscow Raceway – another Tilke GmbH project – is eligible to run Formula One tests and has hosted events for the DTM, WTCC, World Series by Renault, and the World Superbike Championship. The facility has so far proved popular despite being 100 kilometres from Moscow. The Russian Grand Prix will make its debut in October 2014 at the Tilke-designed Sochi circuit, on the Black Sea. The track is being built around the Olympic Park soon to play host to the 2014 Winter Olympics facility, but despite the Olympic- grade facilities in the area, the Sochi circuit has been criticised for being hard to access. Russia is contracted to hold grands prix until 2020, but it is not expected that the race will be run at Sochi for the duration of that contract. In addition to the Russian central government’s dissatisfaction with the ever-increasing construction costs at the Black Sea resort, various political power players including St Petersburg - born Vladimir Putin and the mayor of Moscow would prefer to bring grand prix glamour to their own regions. With at least one Russian driver on the grid next year – two, if Sergey Sirotkin gets a race drive with Sauber – Formula One’s rush to capitalize on the rouble has been swift enough to suggest that the identity of the Tilke track that holds the event may be immaterial. RUSSIA RUSHING TO RACE FIA presidential candidate David Ward has withdrawn from the election after receiving insufficient support from his designated nominees. The confirmation of Ward’s withdrawal came via a letter to the FIA’s member clubs, and the Briton used the opportunity to reiterate the arguments he has been making about flaws in the electoral process since launching his candidacy during the Italian Grand Prix weekend in September. In Italy, Ward said that he had decided to run for FIA president because he “could not ignore all of the calls” he was receiving from FIA members around the world. Two months later, Ward found he was unable to translate that support into the necessary list of seven vice presidential candidates required to stand. “T he need to obtain seven Vice Presidents for Sport has given control over whether or not there can be a contested election at all to the FIA’s sport regions,” wrote Ward in his withdrawal letter. “Moreover, the use of support agreements in advance of the election makes it very hard for any candidate to obtain the required Vice Presidents for their list.” Todt will now stand unopposed, giving him another four years at the helm of the FIA. WARD QUITS PRESIDENTIAL RACE 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: