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GP Week : Issue 202
F1 >>> nEWs Adrian Newey’s decision to stick with Red Bull Racing and not go to Ferrari may be partially fuelled by a desire to take Britain to the top of world sailing. The technical ace behind Red Bull’s all-conquering cars is thought to be considering a role with a British bid to win the America’s Cup in 2017. British sailor and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Ainslie is heading the bid to bring the Cup to Britain for the first time. Newey is reported to have knocked back an offer of almost US$40 million to move to Maranello. If accurate, that would be more than double what he is believed to earn at RBR. Ferrari’s new team principal Marco Mattiacci said last week that he had had no conversations with Newey, which would appear to indicate that any Ferrari offer would have had to have come from Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo. RBR team boss Christian Horner will be relieved that Newey has committed himself to the team “for the foreseeable future” , though a sabbatical to take in some marine design work, or a downsizing of Newey’s role to accommodate a second sporting challenge, would appear to be an option. at BriEFly » Bernie Ecclestone made it to Monaco in spite of bad health. Ecclestone, 83, was excused from appearing in court in Munich last week after his `s defence team presented judge Peter Noll with a doctor`s certificate confirming an illness. Ecclestone is accused of bribing German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky with US$44 million to ensure BayernLB sold its shares to CVC Capital Partners » The Canadian GP will be the first to feature Pirelli’s revised tyres. The Italian maker announced a modification to its runner after some teams made four stops at Barcelona. » Lewis Hamilton’s Monaco assault got off to a late start on Thursday when he arrived in the pitlane after the first Practice session had started. His excuse? He over-slept ... » Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has affirmed that his seat is safe, in spite of recent comments from Venezuela’s new sports minister Antonio Alvarez recently stating “there will not be another dollar for motorsport.” Maldonado told PA Sport; “PDVSA is not my sponsor, they are a team sponsor, and they follow me wherever I go. I have a good relationship with them as we have been working for a very long time together, maybe 10 years. I don’t see any reason for that to stop, but if they do then it is not my decision.” » Stoffel Vandoorne is the latest driver to qualify for his Formula 1 Superlicence. The ART GP2 driver replaced Jenson Button at the post- Barcelona F1 test and completed 136 laps without a problem. NEWEY STAYS TOO 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: