If there’s anything exciting on the internet today, it’s the German press confirming Schumacher’s return to F1.
The entire net is lit up with posts and news articles confirming Schumi’s return but there’s no news on the driver’s official website.
BILD, a german tabliod, seems to have been the first to release this news, in German, on their website.
Schumi zurück zur 1. Liebe
German press say Schumacher agrees Mercedes deal
Mercedes F1, under the leadership of Ross Brawn, had promised a sensational name for their vacant seat in one of their cars and they’ve certainly delivered!
Mercedes boss Norbert Haug’s recent interviews & photos on the internet with Michael Schumacher on the Abu Dhabi track had sparked rumours on the internet and in F1 forums around the world but there had been no mass media reporting until tonight.
2010 seems to be shaping up as a mighty year, probably the best we’ve seen in the 21st Century. See the seats sell out faster than ever before, the excitment and the Michael’s fans crescendo reach fervoured heights this year!
Alonso’s driving for Ferrari with Massa, his last outing with McLaren-Mercedes had resulted in major fireworks, however, lots of fans are predicting an exciting year for him, probably his best showing in F1 so far.
Mclaren have two back to back champions in their cars this year with almost opposite driving styles and with no refuelling allowed this year it remains to be seen how good they are at managing such major egos.
Meanwhile for Schumacher it should be a return back to home, back to the people he’s known and worked with for years.
Ross Brawn was the magic that happened to Schumacher when he moved to Ferrari in the 90’s and I’m sure Schumacher would love to see what heights he can achieve with Brawn and his first employers in the racing world.
Schumacher’s return: This is a dream come true for me!!! Bring on 2010!!!
Renault is working out a plan to leave Formula 1 before the start of next season, according to L’Equipe newspaper in France.
A team has been charged by Renault president Carlos Ghosn with making a study into the possibility of striking a deal with Prodrive’s David Richards to take the team on.
According to L’Equipe, Renault Sport president Bernard Rey is leading the work to find an exit strategy while Ghosn has been meeting F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone a lot recently.
Prodrive have been banging on about a place in F1 for so long, and with their candidature for 2010 refused by FIA earlier in the year they would definitely take this on if the price is right.
They could easily move to Renault’s current facilities with a built in wind tunnel and CFD department. They are currently based in Banbury, England, but had already planned to relocate to a new 200-acre motorsport facility called “The Fulcrum” (based at the former RAF Honiley airfield) near Wroxall, Warwickshire if FIA had accepted their entry for 2010.
Earlier in the year, boss David Richards was linked to buying out the abandoned Honda team and using it as an output for Prodrive.
This would make Bernie happy too as he has global ambitions for the sport which will be further strengthened with a Korean team on the Grid.
FIA released the official Formula One World Championship 2010 Calendar a few days ago…
We’re starting this year at Bahrain and ending at Brazil instead of Abu Dhabi like 2009. Sadly the Grand Prix of Great Britain isn’t Guaranteed as of yet!
||Grand Prix of Bahrain
||Grand Prix of Australia
||Grand Prix of Malaysia
||Grand Prix of China
||Grand Prix of Spain
||Grand Prix of Monaco
||Grand Prix of Turkey
||Grand Prix of Canada *
||Grand Prix of Europe
||Grand Prix of Great Britain *
||Grand Prix of Germany
||Grand Prix of Hungary
||Grand Prix of Belgium
||Grand Prix of Italy
||Grand Prix of Singapore
||Grand Prix of Japan
||Grand Prix of Korea *
||Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
||Grand Prix of Brazil
AT&T WilliamsF1, today, confirmed Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg as their drivers for the 2010 Formula One season.
Frank Williams, Team Principal, said, “Rubens needs no introduction. He is not only the most experienced driver in Formula One, but a passionate and talented driver who fought hard for the Drivers’ Championship this year. Nico Hulkenberg won the GP2 Championship this season as a rookie and has previously won the F3 Euroseries, Formula Masters, A1 GP and Formula BMW Germany.”
He continued, “Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima remain our drivers until the end of 2009 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution to the team. Nico and Kazuki have represented AT&T Williams and our partners with dedication, discipline and skill and we wish them every success with their future endeavours.”
WilliamsF1, who have won 9 constructors titles since starting out in 1977 are the only independent “Top Four” team in F1. They will be using the Williams FW32 chassis next year with new engines sourced from Cosworth.
Let me put this on before Bruno’s official site confirms…
Brazilian Bruno Senna, nephew of the late triple world champion Ayrton Senna, has been signed up by Campos Meta for the 2010 season.
Senna, who is the son of Ayrton Senna’s sister, Viviane Lalli, is driving in the Le Mans sportscar series this season.
He ended the 2008 GP2 feeder series as a runner up and tested with Honda last November before they decided to pull out of F1.
Delighted Campos Meta chief executive Rodriguez de Castro said: “It is an extraordinary honour to return the name of Senna to Formula 1.”
De Castro added: “The deal with Senna confirms and re-enforces our prime objective of being not only the first Spanish Formula 1 team, but rather the first Iberian-American F1 team”, he added.
Senna said: “I’m absolutely delighted to fulfill a lifetime dream. Now it is time to set new targets.”