Next year’s British Grand Prix will be on the same day as the football World Cup final – but the two events are at least not happening at the same time of the day. Here’s more on that story plus other F1 news and reaction:
"Patriotic sports fans may be forced to choose between Button and Beckham or Hamilton and Heskey next summer after the new FIA calendar pitted the British Grand Prix head to head with football’s World Cup Final." I completely missed that (because I don't care about football).
'Mohammed Ben Sulayem said: "We did our negotiations before and everybody is happy with the result. The verdict is fair and everyone is a winner." Apart from appearing to suggest the matter had been settled before the court sat in session yesterday, Ben Sulayem also hints there were wider considerations than Briatore's role in fixing last year's Singapore grand prix by ordering Nelson Piquet Jr to crash. "I had to be loyal to my country as well as motor sport," said Ben Sulayem, whose nation hosts its first grand prix on 1 November. "Protecting the investments Abu Dhabi has made into Formula One is my duty; it is a big show and it needs teams. We all want to see Renault [in Formula One]. This is the result everyone wanted."'
"What incentive is there for a team not to cheat when the worst that can happen is a bloke gets banned and a team liberated, albeit under the threat of a suspended sentence? Formula One's rules do not make a distinction between team and employer. The charge of race fixing was laid at Renault's door not Briatore's. Renault are free to contest the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, Briatore is condemned to a life on his yacht."
Michael Schumacher: "Looking at the situation, I would pretty much expect Jenson to win this title."
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"Prost was a great racing driver but when it came to running a team, he failed in spectacular fashion. It all ended up in a right royal mess in November 2002 with the company going into receivership with debts of $30.5m. This left 193 people out of work."
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