Eyewitness News has revealed that F1 Boss Bernie Ecclestone has told them that Cape Town will host a Formula One street race in the next two years.
In February this year, the Cape Times reported that a local consortium had been invited to picth a racetrack to the FIA that was centred around the Waterfront, Greenpoint and even running through the Greenpoint stadium.
The proposal is apparently weeks away from being signed: ”I’m hoping we can make a decision as soon as our lawyers have a good look at them… within the next couple of weeks,” Ecclestone has been reported as saying.
There have been some stunning incidents this week, ranging from the hilarious video of a Formula 1 marshall rolling under Luizzi’s car in Malaysia, to this horrifying footage of a race car completely clearing the concrete barrier at Brands Hatch, UK. We’ve got a second video of that horror smash, in which both drivers walked away, as well as a few you might have missed, including Jason Plato’s high speed bender in the British Touring Car Championships.
It was Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso from Ferrari who were amidst similar controversies (though, because of different reasons), but now Red Bull partners Vettel and Webber have divided the team internally. Such talks have surface after the Turkish GP debacle which saw Lewis Hamilton draw the advantage home.
Red Bull tea management spoke about Webber’s fuel-saving engine setting which clearly indicated that Red Bull wants the younger Vettel to win the 2010 title. However, Dr Helmut Marko is denying any internal division as he mentioned that both the drivers were being handled in the same manner.
33-year old Webber is now the clear title leader even though Red Bull may want Vettel to be crowned champion. Meanwhile the Ferrari boss had a word to say about this ongoing internal spat as he mentioned that Red Bull management was trying to create tension between Massa and Alonso and interestingly, Red Bull is now facing the same situation in its camp.
The F1 fanatics were treated with a race of their lives as Lewis Hamilton managed to win the seventh edition of the 2010 GP in Istanbul. It was a dramatic finish to a race where team Red Bull almost managed to clinch both the top spots, but sadly a clash between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel saw Hamilton take the advantage.
Mark Webber who appeared to be the culprit behind the collision managed to finish third, as he left his team-mate Vettel in a furious state after the race. Even team boss Christian Horner was angry at both drivers as he stressed on the need of the drivers giving each other room and none of the two sadly yielded.
Lewis was followed by team-mate Button on the podium and Mercedes GP driver Michael Schumacher grabbed the fourth spot.
Michael Schumacher is finally finding some form and Barcelona of all places was the one where he managed to one up his own team-mate Nico Rosberg and also impressed his harshest critics. Experts had already written him off before the Spain edition of the Grand Prix but Schumi for once looked a champion that clinched the F1 Title seven times.
It was Italy’s Corriere dello Sport which vehemently mentioned Schumacher is once again a great man. There he is again! La Gazzetta dello Sport which was typically critical of Schumacher’s decision to return t F1 and his sad performances also appreciated Schumi’s effort in Spain dubbing the Barcelona Race as his real start at the event.
Fanatics believe that Michael will keep getting better from here and even his team has now started understanding the kind of cars he requires.
It’s not only Michael Schumacher who’s looking for an F1 comeback, the likes of 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve are also eyeing their return to the circuit. Villeneuve is still practicing to make his dream come true which is why he is maintaining his fitness condition by using a bespoke EUR400,000 machine which has been conceived by his famous trainer, Erwin Gollner. Villeneuve almost made it back to the F1 circuit with the Serbian outfit Stefan GP but sadly the Zoran Stefanovich headed unit was not granted an entry in this year’s competition. He also mentioned that he is ready to replace any current driver in the ongoing season and he is confident that there is still place for experienced contenders on the circuit.
Former F1 driver David Coulthard isn’t pleased with Michael Schumacher’s apparent criticism as he believes that Schumi should be give more time in this season to gain a firm footing.
David believes that it is not Michael’s fault and Mercedes should be blamed for not offering him the kind of car he likes to drive.
Schumi is 40 points behind his own teammate Nico Rosberg in the first four races and the revised Merc package for the Barcelona GP is being touted as his last chance to avoid being written off.
Coulthard thinks that Schumi should be given more time (at least half a season) before being assessed.
As per him, the current car Schumi is driving was originally made for Jenson Button who switched to McLaren making room for Schumi in the rebranded Brawn team.
Coulthard is hopeful that the seven time world champion will have to wait for Mercedes to develop the right kind of car.
25 year old Briton Lewis Hamilton is finding himself making news for all the wrong reasons this year. His ‘weaving’ defensive driving act at the Malaysian Grand Prix has been heavily criticized by a number of F1 experts and news is that the weaving act will be discussed by at the pre-event drivers’ Briefing in Shanghai.
Hamilton was severely criticized by Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello of Williams and Pole Robert Kubica of Renault for his car handling when he defended against Kubica’s team-mate Russian Vitaly Petrov. Barrichello also mentioned that the drivers also have a kind of verbal agreement that you should move only once during the protection of your line.
Hamilton’s defensive tactics were worthy of punishment as it was against the sprit of the competition. Mark Webber is however of the opinion that this issue should be “tidied up” when the drivers congregate for their pre-race briefing in Shanghai.