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Old 11-21-2009, 03:41 AM
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Michael Schumacher is poised for a sensational return to Formula 1 with the new Mercedes team, according to BBC Sport pundit Eddie Jordan. Mercedes want the seven-time champion as their lead driver after taking over title-winning Brawn, Jordan says. "The possibility is being actively pursued and I believe it is going to happen," said Jordan.
Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm told BBC Sport a return was "highly unlikely - but never say never". The plan is for Schumacher to be a stop-gap before Mercedes can prise German rising star Sebastian Vettel out of Red Bull, Jordan said.

The move would reunite Schumacher with Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn, who masterminded all his seven titles at Benetton and Ferrari. The German, who will be 41 in January, had to pull out of a temporary comeback to F1 last year as a replacement for the injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa because of a neck injury. But Kehm said that while Schumacher had not had any new tests on his neck, it was expected to be healed by the end of the year. Jordan said: "It started with a meeting between Michael, Ross Brawn and Daimler chief executive officer Dieter Zetsche at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "At the moment, it is not possible for Michael to drive for Mercedes because he has a consultancy contract with Ferrari.

I understand Michael was due to meet Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo with a view to him being released - and that it will be approved because it is in the interests of F1
Eddie Jordan "But I understand he was due to meet Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo with a view to him being released - and that it will be approved because it is in the interests of F1. "I believe that is being planned at the moment. "I also believe Ross and Michael have spoken in recent times and that Michael likes the idea of driving a Mercedes run by Ross. It's a mouth-watering idea. "Schumacher was bitterly disappointed he didn't get to come back to replace Massa - he's keen to race again. And this is a dream for both parties. "Michael and Mercedes go way back - he drove for their sportscar team before he raced in F1, and they were responsible for getting him in to F1. They paid the then Jordan team to give him his debut in 1991. "He has won all these titles but never driven in F1 for Mercedes." The Brawn team rose out of the ashes of Honda, which quit F1 in December 2008, and won the drivers' world championship with Jenson Button in 2009, as well as the constructors' title. Mercedes's takeover was announced on Monday, but the team are looking for a lead driver following Button's decision to move to McLaren for 2010.

Signing Schumacher would be an ideal way for Mercedes to head off the negative publicity that has arisen from letting the world champion slip through their fingers. A source close to Ferrari says the Italian team have yet to be asked to release Schumacher. Schumacher's contract with the company was changed recently to remove him from any links with the F1 team, for which he was a consultant. He is now an ambassador, consultant and test driver for the company's road car arm. It is understood that during the summer Schumacher explored the idea of driving a third car for Ferrari on an occasional basis, but this is forbidden by F1's rules. Kehm said Schumacher had given her no indication that he wanted to make a full-time return.

Vettel, 22, is contracted to drive for Red Bull until the end of 2011 and, while contracts are often broken in F1, Mercedes may not find it easy to buy him out. Red Bull is owned by the soft drinks company's founder Dietrich Mateschitz who, as a billionaire, does not exactly need the money. If the Schumacher deal does not come off, fellow German Nick Heidfeld is considered most likely to get the second Mercedes seat alongside Nico Rosberg, another German, whose contract has been signed but not officially announced.
But another possibility for Mercedes might be the highly rated Polish driver Robert Kubica.
He has signed for Renault, but the French company is deciding whether to continue in F1, with a decision due before the end of the year. If Renault pulled out, Kubica would be on the market, and he might be an attractive option for Mercedes, who have moved to dismiss widespread claims that they are determined to sign two German drivers by describing their new F1 team as "global".
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:47 AM
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Well thats all well and good but look who qualified 27th today

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that's just rumors about them not paying more, the opposite is stated in some reports. lets make up some numbers and say they offered $6M, but he wanted $8M. Worth switching teams after you just got the championship? Would love to have that problem
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:24 AM
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wrong guy to talk to...

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Old 11-23-2009, 04:20 AM
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Shumi started 9th on the grid and ended up finishing 10th. Sounds like it was a rough crowd LOL

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You want to be his chauffeur? He's isn't in F1 anymore, runs the McLaren business. You need to suck up to Norbert Haug now.
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Shumi started 9th on the grid and ended up finishing 10th. Sounds like it was a rough crowd LOL

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he did pretty good reallly. hasnt had much practice all year and was racing debatably the toughest competitive race in the states
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:31 PM
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Schumi says yes, Brawn says no. Wonder who will be Rosberg's teammate? And if Schumi does race for Merc, will he have to remove all traces of Ferrari from his kart track in Kerpin? No easy feat that.
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Reports now put Kimi close to signing to race WRC for the 2010 season. He'd be racing for Citroen, with Red Bull as a major backer.
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Wow, him and Loeb on the same team? Gonna be tough to beat that. (Hell, it's tough enought to beat Loeb as it is!)
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We shall see, but there's a new race in town that's for sure. Now if WRC can get off HD Theater and get on a real network here in the US, could be fun.

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****, at this point I consider HD Theater more of a real network than Speed (all NASCAR, all the time).
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:28 PM
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The FIA has released the entry list for the 2010 Formula One Championship, including new teams, new names... and absent parties.

12 teams appear on the list and among them we find Virgin Racing – a designation which confirms that the company is indeed taking over the Manor Grand Prix operation, as was expected; however, the deal between Manor and Virgin has yet to be officially confirmed. Richard Branson's brand sponsored the successful Brawn GP team this season.

The dispute between the FIA and Toyota regarding the Japanese manufacturer's pullout of the sport – a move the FIA considers as a breach of contract following Toyota's previous commitment to F1 until the end of the 2012 season – has resulted in the Sauber team's absence on the 2010 entry list.

"Toyota Motorsport GmbH remains formally bound by the Concorde Agreement to put forward a team for participation, though it has indicated that it will not be in a position to do so," the FIA indicated. "An announcement will be made regarding this entry in due course."

Peter Sauber's team intended to take over Toyota's now-vacant spot, but there have been reports that Toyota might sell its position on the grid to one of the new teams waiting on stand-by – all to avoid a possibly massive financial penalty.

Therefore the 13th and final team position remains in limbo until the FIA-Toyota issue is worked out. If Toyota's spot is given to a new team, Sauber nonetheless has a chance of competing next season if all other participants on the list agree to open up a 14th entry.

Despite Mercedes buying into a majority share, this year's championship-winning outfit appears under the Brawn GP name for the time being. "This team has indicated its intention to change its team name to Mercedes Grand Prix prior to the start of the 2010 season," the FIA pointed out.

Although no deal has been announced, it appears that the Red Bull team will continue its relationship with engine supplier Renault next year.

The entry list also indicates the drivers holding publicly confirmed contracts for next season.

N° DRIVER TEAM CONSTRUCTOR
1 Jenson BUTTON (GB) VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES McLAREN MERCEDES
2 Lewis HAMILTON (GB) VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES McLAREN MERCEDES

3 Nico ROSBERG (D) BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM BRAWN MERCEDES BENZ
4 TBA BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM BRAWN MERCEDES BENZ

5 Sebastian VETTEL (D) RED BULL RACING RED BULL RENAULT
6 Mark WEBBER (AUS) RED BULL RACING RED BULL RENAULT

7 Felipe MASSA (BR) SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO FERRARI
8 Fernando ALONSO (E) SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO FERRARI

9 Rubens BARRICHELLO (BR) AT&T WILLIAMS WILLIAMS COSWORTH
10 Nico HULKENBERG (D) AT&T WILLIAMS WILLIAMS COSWORTH

11 Robert KUBICA (PL) RENAULT F1 TEAM RENAULT
12 TBA RENAULT F1 TEAM RENAULT

14 Adrian SUTIL (D) FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
15 Vitantonio LIUZZI (I) FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM FORCE INDIA MERCEDES

16 Sébastien BUEMI (CH) SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO STR FERRARI
17 TBA SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO STR FERRARI

18 TBA LOTUS F1 RACING LOTUS COSWORTH
19 TBA LOTUS F1 RACING LOTUS COSWORTH

20 TBA CAMPOS META 1 CAMPOS DALLARA
21 Bruno SENNA (BR) CAMPOS META 1 CAMPOS DALLARA

22 TBA US F1 TEAM US F1 COSWORTH
23 TBA US F1 TEAM US F1 COSWORTH

24 Timo GLOCK (D) VIRGIN RACING VIRGIN COSWORTH
25 TBA VIRGIN RACING VIRGIN COSWORTH

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It will be interesting to see how Cosworth does re entering the fray after being away from this arena .

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Old 12-10-2009, 04:41 PM
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looks like my favorite site for F1 news/rumors/soap, F1-live.com, is now part of espn?

http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/story/4763.html

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