Mike Stevens | Aug 20, 2010

Bernie Ecclestone is working to install the Australian touring car category V8 Supercars as a support event for next year's Singapore Grand Prix.

Martin Whitaker, a Briton who has long been involved in F1 and was recently boss of the Bahrain track, is now CEO of the Australian series.

He told V8X magazine that F1 officials "want us (V8 Supercars) to go there (Singapore)".

"He (F1 Chief Executive Ecclestone) would love to have us there in an earlier timeslot. It's better for the spectators, better for the city and puts an extra four hours on to the show as far as Singapore is concerned," added Whitaker.

The V8 race would probably not count for championship points, due to the clashing television rights of V8 (Channel 7) and F1 (Network Ten) within Australia.

Whitmaker admitted that the TV issue is "clearly one of the things we would have to work at" before the Singapore round can be confirmed.

The ongoing negotiations means that V8 Supercars has delayed until October the release of its 2011 calendar.

(GMM)

 

McLaren Must Be Creative To Win 2010 Title: Whitmarsh

McLaren needs to get creative if it is to claw back its lead in the 2010 World Championship, according to boss Martin Whitmarsh.

With clearly the faster car, Red Bull has taken over at the top of the points tables, but McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is only 4 points shy of leader Mark Webber.

In recent weeks, Woking-based McLaren has been working on emulating Red Bull's blown floor concept, but Whitmarsh said the team's engineers also need to be more creative during the ongoing development of the MP4-25.

"We have not suspended the diffuser project, but we hope to invent something new," he is quoted by Autosprint magazine.

Creativity is at the heart of the current front wing flexibility controversy, with Red Bull expecting to pass even the more stringent scrutineering tests at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend.

Whitmarsh said McLaren has an understanding about the regulations that may not be shared by some of its competitors. "The FIA needs to make this area absolutely clear," he said.

"If clarity does not come, we too can become very inventive and creative," the Briton said.

(GMM)

 

Glock Rumours Persist As Argentina Eyes Virgin Seat

As rumours persist that Timo Glock might be looking to move on, it emerges that Virgin has been in contact with Esteban Guerrieri about a 2011 race seat.

German Glock has a firm two-year contract with the struggling new British team, but he has been mentioned in connection with the potentially vacant seat next year alongside Robert Kubica at Renault.

He has been playing down those rumours in recent days, but this week admitted that running at the back of the grid has not been easy for him.

"For someone like me who has won the GP2 title and been on the podium with Toyota several times, it is no secret that it is not easy to be at the back," Glock is quoted by DPA news agency.

The 28-year-old said he still wants to win the F1 championship one day.

"If I didn't think this, and did not do everything I can to make it a reality, then I would not belong in the premier class of motor racing," Glock said.

As those rumours swirl, it emerges from Argentina that the government could be set to support the potential F1 debut of 25-year-old Buenos Aires-born driver Esteban Guerrieri.

Local reports say there has been contact between his manager, Julio Gutierrez, and Virgin team boss John Booth, and also that the Formula Renault 3.5 driver has met with the Argentine Interior Minister.

"It was a very good meeting," Gutierrez said. "The Minister expressed his intention to collaborate so that Esteban can reach formula one."

Guerrieri said: "I think the time is right to try (F1). I have an invitation from the Virgin team and we're working on it, because in principle to get one of their seats we need to have about 8 million dollars.

"There should be developments within September, and the limit would be November."

The Argentine government was also involved in the ill-fated 2010 deal between Jose Maria Lopez and the abortive USF1 team.

(GMM)

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