TMR Team | Jul 16, 2012
  • Schumacher to stay in 2013 - Brawn says 'why not?'
  • Alonso third in cycling time trial
  • 'Step nose' fix not mandatory for 2013 - report
 

Schumacher to stay in 2013 - Brawn says 'why not?'

Ross Brawn has answered "why not?" when asked if he can imagine Michael Schumacher staying at Mercedes in 2013.

The seven-time world champion's three-year contract is set to expire, and the German marque's former DTM protege Paul di Resta has been linked with the race cockpit alongside Nico Rosberg.

It is believed, however, that 43-year-old Schumacher has the power to trigger a unilateral 'option' for 2013, which would explain Mercedes' apparent attempts to speed up the great German's decision.

Team boss Brawn admitted: "We are focused on Michael for as long as it takes and whatever it takes. Then we will see where we are elsewhere.

"We haven't discussed it but he enjoys himself and if he enjoys himself, why not?" he is quoted by the Independent newspaper.

"Inevitably you come to a point where you say 'Let's have the discussions', because these things can sometimes take some time."

(GMM)

 

Alonso third in cycling time-trial

World championship leader Fernando Alonso knows how to relax between Grands Prix.

The Spaniard, who has scored points in his Ferrari in every race so far in 2012, this week contested a cycling road time-trial in his native Asturias.

Alonso, 30, completed the 21 kilometre course in just under 29 minutes, finishing third on a state-of-the-art carbon bike in a field of more than sixty riders.

On Twitter, he said he was "happy" with the result.

(GMM)

 

'Step nose' fix not mandatory for 2013 - report

F1 fans might need to get used to the unseemly sight of this year's 'stepped noses'.

Earlier this week, we reported FIA race director Charlie Whiting's quote that he is "aware of the dissatisfaction of the fans" about the questionable physical appearance of the field of 2012.

With the exception of McLaren and Marussia, every car on the grid this year features an odd 'step' in the nose profile; the result of a safety regulation compromise.

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But although Whiting has discussed the situation with team technical directors, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that the proposed solution for 2013 will not be mandatory.

Rather, teams will be allowed to smooth the 'step' with what the German publication refers to as a "structurally irrelevant" covering or layer.

But the report by journalist Tobias Gruner insisted there is no guarantee the teams will actually take the bait.

"Most probably we have to get used to the step," Sauber designer Matt Morris agreed. "I assume they will stay just the same for next season."

(GMM)