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Mike Stevens | Nov, 22 2011 | 0 Comments
  • Barrichello working overtime to keep Williams seat
  • Ecclestone eyes Asia floatation for F1 rights
  • Williams to announce 2012 lineup 'within a week'
  • Marko unhappy to see Hamilton emerge from crisis
  • F1 better with Raikkonen on grid - de la Rosa
  • Rosberg admits early McLaren link
  • Vergne ready to be as good as Webber
 

Barrichello working overtime to keep Williams seat

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he is working overtime to extend his F1 one career into a twentieth consecutive season in 2012.

Williams is considering replacing the 39-year-old veteran after his home race at Interlagos on Sunday, with a well-heeled quartet featuring Kimi Raikkonen, Adrian Sutil, Valtteri Bottas and Giedo van der Garde reportedly all in the running.

So, ahead of what could be his 322nd and last race this weekend, Barrichello has told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper that he has been working hard behind the scenes to compete with the sponsor money on offer.

"My desire to continue in Formula One is such that in the last two months I visited more companies than I did in 1990, when I was looking for sponsors to race overseas," he said.

"We are offering an unique form of participation (for a sponsor); not just brand exposure but something personalised -- 'tailor-made' as the English would say," added Barrichello.

He acknowledged that it is tempting for his bosses Sir Frank Williams and Adam Parr to sign someone else because they can offer more money.

"But they know that they can count on me for the speed and for the experience," insisted the former Ferrari driver.

Barrichello said he is not new to uncertainty, revealing that early in 2009 he risked losing his Brawn seat because the former Honda team was struggling for money.

"Ross Brawn said that I needed money to finish the championship. So if after the fourth race someone else came with sponsorship then I would have to give up," he said.

Two years on, he is now relying on more than just his own efforts to realise his dream of extending his already longest-ever F1 career even further.

"I have a tattoo on my arm with the initials of my children, F for Fernando and E for Eduardo," Barrichello explained.

"The guy who gave it to me suggested putting an accent on so it becomes faith (fe), which I loved because I am a man of faith," he said.

But what if, despite his faith, Barrichello is left without a seat for 2012?

"Then I am a happy person and, yes, I have to be prepared for anything. I have to stop one day. And if this is god's will then I will follow that path and perhaps it will be even better for my children as they grow up," he answered.

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Ecclestone eyes Asia floatation for F1 rights

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that public floatation might be more likely than a sale in the event current owners CVC want to offload F1's commercial rights.

A consortium headed by News Corp has expressed interest in bidding for the lucrative rights, as have the F1 teams in becoming shareholders.

But chief executive Ecclestone told the Telegraph: "If I wanted to dispose of the company today I would float it in Singapore or Hong Kong."

He added that "it would be better to float the company in Singapore than sell it".

Writing in the British newspaper, journalists Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid said there were attempts to float F1 in London in the 90s "but they failed due to an anti-competition investigation by the European Commission".

The writers explain that Ecclestone believes the "accelerating interest in the sport in Asia is too hard to ignore".

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Williams to announce 2012 lineup 'within a week'

Williams' decision about its 2012 driver line-up is nearing.

Writing in Germany's Speed Week, Peter Hesseler said the famous British team "plans to decide within a week" who will be driving the two cars next season.

"This is what shareholder Toto Wolff is saying," he revealed.

On the face of it, Pastor Maldonado's seat is safe, but reports say his lucrative backing by state owned oil company PDVSA is set to be investigated by the Venezuelan parliament.

In reality, it is Rubens Barrichello who is the most worried, with a trio of candidates including Kimi Raikkonen, Adrian Sutil and Valterri Bottas all reportedly in the running.

Italy's Autosprint reports that Raikkonen is "ready to sign" a one-season deal so that he is free to switch to Mercedes, presumably to replace Michael Schumacher, in 2013.

The report said Dutchman Giedo van der Garde is also a contender.

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Marko unhappy to see Hamilton emerge from crisis

Dr Helmut Marko has admitted his disappointment with Lewis Hamilton's apparent return to form.

After a tumultuous season, not only was the McLaren driver smiling again after the recent Abu Dhabi race, he was also holding aloft the winner's trophy.

Marko, Red Bull's motor sport consultant, insisted after the Yas Marina event that had Sebastian Vettel not retired with a blown tyre, Briton Hamilton might not have been smiling so widely.

Nonetheless, he told Auto Motor und Sport: "For us, we would not have minded if Hamilton had stayed quiet for even longer.

"When he is back at 100 percent, Mr Hamilton is a dangerous opponent," Austrian Marko admitted.

The German report said Marko and Red Bull fear McLaren - the famous British team that has surged back to top form during the course of 2011 - more than Ferrari or Mercedes.

"They are like a terrier biting a bit more with each race," he said. "McLaren emerge from every crisis, which shows the class of a racing team."

McLaren's obvious target for 2012 is, unlike in recent years, to not just end a season on terms with Red Bull, but also to begin it with a winning car.

"Our car is always as good as the Red Bull eventually," Hamilton is quoted as saying. "It would be helpful for the future if we get there earlier than we have been."

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F1 better with Raikkonen on grid - de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa has revealed he would love to see Kimi Raikkonen return to formula one.

The 2007 world champion is linked with a seat at Williams, with the British team reportedly set to announce its 2012 lineup within the week.

"For now it's only a rumour but I would welcome it," said Spaniard de la Rosa, who worked alongside the Finn at McLaren five years ago.

"He is one the drivers that I worked best with," the McLaren reserve driver is quoted by Spanish reports. "He is such a natural talent and F1 is better with him than without him.

"Formula one is his place and I am glad to hear that he has been training hard.

"He is a tough opponent but of course it depends on what Williams can do. They have had a very bad year but for sure Kimi is going to strengthen them."

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Rosberg admits early McLaren link

Nico Rosberg has admitted he had talks about switching to McLaren while he was under contract to Williams some years ago.

"It's true, there was a first discussion, but there was never the possibility of changing because I had a contract already," the German told Kolner Express newspaper.

"So it wasn't a topic for me at all," added Rosberg, who now drives for Mercedes. "I am glad that I was with Williams and now Mercedes is my challenge."

Highly competitive alongside seven time world champion Michael Schumacher in the last two seasons, the 26-year-old has even been linked with Ferrari.

But despite failing to record a single race win after more than a century of attempts, Rosberg insists he is happy.

He even thinks Mercedes, with its iconic Silver Arrows, is just as prestigious a brand as the Prancing Horse.

"Definitely, if not even more so," he insisted.

"More and more I see those old videos with Fangio from the 50s; the history of the Silver Arrows is very impressive. I've said it before that winning in a Silver Arrow is my dream."

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Vergne ready to be as good as Webber

Buoyed by his impressive form in Abu Dhabi last week, Jean-Eric Vergne thinks he would do as good a job in F1 as Mark Webber.

Frenchman Vergne, the latest cream of Red Bull's development programme, tested Sebastian Vettel's title-winning RB7 during the young driver test and was fastest in all six sessions over the course of the three days.

Already Toro Rosso's Friday driver, the 21-year-old is scheduled to practice with Sebastien Buemi's car in Brazil and is considered a hot contender to replace the Swiss full-time in 2012.

But he also thinks he would be ready to be Vettel's teammate at the senior team.

"When I came back (from the test) I saw the comments of (engineering boss) Ian Morgan and they were very positive, I cannot hide it," Vergne is quoted as saying by French newsmagazine Le Nouvel Observateur.

"I know that the top teams are cautious of young drivers; the only one (McLaren) that dared to go with a young guy recently was Hamilton, and it worked.

"We have had a similar preparation; I did three days of testing and physically had no problems.

"So I think if I was put in the Red Bull, I would do no worse than Webber. That's my impression, anyway, after these tests.

"But I know that the road is still long and where I go next is Brazil. This is my last practice session with Toro Rosso before I know what I will be doing next season," he added.

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