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MightyJordan    7,744

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Aston Martin is negotiating a shock return to Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing next season.

 
The British sports car manufacturer is in talks over a deal to become a brand partner with four-time world champion Red Bull Racing in exchange for brokering a deal for the team to run the championship winning Mercedes-Benz F1 engine. An Aston Martin spokesman declined to comment on the potential deal when contacted by Autocar.
 
Aston Martin is 5% owned by Mercedes and competed in F1 for just two seasons, in 1959 and 1960, with very limited success.
 
Under the deal Mercedes would be recognised as the official engine partner of Red Bull Racing, but Aston Martin would become a technical partner and have branding on the cars, most likely around the air box that sits over the engine.
 
The deal is said to have the blessing of Mercedes, which is eager to run more customer teams to offset the costs of its investment in F1, and because it does not consider Aston Martin to be a competitor for road car sales, despite their strategic partnership.
 
F1 insiders have drawn parallels with the deal that allows Lotus to run Mercedes engines at present despite the potential conflict with the road car manufacturer of the same name.
 
The deal is understood to have been instigated by Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer and Aston Martin's director of marketing and communications Simon Sproule, both of whom were credited for the long-term sponsorship deal that has put Infiniti branding on the Red Bull Racing cars, despite the team being powered by Renault engines. Infiniti is the upmarket brand of Nissan, which is in an alliance with Renault.
 
Red Bull Racing has a contract to compete with Renault engines until the end of 2016, but the championship-winning relationship has soured over the past 18 months as the French firm has struggled to match the pace of Mercedes.
 
Last month, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz appeared to be trying to force a split with Renault when he claimed in an interview that Renault

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Intersect    239

lol that was an awesome start by massa and co

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Noir Angel    4,216

The past couple of races were a bit dull but this one was pretty good, even before the rain hit. Mercedes are still by far the fastest car but if they don't sort out their clutch problems quickly it's going to cost them eventually. And I'm really impressed by Williams, Mercedes still have an obvious edge but they seem to be out developing Ferrari at the moment, which is an impressive effort given their smaller budget. And the strategic calls between driver and car were perfect today, Mercedes may have got Monaco wrong but they did everything right today.

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MightyJordan    7,744

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MightyJordan    7,744

Kimi had a little spin on the straight that wasn't shown on TV.

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Dan~    251

Was hoping for a 20+ second penalty for both Mercedes drivers for the childish pit stunt

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Lotus has been able to postpone a winding-up hearing for two weeks after being summoned to the High Court in a legal battle with a number of creditors. 

The Lotus Formula 1 Ltd company is facing a financial settlement with creditors after being handed a winding-up petition at the Companies Court this Monday (6th July) with judge Mr Registrar Briggs present, but the hearing has been delayed by 14 days to allow the parties to find an out-of-court settlement. 

It is believed the Enstone-based team is waiting for funds to come in to pay its creditors, however, if they are unable to find a resolution over the next two weeks Lotus could be threatened with administration which could put its F1 future under threat.

http://www.crash.net/f1/news/220862/1/lotus-windingup-hearing-postponed-by-high-court.html

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vanx    264

I think that whole situation with times being deleted if fully on the run-off after Copse is nonsense. Level the playing field: if someone is taking advantage, let them all take advantage. If anything, it created more confusion -- especially towards the end of each qualy session -- than actually enhanced the situation. If there is something wrong with a circuit, change it. However, changing the playing rules from one stage to another is in bad faith.

Williams were a mess and it was embarrassing for Rob Smedley to pretend like they didn't screw up with the team orders call.

Ferrari still trying to find performance from somewhere. It's all well and good trying to get Bottas or Hulk as Kimi's replacement for next year, but there is only so much a driver can do with a car.

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MightyJordan    7,744

Roberto Merhi caused a big crash at the end of the Renault World Series 3.5 race earlier at the Red Bull Ring...

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philcruicks    259

Ouch, never seen a crash like that where people are slowing down after the line.

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Sparky Marky    1

And the rumor mill starts...

 

 

Jul.17 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Valtteri Bottas has reached a deal with Ferrari to replace Finnish countryman Kimi Raikkonen from 2016.

That is the claim of Italy

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dipsylalapo    1,797

Woke up to this news this morning and so sad, and at only 25 :(

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Skiver    1,960

First thing I read today, truly sad, I knew it was an uphill battle but I always hoped he would somehow make it through.

First death in F1 for nearly 20 years :(

Thoughts are with his friends and family in this difficult time.

RIP Jules

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