Some Updates from the World of F1

Last Updated: Sunday, 18, September, 2005, 11:27
Red Bull Racing Sporting Director Christian Horner reckons his team can eventually overcome the mighty car manufacturers and become world championship contenders.Horner said he wants to emulate the achievements of Benetton – the Italian clothing company that bought its own Formula 1 team and ultimately took Michael Schumacher to his first two titles in 1994/5.

"We won't be content until we are competing at the front, that's what racing is all about,” he told Sporting Life. "That is very difficult for an independent team but not impossible. “If a clothing company can do it 10 years ago then why can't a drinks company?”

Red Bull been very aggresive in thier F1 programme, buying an additonal team could change the game. If Red Bull start wining GPs and the title, other teams might copy them for a duo team. Other non-automotive company might consider joining F1! That would be a joy to see.

Last Updated: Sunday, 18, September, 2005, 18:38

Toyota is aiming to complete Ferrari’s fall from grace by knocking the Italian team down to fourth place in the constructors’ championship – a contest Ferrari has won for the last six years.

“Our pace has looked good recently so our target for the last three flyaway races is to challenge Ferrari for third place in the constructors’ championship,” said Toyota’s lead driver Jarno Trulli. “We are only ten points behind and we can definitely manage it if we continue to push hard.”

Yes, Toyota is having a fairly good season, moving from a mid-runner to a front runner. going from strength to strength, it's the matter of time that they'll be a title contender, that could happen in 2006! However, they lack the finishing consistency and the driver Trulli and Ralf is a bit of a let down. For 2006, Toyota should retain Trulli but boot Ralf.

Last Updated: Friday, 16, September, 2005, 17:13

Valentino Rossi has poured scorn on rumours that Ferrari plans to run an intensive testing schedule for him in 2006.The multiple MotoGP world champion told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday that he is committed to Yamaha for next year and that he would not have time to pursue any dreams of Formula 1."Next year I'll be racing on the bike and I won't have the time to do all the tests I read about," he said.

The more he refutes it the more its true, why test if you are not interested. Look for Rossi in F1 in 2007 or even as early as next year, that would be real fun to see.

Last Updated: Saturday, 17, September, 2005, 14:59
WilliamsF1 team principal Frank Williams has admitted that GP2 championship leader Nico Rosberg is under consideration for a race drive in Japan and China. Nick Heidfeld has been ruled out of the Brazilian Grand Prix after injuring his shoulder in a cycling accident.And while the German will definitely be replaced by Antonio Pizzonia for Interlagos next weekend, the situation for the final two races remains undecided.

"Nico is on the list with quite a few other people," Frank Williams told The Guardian newspaper, "and there are quite a few variables to be considered before we reach the conclusion whether or not Nico is the right candidate to represent us."One of the variables is obviously whether or not Nick is fit. "But no decision has yet been made."

With Heidfeld going to BMW in 2006, Rosberg may be joining if the Button talks fails. Guess is musical chairs for Frank. Is Rosberg any good?
(Source from itv.com)