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05/07/08
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Latest F1 news in brief  
  • Gutted Davidson vows to 'stick to F1'
  • Fry worked to topple Aguri rescue - Weigl
  • Minardi feels sorry for Super Aguri plight
  • Hamilton to make acting debut in Turkey
  • Alonso receives Spain-France prize
  • Hamilton hits back at critics

Gutted Davidson vows to 'stick to F1'
(GMM)  Anthony Davidson has fended off suggestions that the Super Aguri collapse means he may never again contest a grand prix.

The British driver spent many years on the sidelines as a Honda tester, and - at the age of nearly 28 - finally earned a full time drive with the Japanese satellite Super Aguri outfit last season.

Davidson, now 29, described the Honda-powered outfit's financial collapse this week as a "bitter blow" just four races into 2008.

"But I am fully confident of my ability behind the wheel, and I'm sure things will be better for me in the future," he told BBC radio.

Davidson vowed to "stick to formula one" for now, even though immediate racing opportunities in other series - such as A1 GP - may crop up.

"That's the priority at the moment and for the future.  It's what I have to do, it's what I'm trained to do.

"I really want to concentrate and get a good chance to do it properly.

"I really feel it's unfinished business for me in formula one," Davidson said.  "I feel it's where I belong.

"You only begin to realize just how much you love it when it's taken away from you.

"You never know in this game what can happen.  You ride the ups and downs on this rollercoaster, and if it's been a downward slope today, then I'm sure we'll bounce back," he added.

Davidson described the reduction of the F1 grid to just ten teams as a "sign of the times" that "privateer teams can't survive now".

Fry worked to topple Aguri rescue - Weigl
(GMM)  Franz Josef Weigl has added his condemnation to the interference by Honda Racing CEO Nick Fry in former formula one team Super Aguri's failed financial rescue.

After announcing the closure of his beleaguered Leafield based outfit on Tuesday, team boss and owner Super Aguri hit out at Fry's intervention, including the lockout of the team's transporters in Istanbul and his dismissal of Weigl's proposed partial buyout.

"It is over," Weigl is quoted as saying by the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

"The politics have triumphed.  It is miserably unfortunate."

He added his revulsion to the interference of Fry, the 51-year-old Briton and former works Honda team principal.

"Nick Fry did everything he could so that our deal did not succeed."

Weigl also revealed that his initial talks with Super Aguri officials began back in January.

"Then unfortunately Mr. Fry and (Magma Group chief) Mr. Leach interfered," he explained.

Minardi feels sorry for Super Aguri plight
(GMM)  Fellow failed formula one team owner Gian Carlo Minardi on Wednesday expressed his sympathy for Aguri Suzuki, one day after the Japanese team Super Aguri closed its garage doors at the end of a financial crisis.

"I myself have lived this situation first hand.

"I can understand how he is feeling at this moment," the Italian said.

Faenza born Minardi sold out to Paul Stoddart at the end of 2000, and left the outfit altogether when it changed hands again to become Toro Rosso.

"I know Aguri very well and I am very sympathetic," Minardi is quoted as saying by minardi.it.

"Unfortunately, an F1 that is so competitive is not very interested in small teams with financial problems.

"It happened in the past to Minardi, but also to others.  We were used like servants to make up the numbers and help with the sport's promotion and interest."

Minardi, 60, observes that Super Aguri was created by Honda ahead of the 2006 season due to the backlash in Japan after Takuma Sato's removal as a works driver.

"Perhaps the marketing failed, or perhaps the team principal was no longer interested in having a stable satellite operation.

"The current F1 is not interested in the various struggles that occur at the back, and now that the cars are so reliable, the small teams falls by the wayside," Minardi added.

Hamilton to make acting debut in Turkey
(GMM)  Lewis Hamilton is set to make his acting debut in Istanbul this week, ahead of Sunday's local Turkish grand prix.

The British formula one driver will reportedly make a fully-costumed guest appearance on Thursday on the stage of 'Troya'; an historical theatre show by the Turkish folkdance troupe Anadolu Atesi.

The English language Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman explains that the show aims to celebrate the country's multiculturalism, as Turkey "has some serious troubles in internalizing and making sense of differences".

The troupe's art director, Mustafa Erdogan, is quoted as saying that differences "should be treasured" because monotype cultures are "utterly boring".

'Troya' reportedly depicts 3000 years of Anatolian history, beginning with Homer's legend of Troy.

Alonso receives Spain-France prize
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso has been awarded the 'V Premio Dialogo' prize, celebrating today's burgeoning friendship between Spain and France.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, who drives for the French formula one team Renault, was selected because of his "emblematic" role as a successful Spanish sportsman who sets "an example" about successful collaborations between the two countries.

Hamilton hits back at critics
(GMM)  Lewis Hamilton has hit back at his detractors after falling nine points behind in the drivers' championship.

Following his Melbourne win in March, the 23-year-old Briton had two bad races in Malaysia and Bahrain before qualifying fifth and racing to third at Barcelona two weeks ago.

But Hamilton, despite being hailed as the next Senna or Schumacher in his impressive rookie season last year, insists that the performance slump does not mean he is a one-hit wonder.

"A few people have questioned my commitment, my ability to drive," he is quoted as saying by The Sun.

"I'm not superman but I believe I have the ability to win a world championship," Hamilton added.

The Englishman confessed to being responsible for his disastrous Bahrain outing, where he got a terrible start and then twice ran into Fernando Alonso's Renault en route to thirteenth place.

"Everybody makes mistakes.  I'm sure Nelson Mandela at 90-odd still makes mistakes.  That's life.

"I had one race where I made a mistake and all of a sudden people start making assumptions.

"I don't think you can judge me on one bad race," he insisted.

Despite hitting back at the snipers, however, Hamilton insists that criticism doesn't particularly bother him.

"What does concern me is doing the job to the best of my abilities.

"I didn't do that in Bahrain and that annoyed me.  Once we get everything right our car is as quick as any," he said.

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