Latest F1 news in brief
by Andrew Maitland
September 13, 2005
Liuzzi wants Brazil ride
(GMMf1NET -- Sep.13) Vitantonio Liuzzi is hopeful of returning to the
grand prix grid at the Brazilian GP.
The Italian, who has spent the majority of the season in Red Bull's
'Friday' car, is tipped to finally swap roles with Christian Klien
following the Austrian's 12-GP tenure.
''I think the decision will be made next week,'' Liuzzi revealed in
Belgium last weekend.
'Tonio', though, is likely to have heaved a sigh of relief given the
energy drink company's purchase of Minardi. He is, at least, all but
guaranteed some sort of berth in grands prix next year.
''As far as I know, I have a chance (to race in Brazil),'' Liuzzi
Sato's slip supported
(GMMf1NET -- Sep.13) BAR boss Nick Fry has leapt to Takuma Sato's
defense after the Japanese driver was slammed by Michael Schumacher.
Ferrari's German champion, who also slapped Sato's visor at Spa
Francorchamps, accused the 28-year-old of 'Hara-Kiri' after they
clashed on Sunday.
''Clearly, Takuma made a mistake,'' the team principal said.
''Michael has made his fair share, so I don't think it's very fair to
say that kind of thing.''
Fry's Ferrari counterpart, Jean Todt, declined to comment on
Schumacher's physical gesticulation by saying he had not seen the
German slap Sato on the visor.
''To me it looked like he braked so early,'' Sato - who added that he
did not hear what Schumacher said to him directly after the shunt -
'Taku' added: ''He just flapped my visor. After that I didn't have a
chance to speak to him.''
Ex F1 tester in hospital
(GMMf1NET -- Sep.13) Former F1 test driver Ryan Briscoe is in hospital
this week after a spectacular shunt in Sunday's Indy Racing League
The young Australian, who last year was part of Toyota's formula one
lineup, somehow emerged mostly unscathed despite a fiery 320kmh flip
on the Chicagoland oval that left his open wheeler split in half.
Briscoe smashed against the outer fencing when he tangled wheels with
Alex Barron while overtaking.
He is suffering from concussion, two broken collarbones, a bruised
lung and contusions to his legs and arms.
''I'm doing just fine,'' Ryan, who will stay in hospital for a few
more days, said on Monday.
Meanwhile, Britain's Dan Wheldon only has to start the next IRL race -
at Watkins Glen - to be crowned champion.
Albers set for Midland job
(GMMf1NET -- Sep.13) F1 rookie Christijan Albers will switch from
Minardi to Midland-owned Jordan for 2006 and 2007, according to the
Netherlands' Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.
It is speculated that the 26 year old Dutchman's management swooped on
the deal after the Red Bull-Minardi buyout made it clear that staying
at the Faenza based camp was no longer an option.
Albers, the former DTM driver, tested a yellow Jordan contender late
last year. Anthony Davidson, Ricardo Zonta, Franck Montagny and Tiago
Monteiro are also linked with an '06 seat.
Team boss Colin Kolles told F1Racing.net that a contract is not yet
signed, but he admitted: ''It is no secret that I want (him) in our
Jordan-Midland's sporting director Johnny Herbert, meanwhile, told
Autosport that final driver decisions about season 2006 would be made
'later rather than sooner.'
Trulli thumps Toyota
(GMMf1NET -- Sep.13) Jarno Trulli has lashed out at Toyota after he
was ordered to try slick tires on the damp Belgian circuit on Sunday.
The Italian, who ultimately crashed at Spa in a collision with Tiago
Monteiro, was running at the leading pace until the safety car came
out amid the debris of Giancarlo Fisichella's Eau Rouge incident.
''The team's decision to put on slicks ... was a colossal absurdity,''
Trulli - who said he pleaded to remain on intermediate Michelins -
told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.
''The team robbed me of a podium.''
Trulli's teammate, though - Ralf Schumacher - declined to lambaste
Cologne based Toyota, even though his similarly inspired run was also
The German said he and Toyota took the decision 'together'.
''We got it wrong, and like everyone we expected the track to dry out
a lot faster. They got one thing wrong.''
Montoya 'not ready for title'
(GMMf1NET -- Sep.13) Former Jordan designer Gary Anderson says Juan
Pablo Montoya is not yet world champion material.
The ex-technical director told Irish channel 'Setanta' that Montoya's
crash with a lapped Antonio Pizzonia at Spa Francorchamps demonstrated
an 'immaturity' in the Colombian's F1 approach.
''He's still not ready to be a world champion,'' said Anderson.
''He makes too many mistakes.''
Anderson rejected the explanation that Pizzonia, Williams' substitute
driver, actually drove into the second placed McLaren star in Belgium.
He retorted: ''Montoya was in a great position to help Kimi
(Raikkonen's) world title hopes, but he let Pizzonia make a mistake
which took him out -- he's like a magnet to aggro.
''He was involved in a similar incident with (Tiago) Monteiro
recently. You've got to look after yourself. You don't start taking
'Cruise and collect' Fernando
(GMMf1NET -- Sep.13) Renault has rejected reports that formula one
champion-elect Fernando Alonso is now in 'cruise and collect' mode as
the 2005 title battle winds down.
Even the most cursory glance at the Spaniard's comments after his run
to second place behind Kimi Raikkonen at Spa seems to back the claim
-- 'no need to risk', 'just backed off', 'on the safe side'.
His Enstone based team, however, published a 'Monday Debrief' denying
that the 24-year-old is now happy to sacrifice race wins for mere
''As ever in formula one,'' the document read, ''the gap between truth
and appearances (is) wide.''
In the statement, Alonso said his R25 was 'very difficult' to drive.
''I had a couple of really big slides in Eau Rouge,'' he added,
referring to the high speed corner at which Giancarlo Fisichella
Alonso, Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen will this week test at
Silverstone in England.
Elsewhere, Renault's Pat Symonds admitted that although the drivers'
prize got 'damned close' to within Alonso's grasp in Belgium, 'you
should never count your chickens.
''We have got to focus on the constructors' -- it will go to the wire.
It will be hard; it's hard to beat someone who's quicker than you.''
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