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Marussia to merge with Sauber or Williams (Update)UPDATE Mercedes Exec Dir Toto Wolff has revealed that "talks have taken place about merging Marussia and Williams though he says they are 'getting nowhere' as it would lead to the closure of Marussia," according to Reid & Sylt for ESPN.
Wolff is at the center of the discussions as he "owns a 12.2% stake in Williams." The team "is floated" on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and has a market value of $244M, meaning that Wolff's stake is worth $29.8M. He has owned shares in Williams since '09, when he "became a director of the team." Earlier this year, "it came to light that Marussia had been in talks with Caterham about a merger, but it was thought that it had given up on the strategy." Recent rumors suggested that Marussia Owner Andrey Cheglakov "had been in discussion with Sauber and Williams about a merger and Wolff confirmed it."
Rumor - Renault also testing 2014 turbo engine (GMM) Hot on the heels of reports Ferrari may have track tested its turbo V6 engine, it emerges that Renault might also have done the same.
A video on the internet depicting an unidentified Ferrari road car obviously running a turbocharged engine sparked rumors the Italian marque had found a loophole to give its all-new 2014 'power unit' an early track debut.
Another NASCAR track to rip out 40,000 seats SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Muret & Mickle reported Charlotte Motor Speedway "has discussed tearing down its backstretch grandstand, a move that would eliminate almost 40,000 seats and make it the latest in a series of NASCAR tracks to reduce capacity." Sources said that CMS President Marcus Smith has "talked about the idea of eliminating the Diamond Tower Terrace and funneling fans into the main grandstand, where they can see the facility's video board and pit road." The terrace, which "runs from Turn 2 to halfway down the backstretch, holds 37,000 spectators and 37 suites." The track has 140,000 total seats SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL
Paul Walker -- Death Car May Have Malfunctioned The exotic sports car in which Paul Walker violently died, crashed as a result of mechanical failure -- very possibly a steering fluid leak ... this according to sources closely tied to the auto shop where the vehicle was stored and maintained.
Sources connected to Always Evolving -- the shop co-owned by Walker and the Porsche driver Roger Rodas -- tell TMZ they saw evidence of a fluid burst and subsequent fluid trail before the skid marks at the accident scene.
The AE sources point to the fact there is a noticeable absence of skid marks until just before the point of impact. They say if Roger had lost control the skid marks would show swerving, but instead the marks were in a straight line. They feel this cements the theory the driver didn't have steering control.
Van der Garde's future father-in-law eyes F1 team (Update)UPDATE
Giedo van der Garde - sometimes it does pay to marry rich.
This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Giedo van der Garde's father-in-law has denied he is considering buying into a formula one team.
In recent weeks, the Dutch billionaire and businessman Marcel Boekhoorn, who sponsors van der Garde's Caterham race seat via the McGregor brand, was linked with buying stakes in the Williams or Force India teams.
"The rumors are false," van der Garde's management insisted in a Dutch-language media statement.
Future Unclear for Austin WEC/TUSC Event The future of the shared sports car weekend at Circuit of The Americas is unclear, as the FIA World Endurance Championship has proposed changes to the event’s timetable before confirming its U.S. event for next year.
Series boss Gerard Neveu revealed that discussions are underway between IMSA and COTA regarding the organization of the weekend.
This year’s inaugural double-header in September featured a two-hour and 45-minute American Le Mans Series race on Saturday afternoon, with the six-hour WEC round the following morning.
FIA considering pole trophy and permanent numbers The FIA is considering a couple of changes to the sporting regulations in Formula One for next season, notably a trophy for pole position and drivers having permanent numbers.
According to Autosport, both ideas were raised during the sport’s strategy group meeting that is made up of Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams, Lotus, McLaren and Mercedes, with the decision for a ‘pole trophy’ being borne out of a proposal to give the pole-sitter a point as found in many other racing categories.
The idea of a point for pole has been banded about in Formula One for many years as a way of placing extra importance on qualifying and encouraging drivers to push for first place on the grid. Although the changes made to the points system in 2010 addressed this issue in the races, it has been felt that potentially having championships decided on a Saturday before a race could be damaging for the sport’s reputation. Under this system, Lewis Hamilton would have won the 2007 world championship whilst Mika Hakkinen would have enjoyed a more comfortable gap to Eddie Irvine in 1999.
Mercedes to announce Brawn exit on Thursday (3rd Update)UPDATE #3 This rumor is now upgraded to fact. As predicted, Mercedes on Thursday confirmed reports team boss Ross Brawn is stepping down.
In a media statement, the Brackley based team said the 58-year-old, to officially depart Mercedes on the last day of the year, "has chosen to hand over" the reigns to Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe.
"We have had long discussions with Ross about how he could continue with the team," said chairman Niki Lauda, "but it is a basic fact that you cannot hold somebody back when they have chosen to move on."
Is NASCAR's first family behind Iowa Speedway purchase?UPDATE NASCAR announced today that they did indeed buy Iowa Speedway so this rumor is upgraded to 'fact.' Although IndyCar has a multiyear agreement with Iowa Speedway, you can take this prediction to the bank - IndyCar will no longer be racing at Iowa Speedway in a few short years as NASCAR maneuvers to put IndyCar out of business. The walls are closing in and IndyCar and all those that supporting the killing off of CART by supporting the IRL and Tony George have no one to blame but themselves. NASCAR has a monopoly on oval racing in the USA and the move to buy Iowa was their latest 'checkmate' maneuver. And to think, the Hulman George family (initiated by Tony George) lets their enemy race at the IndyCar shrine (Indy Motor Speedway) so as to diminish the IndyCar product. How long before the Indy 500 becomes a NASCAR race?
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