Silly season in high gear as F1 season resumes at Spa
1 September, 2012
Sep.1 (GMM) After the long summer break, Formula One has regrouped for the Belgian GP to find the silly season in a higher gear than ever – the ‘who goes where in 2013′ is the hottest topic at a cold and damp Spa-Francorchamps.
“The possibility is there,” he told Diario Sport, when asked about the Felipe Massa situation.
“Everyone wants to be there [at Ferrari], but I have no hurry. If I don’t change teams now, it doesn’t matter. I am so happy with the trust Sauber have put in me.”
Whether Massa stays or goes is a key to the 2013 market.
Auto Motor und Sport reported rumours that Nico Hulkenberg has signed a memorandum of understanding with the legendary Italian team.
Asked directly if he is replacing Massa, Hulkenberg answered: “Who says Massa is going?”
Asked the same question again, Hulkenberg once again did not issue a clear denial.
Also stalling the market at the moment is Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher, who repeated at Spa that the paddock should not expect his decision until October.
“That’s far too late,” German former driver and now TV pundit Christian Danner told spox.com. “The teams can’t wait that long.”
One keen observer of the whole situation is Karun Chandhok, who is hoping to put his grand prix ambitions back on track in 2013.
He told the Times of India that if Schumacher returns to retirement, Paul di Resta would be a candidate to replace him at Mercedes.
“So there is a possibility of a seat opening up with Force India,” he said.
“I think there are some opportunities to come back [to F1],” he told the German broadcaster Sky.
Also hoping for a race seat next year is Williams’ reserve driver Valtteri Bottas, who according to Finland’s MTV3 has been asked by the British team to put together some sponsorship to compete with Bruno Senna’s millions.
“Some gestures from Finland would help him a lot,” said Toto Wolff, who is not only a Williams shareholder and executive director, but also 22-year-old Bottas’ manager.
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