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Schumacher makes F1 return

Michael Schumacher will return to Formula 1 in 2010, after Mercedes GP confirmed on Wednesday that the seven-time world champion is joining its team next year.

The German has been linked with the outfit ever since Mercedes-Benz took over Brawn GP, and he finally concluded his deal to make a sensational F1 return earlier this week.

Schumacher's move to Mercedes GP marks a reunion between himself and the German car maker that helped push him into F1.

He raced for Mercedes-Benz as part of its junior driver programme, competing in world sportscar events during 1990 and 1991.

Schumacher's decision means that Mercedes GP will field an all-German driver line-up in 2010, having already confirmed several weeks ago that Nico Rosberg will race for it.

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http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80651

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Not sure what to think. In some ways - it's really cool. In other ways - it feels a bit yesterday. It was a great season anyway with Lewis-Jenson, Fernando-Massa, the old boys (Ferrari/McLaren) vs the new kids (Red Bull, Brawn). Doesn't this take away from it a bit?!

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Hell no! It makes it even more interesting.

Lewis v Schumacher? Bring it on!

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Heidfeld surely has the Sauber seat sewn up. If not then Renault?

USF1 will be pay drivers (if they get on the grid)

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I see. Aren't you at least intruiged to see how a 7 times world champions does in a new team a few years after he left the sport?

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This sport is just over for me. I really cant understand why so many are going crazy. We have been betrayed! Not just by an hand ball but by a planned accident. Maybe the whole season was planned. Who knows? I lost my trust.

I am not sure, if you know the hype here in Germany over the comeback. Schumacher is driving for a German team. He´s coming home... media says. I thought F1 would slowly die here in Germany, but now it is alive like never before!

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The planned accident was between three idiots, and all of them have left the sport. Alonso may or may not have known about it but he's at a different team now. And that was the season before last, not last season.

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^speaking of the devil...

Briatore's ban overturned by French court

Tue, 05 Jan 14:36:00 2010

Flavio Briatore, former boss of the Renault Formula One team, had a life ban imposed by the sport's governing body overturned by a French court on Tuesday.

The Italian was banned by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) in September for his role in a plot to rig the outcome of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

"The court ruled the sanction was illegal," the judge told the Paris court. Briatore was awarded 15,000 euros (13,480 pounds) in compensation.

The FIA's legal team said it would probably be launching an appeal.

Brazilian Nelson Piquet blew the lid off one of Formula One's biggest scandals after being dropped by Renault in July when he told the FIA that he had been ordered to crash deliberately at the 2008 race in Singapore.

He said he had done so to bring out the safety car and help his Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso win the race.

Former champions Renault were handed a suspended permanent ban while engineering head Pat Symonds was banned for five years.

Briatore launched his legal case in October, claiming his right to a free and fair defence to the charges was flouted.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/05012010/2/b...ench-court.html

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edro de la Rosa on brink of Sauber deal

ESPNF1

January 11, 2010

Pedro de la Rosa will be confirmed at Sauber as Kamui Kobayashi's team-mate for 2010, according to reports.

The Swiss newspaper Blick, whose F1 correspondent Roger Benoit is close to team boss Peter Sauber, said an announcement could be made this week. Spain's Diario AS also said de la Rosa has now agreed a race deal with Sauber, with an announcement due "in a matter of hours", or a few "days" at the most. The contract is believed to be for 2010, with an option to extend it to 2011.

http://en.espnf1.com/sauber/motorsport/story/6390.html

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Where does that leave Quick Nick - Renault?

IF Sauber confirm De La Rosa, the only seat for Heidfeld is in Renault IMO

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Alonso makes bow in Ferrari colours

Fernando Alonso has appeared in Ferrari’s iconic red colours for the first time, on the opening day of the team’s traditional winter ski event in Madonna di Campiglio.

Having officially joined the Scuderia on January 1 from long-time home Renault, the double world champion made his first appearance in red alongside 2010 team-mate Felipe Massa and Ferrari's third driver and his former team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella on Monday.

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The Wroom media event, which is held in a village in the Northern Italian region of Trentino, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?id=47618

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I will have the chance to watch a F1 next sunday in Montreal

Here's a copy of the press released about the event :

RED BULL RACING CELEBRATES THE RETURN OF FORMULA 1 TO MONTREAL WITH EXCLUSIVE ICE RUN

- Fans are invited to witness Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Buemi pilot the Red Bull Racing F1 car on the frozen waters of the Olympic Basin -

MONTREAL, QC . January 8, 2010 - Caution: Icy road ahead, proceed with speed.

On January 17, 2010, Montrealers will have chills running up and down their spines . literally . as they will witness the world.s ultimate car on ice. Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Buemi will demonstrate his incredible skills and drive this specifically adapted car at Parc Jean-Drapeau located in the Olympic Basin behind the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. To help celebrate the return of F1 to the city of Montreal, a 4-kilometer track will be laid out on the ice made up of turns, straightaways, and open areas.

Ice Racer : Sébastien Buemi

Sébastien Buemi was the only rookie driver at the beginning of the 2009 F1 season, impressively scoring two points on his debut. As a youngster he won multiple Swiss go-kart titles, becoming European Junior Champion in 2002. He followed that with success in German Formula BMW and, as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team, the Formula Three Euroseries and GP2. In the latter he enjoyed multiple podium finishes and three victories, before being elevated to F1. With one full season of F1 under his belt, Sebastien is looking to build on that experience in 2010 and as a French speaker, is particularly looking forward to the Canadian GP in Montreal.

Will you be watching the ultimate preview in Montreal.s Formula 1 history?

WHAT: Red Bull Racing F1 Car Races on Ice

WHEN: Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 1:00PM to 2:00PM

WHERE: Olympic Basin, Parc Jean-Drapeau

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Renault team boss Eric Boullier says the squad might not sign its second driver before the first tests of its 2010 car at Valencia in early February.

It's not decided yet, very frankly," Boullier told AUTOSPORT when asked about Renault's driver plans.

"We are still looking at several drivers available on the market. Two of them are experienced, two of them are rookies. We are now the last established team [without two drivers] and the situation is very different than in July, when you could discuss with everybody.

Boullier confirmed that Nick Heidfeld, Kubica's former team-mate at BMW Sauber, was among the contenders.

"It would be a lie to say 'no'," he said. "Definitely it's a different question because he has spent so many years with Robert. The question mark is if we want to put them together again or not. But he is on the list.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80981

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Alguersuari confirmed at Toro Rosso for 2010

Friday, January 22nd 2010, 16:23 GM

Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed that Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari will stay on at the team during the 2010 season.

The 19-year-old became the youngest driver to take part in a grand prix last year, when he replaced Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.

Although it was expected Alguersuari would stay at Toro Rosso, the team had not confirmed it officially until today.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81027

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US F1 set to announce Argentinean Lopez

Saturday, January 23rd 2010, 09:35 GMT

Jose Maria LopezTeam US F1 is set to announce Jose Maria Lopez as its first driver for its maiden Formula 1 campaign in a press conference in Argentina on Monday.

Lopez, a former Renault test driver, revealed several months ago that he had secured a US F1 seat provided he found the necessary funding. The 26-year-old's spokesman Miguel Mattos confirmed to Reuters that the deal was now complete.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81032

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