F1 news briefs: Wednesday

Wed, 4 November 2009, 08:01

Nov.4 (GMM) Team Germany, featuring Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, captured its third consecutive Nations Cup at the Race of Champions event in Beijing on Tuesday night, defeating Team Britain pairing Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx.

Before the event at the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium, 40-year-old Schumacher said his abortive return to F1 this year had been an “emotional” rather than a “rational decision”, and when asked if another attempt to return is likely, answered: “Right now, no.”

F1 insiders believed he had already parted the team, but Force India on Tuesday confirmed that former boss Colin Kolles’ contract has now ended.

Referring to McLaren – which has in the past featured great multiple world champions including Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna – Lewis Hamilton told reporters in Abu Dhabi last weekend: “I’m pushing my team harder than they’ve ever been pushed.”

Sir Richard Branson is still refusing to confirm the open secret about his plans to leave Brawn and rename the new Manor formula one team ‘Virgin F1’ in 2010. “In a month we’ll let you know,” the British billionaire said in a news conference in Italy earlier this week.

A British media source says Ross Brawn has indicated his 2010 F1 car will feature a Red Bull-style high nose, while reports in the Italian press say the new Ferrari – internally code-named the 661 – will have a Brawn-like low nose.

F1’s official logistics partner DHL has awarded its annual Fastest Lap Trophy to Sebastian Vettel, who captured the most fastest laps throughout the 2010 season ahead of his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. “It means a lot to me to have my achievements recognised in this way,” said the German.

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