Paddock news from Istanbul: 3

Sun, 27 August 2006, 11:34

Sir Frank Williams has admitted frustration with the tortuous traffic-jams encountered daily on the commute across the Bosphorus waterway to Istanbul’s formula one circuit.

”Crossing that bridge the eight times you’ve got to do it over the weekend, I’m thinking ‘Oh, God, not again’,” he told the New York Times.

Ferrari’s Ross Brawn has refused to comment on paddock speculation that Felipe Massa achieved pole position by sacrificing fuel for the first race stint on Sunday.

”Let’s see what happens in the race,” the technical director grinned. ”I’m not going to tell you what I know.”

In an interview with TV broadcaster ‘Premiere’, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said he believes Michael Schumacher has finally decided to retire at the end of the 2006 season.

Ex-triple world champion Niki Lauda, meanwhile, told ‘Kleinen Zeitung’ that he thinks the chances that Ferrari’s 37-year-old will sign a new contract are ‘five per cent’.

”I know what I’m talking about,” the Austrian veteran insisted.


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