Paddock news from Shanghai: 3

Fri, 29 September 2006, 06:22

The Spyker-MF1 team distributed a press release in Shanghai on Friday confirming incumbent Dutchman and racer Christijan Albers’ contract for 2007.

In another Friday statement, Ferrari confirmed that Felipe Massa’s damaged engine will need to be changed ahead of qualifying, resulting in a ten-grid penalty.

Technical director Ross Brawn said: ”It is a real pity given our performance level is pretty good.”

Bruno Senna, the nephew of late triple world champion Ayrton, is scheduled to test for English GP2 team ‘DPR’ at Paul Ricard next week.

Also in France, former Jaguar and Williams driver Antonio Pizzonia, who raced in Champ Car this year, is slated to appear for Giancarlo Fisichella’s team.

A journalist contact at the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend suggested that an imbalance was in play on Friday — a packed media centre, but barely a Chinese soul in the grandstands.

The increased press attention this weekend is understandable, given the now two-point gap between championship protagonists Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso.

The spectator deficit, meanwhile, is explained by Shanghai locals’ inability to afford entry to the mega facility.


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