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McLaren tell Heikki Kovalainen to improve his results or else.

Red Bull , McLaren, Ferrari and Toyota all wrote letters supporting Renault.

Mansell is to make his racing return in this year’s AUTOSPORT 1000Km at Silverstone.

BMW Sauber has lodged an application for the final spot on the 2010 grid.

Fernando Alonso happy with the FIA decision says podium possible in Valencia.


The ING Renault F1 Team announced today that Nelson Piquet has been released from his obligations to the team with immediate effect. Nelson’s departure follows a mutual agreement that this course of action is in the best interests of both parties.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean has been appointed as the second driver and will race alongside Fernando Alonso at this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia and for the remainder of the 2009 season.

This season Romain has been the team’s third driver and has attended all races, which has allowed him to gain experience and become fully integrated with the team. The 23-year-old has been supported by Renault since he was 18-years-old and became part of Renault’s Driver Development programme (RDD) in 2006 after winning the French Formula Renault title. In 2007 he was Formula 3 Euro Series champion and in 2008 he won the GP2 Asia Series. This season, Romain has been competing in the GP2 Series with Barwa Addax where he has demonstrated his talents with two victories.

ING Renault F1 Team Managing Director Flavio Briatore commented:

“We are happy to give Romain the chance to start racing with the team. He is an impressive young talent and we expect him to show his skills driving alongside Fernando as we take an aggressive approach to the second half of the season. We would also like to thank Nelson for his contribution during the time he has been with us and wish him all the best for the future.”

Romain Grosjean commented:

“I am very proud that the Renault F1 Team has given me the chance to become a race driver. I’m looking forward to driving the R29 and helping the team get the best results possible. It’s also an honour to be Fernando’s teammate and to make my Formula One debut alongside a double world champion is especially motivating.”

Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi will assume third driver duties in Valencia whilst continuing with his GP2 series campaign.

F1weekly podcast # 368



Podcast number 368 is ready for your enjoyment.

Nelsinho Piquet Jr. continues his barrage on Flavio Briatore.

Start time for the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix moved forward an hour to 4pm.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special repeat interview with Romain Grosjean.

This weekends special interview podcast 369 features SpeedTV’  Bob Varsha.

Birthdate: April 21, 1951
Birthplace: Northport, N.Y.
Residence: Atlanta
Spouse: Karen (three children)


Varsity letter winner in cross country and track at Dartmouth College, continued athletic career after graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in foreign language in 1973 as a two-time Olympic Trials marathon finalist while attending Emory University Law School … once a practicing attorney in Atlanta, Varsha accepted an invitation from Turner Broadcasting to cover a popular footrace in his home town in 1980 … performance led to an offer of a part-time job from TBS and a new career … moved to ESPN in 1986 to cover motor sports, including Formula One, CART, sports cars, drag racing and motorcycles … covered variety of sporting events, including World Alpine Championships, Indianapolis 500 Time Trials, U.S. Olympic Trials, New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon … moved to Speedvision in 1999, where he hosted Speedvision News Raceweek and Speedvision coverage of Formula One, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring.