Caterham headquarters to be sold
The headquarters of the former F1 Caterham has gone up for auction for offers over £5.5 million. The team collapse last October with the loss of 200 jobs after hitting financial problems.
The 28-acre site includes 150,000 sq ft (13,900 sq m) of buildings, offices and a racing car testing facility. The agent overseeing the sale for BNP Paribas Jonjo Lyles told BBC News that the facility “lends itself to a number of different uses” and would be of interest to many people.,
The team was operated by 1 Malaysia Racing Team which the administrator Finbarr O’Connell said up to £20m was owed to external suppliers.
No pre-contract with Ferrari – Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has denied rumours that he has signed a pre-contract with Ferrari. The 25-year old told reporters that he was amused by some of the speculation about his Formula One future.
“I saw some and heard plenty of stories and it’s sometimes quite funny to hear those because in the end you know what’s the case and what’s not” he said. There have reports in both the Finnish and Italian media that he has an agreement with Ferrari, who have 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen out of contract at the end of this season, for 2017 if not 2016.
Meanwhile Mercedes boss who also is a shareholder of Williams Toto Wolff said Bottas was he was leaving everything to his management. “I am sure they have some kind of plan for my career, for years ahead” he added.
Ocon backed by Mercedes
Mercedes say they will back the career of highly-rated youngster Esteban Ocon. Ocon has signed an option with the German manufacturer which may see him race for one of their motorsport teams in the future.
The 18-year old is currently the reigning European Formula 3 champion and will make his GP3 debut at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. He will also be the manufactures DTM team test and reserve driver. He has signed also “could see him become a fully-fledged Mercedes-Benz driver in the future.”
Toto Wolff told Sky Sports “Esteban is a mega-talented young guy and one of the stars of the future. I’m pleased we’ve found a good path to continue his relationship with Mercedes-Benz.”
Force India announces deal with Skullcandy
Force India has announced a new partnership with the audio brand Skullcandy. Skullcandy is one of the world’s leading headphone designers, marketers and distributors of performance audio and gaming headphones and other accessories.
The deal will see the brand promote its “dedication and focus that it takes to compete and excel in F1 demonstrates many of our core values and is a natural fit. The Skullcandy brand and our commitment to make products that help people live and perform at their full potential” said Sam Paschel, Chief Commercial Officer of Skullcandy.
While force India’s Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer added “Skullcandy is a fun, exciting brand and it’s a real pleasure to begin working with them. Their desire to develop products that combine style and performance makes Formula One the perfect environment to showcase their brand.”
Pressure is being ramped up by Formula One boss Berine Ecclestone after the 2016 calendar was leaked. The calendar started to appear on the internet.
If the leaked calendar was confirmed the 2016 season would give the sport a record breaking twenty one races in an even shorter season. But, teams Want a maximum of 20 Grands Prix per year, so the obvious conclusion is that at least one race on the leaked calendar will be dropped.
But Ecclestone continues to war organizers in Italy that there race must pay more to hold the race.