Posted: 30 Sep 2011 05:25 AM PDT
Lucas di Grassi insists he is happy with his formula one debut this year, despite grappling at the back of the grid with the new Virgin team.
The Brazilian 25-year-old, who slotted into the Renault reserve role late last year, was disappointed to miss out on the race seat in the wake of Nelson Piquet’s ousting.
That place went to Romain Grosjean, and then in 2010 to the Russian pay-driver Vitaly Petrov. “In formula one it’s not always just about talent,” he said in an interview with Formule 1 Race Report. “There are also politics and some decisions you can do nothing about,” added di Grassi.
But although now struggling for reliability and pace, and having been outqualified by teammate Timo Glock at every race so far, di Grassi insists he has no regrets. “Without experience in formula one you have nothing,” said the Paulista. “I am pleased with the progress of my career, because I have followed the right path.” Di Grassi insists that a team like Virgin is a good place to develop as a formula one driver. “It means I can also make some mistakes, because we are all in a learning phase,” he added.
Posted: 29 Sep 2011 05:25 PM PDT
Adrian Newey looks set to stay at Red Bull for the foreseeable future. The 51-year-old Briton joined the Austrian team from McLaren in 2006, and as chief technical officer is widely credited for the success of the dominant RB6.
Germany’s Sport Bild claims Newey, arguably the most sought-after figure in the entire world of formula one, intends to stay put.
“Contractual matters are confidential, but it’s true,” team boss Christian Horner said of the report. “Last year, Adrian requested to remove a clause that would have ended his contract this year,” he revealed.
Former grand prix winner Gerhard Berger backs the move, insisting that Red Bull will remain on the pace “as long as Newey and Vettel are there”.
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