Reverend Frog’s F1 News in Brief

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Sauber have confirmed that Kamui Kobayashi will continue to drive for them next season.  The team are also retaining the services of Pedro de la Rosa: those team Portaloo lorries don’t drive themselves, you know.

Lotus are rumoured to be desperately trying to get out of their engine deal with Cosworth so they can hook up with erstwhile engine partners Renault, with whom they raced from 1983 to 1986. ‘This represents Lotus moving forward,’ says technical director Mike Gascoyne, ‘ in a very backwards sort of way. We’re moving up from our 1960s partner to our 1980s one. Honda are next, even though they don’t really exist any more, and when we’ve got them on board we thought we’d ask Bruno Senna and Kazuki Nakajima to drive for us, just to mirror the 1987 line-up completely. We’re already in talks with the EU about them overturning the cigarette ban, just so we can display Camel logos on the cars. In fact, we may as well just grab a couple of ‘87 cars out of the Donington Museum and race them. They’d probably be quicker than what we’ve got at the minute. Then as the final part of the plan, we’ll disappear from the sport for another seventeen years. It’s fiendish.’

Mark Webber predicts that someone will win the Italian Grand Prix. ‘There are twenty-four cars that can easily do over 100 miles per hour down the straight,’ he says, ‘ so I expect it’ll be one of them.’

Neither Ferrari driver will attend the World Motorsport Council’s hearing in Paris tomorrow. ‘The entire case revolves around the drivers,’ said a team spokesman. ‘The issue at stake is whether they agreed amongst themselves to swap positions, and the investigators’ questions will likely be put to both Fernando And Felipe.  On the other hand, they might miss Hollyoaks, so they’re staying at home.’

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