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Caterham owner rejects early withdrawal rumors


Caterham F1 Team owner Tony Fernandes has rubbished rumors suggesting that the team might pull out of Formula 1 before next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, saying that “there is no question” about its future.

Caterham has been languishing at the back of the grid ever since its entry to Formula 1 in 2010, and Fernandes said at the beginning of the year that if the situation did not improve, he would consider selling the team.

A report in the Malaysian media suggested that the Caterham brand was set to be put up for sale, only for Fernandes to reject the rumors. This week, a story on German website SpeedWeek said that budgetary problems could bring the team to a halt immediately, but once again Fernandes has rubbished the notion.

“Caterham F1 will be racing in Austria,” he tweeted. “There is no question.”

The team showed zero sign of making the Canadian Grand Prix its last, and the rumors did not appear to have much support, hence why they came as such a surprise.

MotorSportsTalk chatted to the team’s test driver, Alexander Rossi, in Montreal, and he expressed his eagerness to get back behind the wheel of the team’s GP2 car in Austria, as well as his excitement for another practice session in the F1 car in Austin later this year. In no way was the idea of an early withdrawal even considered, let alone spoken about, with Rossi or the other team members.

The last team to pull out of Formula 1 mid-season was Super Aguri in 2008. However, its withdrawal came as little surprise, with the team accepting that the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona was its last.

As Fernandes said, Caterham will definitely be in Austria next weekend, and the team will be working to cut the gap to nearest-rivals Marussia at the back of the grid.

IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.