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Bridgestone TyresAs reported on crash.net

Bridgestone have said that the fans deserve a good race at Indianapolis this year – a subtle dig at their rivals, Michelin, who messed up big time in 2005 and reduced the event to a six-car farce.

“Coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is always a special event for Bridgestone,” Bridgestone’s director of motorsport, Hiroshi Yasukawa stated. “Through our Firestone brand we have a wonderful connection with this circuit and its racing heritage. The fans this year deserve to see a thrilling and highly competitive grand prix and I know our technical staff have been working closely with our teams to make sure we give them a great race.”

As for the banked section that caused so much trouble in 2005, Suganuma explained that a number of factors have to be considered: “Turn 13 in particular submits the tyres to very high loads and high lateral forces,” he noted. “The drivers are on full throttle through this section so the tyres must be strong enough to cope with both these directional forces.”

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Honda F1As reported on reuters

The team said in a statement that Shuhei Nakamoto, formerly engineering director for Honda Racing Development, had been appointed senior technical director. “Discussions are currently taking place with Geoff Willis, Technical Director, regarding his future role with the team,” it added.

Willis had been expected to take on a more factory-based role to concentrate on the car’s aerodynamic development now that Honda have a new full-scale wind tunnel in operation. Nakamoto has been on Honda Racing F1’s management board since they bought British American Racing last year.

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Giancarlo FisichellaAs reported on pitpass

The Renault F1 Team is delighted to announce the continuation of its relationship with Italian Giancarlo Fisichella for the 2007 season. The Italian is currently enjoying his strongest Formula 1 season to date. His excellent working relationship with the team, allied to undoubted speed, will form the backbone of the Renault F1 Team’s 2007 challenge

One driver in the bag, who’s going to be next one ??

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As reported on HomeofSport

'The title will not be so important when Schumacher is not among the competitors,' Alonso, 24, was quoted as saying by the 'Red Bulletin' - a daily magazine produced by Red Bull at grands prix.

'He said: 'Michael is the driver you want to beat. Everyone dreams of fighting and beating him. 'When he stops, becoming world champion will not mean so much.'

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Bernie EcclestoneAs reported on f1racing.net

"When Jordan was for sale it was Shnaider who was the only one putting the money on the table to save the team," Ecclestone told Autosprint. "If it wasn't for his intervention, the team would have folded and there would have been only 18 cars in 2005. He represents a serious group and an important economy such as the Russian one."

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As reported on reuters

World champion Fernando Alonso collected a $2,000 fine on Friday for exceeding the pit lane speed limit in the first free practice session for his home Spanish Grand Prix.

But that was about the only excitement the Renault driver could offer the crowd chanting his name at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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As reported on pitpass.com

Formula One generated more than $4 billion (£2.17bn) in revenues in 2005, with more than $2.5 billion (£1.4bn) of this flowing to the teams.

Over a quarter of the total revenues is made up by spending from the team owners, who are believed to have plunged more than $1.3 billion (£708m) into their teams last year. This came mainly from the car manufacturers and dwarfed the amount that the teams made in sponsorship, at around $880 million (£480m), the second largest revenue stream.

TV and video game rights were the next biggest source of revenue for the sport, bringing in an estimated $395 million (£215m), while ticket sales and race sanction fees almost balanced each other out at $285 million (£155m) and $280 million (£152m) respectively.

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