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Mark WebberAs reported on BBC SPORT

“Flavio was never keen for me to go to Williams and I know I made a costly mistake by not listening to him,” said Mark Webber. “He was very keen for me to go to Red Bull next season, so I wasn’t going to ignore his advice a second time

Reminiscing on his time at Williams, Webber told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I think it’s fairly safe to say I won’t be looking back with any fond memories. When I signed with the team, I was hoping to stay at Williams for a long, long time, but it wasn’t to be. Frank (Williams) will probably look back at me and think it wasn’t successful either.”

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Sir Frank WilliamsAs reported on autosport.com

Frank Williams says he would not think twice about bringing young Briton Lewis Hamilton into Formula One next season if he were McLaren’s Ron Dennis. “I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to tell Ron Dennis… how to do his job,” the team boss wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Wednesday.

“If I were Ron, I would have no hesitation in putting him in the car. He looked outstanding this year, a super talent,” added Williams of the 21-year-old winner of this year’s GP2 feeder series. “There is another benefit too, that is often overlooked. These young drivers bring the costs down. They will be ratcheted up in the years ahead, of course, But it gives us a bit more flexibility.”

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WilliamsAs reported on F1Racing.net

“We had a positive test at Silverstone last week where Alex tested a revised aero package that we will bring with us for the final three rounds,” said technical director Sam Michael. “We also concentrated on tyre testing in preparation for these races and are confident of our selection. This season has been tough for the team, so some good results in Asia and Brazil would be welcome and well deserved for everyone at Grove, and for the crew at Cosworth, who have all worked so hard this year.”

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DollarsIn the wake of US$ 5 Million fine imposed on the organisers of Turkish GP, below is a list of some of the biggest fines in motorsport history.

  • US$5 Million Turkish Grand Prix organisers fined for controversial podium ceremony in August 2006 that had Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat handing out the winners’ trophy after the race in Istanbul.
  • US$1 Million Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and team mate Rubens Barrichello were fined for a breach of podium procedures after the infamous 2002 Austrian Grand Prix that saw Barrichello ordered to move over for Schumacher at the end after leading the entire race.
  • US$1 Million South Korean carmaker Hyundai fined in 2004 for missing four rounds of the World Rally championship.
  • US$1 Million Hungarian Grand Prix organisers fined after a track invasion at the 1998 race won by Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher.
  • US$500,000 Benetton fined after Schumacher ignored a black flag warning at the 1994 British Grand Prix.
  • US$200,000 Benetton and Williams pay the price after being found guilty of using irregular fuel at the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • US$100,000 McLaren and Benetton each fined by FIA after failing to make computer codes available immediately after the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
  • US$100,000 Brazilian Grand Prix organisers fined for safety problems during the 2000 GP. Qualifying was interrupted three times after advertising hoardings fell on the track. One hit French driver Jean Alesi.
  • US$100,000 Brazilian Ayrton Senna fined for dangerous driving at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. He later accused FISA president Jean-Marie Balestre of manipulating the championship. McLaren paid the fine.
  • US$50,000 McLaren fined and lost 10 points in the constructors’ championship for a missing seal on an electronic control unit after Finland’s Mika Hakkinen won the 2000 Austrian Grand Prix. Hakkinen kept the race win.
  • US$50,000 McLaren fined for fuel irregularities at 1997 Belgian Grand Prix.
  • US$50,000 Ferrari fined for vandalism at Portugal’s Estoril circuit in 1994 after mechanics helped break down a locked door to leave the track after working on the team’s cars.

Courtsey: Reuters

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Robert KubicaAs reported on Auto123.com

While we have the likes of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen to carry us through after Schumacher leaves, there is another name on everyone’s lips after Polish racer Robert Kubica finished the Italian Grand Prix third in his only third race.

Despite Kubica’s lack of experience, he did everything right in Italy while his more experienced rivals made mistakes including his teammate Nick Heidfeld, who out-accelerated Michael Schumacher at the start to take second place, but then, as they went into the first corner, he switched to the inside line where there was a lot less grip.

When compared to other rookie that start this year, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica definately looks the future of Formula 1.

For Kubica’s hold the advantage of a complete package [car, team & personal performance], compared to Nico Rosberg [taking nothing away from his personal performance] who, we think, got hampered by lack of progress at Williams. Also the hype created during Rosberg’s initial races did a little harm to him, compared to a very quiet launch of Kubica and he proved his credentials directly on the circuit.

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WilliamsAs reported on homeofsport

Ahead of their partnership for 2007, Williams will use Toyota engines for the first time at the Silverstone test next week. The presently Cosworth-powered outfit plans to run a Toyota V8 in the rear of a modified ‘FW28’ chassis, with current test driver and 2007 racer Alex Wurz at the wheel.

So many teams deciding to start testing their next-season engines. Only hoping that the outcome does is not the same as that of Honda’s !

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As reported on homeofsport

Nelson Piquet Jr

Nelson Piquet Jr, the GP2-driving son of Brazil’s triple world champion, has moved into pole position to replace Heikki Kovalainen in the Renault test seat of 2007. With his Finnish predecessor set to score the plum race seat, the 21-year-old [Piquet Jr] is not only linked with the third driver role, but he has already signed a contract, according to the French portal ‘Le Blog Auto’.

It is additionally reported that Sir Frank Williams, who once tested the actually German-born Piquet Junior, was also interested in signing him, while recent rumours suggested that the rookie could be eying a race seat debut for a small team.

With Kovalainen moving to drivers seat for Renault next season, I guess that very much brought end to Kimi-moving-to-Renault theory.

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