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    2011 August 11
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    #F1 News: Spa admits GP alternation talks underway

    Aug.11 (GMM) Organisers of the Belgian grand prix have admitted it is possible Spa-Francorchamps will in future only host a single F1 race every two years.

    It has been rumoured that the famous and much-loved Belgian venue might have to alternatively share a single annual calendar slot as the French grand prix vies to return.

    Belgian promoter Etienne Davignon told the Belga news agency that a solution along those lines is indeed "under discussion" between Spa, Bernie Ecclestone and French officials.

    "The competition among countries who are willing to hold grands prix on their territory is becoming stronger," he said.

    "The alternating solution would be to perpetuate the Belgian grand prix on the championship calendar."

    He suggested that Spa could use its 'off' year to organise activities that help to economically sustain the F1 race.

    "The organisation of the grand prix requires the Spa-Francorchamps circuit to close for three weeks. This period could be utilised for other activities," said Davignon.

    He also said privatising the circuit is "not an option", after Renault team owner Gerard Lopez reportedly said on Tuesday that it could be a way to make the track a source of profit.

    Meanwhile, another Spa official indicated that Belgian driver Jerome d'Ambrosio's presence in F1 has led to slightly higher ticket sales ahead of the 2011 edition next month.

    "The (d'Ambrosio) effect has been noticeable for some months," Andre Maes is quoted by the Flemish newspaper De Morgen, "and it will be even more in 2012, when Jerome is better known."

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    #F1 News: No 2013 talks yet but Massa not worried 11/08/2011 8:08am

    #F1 News: No 2013 talks yet but Massa not worried

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    August 11th 2011

    Aug.11 (GMM) Felipe Massa insists he is not worried despite admitting that talks with Ferrari about 2013 have not yet begun.

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    Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10

    #F1 News: Team Lotus' Trulli and Gascoyne eye 2012

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    August 11th 2011

    Aug.11 (GMM) Jarno Trulli has indicated that "an announcement" about his future will be made in the coming weeks.

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    Number of cups of espresso served by Pirelli hospitality during the season (incl tests): 43,250

    #F1 News: New US GP date to affect funding approval timing

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    August 11th 2011

    Aug.11 (GMM) Organisers of the 2012 US grand prix have admitted that the proposed race date change will affect the timing of the approval of state funding.

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    Longest continuous energy input into a tyre: Istanbul (Turn 8)

    #F1 News: Delhi circuit 'not 100pc ready' for F1 - Mallya

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    August 10th 2011

    Aug.10 (GMM) Vijay Mallya has admitted the new Buddh circuit in New Delhi might not be completed by the time of October's inaugural Indian grand prix.

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    Longest race of the year: Montréal with 4hrs 04min 39.537s

    #F1 News: Ecclestone confirms November switch for Austin

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    August 10th 2011

    Aug.10 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that next year's inaugural US grand prix will not be held in June as originally scheduled.

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    Longest race of the year: Montréal with 4hrs 04min 39.537s

    #F1 News: Ecclestone not ruling out split TV rights in other markets

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    August 10th 2011

    Aug.10 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has refused to rule out emulating Britain's controversial new split television rights deal in other key F1 markets.

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    Youngest driver to have driven a P Zero F1 tyre: Kevin Ceccon (18 years old)

    #F1 News: Gilles Simon appointment 'not very correct' - Ecclestone

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    August 10th 2011

    Aug.10 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has admitted F1 engine makers are right to be concerned about Gilles Simon's appointment by the new 2014 supplier Pure.

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    Total number of languages within the Pirelli F1 team: 14

    #F1 News: Brawn hails F1 hiatus as 'best ever idea'

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    August 10th 2011

    Aug.10 (GMM) Ross Brawn has hailed F1's August hiatus.

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    Most pit stops in a race: Hungary (88 - of which 3 were a Drive Through)

    #F1 News: Barrichello denies criticising Williams team

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    August 10th 2011

    Aug.10 (GMM) Dismissing reports he is frustrated and highly critical of Williams, Rubens Barrichello has likened his current situation to waiting for a marriage proposal.

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    Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl tests): 28,612

    #F1 News: Schumacher manager slams latest retirement reports

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    August 10th 2011

    Aug.10 (GMM) Michael Schumacher's manager has slammed reports the seven time world champion is considering returning to retirement at the end of the season.

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    Longest continuous energy input into a tyre: Istanbul (Turn 8)

    #F1 News: Di Resta's manager Hamilton hints at Mercedes 'interest'

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    August 9th 2011

    Aug.9 (GMM) Paul di Resta's manager has hinted Mercedes could be interested in signing the rookie Scot for 2012.

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    Most overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race (= most ever): 126 at the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix

    #F1 News: Kubica recovery 'a miracle' - source

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    August 9th 2011

    Aug.9 (GMM) Robert Kubica is making significant progress in his quest to return to formula one.

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    Number of hours that Paul Hembery has been interviewed at GP events: 61 hrs, 25 min