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    2011 August 11
    Steve Etherington's images from the Belgian Grand Prix - Friday. Image © Steve Etherington - 27th Aug 2010 - www.f1reports.com

    2011: Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps - www.f1reports.com F1 - 2011 - Spa-Francorchamps - Belgian Grand Prix

    #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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    Kilogrammes of pasta cooked by Pirelli's chef during the season (incl tests): 1,220 (all types combined!)

    #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 people required to put up and take down Pirelli's hospitality unit in Europe: 6

    #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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    Pirelli in F1 - Wins: 63

    #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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    Total number of tyres provided for the season (dry and wets): Race tyres: 24,000 dry tyres; 4,600 wet tyres plus an additional 6,000 for the tests

    #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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    Total kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2011: 307,657 km (races and tests)

    #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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    Total kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2011: 307,657 km (races and tests)

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

    #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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    Tracks which puts the most energy into a tyre per km (lateral, braking, traction, etc.): Barcelona and Suzuka

    #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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    Pirelli in F1 - Wins: 63

    #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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    Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10

    #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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