This week I bring you action from around the world! We have Indycar in Brazil, Formula 1 in Bahrain, and V8 Supercars down in Australia.
Michael Schumacher, holder of an insane amount of Formula 1 records, including the most drivers championships won, may be returning to Formula 1 to race with Mercedes-Benz GP, previously known as Brawn GP, but now taken over by Mercedes, hence the new name.
Mercedes has done a lot for Schumacher. He begun his career racing sportscars there, and they helped him get into Formula 1. Now, Mercedes is giving him a chance to return the sport. They want him as their lead driver. Currently, Schumacher is under a contract with Ferrari, but BCC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan says “…I understand he was due to meet Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo with a view to him being released – and that it will be approved because it is in the interests of F1.” Strangely enough, I saw another article which seems to contradict Autocar’s, saying that he has been sacked from the Formula 1 team as advisor. Mind you, it also mentions that he’s still working with them in the road car department, so perhaps that’s the contract they are talking about.
Jordan told the BBC “I also believe Ross and Michael have spoken in recent times and that Michael likes the idea of driving a Mercedes run by Ross. It’s a mouth-watering idea,” and “Schumacher was bitterly disappointed he didn’t get to come back to replace Massa – he’s keen to race again. And this is a dream for both parties.” That, along with his past relationship with Mercedes, may mean that he’ll end up racing for them. I’d really like to see that. Alex had his doubts about Mercedes-Benz GP doing well next season, but if they get Schumacher on, perhaps that disadvantage will be evened out to create some close competition.
Yup, that’s right you can now buy a Formula 1 car on eBay. Specifically it’s the 1994 title-winning Benetton that Michael drove that season. But you get more for your money than just the car – the guy gives you a lot of extra things as well like several spare parts, including two extra sets of wheels and tires, and its data laptop, to monitor the fluid levels and temperatures. He also says it’s ready to race on the track with the same performance as back in ’94. As often the case with these things you can’t find out a specific amount of BHP but I reckon it’s somewhere north of 700. So expect a pretty big backache when you get out of it. It received 184 bids until know with the top one at a staggering 2.3 million quid. But that isn’t all. Only the transport will cost you 10.000 quid. Supposedly it’s going to arrive on a bed of roses with 3 naked lap-dancers in the truck. So, if some of you fancy a nice gift for your kid this Christmas you’re pretty well catered for.
Here’s the link for all the kid-loving fathers out there: http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150386832229