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Features for December 2007
21 December 2007

SUTTON IMAGES TOP F1 SHOTS OF 2007
Mark Sutton selects his favourite Formula 1 shots of the year.
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LECHNER JR TO MAKE RACING RETURN
FIA GT frontrunner Walter Lechner Jr, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005, is set to make a return to racing after successfully overcoming the disease.
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20 December 2007

CONWAY JOINS TRIDENT
Sutton Motorsport Images supported driver, Mike Conway, has announced a deal with Trident Racing in GP2 in 2008. Conway drove for Super Nova last season and is a member of the Honda young driver programme in F1.
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BRIDGESTONE CONFIRMED AS F1 SUPPLIER
Bridgestone Motorsport have been confirmed as the official F1 tyre supplier for the next 3 years.
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COLIN CHAPMAN - 25TH ANNIVERSARY
December 16th saw the 25th anniversary of the death of Lotus founder Colin Chapman. Chapman was one of the great F1 designers and his many innovations are still felt in contemporary F1 to this day.
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MITTAL BUYS £1.6M STAKE IN QPR
Multi-billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, the world's fifth-richest man, is set to become a director of Queens Park Rangers after investing £1.6m (a 20% stake) in the club. Mittal is a close friend of fellow QPR director Bernie Ecclestone and recently bought Ecclestone's £70m Kensington house.
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19 December 2007

MANNING TO CONTINUE WITH FOYT
Darren Manning will continue to race for AJ Foyt in the Indycar series next year.
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CHANDHOK AND SENNA SIGN FOR ISPORT
Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna will drive for the GP2 series champions Isport in the series next year.
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BRIATORE SET TO MARRY IN 2008
It has been reported that Elisabetta Gregoraci has confirmed that she is to marry Renault boss Flavio Briatore next year.
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ETIHAD TITLE SPONSOR OF ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
Etihad Airways has signed a three year deal to be the title sponsor of the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, starting with the inaugural race in 2009.
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18 December 2007

FIA CANCELS MCLAREN HEARING
The FIA have cancelled the meeting to discuss the 2008 McLaren car design in February next year. This effectively means that the FIA have drawn a line under the whole spygate affair and the matter is now officially closed.
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HAMILTON FINED FOR SPEEDING
Lewis Hamilton has been fined 600 Euros for driving at 196km/h in France.
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NO PLANS TO STEP DOWN SAYS DENNIS
Despite the spygate affair Ron Dennis is to carry on as Team Principal of McLaren after he dismissed talk of retiring.
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17 December 2007

FISICHELLA FAVOURITE FOR FORCE INDIA?
There is growing speculation that Giancarlo Fisichella is looking the likely favourite to land the Force India drive alongside Adrian Sutil for 2008.
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LATVALA SEALS FORD DRIVE
Jari-Matti Latvala will replace retired Marcus Gronholm at Ford's works team next season.
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SPEADS RM08 TO LAUNCH AT AUTOSPORT INTL.
Essex-based specialist race car preparators Graham Hathaway Racing (GHR) will launch the new Speads RM08 single-seater race car at the Autosport International show at NEC Birmingham in January
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14 December 2007

KOVALAINEN CONFIRMED AT MCLAREN
Heikki Kovalainen has been confirmed as teammate to Lewis Hamilton at McLaren for 2008.
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HEIKKI KOVALAINEN CAREER HISTORY
With Heikki Kovalainen announced at McLaren for 2008, we look back at his career history.
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FIA CLOSES INVESTIGATION INTO MCLAREN 2008 CAR LEGALITY
The FIA has cancelled all outstanding investigations into the legality of McLaren's 2008 car following the team's public apology to the FIA and Ferrari.
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13 December 2007

WILLIAMS SIGN HULKENBERG
The Williams team have announced that Nico Hulkenberg will be their official test driver in 2008. Nico had his first test for the team in Jerez last week.
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MUTUA MADRILENA CUT TIES WITH MCLAREN
Spanish insurance group Mutua Madrilena will no longer be sponsoring McLaren in 2008.
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12 December 2007

FISICHELLA HOPES TO SECURE FORCE INDIA DRIVE
Former Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella is hoping to keep his F1 hopes alive by securing a seat at Force India. Fisichella recently tested for the team at Jerez.
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WESTBROOK BECOMES PORSCHE FACTORY DRIVER
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Richard Westbrook, the 2007 Porsche Supercup Champion, will become a full Porsche works driver for 2008. Westbrook will drive for Porsche supported customer teams in international GT racing.
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11 December 2007

ALONSO TO RETURN TO RENAULT IN 2008
Fernando Alonso will return to Renault in 2008. Alonso won his two F1 World Championships with Renault in 2005/06.
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SINGAPORE ANNOUNCES GP NIGHT SCHEDULE
The organisers of the Singapore GP have announced that the race will start at 8pm local time, the latest start of a F1 race in history.
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FIA TO SUE THE SUNDAY TIMES
The FIA are to sue The Sunday Times newspaper after Martin Brundle wrote an article criticising the FIA's handling of the McLaren spygate affair.
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10 December 2007

PIQUET JR TO PARTNER ALONSO
Nelson Piquet Jr will be Fernando Alonso's team mate next year at Renault.
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GROSJEAN LANDS RENAULT TEST ROLE
Romain Grosjean, the reigning 2007 F3 Euro Series champion, will be Reanult's F1 test driver for 2008.
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INDIANAPOLIS WINS FIA AWARD
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has won the FOM trophy for the best F1 race promoter of 2007. The trophy was presented to IMS boss Tony George.
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ROSBERG SIGNS TWO-YEAR WILLIAMS DEAL
The Williams F1 Team have extended Nico Rosberg's contract for a further two years.
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07 December 2007

MCLAREN TOLD TO WAIT FOR 2008 CAR CLEARANCE
A meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Monaco today has decided that McLaren must wait until February before any decision is taking on whether any Ferrari intellectual property was used in the design of the MP4-23.
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F1 WIND TUNNEL USE TO BE PEGGED BACK
The FIA will introduce a range of cost cutting measures from next year, including a restriction on wind tunnel use and a ban on straight line aero testing.
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NO FORCE INDIA DRIVE FOR RALF
Ralf Schumacher has ruled himself out of a Force India F1 drive in 2008.
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RENAULT ESCAPE PUNISHMENT
Renault have been found guilty of the Spying charges leveled against them at the World Council Hearing in Monaco, but no penalty has been imposed against the team.
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SUPER LEAGUE FORMULA CONTINUES TO GROW
Switzerland's FC Basel became the latest football club to sign up for the Superleague Formula which will kick off at Donington in August.
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06 December 2007

BRIDGESTONE TYRE FEATURE
We take a look behind the scenes of F1 tyre supplier Bridgestone at the current Jerez test.
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RALF TESTS FOR FORCE INDIA
Ralf Schumacher has made his Force India F1 test debut today in Jerez.
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FILLIPI MAKES SUPER AGURI DEBUT
Luca Fillipi has made his Super Aguri F1 Team test debut at Jerez today.
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F1 TO HIT MOSCOW STREETS
The Bavaria City Racing organisation is planning to put on a F1 street parade in Russia on the streets around the Kremlin. The event is due to take place in July 2008.
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05 December 2007

LEWIS BACK AND IN THE GRAVEL
Lewis Hamilton has started his winter testing campaign with a trip into the Jerez gravel.
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ZUBER TESTS FOR SUPER AGURI
Andreas Zuber has had his first test for Super Aguri F1 Team in Jerez today.
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04 December 2007

SMITH JOINS FORCE INDIA
Former Jordan and Red Bull engineer Mark Smith is to join Force India as Design Director, working alongside Mike Gascoyne whom he previously partnered at both Jordan and Renault.
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SLICK TYRES RETURN TO F1
Bridgestone are preparing their Formula One slick tyres in Jerez. James Rossiter and Jenson Button have put the tyres through their paces today.
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RALF WITH FORCE INDIA
Ralf Schumacher is in Jerez ahead of his Force India test.
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BRAWN WITH HONDA
New Honda F1 Team Principal Ross Brawn is with the team in Jerez today.
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KIMI BACK ON TRACK
Kimi Raikkonen is back on track for the first time since clinching the Championship in Brazil.
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VILLA MAKES BMW F1 TEST DEBUT
Javier Villa has made his first run for the BMW Sauber F1 team in Jerez today.
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HULKENBERG MAKES F1 TEST DEBUT
Nico Hulkenberg has made his F1 test debut driving the Williams at Jerez today.
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GLOCK MAKES TOYOTA DEBUT
2008 Toyota race driver Timo Glock has made his debut for the team in Jerez today.
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MONTAGNY MAKES FORCE INDIA DEBUT
Frank Montagny has had his first run for Force India in Jerez today.
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FISSI MAKES FORCE INDIA DEBUT
Giancarlo Fisichella has made his debut for the Force India F1 Team today in Jerez.
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CONWAY TESTS SUPER AGURI
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Honda test driver Mike Conway is testing for the Super Aguri team in Jerez today.
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ASMER TESTS FOR BMW
Marko Asmer has made his F1 test debut with the BMW Sauber F1 Team.
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KOBAYASHI TESTS FOR TOYOTA
Toyota third driver, Kamui Kobayashi, is testing for the team in Jerez this year.
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03 December 2007

HULKENBERG TO TEST WILLIAMS
Formula Three Euro Series driver Nico Hulkenberg is to test for Williams at Jerez this week.
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STUCK JOINS VOLKSWAGEN
Ex F1 driver Hans-Joachim Stuck will join Volkswagen next year to become their 'Motorsport Representative'
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MASSA GETS MARRIED
Felipe Massa has married his long term girlfriend Rafaela Bassi in a ceremony at the Nossa Senora do Brasil church in Sao Paolo.
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ASMER TO TEST FOR BMW SAUBER
British Formula Three champion Marko Asmer will test for BMW Sauber this week in Jerez.
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VILLA TO TEST FOR BMW SAUBER
GP2 driver Javier Villa is to test for BMW Sauber in Jerez this week.
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02 December 2007

LOEB 2007 WRC CHAMPION
A look back at the 2007 WRC Championship for Sebastien Loeb, who has won a sensational fourth straight WRC Title today at Rally GB in Wales.
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