Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media
Plans for a second grand prix in the United States, in New Jersey, are expected to be revealed on Tuesday at a press conference in Port Imperial, Weehawken, USA. The US last hosted a grand prix at Indianapolis in 2007 but returns to the calendar with a new event in Austin, Texas, in 2012. Formula 1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has held ambitions to host a race in New York for more than 30 years.
Williams Grand Prix Engineering has reached an out-of-court settlement with Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) over the employment of Mike Coughlan. Coughlan, the McLaren employee at the centre of 2007's F1 'spygate' saga, joined MWR to work in the Nascar series in the US. He returned to F1 in May as the Williams chief engineer shortly after it became known that technical director Sam Michael was leaving. MWR cited 'breach of contract' and 'interference' against Coughlan and Williams respectively over the move.
Vitantonio Liuzzi will make way for home driver Narain Karthikeyan in the Hispania Racing Team for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on 30 October. It had been thought that rookie Daniel Ricciardo would be the driver to stand down. Team principal Colin Kolles paid tribute to Liuzzi's professional attitude.
Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner says that with the drivers' and constructors' titles decided, he expects the final three races (in India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil) to be "like three FA Cup Finals." Horner says his team's objective is now to get Mark Webber into second place in the drivers' championship (Red Bull)
With third driver Nico Hulkenberg being linked to a Force India seat alongside Paul di Resta in 2012, current driver Adrian Sutil is still being linked to Williams, but it is understood that 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is the team's preferred option.