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that you can’t see on the roads. Unless racing continues to innovate, continues to be a leader and continues to break through with new technologies and new ideas, motorsport will become irrelevant to the rest of the world.

So one thing that frustrates

me slightly is putting too much emphasis on how electric cars are not like V8s. Well, obviously they’re not like a V8, they’re completely different. We’re about pushing the boundaries of technology in competition, so when the technology changes we have to use it.

Q. What’s the future for Drayson Racing? We would like to be the leader in the next generation of electric and hybrid motorsport technology. That’s what we want to focus on. So, in terms of a race team and an R and D operation that works on understanding the challenges of new technology coming into racing, that’s our focus. When Formula E happens, we want to participate in that as a race team. It’s a combination really of racing experience and technology development, that’s what we have. My background is in R and D, and what I’m aiming to do with Drayson Racing is to create a business focussed on bringing together the two disciplines of technology development and racing.

broke out, having just posed for the victory photograph with other team members. He said: ‘Everyone at Williams F1 is extremely relieved that this event was contained as quickly as it was and the damage which occurred was, relatively speaking, limited in its nature. While the incident was unexpected and definitely most undesirable, it has demonstrated the genuine cohesiveness, camaraderie and spirit of co-operation that exists within the Formula 1 paddock. The astonishing response from the teams and other paddock personnel was immediate, unconditional and overwhelming.’

Kaltenborn handed a one third share of Sauber

Monisha Kaltenborn, who is widely tipped to become Formula 1’s first female team principal, has been given a one third stake in the Sauber Group. She was given the stake by the Swiss outfit’s founder, team principal and president of the board, Peter Sauber, who is to keep the remaining two portions of the company himself. Kaltenborn was appointed

chief executive officer of Sauber in 2010, after the team’s former owner, BMW, pulled out of Formula 1. ‘When BMW pulled out of Formula 1 in 2009, Monisha was instrumental in the team’s survival and, since then, she has been doing outstanding work in her capacity as CEO. Transferring one third of the stake to her represents an important step for me in providing continuity,’ Sauber said recently. ‘My desire is to ensure

that the company continues to be led as I would want over the long term. Monisha Kaltenborn and my son, Alex, who joined the company as marketing director in 2010 and has since also been a member of the board of management, both embrace this aim. It means we can offer our employees a positive outlook for the future.’ In response, Kaltenborn

commented: ‘For me this step is a mark of the greatest possible trust, which I will do everything in my power to justify.’ Forty one year-old Kaltenborn was born in India, but the family moved to Vienna when she was a child. She qualified as a lawyer, taking a number of jobs with law firms before working for the Kaiser Group, which at the time was the co-owner of Sauber. She became head of the team’s legal department in 2000 and has been on its management board since 2001.


Former rally driver and Peugeot WRC team manager, Jean-Pierre Nicolas, is now the manager of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Nicolas, who joined IRC promoter, Eurosport Events, in 2007, steps up from his previous position as IRC motorsport development manager.

Richard Petty Motorsports has taken on Mike Ford as crew chief for the no 43 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Ford has spent the past six years successfully tending Denny Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing car, winning some 17 Cup races and qualifying for the Chase every time the car has completed a full season. Ford replaces Greg Erwin, who has been a crew chief at RPM since mid-season last year.

has also announced that John Martin – who joined NASCAR Media Group in 2007 and has worked with NASCAR’s media division in some capacity since 2000 – is to lead the operations group of the NASCAR Digital Platform as managing director of digital operations. Martin will continue to report to vice president of NASCAR Digital Media, Marc Jenkins, and will be responsible for the technology systems and development group.

Mike Ford

Daniel Whittemore is now sales manager for the Silverstone Wing, the circuit’s stunning exhibition and event facility. Whittemore has been manager of the track’s corporate sales team for the past six years, but will

The five-member board of the ITR, the body that organises and overseas the DTM, has been re-elected for a further two years. The board comprises Hans Werner Aufrect (chairman), Dr Thomas Betzler (deputy chairman), Walter Mertes (executive board member for marketing and sponsorship) Jurgen Pippig (public relations), and Hans-Jurgen Abt (sport and special assignments). The three advisory board members are Norbert Haug (Mercedes), Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Audi) and Jens Marqaurdt (BMW).

Bernie Ecclestone is to marry his girlfriend of two years, Fabiana Flosi, a lawyer who is 45 years younger than the 81-year old Formula 1 boss. Ecclestone has told the British press that the couple are now officially engaged and, although a wedding date has yet to be fixed, it will be sooner rather than later.

NASCAR Digital Media has hired veteran media executive, Colin Smith, as it gears up to launch its new ‘digital experience’, scheduled to come on stream at the beginning of next year. Smith, who was previously vice president at Raycom Sport (new media and distribution) now takes on the post of managing director, digital platform, for NASCAR. He will report to Marc Jenkins, vice president of NASCAR Digital Media.

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now be responsible for creating a new conference and banqueting team, identifying potential customer partnerships, developing mutually beneficial supplier relationships and managing customer relations for the Silverstone Wing.

NASCAR has reinstated crew member, Ryan Sebek, upon his successful completion of its ‘Road to Recovery Program’. Sebek had been indefinitely suspended from all the US Stock Car racing governing body’s championships since April 13 2010 for violating its substance abuse policy.

Akio Toyoda, the 56-year old president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, has driven the company’s latest rally car. Toyoda requested the outing in the rear- wheel drive GT 86, which has been built alongside Subaru for an All Japan Rally Championship assault. The test took place at Toyota’s private test facility in Japan.

Bernie Ecclestone

Mark Taylor, the manager of the MSA British Rally Championship, is on the judging panel for the Silverstone Motorsport UK event’s Sprit of

Motorsport Awards. He joins veteran racer and journalist, Mark Hales and Carolynn Hoy, and show organiser, Martin Capenhurst, on the panel. Applicants from the world of racing, rallying and karting will be judged on their performance, approach to motorsport and ability to overcome adversity.


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