This is F1Minute and it’s the 1st May 2009.
Brendon Hartley has finally been granted his super-licence by the FIA, which means that he can take over from Coulthard as third driver for Red Bull Racing. Hartley was always in the running for the role, and he now says: “I know that with the in-season testing ban, I’m not likely to get much cockpit time, but I will be part of the team and will learn a lot from that.”
Elsewhere, Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has complained about the budget cap regulations revealed by the FIA yesterday. He wrote a letter to Max Mosley suggesting that monitoring any sort of cap is going to be very difficult to do, and he is concerned that the two-tier system will eventually create a championship that would quote: “…create confusion in the public’s mind which would seriously lower the value of F1.” So far, the only person who appears to have spoken out in favour of the budget caps is Jenson Button, who has said the smaller teams such as his own need to be able to guarantee their future.
That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow for another F1Minute.
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