This is F1Minute for the 19th August.
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that whilst they’d like to keep Heikki Kovalainen for next year, by his own admission the Finn needs to do better. The team aren’t commenting on any speculation surrounding him, as Autosport reports that the renewal option on his McLaren contract has now lapsed, and the name Rosberg is being linked with them once more.
Meanwhile, at Valencia, quite a number of changes have been made to the circuit for safety reasons. Some of the walls have been moved back from the track, the pit exit has been revised, and artificial grass has been added to certain corners to discourage drivers from running wide.
Finally, two quick stories to finish, Renault have said four teams wrote letters of support - Ferrari, Toyota, Red Bull and McLaren - which apparently helped their case with the FIA. And the 2010 regulations have been published showing revised qualifying to allow for the new teams, and to remove race-fuel from the third session.
That’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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References Heikki Kovalainen, Martin Whitmarsh
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