January 7, 2010
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Flavio Briatore, when managing Renault
Flavio Briatore has said that he plans to continue his legal pursuit of the Piquet family, and any drivers who terminated their contract with him.
Back in last September, Flavio announced that he was to take legal action against the Piquets, when the Crash-gate scandal broke out. He claimed that the family were blackmailing him to keep his contract.
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: “That’s very likely(continuing legal action). The bad that has been done to me won’t be forgotten in one day.”
Also, he stated that his previous lifetime ban was influenced by disputes between him and former FIA president Max Mosley. He said that: “First Mosley tried to make me lose titles, first with Schumi then with Alonso, and then to destroy me with this story.” He expects to have a better relationship with Jean Todt.
Regarding his role of driver manager, he said that he may also pursue legal cases against Heikki Kovalainen and Lucas di Grassi, who he claims have breached the terms of their driver-manager contract.
December 15, 2009
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Lucas di Grassi, at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix
Virgin Racing has announced its takeover of the Manor team, and also confirmed Lucas di Grassi as its second driver alongside Timo Glock. Alvaro Parente will be the team’s test driver.
Di Grassi was runner up in the 2007 GP2 championship, and 3rd in 2009. He was formerly the test driver for Renault, and participated in the Jerez young driver test earlier this month.
“I could never have imagined a debut as perfect as this one,” said di Grassi. “And I believe I am ready for F1. I have worked a lot over the years to get here and I believe it happened just in time. Being here with them makes more sense to me than to be with a veteran organisation. We will debut together, and that detail makes for a special bond too. I am ready to work 24/7 and I am sure I will be able to contribute to the team’s efforts in every stage of our evolution in 2010.”
Virgin Racing have also launched their website: http://www.virginracing.com