Our newshound has scoured the F1 paddock and searched the bins in the media room at the Singapore Grand Prix to find all the news that's fit to print – and some that isn't.
The Singapore Grand Prix has come around again and at this time of year everyone should be talking about the race for the titles – but with Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel ruining those particular contests, it’s other things occupying the column-inches in the F1 press.
Short and sweet
The National of Abu Dhabi has Jenson Button explaining how tricky a challenge the Marina Bay Circuit is, and given the race usually goes close to the two-hour limit, suggesting it might be shortened.
…Button later laughed off his comments and claimed he only suggested it “to give the other guys a chance.” That’s probably a joke – but then Button does do Iron-Man triathlons for fun…
Sutil on the move?
Meanwhile, it’s left it late but the Silly Season looks like it’s finally about to kick off (an Indian Silly Season?) as the press speculates wildly about who’ll be occupying the few seats still up for grabs for 2012. Williams is one of the more illustrious names to not yet confirm its drivers, and with the Oxfordshire team having a rumoured $35million reasons to keep Pastor Maldonado, it’s Rubens Barrichello’s seat that’s thought to be up for grabs with Adrian Sutil (among others) rumoured to be interested. Here’s Yahoo’s take on a story that rumbling on everywhere.
D-Day for Kubica
The other seat potentially available is the one currently being kept warm by Bruno Senna for the hopeful return of Robert Kubica. The Pole is yet to get back into a car of any kind, which puts Renault in a quandary of how much time to wait before having to take the tough decision and sign another driver for next year. With other drivers that decision would already have been made, but Kubica’s grit, determination and magical ability to turn a midfield runner into a podium contender means he’s entitled to a bit longer. Nevertheless, as Ireland’s Setanta report, Renault have set a deadline.
McLaren team: mates
And finally, Britain’s Daily Telegraph has Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner stirring up disharmony at McLaren. In the past McLaren’s driver pairings have been perfectly capable of doing that themselves, but the Lewis and Jenson bromance shows no sign of souring – even if the media keep poking it with a stick.