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Ayrton Senna drives his Honda-powered McLaren in 1990
Honda powered the late Ayrton Senna to all three of his world titles with McLaren

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Rubens Barrichello has again insisted that Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix will not be his final race in Formula 1. The 39-year-old's seat at Williams is under threat but he says: "I am not going to say goodbye to people. It is almost like I deserve to be there. I want to do this because I am so competitive and I deserve to be here, after 20 years."
Full story: autosport.com

Honda could return to Formula 1 in 2014 as McLaren's new engine partner when a new formula for more efficient 1.6-litre, turbo-charged V6s is introduced. The Japanese company previously partnered McLaren to success in the 1980s and 1990s but the Honda board still need to give the green light to the plan to return to the sport.
Full story: Auto Motor und Sport (in German)

Romain Grosjean is top of Renault's list to take Robert Kubica's seat if the Polish driver is not ready to return in 2012. Team boss Eric Boullier says he expects a decision on Kubica's recovery from injury "very soon" but warned: "What I want is for him to commit to me and say, 'Yes, I can do it' or, 'No, I can't do it.'"
Full story: Formula1.com

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he would like to float the sport, which is majority-owned by private equity firm CVC, on the Singapore stock exchange to capitalise on rising interest in the series in Asia. Ecclestone added that "it would be better to float the company in Singapore than sell it".
Full story: The Telegraph

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello is looking forward to the "best week and race of the year" as he prepares for a home grand prix in Sao Paulo on Sunday. The Williams driver adds: "Interlagos has always been very good for overtaking and I expect nothing different this year."
Full story: Williams F1 team

Renault technical director James Allison has written off the team's radical forward-facing exhaust design as "a bold, but ultimately failed experiment". Allison added: "The layout proved very tricky to develop and had a fundamental weakness in slow corners that has been an albatross around our neck all year."
Full story: Reuters

Red Bull would have preferred it if McLaren rival Lewis Hamilton had not returning to winning ways in Abu Dhabi, said the team's motorsport consultant Dr Helmut Marko. "We would not have minded if Hamilton had stayed quiet for even longer," Marko said. "When he is back at 100%, Mr Hamilton is a dangerous opponent."
Full story: Auto motor und sport (in German)

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