A Little Incentive – Lewis Hamilton has been promised a $4 million McLaren supercar for free – if he wins the world titles this year. The 23-year-old British driver told The Sun newspaper that he first clapped eyes on the ultra-rare McLaren LM in the team’s F1 factory ten years ago.
“When I first went to McLaren it was there and I fell in love with it,” he said of the orange LM, one of only five such cars in the world.
Dennis, 60, says Hamilton can have the car if he wins the 2008 title, and McLaren is crowned constructors’ champion. “Fortunately, our deal gives me a bit of time to save up!” Dennis joked.
Hamilton currently leads the drivers’ title from Kimi Raikkonen by three points, while McLaren sits five points ahead of BMW Sauber in the teams’ standings.
Coulthard F1 Car Sold for Charity – The unique liveried Red Bull Racing RB3 that David Coulthard raced at last year’s British Grand Prix has been sold in a charity auction for £165,000.
The car featured thousands of photographs of fans who had each paid money to have their image feature on the car. The move helped raise money for the Wings for Life charity.
To further boost the charity, the car itself was auctioned off – with the lucky winner triumphing on Sunday when the auction came to an end. The winner has decided to remain anonymous.
Other items are still available in the ongoing Wings for Life auction, including a Dani Pedrosa helmet and the chance for you and some friends to play a friendly match against FC Red Bull Salzburg.
Schumacher to Help Distribute McLaren Fine – Ferrari’s retired world champion Michael Schumacher will help distribute $60 million paid by McLaren as punishment for last year’s spying controversy, Formula One’s governing body said on Wednesday.
The seven times world champion, who quit in 2006, will form part of a five-man management committee for the worldwide Motor Sport Safety Development Fund.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that the intention was to use the fund over the next five years to concentrate on three safety programs for drivers, officials and facilities.
Other members of the committee are FIA president Max Mosley, former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt, Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug and Nick Craw who represents the national sporting associations