"Circuit boss Carlos Moreno Figueroa said: 'We're being told by every side he'll be here.'"
"Santander was keen to join the party with Alonso and so a deal was agreed that will begin in 2010 and will provide Santander with significant badging on the car and an option to become title sponsor in 2011, PMI with a much better return on its investment, Alonso with the hope that he might be able to win another World Championship while Ferrari has the budget it needs – a win-win situation for all concerned."
"Scuderia Toro Rosso has done a deal with Sebastien Bourdais to avoid legal action with the French racer. It is believed that the team has agreed to pay him his salary plus damages reported to be for $2.1m"
Peter Windsor: "A lot of people are saying to us, 'Are you interested in Danica? and my reply is in some respects, Danica is too big for us now. She'll probably go to NASCAR and she'll probably do very well there and she'll probably make a fortune. For her to do Formula One, it's a huge commitment at this stage of her career and her expectation level would be very high."
Peter Windsor on Danica Patrick: "She's gone to Europe, she did reasonably well in Formula Ford. She made the commitment, then went back to America and she's done very well in IndyCar. You could argue she's probably the best placed American in he premier single-seater American championship right now, give or take a Graham Rahal or two. Yet not one F1 team the last three years has bothered to give her even a test. I find that unbelievable."
"Apparently the proposal was about $75-million over five years, much less than the offer rejected by Ecclestone last November. It is also thought the deal included a promise to pay Ecclestone the money he was owed under the previous arrangement. Last November, the city offered Ecclestone a five-year package for $110-million in sanctioning fees as well as 75 per cent of the first $10-million in profit and 25 per cent of the rest. In addition, the estimated $20-million from the race's advertising and luxury box revenue would have gone to Ecclestone. His counteroffer of a guaranteed $175-million over five years to keep Montreal on the F1 calendar was too steep for the city and the race was pulled."
Peter Sauber: "I am incredibly disappointed and disconsolate. For me this is the bitterest day in my 40-year career in motor sport. It is also a devastating setback for the team."
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