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6Formula E adds eight new drivers to all-electric race series

The FIA Formula E Championship electric-vehicle racing circuit has added eight drivers to the competition to bring its total to 16. Ex-Formula One driver Bruno Senna from Brazil, French Champ Car Series racer Sébastien Bourdais, Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan from India and American Formula One driver John R. Heldebrand, Jr. are among the newer batch of drivers to sign onto for the debut season of really fast, really quiet races.

6Williams aims to restore former glory with new FW34

If there's ever been an example of a hero fallen from grace, surely it's Williams. Once dominant in Formula 1, it's been relegated to "also ran" status, but the privateer entry is intent on clawing its way back up to the top.

7Bruno Senna signs with Williams F1

Formula One is no stranger to motion. But as fast as these drivers in their cars move during the regular season, it's in the off-season when things really get shaken up. Drivers change teams. Teams change names. Personnel come and go. Contracts are signed and terminated. But while most of the top drivers are staying put for the coming season, there have been a number of question marks left on the 2012 roster.

3Senna in, Grosjean up, Heidfeld out at Lotus Renault GP

The sidelining of Robert Kubica left big shoes to fill at the Lotus Renault GP team. After the Polish driver crashed out in a pre-season rally, the team was left scrambling to find a replacement. But rather than dip into its own considerable reserve of back-up drivers, the higher-ups opted to bring in Nick Heidfeld to fill Kubica's seat.

16Bruno Senna to take Heidfeld's place at Renault for Spa

Most drivers who fail in F1 fail downwards – that is, they drop down to another form of motorsport and change focus. But if your name is Senna, you fail up.

16Senna out, Karthikeyan in at Hispania Racing Team for 2011

How the mighty have fallen. But when they do, someone else invariably needs to fill their shoes. And so comes two parallel developments from the lower rungs of the Formula One ladder.

48In Bad Taste: Ecclestone calls Senna's death "good for F1"

Believe it or not, nobody has put a muzzle on Bernie Ecclestone yet. After having publicly praised the likes of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, the Formula One chief has made headlines once again by characterizing the death of Ayrton Senna as "good for F1."

14Ayrton's nephew Bruno Senna up for F1 race seat next season?

Ayrton Senna is often regarded as the best racing driver that ever lived. But when he left McLaren – the team with which he won three World Championships – at the end of the 1993 season, he reportedly declared, "If you think I'm good, just wait until you see my nephew Bruno." That's quite an endorsement. The following season, Ayrton died at San Marino, and Formula One has been waiting for the return of the Senna name and legendary prowess ever since. According to the latest reports,

18Aston Martin LMP1 debuts at Le Mans Series season-opener in Catalunya [SPOILER ALERT]

European Le Mans Series, Catalunya 2009 – Click above for image gallery

16Honda strikes an Accord, may stay in F1 after all

With the start of the 2009 Formula One championship approaching, reports from the motorsport press are suggesting that Honda's F1 team may be starting this season after all. Honda had announced it was withdrawing from the sport after last season, leaving team leaders Nick Fry and Ross Brawn to look for new funding. And if those reports are to be believed, they may have found it. Some of it, anyway.

8Psych! Honda F1 not being bought by Mexican billionaire

Have you heard the one about the former F1 team that gets bought by the Mexican billionaire? Yeah, well, we heard it, too, and it's completely untrue. Not only has Carlos Slim has not bought Honda, but a spokesman makes clear that "There is no deal for the Honda team. There is neither agreement nor negotiations."

27Honda F1 SOLD! to a man named Slim

According to La Stampa, Honda F1 has a buyer: Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim Helu. Reports claim he paid the single dollar Honda was asking. He trumped Force India F1 owner Vijay Mallya, who was suspected to want the Honda team only for its tech know-how, and Prodrive's Dave Richards.

14Senna wins at Monaco!

Bruno Senna drives in the second-tier GP2 series, from which the latest crop of F1 drivers have been plucked and in which Senna just scored his first victory of the season. And it wasn't just any track – it was in Monte Carlo, the same track where Ayrton won six times. Bruno practically led from pole, taking the lead from Pastor Maldonado, renowned for his pace at the Monaco track, and leading a flawless race all the way to the checkered flag – ahead of Maldonado and Senna's team mat

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