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Thats right folks - its race week again, and as the teams, drivers, media and lucky fans (well, the ones who managed to secure a visa for China that is!!) make their way east into the smog its time for a quick whip around of those obscure little F1 stories that you may have missed in the last week.  Well, a few of them anyway....

Heading this evenings bulletin was the startling news (OK maybe Im exaggerating just a teensy bit) that Marussia Motors has "...ditched its carmaking operations and relinquished ownership of the Marussia Formula One team..." [R-Sport, 8/4/2014].  It may not completely surprise you to learn that the Marussia Motors ambitious plan to manufacture and market a Marussia supercar hasnt quite come to fruition with the company confirming their ambitious plan didnt make it to market.  There is one line in the article which particularly intrigued me:  "Staff of Marussia Motors in Moscow have reportedly left the company en masse and joined a government-run technical institute."  Hmm......  The article goes on to note that the F1 "Marussia" team is now owned by "Marussia Communications Ltd" which appears to be registered in Dublin, Ireland.  One wonders whether well soon hear plans for a Marussia SuperPhone (which requires random software resets mid-call and inserts a 1-2 second lag into all conversations - just because it can) or maybe well see a Leprechaun sponsored by Marussia leading next years St Patricks Day parade.  It will be one to watch, to be sure - to be sure........

And to finish up this evening, some twitter gold thanks to @FakeRonDennis_ who has been sinking the boot into Pastor Maldonado this week (along with a good percentage of the online universe!).  My favourites were "An anagram of Pastor Maldonado:  "Adapts an old moron" (9/4/2014 8:26am) and this picture (7/4/2014 4:28am) with the caption:  "Pastor drops by at the hospital to check up on Esteban Gutierrez":

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