Motoring News Weekly 06/12/16

VW looking for WRC funding, Rosberg walks and Killer Drivers could face life.

It’s always so hard to cherry pick the biggest of the news stories, when motoring is concerned.

In a week when the UK Government ushered in the ‘no-smoking in cars’ bill and the new 2017 Vauxhall Insignia was spotted out in public, it was Motorsports themselves that were always going to take the limelight.

Nico Rosberg Retires from Formula One

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Just a few days after winning the 2015 Formula One World Championship, Nico Rosberg of Team Mercedes has retired from the sport. At the age of 31, Rosberg might well have a good few more  years left in him, but he’s decided to quit whilst he’s ahead.

Posting a statement on his Facebook page, Rosberg admitted that becoming Formula One World Champion was his life long dream. Having reached the ‘peak’ of his ‘mountain’, he now feels that leaving the sport is for the best. No doubt Nico’s wife and daughter will be happy to have him back with the family on a more permanent basis, meanwhile Mercedes will be looking for a new driver to join theirs.

VW seek Financial Backing for new WRC Team

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Frank Welsch, Volkswagen’s Head of Development, has confirmed that he has entered negotiation with several parties, regarding the entry of VW’s new-for-2017 Polo into next year’s WRC.

Despite withdrawing VW’s factory team from working on the vehicle, Welsch has stated that he is open to sub-contracting new team members. Volkswagen famously pulled out of last month’s championship after winning a fourth-straight double – this was due to the fact that the company was also in the process of making 30,000 of it’s workers redundant in the fallout of last year’s Dieselgate scandal. Rumours have been swirling as to who will might take the driver’s seat, but no solid news has emerged yet.

Dangerous Drivers who cause Deaths, in the UK, could face life sentence

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Although the bill has yet to be put through by the UK government, the idea has been put forward to raise the sentence for dangerous drivers up to life in prison. Drivers caught using mobile phones, speeding or racing, could get sentences in line with those given to manslaughter.

Justice minister Sam Gyimah has spoken out against ‘killer drivers’ insisting that ‘if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence.’

In addition to this, those still choosing to endanger lives by using their phones whilst driving, will now be facing double the trouble – as the on the spot fine rises from £100 to £200 and you’ll now find 6 points on your license, rather than three.

Are you shocked by Rosberg’s exit from F1, or do you think it’s his time? Have VW got a chance of getting a car out for January? Give us your views and opinions through the thoughts page!