- Former Benetton and Renault F1 team boss Flavio Briatore was handed an 18-month jail sentence for tax evasion on Saturday, but intends to appeal (AFP)

- Hockenheim marketing director Jorn Teske says the decision to scrap grid girls in favour of grid kids is "very welcome" to the circuit, helping to expose the sport to a wider audience (Bild)

- The FIA is working "very closely" with INDYCAR following a positive first test of the American series' 'windscreen' cockpit protection at Phoenix last week (RACER)

- Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost has called on youngster Sean Gelael to fight for the Formula 2 title in 2018 if he wants to further his F1 ambitions (Sean-Gelael.com)

- Sebastian Montoya, the son of former F1 and IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya, has joined up with the Ferrari Driver Academy (The Drive)

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Briatore found guilty of using his business owned yacht for recreational purposes.

Sounds like he needs to have a word with one of the drivers. Some of them seem to be able to use their business toys recreationally without any threat of jail.....

And it all started with Al Capone.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke. So unfair that when you've accumulated so little through diligence and hard work you can't keep a proper proportion for your pension.