F1 news review: Traction control debate

Lewis Hamilton, Bahrain, McLaren-Mercedes, 2007 | DaimlerIn the F1 news this week there are fresh concerns over the banning of traction control this year.

Plus more reviews of 2007 and more debate over who was the best driver of the year – which invariably boils down to a discussion about two drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

All this and more in the weekly round-up of the F1 news.

Drivers move to quell wet weather fears – Concerns over racing in the wet following the ban on traction control.

Heidfeld: TC ban to make races ‘more thrilling’ – But Nick Heidfeld is positive about the traction control ban.

Schumacher turned down Ferrari role – Michael Schumacher spurned the chance to become sporting director at Ferrari late last year.

Chinese GP executive jailed – One of the men behind the Shanghai International Circuit is imprisoned for embezzlement.

Mercedes slammed for driver policy – Michael Bartels criticises Mercedes for failing to promote German talent.

Thoughts as the new year beckons – GrandPrix.com’s Joe Saward on the scandals of 2007: “We fervently believe that if one went through the pre-September computer records of many of the teams one would find evidence of all kinds of things.”

Martin’s top five – Martin Brundle has a hard time separating Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton as the best drivers of 2007: this is who I picked as the best driver. Brundle also has a piece on why he thinks Hamilton is the real deal.

Viso: I want to race – Ernesto Viso, the Venezuelan who survived a terrible crash in GP2 at Magny-Cours in last year’s Grand Prix weekend, wants an F1 seat.

Teixera thanks Ecclestone for help – A1 Grand Prix’s Tony Teixera thanks Bernie Ecclestone for his help in securing the deal for the championship to use Ferrari engines.

Hamilton hoping for less politics in 2008 – Lewis Hamilton wants fewer non-racing distractions this year.

The year in review: SportThe Independent’s take on the 2007 F1 season.

Williams opt against official car launch – No formal launch for the FW30 – use the F1 Fanatic calendar to keep up to date with the 2008 car launches and tests.

Ralf confirms no F1 drive in 2008 – No seat for Ralf Schumacher in 2008.

Happy new year – GrandPrix.com offer wishes of the season – but can’t resist a dig at some of their rivals!

More on the 2008 F1 driver line-up

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21 comments on F1 news review: Traction control debate

  1. Vertigo said on 4th January 2008, 20:32

    I know Alonso is a very talented driver. Just leave me to hate him in peace!

  2. Ah, truth is a wonderful thing. Well said, Vertigo! :D

  3. Wesley said on 5th January 2008, 0:12

    …love those last two posts..ha..ha

    Is it a stupid question for me to ask if they can use traction control only in wet races or,is there not enough time to set that up prior to a race?

    also..I want to disagree with Brundle and say Nick Heidfeld was more impressive than Nico Rosberg this year,although I cheer them both on.

  4. I have to agree with Robert if the race is not fully underway within a minumum of 15 mins of the published start time due to adverse weather conditions – it should be red flagged – schedules – tv slots – should not compromise basic safety be it for Fi – horse racing – anything – but even past seasons drivers had the sense to stop – even though it cost them a championship – lauda and hunt the shunt got it because lauda retired due to the conditions!! – stuff itv – get it on a another provider with better commentators – apart from martin brundle – and on that subject – any news on his fight against mad max?? – thats went quiet lately? – hope he doesnt issue a statement apologising to max ?? – that would be the end

  5. Martin Brundles comments should not even be on TV

  6. Racing is all about risk and risk management. Running without TC will no doubt make the dry races much more enjoyable and put a premium back on driver’s skills. Wet races without TC will mean teams will have to decide more quickly when to go from dries to intermediates to full wets, or back again.

    The visibility issue in full rain has always been amazing to me, how anyone can go at speed and not see is beyond my comprehension. Maybe without TC it will slow the drivers a bit more for a safety benefit as opposed to making it more dangerous.

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