F1 blogs & more: Donington news

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Brands Hatch has attracted complaints about noise from residents
Brands Hatch has attracted complaints about noise from residents

Donington Park’s planning application is expected ‘within weeks’ but the circuit owners are refusing to discuss their plans for the 2010 British Grand Prix. What’s going on?

Plus as British circuits like Brands Hatch face increasing pressure friom neighbours over noise restrictions one group is petitioning the British parliament to change the law. Read these stories and more below.

Paperwork over race track plans is ‘imminent’ – Leicester County Council claims it is willing to work with the track’s owners over plans to move the British Grand Prix in 2010, but says it has not heard from them yet.

Am I the only one? – Are F1 fans as passionate as football fans?

Photographs – Why Pau is a more romantic setting for a race than Bahrain.

An Olympics motorsports category – A motorsports category might make the Olympics interesting. Maybe.

Speed satisfied with abortive F1 career – Scott Speed practices the “lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met” principle.

Petition to protect motor racing (and other events) from protests from new resident – Support efforts to protect circuits and motor racing events from NIMBYs. In Britain many racing tracks face often onerous limits on when they can be used due to complaints from locals, many of whom moved to the area long after motor racing began nearby.

Is Felipe Massa championship material – Massa – only great when the going’s good?

New rules likely to spread out field – Changes for 2009 should make wheel-to-wheel racing closer but will it also increase the differences in performance within the field?

Shakedown running ongoing – F1 teams doing shakedown tests between Grands Prix .

F1 at Eastern Creek unlikely – Doubt over rumoured F1 move to Eastern Creek.

ESPN continues digital expansion with Racing-Live.com – ESPN buys F1-live.com and sister sites (reg. req.).

Brundle escapes penalty for live gaffe – Ofcom accepts Brundle did not mean to cause offence during the Canadian Grand Prix, only 36 people complaied.

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