F1 links: Hamilton wins Dick Seaman award

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Brown presents Hamilton with award

"On top of earning two BRDC Gold Stars, Hamilton was handed one of them – the Richard Seaman Trophy – by Brown." Richard Seaman raced for Mercedes in the 1930s and yes, he was also called 'Dick'…

Autosport Awards News: Int. Racing Driver: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has been named International Racing Driver of the Year at the Autosport Awards in London.

Q&A with Toyota’s John Howett

Howett: "We will have to make less resource go much further and I predict that the motorsport supply base will be the hardest hit as teams do less and in-source much more."

Are big F1 salaries for the chop?

Frank Williams: “Drivers’ salaries are the one major snag, an area not addressed in the teams’ unified decision to reduce spending. If McLaren don’t want to pay Hamilton £15m, then someone else will. Any suggestion of a gentleman’s agreement on this would never happen.”

Is this the end of the road for the auto industry?

"Honda’s chief executive, Takeo Fukui, was forced to give up his $500 million-a-year crusade to win a Formula One Championship, and put the company’s team, based in Brackley, Northants, up for sale. This was the initiative on which he had staked his reputation, delaying the launch of the NSX sports car and ignoring a warning from his predecessor (a former F1 mechanic) to steer clear of the sport."

Honda’s withdrawal in context

"When you consider that the 2008 season was originally destined to contain 24 entries, F1 has essentially lost a quarter of its teams in a matter of months. Formula 1 is beginning to look like a shadow of its former self."

Red Bull and Formula 1

"A little housekeeping makes total sense, but pulling out of F1 after all the investment that has been made is illogical." Why did that logic not apply to Honda?

Why so negative Mr President?

"FIA President Max Mosley is reported to have said that he suspected that a manufacturer would leave Formula 1 – and that he was surprised that it turned out to be Honda. He has also said that he thinks it will be difficult for Honda to sell the team. All this is rather negative and it is not going to help the situation. Surely it would be better to be positive and to look at the fact that Honda is a brilliant bargain for a car manufacturer that is in less trouble than some of the others, particularly if the plan is for major cost-cutting in the future."

Lenovo to McLaren

"Lenovo will announce tomorrow that it is to sponsor the McLaren team next year. The company has been involved with Williams in recent years, but decided not to continue the arrangement." Lenovo saw a 78% fall in profits in the second quarter of this year: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2008/11/08/f1-sponsors-hit-by-global-recession/

Williams’s Parr expects another team to go

Williams' Adam Parr: "I believe that we probably will lose another team before the beginning of next season and there is a very high chance it will be a manufacturer." Anyone think he's talking about Toyota?

Ferrari denies sales crisis

"Global sales at the Italian supercar maker have dived from almost 600 a month to just 92 cars in November and Ferrari is now negotiating with Italy’s trade unions to trim unwanted road-car production staff."

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