I spent a chunk of yesterday reading everything I could get my hands on about the FIA’s F1 entry list for 2010 – the endless press releases, snippets of news, analysis and interpretation.
As I assembled my thoughts on what had happened and finished a lengthy article offering my interpretations and opinions, it struck me – not for the first time – how few F1 correspondents have stepped forward to give their take on the situation.
Who is out there saying “this is what we know is happening, this is what I think is happening and this is my opinion”? It often seems some of those best-placed to tell us what’s really going on – those with the paddock passes, the access, and the ears of those at the top of the motor racing tree – are least likely to.
There are exceptions, of course, and some of the best ones are offered below, along with some of the best/most interesting/most different opinions I’ve found on other F1 blogs and sites. If you’ve spotted an original and persuasive take on the developments, please post a link in the comments.
“I just find it hard to believe that a global sport and business of the stature of Formula One should, or needs, to be run in this manner. Did no one ever learn the lesson that a concensus-based [sic] approach is the best way ahead especially when you are dealing with public companies?”
“To be seeking to split FOTA ranks at this stage is an indication of Mosley’s complete lack of concern for the future of the sport he is supposed to run for the benefit of all. If his public statements are to be believed, nothing remains of his intended rule changes, including the two-tier system and the budget cap (now increased to 100 million Euros) and there is no point in continuing to hold on desperately to contracts that he has broken several times already. The veiled threat of legal proceedings now is pure irresponsibility stemming from petty concern for Mosley’s own power above the interests of the sport.”
“My colleagues produced an impressive string of Q&As with all the right people and used all the available press releases but there is something which I think sailed over the heads of many people. Lola’s Martin Birrane said when asked about the new teams that: ‘one of three that has been chosen is worthy in my view. They will have a proper car. The other two – who knows?’”
“It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if Prodrive and Lola are options for the FIA to fall back on in case talks with Fota fail. The ever-present threat that a manufacturer may pull out without warning is also there.”
“The conditional nature of some of the entries indicates that the FIA has still missed the point of dispute. To be honest, it’s stuck between a rock and a hard place because it’s saddled itself with unworkable regulations through lack of consultation. If it applies them, everyone will sue, possibly starting with the established teams but definitely extending to all those disqualified at the end of 2010. If the FIA foes not apply them, the new teams could sue.”
“Remember the sensational pass that Takuma Sato made on Fernando Alonso in Montreal? Well that is what F1 wants more of and they may just get that. However, that sort of competition relies on the fact that there will still be big fish in the F1 pond.”
“I am glad that the FOTA teams are showing solidarity and unity on this issue and furthermore, I am pleased to see the ACEA stepping in and hitting it where it hurts. One trump card that Max have repeatedly used thus far for his draconian measures is his claims that the board of directors in the manufacturers would be in full support for his budget cap.”
“FIA sources are suggesting that the two sides actually aren’t as far apart as the picture given by all these statements suggests and that it is a couple of hardliners within the manufacturers’ group who are making the noise.”
Already bracing themselves for the inevitability of a split, Checkpoint 10 asks where FOTA’s world championship could race. Laguna Seca is always a popular pick.
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