F1 links: Teams complain about Donnelly

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The FIA-FOTA row is still rumbling on with fresh objections from the teams and even murmurings of discontent from one of the putative new outfits which didn’t get a place for 2010.

Plus with the British Grand Prix coming up next thoughts are turning to whether there will be an F1 race in Britain at all next year.

Teams attack chief F1 steward’s impartiality

"The letter alleges that [Alan] Donnelly was going around from team to team telling them to abandon the FOTA stance and sign up for 2010. It amounted to behaviour which the teams considered not appropriate for a man whose role at the races is to convene and oversee the stewards and to take a totally impartial view of problems arising on the track." (Thanks Persempre!)

Lola to make F1 decision on Tuesday

Lola's Martin Birrane: "We will know more on Tuesday, we have to sit down and talk about it. We found out on Friday and haven't had time really to sit and ponder about it since. We're reviewing the situation."

Montezemolo still bullish on breakaway

Luca di Montezemolo: "You all know our position, we've told you more than once: we want stability, certain rules, a clear and transparent governance system and the possibility to let the teams work the way they already showed they can work on a reduction of the costs. I really hope that we can find a solution. I'm convinced that there are responsible people at the FIA,who know about the situation."

Lewis Hamilton admits he may follow McLaren out of F1

Lewis Hamilton: "I've got a contract with McLaren and I will go wherever they go. That's the way it is. It is about the FIA and the teams. But it is my job to get in the car and drive."

Manor boss: Budget cap was critical

John Booth, Manor boss: "It's really the budget cap that's enabled us and other new teams to come in and compete." Has Mosley picked three new teams who are most likely to be dependent on the budget cap to compete next year?

Montezemolo: FIA reform or breakaway

"In a couple of years the problem with Formula 1 will be solved – as I really hope, with a responsible FIA, as we want, or, as happens in other sports, organising our own championship. Because when you have engines, gearboxes, brands, technology, organisation, capability to invest, it is not difficult. So the problem will be solved, I hope very soon."

Download venue ‘can cope with F1’

Simon Gillett: "People say, 'How will you get a Grand Prix crowd in here without cars?'. Well, look what's happening here – we've got 100,000 people and there's not a car on site. This is almost a public transport concert so you're going to see that here this weekend."

The Death of the 2010 British Grand Prix?

"The 2010 British Grand Prix isn’t going to happen and somebody has to say it. The sooner we realise this the better we will all be. The 2010 season will go down in history as a dark year for the British as the once epicentre of world motorsport loses its Grand Prix after 62 years."

Heidfeld hopes to keep Silverstone on the calendar

"I would be really disappointed if Silverstone did end up being taken off the calendar. I've never found the circuit outdated – traditional yes, but not antiquated. In addition to the wonderful corners at the track, the very special atmosphere generated by the fans would be a big loss."

Wheel of fortune turns full circle for Jenson Button

On lap 37 of last year’s rain-soaked British Grand Prix, Jenson Button was the fastest man on the track. No-one noticed. He was, after all, in 10th place, almost a lap behind Lewis Hamilton. One lap later, Button was climbing from a car he had beached in the gravel trap as Hamilton continued serenely towards victory — and ultimately a world championship.

Worlds apart: Final Silverstone British GP will show just how big the gap between Hamilton and Button has become

Nigel Mansell: "I don’t think there’s any question of Jenson not being world champion"

Lewis Hamilton black flagged over merchandise offer

The Daily Mirror has a go at McLaren for offering 'free' Lewis Hamilton flags when you buy a T-shirt. Amusingly, underneath it is an advert from Betfair offering a 'free' £25 bet – providing you register an account and deposit money in it. People in glass houses…

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