Here’s a round-up of F1 news and other interesting links I’ve found today.
If you’ve spotted a hot news story, interesting new website or just something funny from the world of F1, please share your links in the comments below.
"Irish pay-TV company Setanta has today been placed into administration after rescue talks designed to secure new funding collapsed." So now who's going to broadcast GP2?
"A source close to Luca Di Montezemolo, the Ferrari president and chairman of the breakaway teams (FOTA), confirmed ahead of this morning's crucial FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting: 'There is no need for us to change our position. We are sticking firm.'"
Ferrari is running a poll asking "Do you agree with FOTA's decision to organise a new championship?" I voted 'no' because I don't want F1 to split. I support FOTA's aims, but splitting F1 in two must be a last resort. They might have gotten a more positive response with a question such as: "Do you think FOTA are correct to oppose Max Mosley?" That said, there doesn't seem to be any limit to the number of times you can vote, so perhaps not. (Thanks Scunnyman!)
Max Mosley: "Over recent weeks it has become increasingly clear that one of the objectives of the dissident teams is that I should resign as president of the FIA. Last year you offered me your confidence and, as I wrote to you on 16 May 2008, it was my intention not to seek re-election in October this year. However, in light of the attack on the mandate you have entrusted to me, I must now reflect on whether my original decision not to stand for re-election was indeed the right one." Didn't he say months ago that he was already considering this and was going to make his decision in June?
Adrian Newey: “I think free regulation limited in scope by a budget cap is, in principal, an appealing idea. One that if fairly applied and regulated is the best solution. What worries me is that there are so many ways around it, it’s impossible to police. The allegations of cheating would be very severe. For me it’s like Socialism: great in theory but probably unworkable in practice.” Max Mosley is a socialist? Hmm…
"Keen to make the demonstration as authentic as possible, [Jackie] Stewart wanted to get his hands on some original type overalls for when he got back behind the wheel. But when he enquired about some old overalls that were at his house, he found out that his wife Helen had thrown all of his remaining ones out several years ago – after finding a suitcase full of musty driving suits down in a basement. Stewart's mild annoyance at the departed overalls was made slightly worse when he found out that similar overalls were fetching around £30,000 on eBay… and he had lost more than 10 of them!"
New podcast from Motor Sport
These are links I’ve bookmarked using Delicious. You can see my Delicious profile here.