F1 links: Lotus gets 2010 slot, Symonds gets immunity

Two big developments in the F1 news already today:

Symonds offered race-fix immunity

"The development comes on the back of interviews between Symonds, FIA representatives and members from the Quest agency at the Belgian Grand Prix where it was deemed his evidence was 'central' to finding answers to what happened in Singapore." FIA going after Briatore?

FIA backs Renault into a corner over ‘Crashgate’

“The stewards who carried out investigations during the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps at the end of last month came to the conclusion that, having noted Symonds?s refusal to answer most of the questions that were put to him and having considered highly unusual telemetry data from Piquet?s car immediately before the crash, it was ??reasonable, on balance?? to accept that Piquet?s claims have substance.”

2010 FIA Formula One World Championship – New Entries

"Following an intensive selection and due diligence process, the FIA has awarded the 13th entry in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship to the Lotus F1 Team. [...] Nevertheless, the FIA considers that BMW Sauber’s application is of high quality and would constitute a competitive participant in the Championship. As such, it has awarded BMW Sauber the '14th place' in the Championship meaning that it will be entitled to fill any vacancy that arises on the 2010 grid." The FIA could be leaving the door open for Sauber in case Renault either chooses to leave or gets kicked out next week.

Evergreen Stirling Moss remains symbol of everything great and good

"Moss, who celebrates his 80th birthday the day after tomorrow, has often claimed that he is perfectly happy to claim the special distinction of being known as the man who never won the world championship, but I've never quite believed him. I find it hard to imagine that he would not have preferred to see his name where it belonged on the roll of honour, following those of Farina, Ascari and Fangio. But its absence certainly does nothing to diminish his stature in the eyes of those to whom he represented everything that is enthralling and worthwhile about motor racing."

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59 comments on F1 links: Lotus gets 2010 slot, Symonds gets immunity

  1. A downside to a 28 car grid could be a terrible importance of qualifying. Suppose a title runner had an electrical problem in Q1 he could get bogged down in 21st place or worse. With the kind of overtaking opportunities that modern F1 has that could mean the end of any chances in the race…

  2. It will be great to see the yellow and green badge back in F1 LINK but it will only be Lotus in name only. It will be more Malaysian than a British team. The Malaysian government is backing it to promote Proton. I Don’t know about you but i’d rather have a Lotus than a Proton. I’ve always wanted to drive a Lotus Elise but I can’t afford the insurance. I just hope they don’t ruin Colin Chapmans great F1 history and reputation.

    So if they win a GP, would they play the Malaysian national anthem or British for the manufacturer. If its the former they should not use the Lotus name imo. They should be called Team Proton F1 or Team Malaysia F1 instead.

    • Andrew White said on 15th September 2009, 16:32

      Looking at the link, Lotus has entered as a Malaysian team, so I would say the Malaysian national anthem.

    • Thats a good point. Wherever it’s based, if they’re determined to call it Lotus then it must be seen as British, regardless of where it is based. Like Red Bull having an Austrian liscence.

      • blah get over it, they’re the ones who rescued the company and kept the brand alive, and they’re the ones designing great sports cars, they have every right to have it officially located in Malaysia.

        without them there wouldn’t be lotus back in f1.

    • they own the brand, they design and manufacture the cars, what else do they need to do to put their own company name on their own f1 cars.

      history is history. it’s not like they are selling 20 year old lotus cars, they are selling new cars, with new designs, just like their f1 team will be a new car with new a design.

      IMO they have every right to use the lotus name – it’s theirs.

      • Maksutov said on 15th September 2009, 17:02

        ah well,.. then leave it to the British who sold the bloody name to them. Shame on them.

        • well I they sold it to GM after the owner died and some italian who owned bugatti… who then bankrupted and proton malaysia saved the brand and rebuilt it.

          IMO lotus in malaysia are doing great things, the exige is a weapon and lotus engineering designed the spine of the new nissan gtr which handles fantastically.

          just like their elise and exige.

          • The F1 team has nothing to do with Lotus cars or Proton though that has still to be defined. They have only sold the rights to the name Team Lotus to a consortium of Malaysian entrepreneurs with backing from the Malaysian government which incidentally want to promote Proton cars around the world which it owns.

  3. Williams4ever said on 15th September 2009, 17:46

    BTW , whatever this “Race fix Immunity” is does it give immunity from H1N1 virus?

    If Yes FIA/MAX should distribute it to the people around the globe to protect against Swine Flu and demonstrate how F1 is indeed leading to provide “solution relevant to life”

  4. Symonds offered race-fix immunity

    … who’s next… Alonso and… the plot thickens…

  5. inc0mmunicado said on 15th September 2009, 19:02

    I thought Max hated all manufacturers!

    • Williams4ever said on 15th September 2009, 19:24

      Privateers can be forced the bend over. With manufacturers it was getting tougher especially with FOTA standing firm on cost cutting issues.

      If FOTA agreed to Max’s Cost cutting measures next he would have asked access to their balance sheet to police compliance with cost cutting. And if he would have found everyone complying, next Bernie/CVC would have asked them to comply with reduction of monies that are given to the team under premises “If you have reduced your operating cost, you don’t need this much revenue”.
      With FOTA unity on cost cutting proposals, Max had to make sure to harass and make the manufacturers … after renault who next ???
      WIth Jean Todt as FIA chief, I am sure he will have to settle old scores with “Ferrari”

  6. Alex 3 said on 16th September 2009, 2:05

    I think getting Briatore’s butt is exactly what is going on.
    Mosley is staying out of it because he and Piquet Sr. have already discussed it at great length would be my guess.
    Piquet Jr is doing what daddy is telling him to do even though he is poisoning any future, slim as it may be, in F1.
    They got Dennis and they will get Flav as well before Mosley retires. Symonds will get fired by Renault if Carlos Gomes decides to stay in F1 after the dust settles regardless of what the FIA grants him. From a corporate ethics perspective, how can he not fire Symonds?

  7. I think getting Briatore’s butt is exactly what is going on.
    Mosley is staying out of it because he and Piquet Sr. have already discussed it at great length would be my guess.
    Piquet Jr is doing what daddy is telling him to do even though he is poisoning any future, slim as it may be, in F1.
    They got Dennis and they will get Flav as well before Mosley retires. Symonds will get fired by Renault if Carlos Gomes decides to stay in F1 after the dust settles regardless of what the FIA grants him. From a corporate ethics perspective, how can he not fire Symonds?
    Oops, should have mentioned good post! Waiting on the next one!

  8. Journeyer said on 16th September 2009, 12:26

    Everyone now reporting that Flav and Pat are gone from Renault.

    Au revoir Flav, bonjour Alain?

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