Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Suzuka, 2011

Closed cockpits for F1 cars “not inevitable”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Paddy Lowe says “a very compelling case” would have to be made to do away with open cockpits.


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Japanese GP – Conference 2 (FIA)

Paddy Lowe: “I think the decision, if ever it was taken, to close the cockpit would be very, very fundamental and I think those councillors have already expressed reservations about that, so I think there would have to be a very, very compelling case made that that was an essential feature for safety.”

Lotus/Renault face name change debate (Autosport)

“For the changes to be approved they need to win support from 18 members of the 26-strong Formula 1 Commission – which is made up of teams, Bernie Ecclestone, FIA president Jean Todt and representatives of race promoters, engine manufacturers and sponsors.”

Bernie Ecclestone offers support to those affected by Japanese tsunami (The Guardian)

“Formula One’s commercial rights holder has bought 3,000 tickets at an average price of 35,000 yen (??295) for a three-day pass for the Suzuka circuit.”

Bahrain youth dies after clash with police (Reuters)

“The island’s Shi’ite majority are demanding more political rights and an end to discrimination from the monarchy, which put down a pro-democracy uprising earlier this year. Many Shi’ite areas are witnessing almost nightly clashes with police.”

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Comment of the day

Raj on the reasons for the rumours about Vijay Mallya selling Force India:

Probably he has no plans to exit but he might be forced to do to save other businesses.

It is well documented in Indian media that his airline is struggling lot (they are defaulting on almost everything). He is being stretched a lot on finance side and so it makes sense for him to sell some non core interests (He has cricket club also and if choice comes to sell either Force India or cricket club, he would sell Force India considering cricket mad popularity in India). I also heard that his yacht is up for sale.

If he gets right price, the Force India sale may not be too far away.

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On this day in F1

Stirling Moss made what turned out to be his final start in an F1 race 50 years ago today.

Ferrari did not send their cars to the United States Grand Prix following the tragedy at Monza a few weeks earlier.

Moss passed pole sitter Jack Brabham to lead at the start but their battle was curtailed when first Brabham, then Moss retired with engine maladies.

That allowed Innes Ireland through to claim the first victory for Lotus in Formula 1. But it wasn’t enough for him to keep his place in the team for 1962.