Whitmarsh says teams will decide future of FOTA

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In the round-up: Martin Whitmarsh says FOTA teams should be proud of its achievements amid growing concern over its future.


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Whitmarsh: FOTA in teams’ hands (Autosport)

“We are not a PR machine, we are there to make some progress. FOTA should be very proud of what has been achieved so far. It can only achieve what its membership wants it to achieve and I think we have still got work to do to play a strong and contributing part to this sport, but we will see going forward what we do.”

In Memory of IndyCar Series Champion Dan Wheldon

Dan Wheldon memorial website.

Jody Scheckter wants son to quit IndyCar after Dan Wheldon’s death (BBC)

“Hopefully this will knock some sense into him and realise there is more to life. It really isn’t worth it.”

Mercedes: Innovative Linked Rear Suspension (ScarbsF1)

Mercedes appear to have adopted a hydraulic solution for managing rear roll and\or heave stiffness. Nothing is new in F1, this solution closely matches the aims of the 1995 Tyrrell Hydrolink system, which I hope to cover in detail in a future blog post. Indeed this is not even new in current F1, as several other teams already run similar and perhaps even more developed systems. But this is the first evidence I?ve had of teams interconnecting the suspension with hydraulics.”

Charity Karting Event – The Forget Me Not 500 (Badger GP)

“There’s a very special karting event happening later this month at the brilliant Daytona Karting circuit in Milton Keynes – the Forget Me Not 500, raising money for the Forget Me Not Childrens Hospice, organised by Porsche racing driver, Tim Sugden.”

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Comment of the day

TommyB89 was rooting for Jaime Alguersuari to win Driver of the Weekend before the poll even went up. Here’s why:

My three favourite drivers could well be the top three in DOTW this week.

For me it was Alguersuari, no question. He qualified well, just missing out on Q3, and his race was superb.

At some points he was running as high as third and ended up ‘best of the rest’ only being beaten by the Red Bulls, Ferraris and McLarens.

From the guy who was “too young to drive” and “only in F1 because of sponsorship” he really is having a great season.

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On this day in F1

Given recent developments it’s interesting to note the result of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix three years ago today. Both Force Indias qualified on the back row, and not for the first time that year.

The team has made progress since then and are now regular visitors to Q3. Will the team’s new co-owners Sahara Group help them to continue that progress?

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57 comments on Whitmarsh says teams will decide future of FOTA

  1. Mach1 (@mach1) said on 18th October 2011, 22:59

    This question as probably already been asked somewhere on the forum already – but – as morbid as this question is – has anyone any idea as to the survivability of this crash in an F1 chassis?
    Or was the seriousness of this crash beyond the capabilities of that? On that subject is there any specific comparison between the safety of the Indy car compared to an F1 design. I saw a short but interesting interview with Tony Jardine where he briefly begins to discuss the two, saying they are worlds apart, obviously, I expected and understand this, which brings me back to my original question…..how much safer is an F1 design…..Could a similiar specification of saftey be achieved from a smaller budget? Surely if it is going to be a stock chassis, used by all teams, once implimented and retained the initial cost will be the biggest hurdle.

    Obviously there is a huge amount of other considerations to take into account such as track safety, barrier design which I would be considered as well, but focussing on the cars themselves…what do people think?

    If this has already been discussed, apologies…just point me to the forum

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