Start, Melbourne, 2012

New F1 deal for teams may be “unlawful” – Parr

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Melbourne, 2012In the round-up: Former Williams chairman Adam Parr claims the commercial terms in the new Concorde Agreement is anti-competitive and may be unlawful.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Formula One?s ??Unequal? Revenue Split Needs EU Probe, Parr Says (Bloomberg)

“‘There?s a strong case that an unequal division of power and money to a subset of teams is unlawful,’ Parr said by telephone. He?s not convinced Formula One ‘is organised with the right principles of fair competition,??’ he added.”

Barrichello Opts For Brazilian Stock Car Ride In 2013 (Speed)

“Formula One veteran and 2012 Izod IndyCar Series rookie Rubens Barrichello has accepted an offer to race full time in the Brazilian Stock Car series in 2013.”

Williams defends Senna/Bottas strategy (Autosport)

“Valtteri benefited tremendously from it. We have got a lot from the third driver as well.”

Di Resta: Big season to come (Sky)

“The end of my season wasn’t great. We had mechanical issues, a chassis change, and ultimately the style of my driving did not suit for the last few races.”

FMSCI re-elects Vijay Mallya, Vicky Chandhok (The Times of India)

“The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) unanimously re-elected Vicky Chandhok as president at its AGM on Tuesday while Vijay Mallya will continue as the chairman and Bharat Raj as vice president.”

German Moto GP date switched to avoid F1 clash (Reuters)

“Next year’s German Moto GP race at the Sachsenring has been moved back a week to July 14th to avoid a clash with the country’s Formula One Grand Prix.”

2014 Formula 1 Grand Prix of New Jersey (Inches of Mercury)

“This photo was passed along to us from someone living in New York City, further solidifying plans for the race. An excerpt: ‘…it is to occur on or about the third weekend in the month of June…’ So there you have it!”


Comment of the day

The minimum weight for F1 cars is set for a big rise in 2014 but is it still needed?

The minimum weight was originally introduced because cars were being designed without sufficient strength and not strong enough so it was a way to give designers the opportunity to design cars strong enough without penalty.

But that has not been the case for many years. All safety critical structural components are tested for strength by the FIA and the use of exotic materials is limited by the rules.

The designers all design the cars as light as possible anyway so that they have the most flexibility to tune the handling by moving the ballast about. I don?t think F1 cars should be carrying ballast as a matter of course. All that does is restrict another area where innovation is possible.

OK it is used to even out drivers weights, I wouldn?t mind a ballasting system for that, but I think a minimum weight for cars is totally unnecessary.

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today David Coulthard warned that a proposed ban on tyre warmers for the 2009 F1 season was a serious safety risk.

The ban was later scrapped. Other single-seater series such as IndyCar racing do not use tyre warmers.

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