In the round-up: FIA election contender David Ward says the governing body’s changes to its election rules ahead of the vote for a new president shows its systems are flawed.
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David Ward: “My point all along has been that the FIA’s governance is not fit for purpose. This is a fantastic example of that.”
“The FIA has been forced to admit that ‘confusion’ has overtaken their 2013 presidential election rules. In a letter to clubs the FIA has explained that an amendment to the election rules is now required at the General Assembly on 6th December. The confusion concerns the election system for vice presidents for sport and inconsistency between the rules of the FIA Statutes and the internal regulations.”
Monisha Kaltenborn: “The danger in the whole system is that the way it is now, because of representation, we could have five teams against it, but we could not stop it.”
“Now the aim is for Formula 1 next year. That?óÔé¼Ôäós what I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been aiming at for a long time. The time is now ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ I?óÔé¼Ôäóm as ready as you can get.”
“Taxpayer-owned Lloyds Banking Group gave a ?é?ú10m loan to Formula One?óÔé¼Ôäós worst-performing team, Marussia, before selling its stake, according to recently released documents.”
“From a sporting point of view, it would be a great shame if the Indian sub-continent was not represented on the F1 calendar, as the track is definitely one of the best and, despite a complete absence of trees (and rain for that matter) it has been compared in parts to Spa-Francorchamps.”
“For [Peter] Prodromou to want to leave, there must be more than simply money at stake. McLaren is working to build up its capabilities now that Honda is coming back in 2015 and Prodromou is a key signing. But Prodromou must be looking further down the road than next year or the year after. Perhaps he feels that Newey is coming to the end of the road and it?óÔé¼Ôäós time for him to stake his own claim.”
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Comment of the day
Would gravel run-offs be better than tarmac? PeterG doesn’t think so:
I remember Hungary 2002 where Juan Pablo Montoya got forced onto the grass by Kimi and suffered aero damage that ruined his race and took a contender out of the running which made the race more boring for fans.
At Austria in 1998 Michael Schumacher makes a tiny mistake and runs wide and rips his car apart which turned a thrilling race into a boring one as we had a great scrap for the win going on between he and Hakkinen.
Grass and gravel is also far more dangerous. Ricardo Zonta?óÔé¼Ôäós flip at Eau Rouge in 1999 was caused by gravel. He flipped over the barriers in a 2000 Silverstone test because of gravel.
Luciano Burti’s big crash at Spa in 2001 was made worse by gravel damaging his front suspension and taking away his brakes and Allan McNish?óÔé¼Ôäós Suzuka 2002 crash was made worse by the grass/gravel launching his car a little.
Look at Le Mans, they have gravel and often when one car goes off and spreads gravel all over the track we see a load of punctures over the next few laps caused by the gravel.
Cars stuck in gravel takes contenders out the race, means prolonged yellow flags which hinders racing.
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On this day in F1
Three different drivers won the world championship on this day in F1 history.
Denny Hulme did in Mexico in 1967, Alain Prost won the 1989 crown after colliding with team mate Ayrton Senna at Suzuka and Michael Schumacher took his second championship title at the TI Aida circuit in 1995.