Fernandes joins critics of double points plan

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Caterham, Yas Marina, 2013In the round-up: Tony Fernandes joins Luca di Montezemolo and Christian Horner in criticising the plan to offer double points at the last race.


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Double points a ‘fake fix’ for Fernandes (Reuters)

“The double points is a fake fix. What’s better is to solve the issue and make the racing more compact.”

Teams must act on ‘Alien’ 2014 noses (Autosport)

Cyruk Abiteboul: “Maybe we will have to address that as a collective issue of F1, because we need to be selling some dream.”

Bernie Ecclestone ??forum shopping? lawsuit thrown out by US court (FT, registration required)

“Bernie Ecclestone succeeded in removing one of the legal threats hanging over him after the New York Supreme Court said it had no jurisdiction to consider a $650m lawsuit against the Formula One chief executive.” Read the full decision here (PDF).

Max Mosley?s legacy still felt in F1 (MotorSport)

“Max [Mosley] agreeing it was a good idea to grant those rights for such a valuably long time has caused the sport to be financially raped ever since. Without that, there?d have been no need for the technical sterilisation of the sport (engine freezes, spec tyres, etc), the phoney ways of trying to please the new, less hardcore audiences or the ever-increasing presence of pay drivers on the grid ?ǣ and more than half of the teams would not be in a financially perilous state.”

What may be going on now, and where this might be going (long, speculative and detailed) (A former F1 doc writes)

“The Daily Mail has done it again. With today?s headline they?ve ‘forced’ me to take to my blog to help clarify some of what?s being said.” Referring to this article on Michael Schumacher’s condition.

Jan Magnussen ponders wasted F1 career as McLaren nurture son Kevin (The Guardian)

“Once, humiliatingly, [Jackie] Stewart ?ǣ pushing 60 at the time ?ǣ took Jan for a driving lesson at Oulton Park and let it be known that he was the faster driver.”

Revealed: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz V6 Power Unit (Mercedes via YouTube)


Prime Minister’s Questions, 22/1/2014 (BBC)

Answer on McLaren’s thriving road car business.

Analysis: Ericsson is better than his GP2 record suggests (PaddockScout)

“Off the back of a lacklustre four years in GP2, it?s debatable that Marcus Ericsson deserves his Formula One chance with Caterham on merit.”


Comment of the day

Only showing a profile view of the VJM07 was a cunning move by Force India but not everyone was fooled:

From the side it looks nice, but that nose cone it?s never going to be pretty… It?s such a shame, I loved the low nose cones of the late eighties, early nineties.

This shape, from the side, defines F1 cars. That?s how I used to draw them as a kid… kinda like the 1994 Williams or 1990 Ferrari. Sad the front will inevitably look hideous.

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On this day in F1

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Valencia, 2012Kimi Raikkonen prepared for his F1 comeback by testing a Renault R30 in Lotus colours in Valencia two years ago today.

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57 comments on Fernandes joins critics of double points plan

  1. Garns (@) said on 23rd January 2014, 11:32

    Sorry……… and a bit heavier. Cant hurt too much can it??

  2. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 23rd January 2014, 11:50

    In the PDF about Ecclestone’s case, you can read that the previous holding that owned F1, as well as Bambino Holdings are both based in the Jersey tax haven. What a joke, not surprising for this crook.

  3. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 23rd January 2014, 11:53

    I’m not that much against Mosley. After all, it was he, who pushed for the energy recovery systems and greener F1 in general – as much as I can remember – which resulted in this year’s potentially breakthrough regulations, relevant for manufacturers in engine formula, and leading the way in energy recovery innovation by placing the idea into the no-holds-barred development race of the F1 teams.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 23rd January 2014, 13:26

      @atticus-2, the same Mosely that wanted all teams to use the same motor supplied by Cosworth.

      “No holds barred development race” within the tightest ever restrictions on engine design and for less than 12 months.

      • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 23rd January 2014, 15:37

        Nah, 12 months is just the first phase, full freeze would come later, so that point does not stand in full.

        Neither does the tightest ever restrictions on engine design – after all, it’s still looser than it was during the freeze.

        Yep, I agree with the first point, the man was a bit controversial, especially if we take into account what is in the round-up. Still, I just wanted to express an opinion that it’s not just black-and-white with him.

  4. Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 23rd January 2014, 16:55

    I really don’t like how the guy writing about Michael is claiming things so brashly

  5. George (@george) said on 23rd January 2014, 18:09

    Nice balanced article on Ericsson there, I thought I remembered his name from a few years back, and was surprised to hear in the last couple of years that he was something of an also-ran. As they say, hopefully GP2 was a blip and he can fulfill his potential in F1, Kobayashi is a good yardstick for him.

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