Start, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Cost cap impossible for some teams – Wolff

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014In the round-up: Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff says the FIA’s plan for a cost cap failed because the complexity of some teams would have made it impossible to enforce.


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Toto Wolff claims smaller teams can be saved if they accept range of proposals ahead of crisis meeting (The Independent)

“We realised some of the other big teams could not follow that path (of a cost cap). Ferrari are a good example as they have everything – the road car business and F1 – in one entity, and it’s difficult for them to have everything screened.”

Formula One holds its breath as Bernie Ecclestone’s bribery trial begins (The Guardian)

“The judge Ecclestone will be up against does not take any prisoners; or rather, he does. Peter Noll convicted the former German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, a central figure in the Munich hearing, and sent him down for eight-and-a-half years in 2012. In his concluding statement, Noll said: ‘In this process we assume the driving force was Mr Ecclestone.'”

Ecclestone faces battle as bribery trial begins (The Telegraph)

“The prosecutors have also been buoyed by a significant recent victory. This year they successfully brought a case for tax fraud against Uli Hoeness, the former Bayern Munich president. Evidently, no fish is too big to fry. Furthermore, the 256-page indictment, which paints Ecclestone as a man desperate to retain control at all costs, is incredibly thorough. They have spent nearly two years since Gribkowsky’s conviction preparing the case.”

German Prosecutors Reveal F1’s Bernie Ecclestone Was Blackmailed (Forbes)

“The indictment acknowledges that when the banks were suing Mr Ecclestone ‘Gribkowsky endeavoured to create pressure in connection with the FOA Litigation against Bambino and the Accused by repeatedly insinuating to the Accused and Bambino at the beginning of 2005 that the Accused himself and not Slavica, his wife at that time, was the so-called settlor of the Bambino Trust and was therefore effectively in charge of the trust which – if this were true – would have had negative implications for the Accused and also for the Bambino Trust in view of the tax audits underway at that time. The insinuations made by Dr. Gribkowsky constituted a nuisance for the Accused since the tax investigations could take longer in the face of such information.'”

Force India boosted by China result (Autosport)

“We’ve struggled [in China] throughout the years, so to deliver the level of performance we’ve done, and we’ve been fundamentally finishing in the top six in all four races, at four completely different circuits, is encouraging.”

Activity behind the calm (Ferrari)

“President Luca di Montezemolo has been very clear in his words to Mattiacci and his staff, recognising the need to ‘step up a gear in the work of the Gestione Sportiva.'”

Mercedes F1 W05 – intercooler advantage (F1)

“With so many different systems on the cars now requiring cooling, this is a real packaging benefit for Mercedes, and one which will be difficult for other teams to copy.”

Government funds to exploit Formula One technology (Belfast Telegraph)

“Projects that will put Formula One technology into buses and diggers and develop the next generation of engines are to receive money from a joint £1bn Government-industry fund.”


Comment of the day

Double points is to F1 what ‘fanboost’ is to Formula E:

Did they get rid of that ridiculous “vote to win” mechanic yet?

Seriously this isn’t motorsports, this is just some stupid social media experiment.

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On this day in F1

Silvio Moser was born on this day in 1941. The Swiss driver competed in occasional races in the late sixties and early seventies, picking up points on two occasions but more often failing to qualify his outdated machinery.

Sadly Moser was killed following a heavy crash in the 1974 Monza 1000km, three years after making his last grand prix start at the track in an uncompetitive Bellasi chassis.

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