The FIA must not let its row with Ferrari become a split that would destroy F1

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The Ferrari board confirmed today it will pull its team out of F1 if the FIA does not back down on its controversial plans for the 2010 rules. Toyota and Red Bull/Toro Rosso have already voiced the same objections and several F1 news sites are indicating that Mercedes, Renault and BMW are prepared to do … Continue reading The FIA must not let its row with Ferrari become a split that would destroy F1

Will the F1 teams back a candidate in the FIA president election?

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Before the season began the F1 teams’ association (FOTA) declared they wanted to co-operate with the FIA, as regulators of F1, and Formula One Management, as the commercial owners, to work for the good of the sport. Luca Montezemolo declared: Every sport needs a strong political authority and regulator because we are not in a … Continue reading Will the F1 teams back a candidate in the FIA president election?

Drivers object to late race starts but Abu Dhabi wants special start time for finale

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The F1 drivers have collectively voiced their unhappiness about late race start times. A GPDA representative confirmed to Autosport the Malaysian Grand Prix might have been re-started had it not been started so late: It wasn’t the rain that was the problem in Malaysia, because it can rain just as heavily at 2pm as it … Continue reading Drivers object to late race starts but Abu Dhabi wants special start time for finale

Ecclestone hits back at teams over rules

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at the F1 teams after seeing his plans for a ‘most wins’ based championship system fail: That?s the problem with democracy. These teams couldn?t agree with themselves let alone each other. The simple fact is that because the sporting regs are out the FIA cannot do anything for now, but … Continue reading Ecclestone hits back at teams over rules

KERS and the argument over costs

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone has changed his approach in his ongoing row with the Formula 1 Teams’ Assoication over the distribution of money in F1. When Ferrari and FOTA boss Luca di Montezemolo first pressed Ecclestone to incresae the share of money the teams received, Ecclestone’s response was to try to embarrass Montezemolo by publicly reminding him … Continue reading KERS and the argument over costs

Jackie Stewart’s criticism is persuasive but he can offer more than words

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sir Jackie Stewart’s interview in yesterday’s Times, spread across the inside back pages, is a must-read. Stewart’s criticism of Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley’s governance of Formula 1 is as rational as it is critical. His message is simple – they have stayed too long, they must be replaced – and it’s entirely persuasive. But … Continue reading Jackie Stewart’s criticism is persuasive but he can offer more than words

Ecclestone’s response to Montezemolo is an attempt to break FOTA’s unity

2009 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ecclestone called the Ferrari president a "press officer" When Bernie Ecclestone has something to say, he calls the The Times: Ferrari get so much more money than everyone else. They know exactly what they get, they are not that stupid, although they are not that bright, either. They get about $80 million (about £54 million) … Continue reading Ecclestone’s response to Montezemolo is an attempt to break FOTA’s unity

FOTA wants more money for F1 teams – it should get some for circuits too

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Having taken on Max Mosley over F1 cost cutting – and come out with some positive changes for the sport – the Formula One Teams’ Association is now aiming to get a bigger share of F1’s revenue. FOTA president Luca di Montezemolo told Gazzetta dello Sport: I’ve known Ecclestone since 1973, and I think he’s … Continue reading FOTA wants more money for F1 teams – it should get some for circuits too

“Bernie Ecclestone: King of Sport”

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

“Bernie Ecclestone: King of Sport” is a revised and updated version of Terry Lovell’s biography of the man who has single-handedly shaped Formula 1 over the past three decades and more. Scarcely a week passes without us discussing Ecclestone’ latest move, whether it’s the dropping of a well-loved track from the F1 calendar, a new … Continue reading “Bernie Ecclestone: King of Sport”

Did Bernie Ecclestone really pull the South African Grand Prix over apartheid?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The disquiet over Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks on racism that appeared in several newspapers recently has apparently calmed down after Ecclestone cleared things up with Lewis Hamilton and his family: I meant [the supporters who targeted Hamilton in Spain] were a joke, clowns… I’ve spoken with Lewis’s dad Anthony and he understands, everything’s fine. But some … Continue reading Did Bernie Ecclestone really pull the South African Grand Prix over apartheid?