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?

Does Bernie Ecclestone want the Singapore GP to be the new Monaco?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Frank Williams joined the chorus of approval for last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix: It has a good chance of challenging Monaco for being the jewel in the crown of Formula One. That is the most accurate thing to say. They have great weather, a very good track, and the grandstands packed. I think there is … Continue reading Does Bernie Ecclestone want the Singapore GP to be the new Monaco?

Why have the teams formed their own group and what does it mean for F1?

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Formula 1?s ten teams have formed a new group to represent their interests in the sport following a meeting at Ferrari?s Maranello headquarters. It looks like another move in the power games that have been going on between the sport?s regulators (the FIA), the commercial rights holders (FOM) and the teams, which intensified during the … Continue reading Why have the teams formed their own group and what does it mean for F1?

Donington Park, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and the British Grand Prix

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Earlier this month Bernie Ecclestone announced Donington Park will host the British Grand Prix from 2010 instead of Silverstone. In July 1999 Bernie Ecclestone announced Brands Hatch would host the British Grand Prix from 2002 instead of Silverstone. But that never came to be – the race stayed at Silverstone. So what happened? And can … Continue reading Donington Park, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and the British Grand Prix

FIA?s plans for Formula 2 shows Max Mosley wants war with Bernie Ecclestone

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A surprise announcement from today?s FIA World Motor Sports Council today revealed the FIA wishes to set up a new feeder series to Formula 1. It will be called Formula 2, reviving the name used for a similar series until 1984, before it was replaced by Formula 3000 and, later, GP2. But why is the … Continue reading FIA?s plans for Formula 2 shows Max Mosley wants war with Bernie Ecclestone

First drivers, now teams to pay more?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

During the French Grand Prix weekend more rumours emerged about the behind-the-scenes discussions over the future of Formula 1 between the teams, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone. According to Autosport the FIA is urging Ecclestone to increase the amount of money the teams receive from promotion and television rights. But with the FIA’s World Motor … Continue reading First drivers, now teams to pay more?

Is Bernie Ecclestone’s power waning?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The outward impression is that Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley are at war with one another. Writing in Autocar this week Alan Henry said that relations between the two have deteriorated to the point that Mosley has stopped taking Ecclestone’s calls. Ecclestone made a big play in the run-up to the FIA General Assembly last … Continue reading Is Bernie Ecclestone’s power waning?