The bitterly-fought FIA presidential election is too important to ignore

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

With the FIA presidential election just days away the row over Max Mosley’s efforts to ensure he is succeeded by Jean Todt and not Ari Vatanen is the subject of great scrutiny. Vatanen has taken the step of appealing to a French court to ensure next week’s elections are carried out fairly, a move which … Continue reading The bitterly-fought FIA presidential election is too important to ignore

Vatanen says “tide is turning” in his favour but fears voter intimidation

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ari Vatanen feels he is the front runner in the FIA president election race following Max Mosley’s letter urging people to vote for Jean Todt. Vatanen told this site: It is very sad he has done this. But they know we are leading now. If he knew they were leading he would never write such … Continue reading Vatanen says “tide is turning” in his favour but fears voter intimidation

Ari Vatanen: The man who would challenge Max Mosley (Video)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Ari Vatanen has declared he will stand for election as president of the FIA in the October elections. Vatanen is well-known to motor racing fans having been a world rally champion and survived a serious crash in 1985. But his subsequent political career and passion for improving road safety also mark him out as a … Continue reading Ari Vatanen: The man who would challenge Max Mosley (Video)

Ferrari and BMW?s clash over KERS could signal a threat to FOTA unity

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The first fault line has opened in what so far has been the impressively solid unity of the Formula 1 Teams? Association. Speaking at Ferrari?s annual press skiing event, Stefano Domenicali complained that BMW had vetoed the efforts of the other teams to postpone the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) for 2009 due … Continue reading Ferrari and BMW?s clash over KERS could signal a threat to FOTA unity

2008 Malaysian GP preview: the Ferrari fight back

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Australia was an unmitigated disaster for Ferrari, and the Italian press left them in no doubt of that. Tuttosport said: “Raikkonen was a shadow of himself and Massa [was] inattentive. Not since 1992 has Ferrari started a season so badly.” They pointed out that it was the team’s first race without Jean Todt (who joined … Continue reading 2008 Malaysian GP preview: the Ferrari fight back

F1 news review: Lewis Hamilton’s ??70m deal

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In the F1 news this week speculation over the value of Lewis Hamilton’s new McLaren contract, while Ferrari suggest the Briton will struggle without traction control this year. There’s also intrigue over the futures of two of the sport’s top team bosses – Jean Todt at Ferrari and Ron Dennis at McLaren. Read on for … Continue reading F1 news review: Lewis Hamilton’s ??70m deal

Alonso and Prodrive central to 2008 driver market

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The news that Prodrive will not be using McLaren’s chassis next year raises more questions about who will be racing in F1 in 2008. Ralf Schumacher is leaving Toyota but his F1 career may not yet be over. Alexander Wurz’s departure opens up a space at Williams. And of course there is the unresolved question … Continue reading Alonso and Prodrive central to 2008 driver market

“Michael Schumacher: The edge of greatness” (James Allen, 2007)

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A new book on Michael Schumacher by ITV F1 commentator James Allen? Whether I was going to like or loathe it I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. Both Allen and Schumacher are pretty controversial among F1 fans – Allen’s commentaries for ITV-F1 are not well-liked, partly because of his perceived … Continue reading “Michael Schumacher: The edge of greatness” (James Allen, 2007)