Former FIA president Max Mosley has continued his haranguing of Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo. Mosley told the Daily Mail di Montezemolo urged him to ban double diffusers when the legality of the devices was being investigated last year: Luca does have this silly idea that if it is Ferrari then it is OK. When we … Continue reading Mosley continues di Montezemolo attacks
Former FIA president Max Mosley has fired off another broadside at Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo in an interview with F1 Racing magazine. He also said letting that Ferrari keep their one-two win in the 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix was a mistake: Luca is very, very good company with people and he’s certainly a very … Continue reading Mosley attacks “weak” di Montezemolo
Tony Purnell, who helped devise Max Mosley’s controversial budget cap plan, has left the FIA. Formerly a team principal at Jaguar, Purnell joined the FIA in 2006. Together with fellow technical consultant Peter Wright, Purnell was also involved in introducing 2009’s radical aerodynamic changes designed to aid overtaking. But the budget cap proposal proved more … Continue reading Budget cap architect Purnell leaves FIA
The FIA has confirmed it will appeal the Tribune de Grande Instance’s verdict against its decision to ban Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from motor racing. However it also admitted it would not prevent drivers managed by Briatore, such as Mark Webber, from competing in F1 as it had previously threatened: While the appeal is … Continue reading FIA starts Briatore appeal but softens stance
The Singapore crash affair is by no means over: I cannot imagine the FIA letting Tuesday’s verdict in favour of Flavio Briatore lie, and Briatore himself has said he may bring further lawsuits. But now the verdict is out there and the principal players have all said their pieces, it’s time to take stock. The … Continue reading Briatore’s victory gives the FIA a tough lesson in the limits of its power
After months of build-up the FIA presidential elections finally take place today. But will the winner be Max Mosley’s choice Jean Todt, or the fans’ favourite Ari Vatanen?
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
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
Reading Jean Todt’s FIA election manifesto, one line jumped out at me: For each FIA World Championship we propose appointing a Commissioner responsible for the Federation?óÔé¼Ôäós day to day management and governance of the championship. Now, who do you think Todt might have in mind for the job of F1 Commissioner?
After beating Jean-Marie Balestre in 1991, Max Mosley never had to face an opponent in an FIA election. But his successor will: this October Mosley’s preferred choice Jean Todt will stand against ‘independent candidate’ Ari Vatanen. But which is the right man for the job? [poll id=”73″]
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)
Today?óÔé¼Ôäós World Motor Sports Council meeting was originally set to ratify the FIA?óÔé¼Ôäós planned entry list for 2010. But the failure of President Max Mosley to supply a list, and the declaration by eight of F1?óÔé¼Ôäós ten teams that they will form their own breakaway championship unless he steps aside, leaves the WMSC with a … Continue reading Save F1 or stick with Mosley: the World Motor Sports Council?óÔé¼Ôäós choice (Updated)
On the eve of the British Grand Prix FIA President Max Mosley has raised the prospect of the race returning to Silverstone in 2010 instead of moving to Donington Park. Speaking to the BBC Mosley said he thought it was very likely there would be a British Grand Prix next year – even if Donington … Continue reading Mosley: F1 may go to Silverstone in 2010
Now the dust has settled following a day of remarkable developments we can understand why the two sides in the FIA-FOTA row remain deadlocked. The two sides have moved closer together on the matter of how deep cost cuts must be. But FOTA’s demand for reform of how F1 is governed has received no recognition … Continue reading FIA and FOTA remain deadlocked on F1 governance and budget cap
Hardly a day passes now without some new development in F1’s latest political crisis. Formula 1 has had many similar rows in the past and, so far, it has managed to avoid disaster scenarios of teams withdrawing en masse and rival championships being formed. So how concerned should we be about FOTA’s refusal to accept … Continue reading Is this F1’s worst crisis?
Max Mosley has told the world that instead of reaching a compromise with the nine FOTA teams, he thinks they should leave F1: I say to them: If you want to draw up your own rules, then you can organise your own championship. But we have the Formula 1 championship. We draw up the rules … Continue reading Max Mosley is wrong. The only split F1 needs is a break away from him
March is the latest outfit to reveal it has lodged a bid to compete in F1 in 2010. The team has not been seen in Formula 1 since it optimistically sent two chassis to Kyalami for the 1993 South African Grand Prix, despite not being able to pay for a supply of engines. That brought … Continue reading Much advertised racing car hoax
As revealed on Friday, Ferrari today are attempting to prosecute the FIA in the French courts for, they claim, breaking the terms of their now-infamous 2005 agreement. The outcome of the trial could be crucial for the future of the sport, but most likely it will prove just another chapter in the latest F1 row … Continue reading Ferrari to present case against FIA
I’ve been invited to appear on Sky News’s Sky.com programme tonight to talk about – what else? – the budget caps row. If you’ve got Sky News tune in at 7pm tonight to see if I can explain budget capping, two-tiered regulations and FIA rules without confusing myself… I’ve been on the programme a couple … Continue reading Talking budget caps on TV tonight
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