Budget cap architect Purnell leaves FIA

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

FIA starts Briatore appeal but softens stance

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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

Briatore’s victory gives the FIA a tough lesson in the limits of its power

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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

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

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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

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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)

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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)

Save F1 or stick with Mosley: the World Motor Sports Council?s choice (Updated)

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Today?s World Motor Sports Council meeting was originally set to ratify the FIA?s planned entry list for 2010. But the failure of President Max Mosley to supply a list, and the declaration by eight of F1?s 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?s choice (Updated)

FIA and FOTA remain deadlocked on F1 governance and budget cap

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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

Max Mosley is wrong. The only split F1 needs is a break away from him

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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

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

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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