Green F1: Right idea, wrong approach

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Max Mosley is on a mission: F1 must became the vanguard of environmentally friendly car technology. Mosley wants F1 to be a showcase for the world’s car manufacturers to display their environmental credentials. And he wants a radical set of F1 rules for 2011 to enshrine that. It’s deeply divisive and controversial. I agree with … Continue reading Green F1: Right idea, wrong approach

‘Earth car’ marketing man leaves Honda

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alistair Watkins, Honda’s marketing director who oversaw the team radical ‘Earth Car’ design for the 2007, is leaving the team. Are the company going to ditch the environmental awareness concept created with Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment company? Related links F1 in the blogs special: Honda’s ‘Green’ livery Ignore the cynics: Honda’s ‘Green’ car is great … Continue reading ‘Earth car’ marketing man leaves Honda

F1 in the blogs 25: Better than Chapman?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Colin Chapman produced some revolutionary cars each of which pushed F1 technology forward instantaneously in one huge leap. But the author of Post of the Week puts another designer forward as the greatest in motor racing history – and it’s not Gordon Murray, or even Adrian Newey. Plus the Felipe Massa backlash in the Italian … Continue reading F1 in the blogs 25: Better than Chapman?

Debate: Your verdict on Max Mosley

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On 9th October 1991 Max Mosley defeated incumbent FIA President Jean Marie Balestre by 43 votes to 29. In the 16 years that have passed with Mosley at the helm the sport has changed dramatically in character. But has it changed for the better? Has Formula 1 been efficiently and professionally managed under Mosley’s stewardship? … Continue reading Debate: Your verdict on Max Mosley

Sport may be ‘killing’ the planet – but don’t kill sport

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Writing in last edition of the Observer Sport Monthly George Monbiot savaged sport in general and motor sport in particular for causing climate change. Motor racing he says is, “simply incompatible” with finding a solution to global warming: “the faster the car, the quicker it cooks the planet.” Never mind that Monbiot fails to make … Continue reading Sport may be ‘killing’ the planet – but don’t kill sport

What the FIA’s F1 survey really tells us

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“This reaffirms the view that Formula One is an important showcase for technology,”? trumpeted the FIA’s press release on the publication of the results of the 2006 FIA/AMD F1 survey. But the same survey also showed that the number of people who felt that technology was the most exciting aspect of F1 fell compared to … Continue reading What the FIA’s F1 survey really tells us

The big green elephant in the corner

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Over at the Motor Racing Journal, Qwerty has some very interesting thoughts on Max Mosley’s plans for the future of Formula One. Particularly on the controversial move to standard specification engines from 2008 and Mosley’s desire to see car manufacturers develop alternative fuel technologies in Formula One: For 100 years the emphasis of racing has … Continue reading The big green elephant in the corner