This weekend the drivers will once again have to cope with the ?óÔé¼?£super soft?óÔé¼Ôäó tyre. It made for interesting racing in Australia ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but should F1 be resorting to gimmicks like forcing drivers to use un-competitive tyres?
Steven Roy reckons the fuss over ‘medals’ is just a big distraction: I have come to the conclusion that it is a grand deception. There is a technique in business where you take a small problem and make it a big problem. Then solve the big problem using the extra resources you have been given … Continue reading Max Mosley and the art of distraction
Bernie Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós plan to replace the F1 points system with the awarding of ?óÔé¼?£medals?óÔé¼Ôäó for winners has been widely received as a bad idea. Today the FIA waded into the argument by publishing some research. Their effort shows much the same lack of care and consideration that Ecclestone put his idea forward with. Titled ?óÔé¼?ôThe … Continue reading The FIA ?óÔé¼?£analysis?óÔé¼Ôäó of Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós medals proposal is flawed and irrelevant
Williams told the world it had the budget in place to compete in F1 in 2009 and 2010 at the launch of its FW31 earlier this week. But the true scale of its financial plight has been made clear as it emerged that part of that money came in the form of a ?é?ú14.5m advance … Continue reading Williams gets ?é?ú14.5m from Ecclestone
The 2008 Formula 1 season ended on a high on the track – but the shock withdrawal of Honda was a sting in the tail. With 2009 almost upon us it’s time to take stock of F1’s position as one season ends and a new year begins: the quality of the competition, the future of … Continue reading The state of Formula 1 in 2008
Two months ago Max Mosley rubbished FOTA?óÔé¼Ôäós suggestion that refuelling during F1 races could be banned. Now a refuelling ban is on the cards for 2010. What has brought about the happy change of heart at the FIA?
While Honda joins Audi and Seat in scaling back its motor racing programmes for 2009, Porsche is doing the opposite. But the German premium marque isn?óÔé¼Ôäót joining rivals BMW and Mercedes in Formula 1 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it?óÔé¼Ôäós chosen the American Grand-Am sports car championship. What, if anything, does this tell us about F1?óÔé¼Ôäós appeal to car … Continue reading More signs that manufacturers are starting to favour specification racing
As the 2008 F1 season ends on a high we now look forward to what should be one of the most fascinating off-seasons for many years. With radical changes to the technical rules, fraught political tension between the rule-makers and the teams, and two holes suddenly appearing in the calendar, these are the questions that … Continue reading F1 2009: 10 questions for the off-season
Ferrari, F1’s oldest team, has threatened to quit over standard engines First Toyota, now Ferrari is threatening to pull its F1 team if Max Mosley persists with his plan to make all F1 teams use the same engine: The Ferrari Board of Directors expressed strong concerns regarding plans to standardise engines as it felt that … Continue reading Ferrari and Toyota threaten to quit F1 if Max Mosley forces standard engines
Details are emerging about the agreement reached between the FIA and FOTA, representing the F1 teams, following their meeting at Geneva today. A joint statement from the two declared “significant cost savings for 2009 and 2010” had been agreed but added no further detail. However Autosport has published details of some points of the agreement … Continue reading FIA-FOTA agreement: Teams’ proposals accepted as Mosley backs down on KERS
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The FIA World Motor Sports Council confirmed yesterday it will take steps to ensure all engines used in F1 have equal power outputs in 2009. Rumours about this have been buzzing around since June. This brief statement marks an utterly radical change for Formula 1 and a major step away from being a series where … Continue reading How will the FIA make each F1 teams’ engine performance equal in 2009?
Here are four ideas, which have been tried in other championships to make racing more entertaining, that don’t belong in F1.
At the British Grand Prix Max Mosley asked the teams to come up with proposals for the future technical rules in F1 from 2011. As ever, one of his stated priorities is reducing expense. The teams are due to present their response by October and have formed a new organisation to do that – FOTA. … Continue reading Rumours about equalising F1 engines
American F1 fan Gerard is a regular contributor to the comments here as Gman. In his first guest article for F1 Fanatic he investigates how many of his fellow Americans recognised his F1 gear – in New York’s home of baseball, the Yankee Stadium. Many of you who are regular visitors to this blog have … Continue reading F1 in America: the ballpark experiment
Doctorvee has been extolling the virtues of the Inside Line Podcast so I upgraded it from the ‘stuff I download but never get around to listening to’ (dozens of different shows) to ‘stuff I actually do listen to’ (about three). And I’m glad I did. A couple of weeks ago we looked at the teams’ … Continue reading More insight into FOTA
A few developments in recent weeks have planted seeds of doubt in my mind about Renault?óÔé¼Ôäós future in Formula 1. Fernando Alonso seems to want to leave the team and they?óÔé¼Ôäóve admitted their engine programme has fallen behind their rivals’. The general economic outlook remains gloomy and it seems particularly poor for Renault?óÔé¼Ôäós car making … Continue reading The future of Renault’s F1 team
Formula 1?óÔé¼Ôäós ten teams have formed a new group to represent their interests in the sport following a meeting at Ferrari?óÔé¼Ôäós Maranello headquarters. It looks like another move in the power games that have been going on between the sport?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?
Here’s a video showing how a BMW mechanic suffered an electric shock and was thrown to the ground when he touched a car fitted with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS): The incident occured during testing at Jerez last week. Links below.
Anyone who’s shopped for F1 clothing, a model Formula 1 car or some other kind of memorabilia will likely have heard of Grand Prix Legends. Their adverts have been running on this site for some time. Their new catalogue dropped through my letter box today and I was surprised to see they’d given over five … Continue reading Grand Prix Legends hit out at state of F1