A surprise announcement from today?óÔé¼Ôäós FIA World Motor Sports Council today revealed the FIA wishes to set up a new feeder series to Formula 1. It will be called Formula 2, reviving the name used for a similar series until 1984, before it was replaced by Formula 3000 and, later, GP2. But why is the … Continue reading FIA?óÔé¼Ôäós plans for Formula 2 shows Max Mosley wants war with Bernie Ecclestone
During the French Grand Prix weekend more rumours emerged about the behind-the-scenes discussions over the future of Formula 1 between the teams, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone. According to Autosport the FIA is urging Ecclestone to increase the amount of money the teams receive from promotion and television rights. But with the FIA’s World Motor … Continue reading First drivers, now teams to pay more?
What has been the biggest talking point on the Live Blogs during the past three races? Plenty has been said about the state of Lewis Hamilton?óÔé¼Ôäós driving and Max Mosley?óÔé¼Ôäós libido, but I think the most popular question is this: ?óÔé¼?ôIs it going to rain??óÔé¼?Ø
Over at F1 Insight Clive is concerned about possible future F1 engine regulations: The FIA seem to want every engine involved to produce the same amount of power. Where is the logic in that unless what they really want is a spec formula? There are rumours the FIA wants to extend its control over F1 … Continue reading Engine rules and the F1 monopoly
Regular F1 Fanatic commenter Robert McKay has written a guest article looking at what F1 can learn from NASCAR – a subject we’ve looked at here before. Here’s his take on America’s favourite motor sport. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve recently started watching Sky?óÔé¼Ôäós NASCAR coverage. Readers of Keith?óÔé¼Ôäós other blog, Maximum Motorsport, will know he?óÔé¼Ôäós a bit annoyed … Continue reading What F1 can learn from NASCAR II
Yesterday I considered what would happen to Formula 1 if the economic crisis caused teams to leave the sport. Before I wrote that reader Scott Newton had sent in his thoughts on how F1 could work with just a few manufacturers supplying all the chassis. My idea stems from the concern that customer cars will … Continue reading Formula 1 as a spec series
Call it the credit crunch, call it the sub-prime crisis, whatever you call it, I call it trouble. It?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to pinpoint exactly what the consequences of the developing global economic downturn will be for Formula 1. But it?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to imagine them being good. And to the pessimists it could look very bad indeed.
Bernie Ecclestone has reiterated his desire to see the 2009 French Grand Prix held in Paris instead of its current venue Magny-Cours: We agreed that there would be a French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours in 2008 but not in 2009. Prime Minister Francois Fillon told me we would then see if we could have a … Continue reading No more Magny-Cours? Heard it before
It’s early days, but Luca di Montezemolo’s comments last week about Ferrari not needing Fernando Alonso started me thinking about which drivers might be on the move for 2009. On the face of it Montezemolo doesn’t seem to want to change his pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. And after three driver changes in … Continue reading 2009 F1 drivers – early predictions
Christian Sylt keeps a close eye on all things money related in Formula 1 (that’s pretty much everything, then) for his excellent publication Formula Money. He shared some very interesting data with me on how the new Formula 1 circuits are raising the cost of hosting a Grand Prix beyond the reach of F1’s traditional … Continue reading How new tracks are squeezing traditional circuits out of Formula 1