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FIA?s plans for Formula 2 shows Max Mosley wants war with Bernie Ecclestone 25th June 2008, 20:25

A surprise announcement from today?s 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 […]

First drivers, now teams to pay more? 24th June 2008, 0:02

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 […]

We are all weathermen now 23rd June 2008, 12:30

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?s driving and Max Mosley?s libido, but I think the most popular question is this: ??Is it going to rain???

Engine rules and the F1 monopoly 13th June 2008, 12:30

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 […]

What F1 can learn from NASCAR II 22nd May 2008, 15:00

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?ve recently started watching Sky?s NASCAR coverage. Readers of Keith?s other blog, Maximum Motorsport, will know he?s a bit annoyed […]

Formula 1 as a spec series 16th May 2008, 7:00

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 […]

The worst?ǣcase scenario 15th May 2008, 12:30

Call it the credit crunch, call it the sub-prime crisis, whatever you call it, I call it trouble. It?s hard to pinpoint exactly what the consequences of the developing global economic downturn will be for Formula 1. But it?s hard to imagine them being good. And to the pessimists it could look very bad indeed.

No more Magny-Cours? Heard it before 14th May 2008, 12:30

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 […]

2009 F1 drivers – early predictions 30th April 2008, 7:00

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 […]

How new tracks are squeezing traditional circuits out of Formula 1 22nd April 2008, 7:00

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 […]