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Where the money goes in F1 2nd March 2009, 22:15

A fearsome battle is brewing in F1 between Bernie Ecclestone – the man who has the biggest say in where money goes in the sport – and the teams, who want a bigger slice of F1’s revenues. Money is always a hot topic in F1 as too little of the enormous revenues the sport generated […]

Max Mosley and the art of distraction 7th February 2009, 12:39

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 […]

The FIA ??analysis? of Ecclestone?s medals proposal is flawed and irrelevant 30th January 2009, 18:42

Bernie Ecclestone?s plan to replace the F1 points system with the awarding of ??medals? 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 ??The […]

The state of Formula 1 in 2008 28th December 2008, 13:24

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 […]

The cost-cutting plans: engines 12th December 2008, 19:55

Among the proposals agreed by the FIA and the Formula One Teams? Association to cut costs are a range of money-saving measures targeted at the engines. The changes include an extension in engine life and severe restrictions in development. Will they achieve the goal of cutting costs while keeping F1 at the technological forefront?

More signs that manufacturers are starting to favour specification racing 10th December 2008, 7:00

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?t joining rivals BMW and Mercedes in Formula 1 ?ǣ it?s chosen the American Grand-Am sports car championship. What, if anything, does this tell us about F1?s appeal to car […]

Honda: a one-off or the first of many? 7th December 2008, 11:12

Did Honda drop its F1 team because it was performing too poorly to be worth keeping? Or are car manufacturers going to begin cutting their F1 teams, irrespective of how well they’re doing, to save money?

Why is FOTA worrying about qualifying when F1 faces far greater problems? 23rd November 2008, 11:42

Fiddling while Rome burns. Re-arranging deckchairs on the Titanic. There are plenty of cliches to be thrown at FOTA’s plans to radically overhaul qualifying yet again. Why is FOTA trying to change a system that has already been tweaked eight times in the past five years? Its not as if there aren’t more serious problems […]

FIA to provide video evidence and improve stewarding of incidents in 2009 5th November 2008, 15:16

The FIA is to introduce a series of changes to how its rules are enforced during F1 weekends. In a significant change the FIA will ensure all video evidence relating to controversial moments is made available to the public via its and FOM’s websites. It did so following the questionable penalties given to Lewis Hamilton, […]

F1 2009: 10 questions for the off-season

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 […]