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
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?
We all know team orders are banned. But we also know teams can get away with doing certain things to manipulate the running order of their drivers.
Here are four ideas, which have been tried in other championships to make racing more entertaining, that don’t belong in F1.
Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo was not impressed by the role the safety car had to play in Singapore: When we race on tracks where staging a circus or something else would be better, anything can happen, because the spectacle is supplied by the Safety Car. This is humiliating for F1. Montezemolo may be sore about … Continue reading Luca di Montezemolo is right: F1’s safety car rules are humiliating for the sport
Williams has tested a version of its car with a rear wing apparently designed to meet the 2009 F1 rules. Becken has pictures of it on his blog and here’s an artists’ impression of how the 2009 F1 cars will look (right, found on the F1Technical forum). I knew from looking at the 2009 F1 … Continue reading 2009 F1 rules make rear wings tiny
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
After the Italian Grand Prix Todd was unimpressed with the Santander logo trophies that were given to the drivers: F1 trophies I would have thought would be a very special thing, usually events have a very well designed trophy to commemorate the victory, but now – and for the rest of his life – Sebastian … Continue reading Those Santander trophies are rubbish – and probably break F1’s rules
At the Italian Grand Prix weekend driving standards was a hot topic again – hardly surprising given the furore over Lewis Hamilton’s penalty at Spa, and Monza’s combination of two tight chicanes plus a soaking wet track. With Hamilton’s appeal against his penalty due to be heard on Monday 22nd September it’s a good time … Continue reading Four of F1’s ‘unwritten rules’
Next year will see the biggest change in the technical regulations for some time. It’s certainly the greatest since the grooved tyre/narrow track switch in 1998, and perhaps the largest overhaul of the rules since turbo engines were banned after 1988. In 2009 F1 wing sizes will be reduced, movable front wing flaps allowed, slick … Continue reading Will the 2009 F1 rules allow Honda to catch McLaren, Ferrari & the rest?
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?
The 2009 F1 rules are a source of great interest with several radical changes aimed at improving overtaking. Along with bring back slick tyres and reducing wing sizes, teams are expected to be allowed to use adjustable wings. I’m not a fan of the idea. What do you think of it? Cast your vote below…
Slick tyres are making their long-awaited return to Formula 1 next year. Drivers and fans have largely welcomed the return of proper racing tyres to F1. The FIA apparently intends to keep the rule requiring teams to use two different compounds per race. But in order to make this more of a challenge Bridgestone plans … Continue reading Bridgestone to widen difference between tyres in 2009 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but how will we know?
When we debated Sebastien Bourdais here a few weeks ago there were some reservations about the quality of his performances since he scored on his Grand Prix debut in Australia. The Toro Rosso driver has hinted why he might be having difficulty settling into F1 after five years in Champ Car. He remarked he was … Continue reading Bourdais unhappy with grooved tyres
The FIA is expected to back down from its proposed ban on tyre warmers for the 2009 F1 season at the World Motor Sports Council’s meeting on Wednesday. A ban on tyre warmers had been proposed for next year along with the re-introduction of slick tyres. However the FIA is now understood to believe that … Continue reading FIA set to allow tyre warmers in 2009
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
F1 is likely to have a new procedure in place for what drivers are supposed to do in the event of a safety car deployment in time for the next round at Magny-Cours. A trial of the new system will be held before the race. The plan is that, when the safety car is deployed, … Continue reading New safety car rules for French GP