F1 blogs review: free Red Bulletin download

The Red Bulletin, Monaco, Thursday, 2007In the F1 blogs this week grab yourself a complete back-catalogue of the free paddock magazine Red Bulletin in PDF format from the past three years. Just don’t try taking them into the McLaren pit

Plus an Australian F1 fan frustrated with the organisation of the Melbourne race, plenty of thoughts on testing and more. Continue reading

‘Fuel burn’ qualifying laps get dropped

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Istanbul, 2007 | Ferrari MediaGood news – there will be no boring hiatus at the start of part three of qualifying in 2008. The FIA has finally gotten around to banning the ‘fuel burn’ phase (as many people had expected).

I was hoping they would do this by getting rid of ‘race fuel’ qualifying altogether. Race fuel qualifying was introduced in 2003 in the hope that it would mix the grids up more but it had clearly failed.

Unfortunately race fuel qualifying – for the top ten drivers at least – will remain. Continue reading

If only Michael Schumacher had said this

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes MP4/23 launch, 2008 | DaimlerLewis Hamilton has given some interesting quotes to the press. What would I have given to hear Michael Schumacher say something like this a few years ago:

I just like fairness and I want Heikki Kovalainen to have the exact same opportunities and if he does and I beat him, there’s the reward. I beat him on same tyres, same engine and knowing all that, you just know you’re a better driver. I don’t want any advantage, any head start.

Imagine if this had been Schumacher’s attitude at Ferrari. I doubt Rubens Barrichello would have taken the fight to him that often, but we might have had a few more interesting races during the turgidly awful seasons of 2001, 2002 and 2004. Continue reading

F1 news review: Malaysia considers night race

2008 Singapore Grand Prix night race artist?σΤιΌΤδσs impressionF1 could have two races under floodlights in 2009 as the organisers of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang look at hiring the same company used for this year’s Singapore Grand Prix, which will be the first to be held at night.

Elsewhere Nigel Stepney gets a new job, Max Mosley and Jackie Stewart continue to argue, and Bridgestone consider bringing different tyre to this year’s races. Continue reading

Ecclestone under pressure to set United States GP for 2009

Jarno Trulli, Indianapolis, Toyota, 2007This month’s issue of “The Paddock” sheds some light on last July’s negotiations between Bernie Ecclestone and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George.

The pair failed to reach an agreement for a 2008 race reportedly because they failed to agree a price. Ecclestone apparently demanded $10m more than George was willing to pay.

According to “The Paddock” several F1 sponsors are unhappy with the loss of the race and say they would have made up the shortfall themselves. Continue reading

Max Mosley can’t stop talking about spygate

Max Mosley, FIA Gala, 2006I enjoyed American political drama “The West Wing” very much before it was cancelled two years ago.

I thought of it today, and how the president’s communications experts in the series would earnestly debate the implications of anything he said in public, when I read a new quote from Max Mosley.

The same care and attention is clearly not put into deciding what President Mosley has to say. Today he offered up this gem about the McLaren espionage saga: Continue reading

F1′s new reason for cost cutting

Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, Hungaroring, 2007 | Lorenzo Bellanca / LAT PhotographicWhy cut costs in Formula 1?

Is it to give the smaller teams a chance? To make sure it isn?σΤιΌΤδσt the team with the biggest wallet that always wins?

Or is it to stop the car manufacturers from leaving the sport? F1 is faced with complaints that it is a frivolous, environmentally-unfriendly waste, as the global economy teeters on the edge of a recession. Continue reading

Formula 3000: a brief history (part 3)

The final instalment in our columnist Ben Evans’ look at the history of Formula 3000.

In the 1990s the series briefly tasted success before grid numbers tailed off again. Although it could still occasionally provide great comedy moments and good racing, it was pensioned off at the end of 2004 to make way for GP2. Continue reading

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