Budget cap architect Purnell leaves FIA

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Tony Purnell, who helped devise Max Mosley’s controversial budget cap plan, has left the FIA. Formerly a team principal at Jaguar, Purnell joined the FIA in 2006. Together with fellow technical consultant Peter Wright, Purnell was also involved in introducing 2009’s radical aerodynamic changes designed to aid overtaking. But the budget cap proposal proved more … Continue reading Budget cap architect Purnell leaves FIA

Briatore’s victory gives the FIA a tough lesson in the limits of its power

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The Singapore crash affair is by no means over: I cannot imagine the FIA letting Tuesday’s verdict in favour of Flavio Briatore lie, and Briatore himself has said he may bring further lawsuits. But now the verdict is out there and the principal players have all said their pieces, it’s time to take stock. The … Continue reading Briatore’s victory gives the FIA a tough lesson in the limits of its power

Is the FIA to blame for teams leaving?

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

As the F1 world waits to learn whether Renault will join Toyota in quitting the sport, the finger-pointing for the manufacturers’ exodus has already begun. The FIA reacted to Toyota’s decision by claiming it could have been avoided if Max Mosley’s budget cap had been introduced. Meanwhile Ferrari blamed “those who managed Formula 1 over … Continue reading Is the FIA to blame for teams leaving?

The bitterly-fought FIA presidential election is too important to ignore

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With the FIA presidential election just days away the row over Max Mosley’s efforts to ensure he is succeeded by Jean Todt and not Ari Vatanen is the subject of great scrutiny. Vatanen has taken the step of appealing to a French court to ensure next week’s elections are carried out fairly, a move which … Continue reading The bitterly-fought FIA presidential election is too important to ignore

Vatanen says “tide is turning” in his favour but fears voter intimidation

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Ari Vatanen feels he is the front runner in the FIA president election race following Max Mosley’s letter urging people to vote for Jean Todt. Vatanen told this site: It is very sad he has done this. But they know we are leading now. If he knew they were leading he would never write such … Continue reading Vatanen says “tide is turning” in his favour but fears voter intimidation

Mosley says Renault got the ‘harshest penalty’ but hardly anyone agrees

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Max Mosley refused to acknowledge the craven manner in which the FIA backed down from punishing Renault yesterday. He insisted the team received “the harshest [penalty] we can impose”, which was patently false given that they kept all the points and money earned by their ill-gotten victory, and have not been banned from any events. … Continue reading Mosley says Renault got the ‘harshest penalty’ but hardly anyone agrees

Max Mosley will give up FIA presidency – but he wants Jean Todt in charge

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Max Mosley’s latest promise to step down from the FIA presidency in October will inevitably be met with some scepticism. After all, he’s already gone back on similar promises made in 2004, 2008 and earlier this year. But this time we can be more confident that he actually is going, for two reasons. First, the … Continue reading Max Mosley will give up FIA presidency – but he wants Jean Todt in charge

Ari Vatanen: The man who would challenge Max Mosley (Video)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Ari Vatanen has declared he will stand for election as president of the FIA in the October elections. Vatanen is well-known to motor racing fans having been a world rally champion and survived a serious crash in 1985. But his subsequent political career and passion for improving road safety also mark him out as a … Continue reading Ari Vatanen: The man who would challenge Max Mosley (Video)

Ecclestone & Mosley under fire (updated)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fresh evidence of the failures of the status quo in Formula 1 have emerged over the past few days. Whether it?s the rumours about Max Mosley?s close ally Alan Donnelly?s involvement with Manor, claims the prospective 2010 entrants were denied a slot unless they elected to use Cosworth power, or Bernie Ecclestone praising Adolf Hitler, … Continue reading Ecclestone & Mosley under fire (updated)

No split, no budget cap – and no Max Mosley. A victory for FOTA and F1?

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I wasn’t expecting F1’s long-standing row to be resolved today any more than I had on the many other ‘deadline days’ which have come and passed with no resolution. But the decision from the World Motor Sports Council came remarkably swiftly: next year’s F1 championship will be run to rules broadly similar to this year. … Continue reading No split, no budget cap – and no Max Mosley. A victory for FOTA and F1?