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[8 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | 1,635 views]
Todt Left Looking Foolish Over Bahrain

Yesterday I said it was time for Formula One to stand up and tell the the FIA it is wrong in deciding it was appropriate to hold a Bahrain Grand Prix this year. So did they? Well… not in exactly those words…

Bahrain, FIA, FOTA, GPDA, Personal musings »

[7 Jun 2011 | 15 Comments | 2,340 views]
Bahrain’s Political Football

Well I suppose nobody can say Bahrain was boring this year. The drivers don’t seem to want to go. Some of the teams don’t seem to want to go either. Even Max Mosley thinks it is a terrible idea. Only Bernie Ecclestone appeared to be keen, that is until the FIA decided to reschedule the Bahrain Grand Prix to the end of October – cue some degree of Ecclestone backtracking…

FOM, FOTA, Headline »

[14 May 2011 | 5 Comments | 1,785 views]
Here We Go Again…

It’s almost been an inevitability ever since it was revealed that Italian investment group EXOR, the majority shareholder in Ferrari’s parent company Fiat, had tied-up with News Corp in an attempt to buy Formula One. Yes that old Ferrari chestnut has raised its head once again: The threat of walking away from Formula One and setting up a rival series.

FOTA, Personal musings »

[9 Jun 2010 | 8 Comments | 1,434 views]
Heroes and Big Teams

Funny how stories pop up with such eloquent timing sometimes. I just made a comment in the forum about always enjoying following the struggles of a small team (I miss Super Aguri) when I discovered some quotes from Luca di Montezemolo in Autocar where he criticises the small teams.

“There is a need to have competitive teams. F1 is like soccer. It needs heroes and it needs big teams. You cannot equalise everything. We need to avoid having too many small teams because it means too many compromises.” – Luca di …


[12 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | 1,269 views]

Friction between the FIA and the teams had been slowly building since the middle of 2008 as the ongoing economic situation forced all parties to reassess the direction that Formula 1 was headed. However, there was little in the way of agreement as to how that could be achieved and Max Mosley’s proposal to use a standard engine only served to antagonise the car-manufacturer based teams.

Then at the beginning of the year, the FIA announced it would be opening up the grid to three new teams and in order to …


[24 Jun 2009 | 37 Comments | 25,734 views]

24th June 2009 – armistice day. It hasn’t got quite the same ring as the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (which was the 10th hour anyway by GMT) but we’ll take it.

The planned budget-cap for 2010 is now scrapped to be replaced by FOTA’s own cost cutting regulations, the aim being to achieve costs comparable to the early 1990s. FOTA in turn will sign a new Concorde Agreement committing them to Formula 1 until 2012. However, tellingly, Max Mosley has agreed to not stand …