Bernie Ecclestone waited a few days before responding to Max Mosley’s surprising claims last week about the FIA’s contract negotiations with Formula One Group: I sincerely hope that it isn’t a declaration of war because, if that’s what the message should be, then we’ll have to defend ourselves. That is what anyone would do. I … Continue reading Ecclestone hits back at Mosley
Yesterday I considered what would happen to Formula 1 if the economic crisis caused teams to leave the sport. Before I wrote that reader Scott Newton had sent in his thoughts on how F1 could work with just a few manufacturers supplying all the chassis. My idea stems from the concern that customer cars will … Continue reading Formula 1 as a spec series
Call it the credit crunch, call it the sub-prime crisis, whatever you call it, I call it trouble. It?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to pinpoint exactly what the consequences of the developing global economic downturn will be for Formula 1. But it?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to imagine them being good. And to the pessimists it could look very bad indeed.
Something odd is going on with the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association at the moment. There have been stories going around since last year about some of its members being unhappy that certain drivers haven’t joined what is effectively the drivers’ union. The driver mentioned most often has been Lewis Hamilton, who over the weekend denied … Continue reading Has the FIA superlicence price hike caused a split within the GPDA?
Nik left an interesting comment in the Turkish Grand Prix Facts and Stats article about how much of an advantage the drivers who started on the clean side of the grid had at Istanbul: Hamilton (third) overtook Kovalainen (second) Kubica (fifth) overtook Raikkonen (fourth) and Kovalainen (second) Alonso (seventh) overtook Webber (sixth) and Raikkonen (fourth) … Continue reading Debate: Are some starting grids unfair?
The GP2 sprint race at the Istanbul circuit this morning has been disrupted due to animals on the circuit. Halfway through the race a furious Bruno Senna brought his wrecked iSport car into the garage having collided with a dog on the back straight. A second dog was seen running around turn two and the … Continue reading Video: Driver hits dog in F1 support race
I wouldn’t complain if the F1 calendar grew to NASCAR-like proportions with 30-plus races per year. But given the expense of moving the cars from country to country, it doesn’t seem very likely. But why shouldn’t F1 drivers participate in more races besides Formula 1? In the past week both Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica … Continue reading If Hamilton and Kubica want to race elsewhere they should be allowed to
Rubens Barrichello is set to become F1’s most experienced driver in the Turkish Grand Prix. Ben wrote a review of his career here yesterday. Today I wanted to pick out some of Barrichello’s best moments. What was the Brazilian’s greatest Grand Prix? Here’s a few of my picks, nominate yours below.
I wanted to ignore the inevitable Max Mosley stuff over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend and concentrate on the racing (at least, what little there was that passed for racing). Pressure continues to grow on the FIA president to quit with sporting bodies shunning him and the teams considering making an official statement criticising him, … Continue reading Inevitable Max Mosley post #11
Heikki Kovalainen was involved in a a heavy impact on lap 23 of the Spanish Grand Prix. Kovalainen waved and gave a thumbs-up to the crowd after being taken from the scene on a stretcher.
Rubens Barrichello will soon become the F1 driver to have started the most races but he’s told the media he wants to go on much longer: It is no secret that my contract expires at the end of the year. I want to extend it, because I think that with Ross Brawn a new and … Continue reading Rubens Barrichello wants 300 GP starts
It’s been way too long since I last did a round-up of what’s been keeping me entertained on the F1 blogs. Here are some of the highlights from this week:
After a dismal showing in winter testing Honda’s performance in the first three races of the season has been almost respectable. Jenson Button got the RA108 into the top ten in qualifying at Bahrain – beating Fernando Alonso’s Renault – and reckoned a points finish was on the cards had he not picked up a … Continue reading Ross Brawn and the Honda recovery
Max Mosley has tried to shrug off growing demands for him to quit in the face of lurid revelations about his personal life and pushed ahead with his plans to introduce environmentally-friendly kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) in F1 from 2009. He has written to teams outlining a vision of how a more powerful KERS … Continue reading Problems with KERS and its impact on F1
This poll is now closed. The results are as follows: Yes 101 29% of all votes No 224 65% of all votes Don’t know 21 6% of all votes Debate rumbles on over F1’s planned ban of tyre warmers for next year. Last year drivers including David Coulthard criticised the move to ban tyre warmers … Continue reading Poll: should tyre warmers be banned?
It looks as though Formula 1 fans will have to make do without an official F1 video game again in 2008. According to Pitpass discussions between Bernie Ecclestone and Sony (previous holders of the F1 franchise) have reached a dead end. Sony previously paid $15m per year for the rights to the game. Ecclestone’s entire … Continue reading Still no sign of a new F1 video game
The world of swimming is up in arms about a controversial new piece of swimwear dubbed the Speedo LZR Racer. Its effectiveness in making swimmers faster can be judged by the fact that 33 swimming world records have been broken since February – 30 by users of the LZR gear. The Times’s top sporting scribe … Continue reading What swimming can tell us about F1
Another week, another qualifying rules change, as F1 strives to create a made-for-TV-extravaganza that also produces a good race. The one-hour, 12 lap, sessions used to be cracking TV and a rare opportunity to see what the teams and drivers could conjure up when they focussed their efforts on a single banzai lap. Problem was … Continue reading The Ben Evans column: qualified failure
Max Mosley has issued a statement about the infamous News of the World allegations, two days after the claims were made by the newspaper. Mosley claimed he has been the target of, “a covert investigation of my private life and background has been undertaken by a group specialising in such things, for reasons and clients … Continue reading Mosley refuses to resign over scandal
Bernie Ecclestone has changed his mind about the Max Mosley scandal and admitted it creates problems for Formula 1. Ecclestone previously said: “What people do privately is up to them. I don?óÔé¼Ôäót honestly believe [the scandal] affects the sport in any way.” However he is quoted in today’s Times saying Mosley should not go to … Continue reading Ecclestone changes tune on Mosley