How much does an F1 driver cost? And why…

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Max Mosley has approved increases in the cost of F1 drivers’ superlicences that will net the FIA an extra ??1.1m* (??818,000). F1 drivers have seen the cost of their licences increase by up to 479%. The top drivers will pay the most but it’s not as if they’re impoverished to begin with – Lewis Hamilton … Continue reading How much does an F1 driver cost? And why…

Video: F1 testing in Valencia (part 1)

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I came across a series of excellent videos covering last week’s F1 test in Valencia on Youtube today. The footage includes the debut appearances of two new 2008 F1 cars – the Williams-Toyota FW30 and Renault’s new R28, the latter driven by Fernando Alonso. See below for over half an hour of footage from the … Continue reading Video: F1 testing in Valencia (part 1)

It’s Nazir Hoosein all over again

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Sidepodcast have done some first-class sleuthing about the man who will appear as the new FIA-appointed permanent steward to rule on disputes during Grand Prix weekends. As of this year there will be three different stewards officiating on each race, plus one extra person appointed by the FIA who will be at every race. This … Continue reading It’s Nazir Hoosein all over again

‘Fuel burn’ qualifying laps get dropped

2008 F1 season

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Good 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 … Continue reading ‘Fuel burn’ qualifying laps get dropped

F1 news review: Malaysia considers night race

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F1 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 … Continue reading F1 news review: Malaysia considers night race

Ecclestone under pressure to set United States GP for 2009

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This 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 … Continue reading Ecclestone under pressure to set United States GP for 2009

Max Mosley can’t stop talking about spygate

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I 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 … Continue reading Max Mosley can’t stop talking about spygate

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