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
As Max Mosley clings desperately to power while the FIA waits for the chance to have its say on June 3rd, there are three more Grands Prix to run in the meantime. And the next one is the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya, at which we are expecting to see the launch … Continue reading Who will launch Racing Against Racism?
Ron Dennis and Max Mosley have never been the best of friends. Mosley once said of Dennis: Ron has no role in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship apart from that granted him, in common with other teams, by the Concorde Agreement. Unfortunately he find all this rather difficult to understand. Several years later, and … Continue reading Dominoes
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
I was saddened this evening to learn of the death of Jean-Marie Balestre. Balestre was the president of the Commision Sportive Internationale from 1978, and formed the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA), the fore-runner of today’s FIA. He became president of the FIA in 1986 (despite having a coronary artery by-pass graft that same … Continue reading Jean-Marie Balestre, 1921-2008
When I did the site redesign last week I added a list of F1Fanatic’s most popular posts in the menu on the right. Unfortunately it does not cover all the articles published from 2005-7 because not all of the data is available. However I have been able to compile a list of the ten most … Continue reading The top 10 posts on F1Fanatic.co.uk
Once again the Super Aguri transporters have departed a testing session with the teams’ F1 cars not even having turned a wheel. The teams presence in the 2008 championship looks less likely with every passing day. They could be the second team to announce their non-participation in F1 this year, following Prodrive who were originally … Continue reading The FIA must solve the customer car problem
At the Autosport International show last weekend I came across the stand for McLaren Electronic Systems – the company which won the bid to provide the standard engine control unit to Formula 1 teams for 2008. Although the deal attracted little attention when it was announced in 2006 it has become a bone of contention, … Continue reading A close look at McLaren’s standard ECU
The latest Max Mosley master plan to cut costs in F1 involved banning teams from using their wind tunnels. On January 11th proposals will be put to the team principals requiring that they reduce their wind tunnel use as follows: Each team may have only one wind tunnel operating five days per week, eight hours … Continue reading How do you stop teams from using wind tunnels?
Max Mosley has proposed that the proceedings regarding McLaren’s possession of Ferrari intellectual property be brought to a close following McLaren’s public apology earlier today. This comes following the publication of the FIA’s technical report which casts new light on how McLaren engineers were planning to use the material obtained from Ferrari’s Nigel Stepney by … Continue reading Mosley proposes halt to McLaren spy investigation
I’m still trying to get everything that happened in F1’s two spying scandals straight in my head at the moment. While doing some work on it tonight I came across a passage that give further insight into Max Mosley’s thinking on the FIA’s pursuit of the Sunday Times and Martin Brundle over the ‘witch hunt’ … Continue reading ‘McLaren witch hunt’ discussed at second spy hearing
Martin Brundle has hit back at the FIA following the news that the sport’s governing body intends to sue the Sunday Times over one of his articles. In a new piece today entitled “How can Formula One justify blatant double standards?” Brundle defends his earlier claim that the FIA is engaged in a witch-hunt against … Continue reading Martin Brundle hits back at the FIA over ‘bullying’
The FIA are taking legal action against the Sunday Times over an article concerning the McLaren-Ferrari espionage case, according to an article on Pitpass. The complaint appears to relate to an article written by Martin Brundle over the Italian Grand Prix weekend. That article is still online but carries the notice ‘This article is subject … Continue reading FIA suing Sunday Times over McLaren article
Tomorrow it will be 19 months since the FIA confirmed that Prodrive would be the 12th team in Formula 1 in 2008. Last week David Richards confirmed what many people had suspected for a long time: that Prodrive will not be racing in F1 next year. Prodrive’s absence next year is because the FIA have … Continue reading The FIA owe Prodrive an apology