Aside from the latest McLaren drama the other major point of discussion at the FIA World Motor Sports Council has been plans to limit F1 teams’ budgets. I’ve always been sceptical about this and when we first did a poll on it here almost a year ago so were two-thirds of you. But with the … Continue reading Is budget capping realistic? (Poll)
The transcripts from the House of Lords’ discussion on the future of the British Grand Prix makes interesting reading. According to them Donington Park’s deal to host the British Grand Prix has been extended from 10 to 17 years. The government also quoted Dutch financial institution ING saying “resources are in place” for the event … Continue reading Donington Park has British Grand Prix deal until 2026, claims government
Donington Park has had plenty of problems in recent weeks with several races being cancelled. This was because of building work in preparation for the 2010 British Grand Prix encroaching on the circuit?óÔé¼Ôäós run-off area. Now circuit owner Tom Walkinshaw is suing the track operators for ?é?ú2.47m in unpaid rent. And the company?óÔé¼Ôäós plans for … Continue reading More bad news from Donington
Lola has announced it is considering an F1 comeback in 2010, taking advantage of new rules to slash the cost of competition. They are the second team to be linked with an entry in 2010. The other is the American entry previously known as USF1 and USGPE, which is now tipped to be called US-F1 … Continue reading Lola to be second new F1 team in 2010?
We’ve had a glimpse before of South Korea’s F1 track, which is due to hold its first Grand Prix next year. But now the official home page for the 2010 South Korean Grand Prix is live, complete with new pictures of the Jeonnam track.
The F1 drivers’ superlicence fee row appeared to end in defeat for the drivers as they agreed to pay the FIA’s higher fee structure – which increased revenue to the FIA five-fold. However the sports governing body has now indicated it will cut the fees in 2010, but not said how much they will come … Continue reading FIA to cut licence fees – but by how much?
F1 teams will be allowed to run to different technical regulations if they agree to limit their budgets to Â£30m (â‚¬33m / $42m) under new rules put forward by the World Motor Sports Council today.
The teams’ plans for the future of F1 revealed today are a mixture of sound ideas plus a couple of complete and utter howlers. There was a lot to commend in the ideas they put forward today, but a few worrying omissions as well. Here’s my take on FOTA’s F1 proposal.
Guest writer Clive Allen responds to Peter Anderson’s case against against USF1’s F1 hopes for 2010. It is very easy to list the difficulties confronting USF1 in their attempt to enter F1 in 2010. We are all aware of these and nothing Peter Anderson says in his article, USF1: The case against is anything new. … Continue reading USF1: The case for
Guest writer Peter Anderson, who posts comments as ZeroGee, is deeply sceptical about the USF1 project. Here’s why. As I’ve written here before I think the US F1 team is little more than a stunt. Here’s my take on their plans and why I think that this will be the very definition of an F1 … Continue reading USF1: The case against
RBS has confirmed its widely-expected move not to continue its sponsorship of the Williams F1 team beyond the end of its current contract. The deal expires at the end of the 2010 season. The bank is in serious financial trouble and is being supported by the UK government. As discussed yesterday brand ambassador and former … Continue reading Williams to lose RBS sponsorship in 2010
USF1 is expected to announce its plans to enter F1 in 2010 later today. The plan is being headed by two men, Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor. Windsor has worn many hats in an F1 career spanning more than two decades, but mystery surrounds his last involvement with Brabham. His role in taking over the … Continue reading USF1?óÔé¼Ôäós Peter Windsor and the strange story of the Brabham F1 team
Press release from Donington Park: Peter Wahl ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ the architect who has worked extensively on the Donington Park redevelopment project ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ has promised that the new circuit, which will host the British F1 Grand Prix for a decade from July 2010, will present overtaking and excitement together with technical challenges for drivers and teams. Tilke, … Continue reading Donington architect on track changes
Renault?óÔé¼Ôäós title sponsor ING has confirmed what was widely expected ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ that it will not continue its F1 activities beyond the end of 2009. As well as sponsoring the French team, ING also backed the Australian, Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix in 2008. Faced with the loss of such a major backer, will Renault cut … Continue reading ING quits F1 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ will Renault follow?
The reports that a new American team called USF1 could enter F1 in 2010 have been met with a largely enthusiastic reaction. But the hope that F1 might get a new team soon and that it could come from a country where Formula 1 has struggled to gain national attention is tempered with a degree … Continue reading USF1: why it just might work
With The Team Formerly Known As Honda looking increasingly unlikely to appear at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, the 2009 F1 season could begin with the fewest starters in more than three decades.
It may seem preposterously early to start thinking about the 2010 F1 season when this year’s championship hasn’t got started yet. But with only three drivers’ seats confirmed for 2010, little change in the 2009 line-up, and many places in top teams potentially up for grabs for 2010, we could see some surprise announcements during … Continue reading 2010 F1 driver market wide open
BMW is under pressure to abandon its opposition to a delay on the introduction of Kinetic Energy Reduction Systems (KERS). Luca di Montezemolo, Flavio Briatore and John Howett representing Ferrari, Renault and Toyota have all spoken in favour of postponing the introduction of KERS until 2010.
Simon Gillett was looking slightly the worse for wear when I met him at Autosport International this morning. He had a reason to be, as he celebrated Donington Park winning approval for its development work in order to hold the 2010 British Grand Prix. Nevertheless he was happy toi spend a half hour answering questions … Continue reading Donington Park boss Simon Gillett on building the new British Grand Prix circuit
Two months ago Max Mosley rubbished FOTA?óÔé¼Ôäós suggestion that refuelling during F1 races could be banned. Now a refuelling ban is on the cards for 2010. What has brought about the happy change of heart at the FIA?