“Karun Chandhok’s Formula One ambitions are all set to get a succour in the coming days in the form of a test driver’s role with the Force India F1 team for the 2009 season.”
Despite having said he wanted a race seat for 2009, Chandhok may get a testing role at Force India. But with testing set to be reduced next year and Vitantonio Liuzzi already a test driver for the team, would Chandhok get much mileage at all? More the 2009 F1 drivers: 2009 F1 drivers and teams
“Oh, this is just precious. We have no problem with Renaultsport rolling out F1-themed versions of its hot hatches because, well, they’re pretty hot. Some of the hottest hatches around, actually, it’s worth re-iterating. But we can’t help but feel this is pushing things a little too far.”
Christian Horner on David Coulthard: “David has unfortunately had a disappointing year. Nothing has gone his way.
“Before this year he’d had only a couple of accidents with Red Bull Racing. I think this year he has had 10 and that has cost us and David very dearly in points. Too often we have been relying on one car and that’s been very hard for us.”
“For now the teams have the upper hand because with no formal contract tying them either to the owners of the sport, CVC (an entity represented by Ecclestone), or the FIA, they are theoretically free to simply set up their own championship – one in which 50% of the money would not be leaving the sport as it currently does, and one in which regulations could be framed just as they’d like them to be.”
“So we have two small victories, Mosley forced to take a more reasonable attitude and Bernie hoist by his own petard. But these might be indicative of a changing climate in the sport with Mosley’s favorite bogeyman of the moment, the credit crunch, looming over everything. The manufacturer teams have at last realized that the only way to get the FIA to act sensibly is to present a united front, insisting on practical solutions rather than the wild excesses so beloved of Mosley.” More on the FIA/FOTA agreement: FIA-FOTA agreement: Teams?óÔé¼Ôäó proposals accepted as Mosley backs down on KERS
“F1 is now a corporate business and it needs to be properly organised. It needs to avoid looking sleazy or unfair. It needs to avoid serpentine machinations, propaganda wars and all the other rubbish that we see every day. Some say the controversy adds to the soap opera style of the show, but this is self-justifying piffle. People care about drivers and to a lesser extent about the teams. They do not care about governing bodies unless these are intruding in the show. In China a large banner appeared in the main grandstand with the words “Ferrari International Assistance” written on it. The people holding the banner were Chinese, which seemed to suggest that the concept that all is not well has travelled not only to China, but has also managed to get over the language barriers which make F1’s annual visit to Shanghai such a strain for those that bother to make the trip.”
“Eddie Jordan looks to be the surprise new name on a podium of former racing drivers the BBC have put together for their F1 coverage next season.”
Jordan has vast experience but I wasn’t keen on his F1 Racing columns and I’m not sure he’d be a better pick as commentator than Martin Brundle (a former driver of Jordan’s). Perhaps a studio role would suit him though.
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