So he wasn’t a pizza delivery boy after all. Shame – that was a good tale!
“I think the FIA should be careful what it wishes for. You can’t turn back the clock, make F1 a cottage industry once more and continue to expect it to be taken seriously around the world.”
“In many ways McLaren may hope they are a little adrift of Ferrari’s pace around Interlagos. That way it makes it easier for Hamilton not to get involved.”
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“Jean Alesi said even the global financial crisis is no justification for the proposal.
‘It has nothing to do with it,’ he said, ‘but rather it is a very deep and very complicated political issue, about which I do not want to say any more.
‘It goes for all manufacturers. It is in effect asking BMW, Toyota or Mercedes to sack their engineers and buy an engine from the supermarket.'”
“For the FIA to remain relevant it would surely be best for the federation to have a different style. Trying to encourage consensus rather than seeking to divide is a better way to go forward. The FIA should not be seen as the enemy but rather as a helpful ‘marriage guidance counsellor’ for the teams.
“There is still a role for the FIA as the policeman of the sport but work needs to be done to improve the image of the race management in F1. Is that possible given the people involved?”
“Against all odds, the FIA have recently launched a tender to attract firms for the design of a standard engine or transmission for Formula One from 2010 until 2012. Although the teams are not happy with the idea, what is it that the FIA is actually looking for in a standard engine?”
“It kind of makes you wonder why there is such bad communication between these two essential parties that make up the Formula One series at this important time. I would like to think that it has to do with being a method of the sport’s organizers purposefully testing the waters and trying to force the parties to agree quickly on the sport’s future. But I fear there is no such forethought going into this apparent breakdown in communication.”