FOTA teams offer three-year F1 deal but will Max Mosley accept it?

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The news that the nine remaining FOTA-aligned teams (Williams excluded) have submitted applications to contest the 2010 F1 championship ahead of the May 29th deadline has been given a warm reception. But this is not a white flag from FOTA. They are demanding that their teams can compete “on an identical regulatory basis” in 2010 … Continue reading FOTA teams offer three-year F1 deal but will Max Mosley accept it?

Fuji Speedway to disappear from 2010 F1 calendar, things are looking up

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Fuji Speedway, which is owned by Toyota, may not return to the F1 calendar in 2010 as planned. The track is supposed to be rotating the Japanese Grand Prix with Honda-owned Suzuka, which holds this year’s race. But the circuit operators have suggested the 2010 running is in doubt, potentially returning the Japanese round to … Continue reading Fuji Speedway to disappear from 2010 F1 calendar, things are looking up

Brawn set to extend Button’s contract – but will he get a new team mate?

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On the eve of the Australian Grand Prix it emerged Jenson Button had accepted a pay cut in the region of 12-15m to stay at Brawn GP following the withdrawal of Honda. Now, with a healthy lead in the world championship, he is tipped to sign a new multi-year deal with Brawn. Button looks set … Continue reading Brawn set to extend Button’s contract – but will he get a new team mate?

Williams to replace Rosberg for 2010?

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Dissatisfaction in the Williams team with their start to the season has become focused on the performance of lead driver Nico Rosberg. That the merest hint of criticism of Rosberg was allowed to creep into the team’s official press release after the Spanish Grand Prix hints at the depth of the team’s concerns. Patrick Head … Continue reading Williams to replace Rosberg for 2010?

British Grand Prix to skip a year in 2010? They said that about San Marino…

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Bernie Ecclestone was widely quoted yesterday saying: If the work at Donington is not finished in time, we would be happy to skip a year. I don’t want to lose the British Grand Prix ? that’s the last thing we want to do, but we aren’t going to Silverstone for sure. I’m not in the … Continue reading British Grand Prix to skip a year in 2010? They said that about San Marino…

The FIA must not let its row with Ferrari become a split that would destroy F1

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The Ferrari board confirmed today it will pull its team out of F1 if the FIA does not back down on its controversial plans for the 2010 rules. Toyota and Red Bull/Toro Rosso have already voiced the same objections and several F1 news sites are indicating that Mercedes, Renault and BMW are prepared to do … Continue reading The FIA must not let its row with Ferrari become a split that would destroy F1

‘Most wins’ system confirmed for 2010

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Contrary to what I wrote here yesterday, F1 will be using ‘most victories’ to decide the champion in 2010. Leahonard_e pulled me up for missing a crucial line in the new 2010 regulations: The Formula One World Championship driver’s title will be awarded to the driver who has been classified first in the greatest number … Continue reading ‘Most wins’ system confirmed for 2010

Why F1 will be better without refuelling

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In October 1993 the first meeting of the FIA World Motor Sports Council announced that refuelling would be re-introduced into F1 for the 1994 season. Earlier this week the same body confirmed refuelling will be banned in 2010 – leading to a mixed reaction from fans. I’ve been surprised how many comments have been posted … Continue reading Why F1 will be better without refuelling

FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations

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The publication today of the FIA’s budget cap plan for 2010 shows it intends to get every team competing under the spending limit. Rather than offering technical regulation that would allow cost-capped teams to compete on parity with the unlimited spenders, it seems to me the rules for next year would favour those sticking to … Continue reading FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations

How new rules will change 2010 F1 cars

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The FIA has announced further details of changes to F1’s technical rules for 2010. Chief among these is the widely-expected banning of refuelling and tyre warmers. The minimum weight of the cars is also being increased from 605kg to 620kg, and there are revisions to the rules governing KERS. How are these changes, together with … Continue reading How new rules will change 2010 F1 cars

Donington Park has British Grand Prix deal until 2026, claims government

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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

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