Fernando Alonso ‘will get OK for Valencia’ Grand Prix "Circuit boss Carlos Moreno Figueroa said: 'We're being told by every side he'll be here.'" Santander, Alonso and Ferrari "Santander was keen to join the party with Alonso and so a deal was agreed that will begin in 2010 and will provide Santander with significant badging … Continue reading F1 links: Alonso to race in Valencia?
With Felipe Massa’s crash, Michael Schumacher’s return, BMW quitting the sport and a new FIA president about to be elected, I have a nagging feeling I may have overlooked something… Oh yeah, there’s a drivers’ championship to be won. Jenson Button may have an 18.5 points lead over Mark Webber, but his car no longer … Continue reading Button, Vettel, Webber, Barrichello: one of these men will be champion (Poll)
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley is one of the investors behind America’s new F1 team for 2010, USF1. Hurley co-founded YouTube with Steve Chen and Jawed Karim in 2005 and the trio made $1.65bn when they sold the site to Google in November 2006. Another American company, Best Buy, is looking to get involved in the … Continue reading YouTube and Best Buy to sponsor USF1?
Statement BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen BMW has not been able to arrange the sale of its F1 team in time for the new owners to sign the Concorde Agreement. FOTA welcomes Concorde Agreement and looks to the future "Signed by all Formula One teams, with the only exception of BMW-Sauber AG, the FIA, and … Continue reading F1 links: No BMW buyer yet
McLaren have posted an interesting series of videos on their official YouTube page featuring interviews with team members explaining how the transformed their MP4-24 from one of the slowest cars in F1 this year into a race winner. Here are the videos:
The first F1 Rocks live music event will be held at this year’s Singapore Grand Prix. Major acts including Beyonce, NERD, Black Eyed Peas, ZZ Top and Simple Minds will be among those performing. London was chosen as the venue for the launch of the new programme and the press conference was held yesterday. Here’s … Continue reading F1 Rocks launches (pictures and video)
Reading Jean Todt’s FIA election manifesto, one line jumped out at me: For each FIA World Championship we propose appointing a Commissioner responsible for the Federation?óÔé¼Ôäós day to day management and governance of the championship. Now, who do you think Todt might have in mind for the job of F1 Commissioner?
Michael Schumacher’s return to F1 and Jaime Alguersuari’s debut in Hungary has sparked a debate over the problems with the ban on testing during the season this year. The ban was intended to cut costs, but it has caused problems for teams wishing to evaluate new drivers. I think F1 is missing some valuable opportunities … Continue reading F1 should bring back testing as an event
John Surtees has spoken about the death of his son Henry in a Formula Two race last month. ‘Lessons’ from Surtees son death John Surtess talks about his son Henry's death: "I reached down into the cockpit on the starting line at Brands Hatch, and we shook hands. We bid each other farewell, as it … Continue reading F1 links: Surtees on son Henry’s death
Yesterday it was Nelson Piquet Jnr vs Flavio Briatore, today it’s Ferrari and Williams at loggerheads. Infuriated by Williams’ refusal to support Schumacher’s request for a test in the F60, Ferrari published a statement on its website saying: Guess who opposed the test with the F60? A team that hasn’t won anything for years and … Continue reading Handbags at dawn part 2: This time it’s Williams versus Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen entered his first round of the World Rally Championship over the weekend and did rather well. Sebiastian Vettel was at the same Finnish round and has been talking about how he’d like to give it a try. Robert Kubica has gone even further – buying his own rally car. I think it’s great … Continue reading Why are more F1 drivers going rallying?
Michael Schumacher will not get to sample a 2009-spec Ferrari F60 after three teams blocked the move. The opposition came from Williams and Red Bull/Toro Rosso. The latter objected because they claim to have made a similar request for Jaime Alguersuari which had been turned down. Williams, meanwhile, said Ferrari should have used one of … Continue reading Schumacher won’t get F60 test (Poll)
The Spanish motor racing federation RFEA are trying to get Renault’s ban lifted so that local hero Fernando Alonso can race on home ground at Valencia. Spanish federation slams Renault ban "The federation has asked the ICA to rescind the ban or else substitute it with 'another form of penalty which does not affect the … Continue reading F1 links: Renault penalty criticised
Over 55,000 spectators lined the streets of London yesterday to watch 14,000 competitors tackle the London Triathlon 2009. Jenson Button was among their number tackling the arduous running, swimming and cycling competition. He set a personal best time of 2hr 7min 2sec – almost half an hour longer than it took him to win the … Continue reading Button runs London Triathlon (Pictures)
I’ve just had an interview with Sky News about Felipe Massa’s recovery. Happily the news on the Brazilian’s condition is much more positive than it was when I was on their last week and he gave his first (real) interview to the press today. Thanks once again to lookingspiffy via Twitter who captured the video … Continue reading Interview: Me on Massa on Sky (Video)
As first reported here on Saturday, Nelson Piquet Jnr has been dropped by Renault. And a statement from the Brazilian today gives insight into the simmering resentment between him and team boss Flavio Briatore. We discussed the Renault situation last week and there was some disagreement over whether Briatore had compromised Piquet in trying to … Continue reading Piquet’s scathing attack on Briatore
We last looked at the state of the 2010 F1 calendar back in June. Two months later and there’s still no sign of an F1 calendar for 2010. At this point in the year the schedule for the next season has usually been released. Last year we saw the first draft of the 2009 calendar … Continue reading Still no 2010 F1 calendar
F1 Fanatic guest writer Duncan Stephen, who writes Vee8, looks at how Indy Car drivers have fallen out of fashion in F1. The departure of Sébastien Bourdais from Toro Rosso brings into focus two trends that have emerged in the driver market. The first is the high turnover of drivers in the Red Bull teams, … Continue reading Sebastien Bourdais’ troubles show why IndyCar drivers struggle in modern F1
An article claimed to be an interview with Felipe Massa was debunked by the Ferrari team who revealed the quotes came from Massa’s brother, and not the man himself. More on that story and others below: David Coulthard, Christian Horner and Eddie Jordan offer their analysis on the season so far "Since retiring, Michael’s been … Continue reading F1 links: Felipe Massa’s non-interview
One of the unknown teams that filed an application to be on the F1 grid in 2010 was Stefan Grand Prix. The team’s entry has come to light since it lodged a complaint with the European Union claiming the FIA forced the potential new teams for 2010 to use engines supplied by Cosworth. I spoke … Continue reading Exclusive: Zoran Stefanovic explains his complaint to the EU about the FIA