Ari Vatanen: The man who would challenge Max Mosley (Video)

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Ari Vatanen has declared he will stand for election as president of the FIA in the October elections. Vatanen is well-known to motor racing fans having been a world rally champion and survived a serious crash in 1985. But his subsequent political career and passion for improving road safety also mark him out as a … Continue reading Ari Vatanen: The man who would challenge Max Mosley (Video)

Ecclestone & Mosley under fire (updated)

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Fresh evidence of the failures of the status quo in Formula 1 have emerged over the past few days. Whether it?s the rumours about Max Mosley?s close ally Alan Donnelly?s involvement with Manor, claims the prospective 2010 entrants were denied a slot unless they elected to use Cosworth power, or Bernie Ecclestone praising Adolf Hitler, … Continue reading Ecclestone & Mosley under fire (updated)

No split, no budget cap – and no Max Mosley. A victory for FOTA and F1?

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I wasn’t expecting F1’s long-standing row to be resolved today any more than I had on the many other ‘deadline days’ which have come and passed with no resolution. But the decision from the World Motor Sports Council came remarkably swiftly: next year’s F1 championship will be run to rules broadly similar to this year. … Continue reading No split, no budget cap – and no Max Mosley. A victory for FOTA and F1?

Stalemate: Ferrari taking FIA to court but who is in the right? (Poll)

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Today’s meeting between the F1 teams representatives, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone failed to resolve the row over the 2010 regulations. Two hours into the meeting Max Mosley received a text message from his lawyer informing him that Ferrari were beginning legal action in France to block the new rules. The proceedings came to a … Continue reading Stalemate: Ferrari taking FIA to court but who is in the right? (Poll)

Does McLaren’s suspended sentence signal an end to hostilities with the FIA?

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First of all, thanks to everyone who posted updates on the previous article about McLaren getting a suspended sentence following the Hamilton/Trulli controversy. (As I mentioned on Twitter earlier, I’ve been out of the country for the last two days and have only just had chance to catch up on the news.) What caught my … Continue reading Does McLaren’s suspended sentence signal an end to hostilities with the FIA?

McLaren called before WMSC again: what will their punishment be?

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Some developments are met with such little surprise they barely even qualify as ‘news’. The FIA summoning McLaren to appear before the World Motor Sports Council surely meets this criteria. The team are being called to explain why they misled stewards about Lewis Hamilton allowing Jarno Trulli past under the safety car in the closing … Continue reading McLaren called before WMSC again: what will their punishment be?

David Richards says F1 costs are still too high – and he’s not buying Honda

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David Richards didn’t exactly say “I’m not buying Honda”, but he dropped a big hint today that he won’t be taking over the Brackley team in 2009: The cost-cutting process that has been put in place has not yet seen its full benefit, and I don’t think it will be until 2010 that you will … Continue reading David Richards says F1 costs are still too high – and he’s not buying Honda

Jackie Stewart’s criticism is persuasive but he can offer more than words

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Sir Jackie Stewart’s interview in yesterday’s Times, spread across the inside back pages, is a must-read. Stewart’s criticism of Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley’s governance of Formula 1 is as rational as it is critical. His message is simple – they have stayed too long, they must be replaced – and it’s entirely persuasive. But … Continue reading Jackie Stewart’s criticism is persuasive but he can offer more than words