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Martin Whitmarsh: BBC dropping F1 would be "sad" and "most unwise"

The story on the front page of the Sunday Times this morning provoked some interesting reaction, not least from McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh who told the Telegraph it was riddled with inaccuracies. That may or may not be true – certainly the viewing figures quoted in the article appear on the low side if the [...]

Lunch with Dany Bahar

Interesting lunch with Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar in central London on Friday, most of it off the record. What he said on the record was not of too much note. He claimed, predictably, that the naming row with Team Lotus would not affect his company’s long term plans in Formula One (though it’s hard [...]

Q & A with Williams' controversial chief engineer Mike Coughlan

When Mike Coughlan - the former McLaren employee at the centre of the 2007 spying controversy involving leaked Ferrari data - was appointed chief engineer at Williams last month, a few eyebrows were raised that the Grove-based team were prepared to give him a route back into F1. This morning Williams released a Q & A (below) with [...]

Why have Toro Rosso not made more of their new sponsors?

Toro Rosso are not a team one talks about much. In fact, it is easy to forget they exist sometimes as they are enveloped by double world champions Red Bull and all the hoopla that surrounds Vettel/Webber etc in the Energy Station the two teams share. Anyway, it recently came to my attention that Toro Rosso [...]

Don't listen to the whingers. The new F1 rules have created a modern era of racing.

Coming back from Turkey it has been interesting to see the reaction to the racing so far this season. In my opinion it has been a great start and I think the TV viewing figures and the general buzz around the paddock are proof that it is already turning in to one of the classics. There [...]

Max Mosley's offer to help victims of News Corp phone-hacking also an attempt to derail F1 bid?

Amid all the talk of a potential takeover of Formula One by News Corporation, it was interesting to read an article in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. Apparently, Max Mosley – the erstwhile boss of F1’s governing body – is now using his own money to fund phone-hacking lawsuits against Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. “In [...]

Formula One needs to make its mind up over Bahrain

The Bahrain GP saga is gathering steam once again with Bernie Ecclestone arguing today (Thursday) that the island kingdom’s rulers should be given more time to deal with political unrest before having to make a decision on this year’s race. Interestingly, the FIA appeared to be caught on the hop by Ecclestone’s comments. Initially when I [...]

Indian track to be named the Buddh International circuit

Indian GP organisers have announced that the new track being built 25 miles outside New Delhi, which will make its F1 debut on Oct 30, is to be called the Buddh International Circuit after the district in which it is located. In the above video Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok describes a lap of the [...]

Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and a pregnant lady

Who would you want to drive you to hospital if you were in a rush… a seven-time F1 world champion whose best days are behind him? Or a young buck who is arguably still more style than substance?

"It's not about Lewis. It's about Nic as an individual."

One of the more inspiring stories in motorsport is playing out this weekend. Nicolas Hamilton, younger brother of 2008 F1 world champion Lewis, made his debut in the Renault Clio Cup at Brands Hatch on Saturday, finishing 12th for Total Control Racing, in last position of the finishers but only 26 seconds behind the winner, [...]

Lewis Hamilton gets a new full-time trainer – his third in as many seasons

Lewis Hamilton will have a new full-time trainer for 2011. Finn Antti Vierula takes over the reins from Clayton Green, who has moved to a “senior position” within McLaren’s “Human High Performance programme” according to a statement from the team this morning which makes humans sound rather like machines. I’m told this means he will [...]

It's a tricky one, but lifting the ban on team orders in F1 is the right decision

The FIA’s decision to revoke the ban on team orders will get everyone revved up. The subject of team orders is always contentious. I have spent more hours than I care to remember mulling over this law; the pros and cons; the moral whys and wherefores. I have had heated arguments with colleagues, played Devil’s [...]

Is Felipe Massa under-performing on purpose? And will he have a say in the drivers' championship?

Felipe Massa’s performances since Germany have raised question marks over the Brazilian’s commitment to help his team mate Fernando Alonso win the drivers’ championship, as well as his future at Ferrari. Over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, team principal Stefano Domenicali was forced to deny for the umpteenth time speculation that Massa will no longer [...]

YouTube strikes again as FIA launch investigation into Felipe Massa's start in Belgium

Another strike for fan power. More amateur footage – this time of Felipe Massa’s Ferrari positioned ahead of its grid slot at Spa last weekend – has prompted the FIA to launch an investigation into why the error was not picked up at the time. Technically, Massa’s positioning should have resulted in a drive-through penalty for [...]

Ferrari and Fernando Alonso backed by Schumacher. What does that tell you?

Here’s an easy way to decide debates about sporting morality. 1. See which side Michael Schumacher’s on. 2. Take the other side. Rarely will you be in the wrong. And so it proved again at the German Grand Prix, when Schumacher immediately defended Ferrari’s blatant and cack-handed team orders. Well, at least he’s not a hypocrite. Clearly, [...]

Red Bull's Mark Webber gives new meaning to demonstrations in Parliament Square

The intense battle between McLaren and Red Bull now extends to YouTube videos… McLaren have been big on viral marketing in recent months with videos of Lewis and Jenson building their own race car and sitting in Ayrton Senna’s famous Mp4-4. Now Red Bull have followed suit with a PR stunt in Parliament Square at [...]

Mark Webber: "Proposed 2011 regulations good for Playstation… not so good for F1?

Mark Webber has had a go at the moveable rear wings planned for 2011, which were announced yesterday in an FIA statement following a meeting of its World Council. “It is good for the PlayStation I think, but I don’t know how well it is going to work in F1,” said Red Bull’s refreshingly blunt [...]

Monaco Grand Prix: ashes to ashes

Mark Webber’s reputation as F1 everyman was well and truly buried in Monaco where he impressed everyone by outperforming his much-hyped team mate Sebastian Vettel for the second race in succession. The Australian is certainly in a purple patch right now, looking an sounding increasingly confident. Serious title contender? Considering Red Bull’s current speed advantage, then [...]

Monaco Grand Prix: Briatore lunches with Bernie inside paddock

What to make of the fact that Flavio Briatore was in the Monaco paddock today having lunch with Bernie Ecclestone? The Italian was originally given a lifetime ban from the sport for his role in the Renault race-fixing affair at Singapore in 2008. That was overturned by a French court in January, a decision the FIA [...]

Formula One Drivers 4-2 Monaco All Stars

Just been to watch the annual F1 charity football match at Monaco’s Stade Louis II where at least 600 people (that might be generous) turned up to watch the drivers, captained by Fernando Alonso, beat the ‘All Stars’ of Prince Albert 4-2, with the Ferrari man himself bagging a brace… Suffice to say, the standard was [...]

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