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BREAKING: FOTA to form breakaway series in 2010

June 18, 2009

After numerous threats towards the FIA, and negotiations with the FIA on the new budget restrictions for 2010, the Formula 1 Teams Association (FOTA) have decided to take its member teams (which account for all but  2 teams currently competing in F1; Williams and Force India) and form their own series.

All the FOTA teams met at the Renault headquarters in Enstone, UK and discussed their dissappointement with the FIA’s regulations and its ‘stance against the organization’.

“The teams cannot continue to compromise on the fundamental values of the sport and have declined to alter their original conditional entries to the 2010 World Championship,” said a statement issued by FOTA after the meeting.

As posted earlier, all the FOTA teams had entered, provisionally for the 2010 F1 campaign, knowing that the breakaway could happen at any time. Max Mosely urged the FOTA teams to not form the breakaway series, but the FIA would not change their regulations on the budget cap for 2010, the teams’ determined today that they could not agree to the new terms or compromise.


Putting Your Foot Down

June 16, 2009

After negotiations with FOTA on reaching an agreement on financial restrictions for 2010, the FIA have decided that the 45 million euro budget cap would be in effect for 2010.

Member teams of FOTA threatened to pull out of the 2010 campaign if that regulation stayed and form a breakaway series. All the teams competing this year have placed entries for 2010, and only 5 teams (Ferrari, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Williams and Force India) have conditionally “agreed” to these regulations while 4 other teams, BMW, Brawn GP, Toyota and McLaren still have conditional entries and may still pull out and enter the FOTA breakaway if that were to happen.

Statement from the FIA:

As a result, the meeting could not achieve its purpose of comparing the FIA’s rules with the FOTA proposals with a view to finding a common position.

In default of a proper dialogue, the FOTA financial proposals were discussed but it became clear that these would not be capable of limiting the expenditure of a team which had the resources to outspend its competitors. Another financial arms race would then be inevitable.

The FIA Financial Regulations therefore remain as published.

Laziness, does NOT have it’s perks

June 14, 2009

Well after taking a little “vacation” from the blog, I’m back and with some big, big happenings of late going on in the F1 world. I’m going to try my best to be brief here, there’s many, many discussion points that have been controversial, at best.

  1. This past Friday, the FIA announced the 13 teams that would compete in the 2010 world championship, all 10 teams from this season, plus 3 new teams; USF1 Engineering, Campos Grand Prix and Manor
  2. Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing have threatened to pull out of the 2010 campaign if the FIA does not change their minds on rule changes for next season, but according to the FIA, their entries are unconditional due to contractional obligations with sponsors and drivers
  3. Toyota, Renault, BMW, McLaren and Brawn GP are conditional entries, that are still unsure whether or not they will compete in 2010, if they do not uconditionally agree with the rules by this Friday, their entries will be dropped
  4. The only 2 teams that have officially accpeted the new regulations is Williams and Force India
  5. The rules that have caused so much conontroversy are a budget cap ($62 million US) for car development, and a bigger role of the teams in governing the sport, which doesn’t sit well with FOTA and its member teams
  6. FOTA has threatened to take their teams and form a breakaway series if the rule changes are not implemented (think CART and IndyCar split, except with a more valid reason)
  7. The European car makes in F1 have sided with FOTA and will follow them into a breakaway series if that were to happen
  8. Lewis Hamilton has said that he would follow McLaren/Mercedes-Benz wherever they decide to go
  9. I did my best to describe these quite confusing events, I probably messed something up here, and if I did, please leave a comment

Phew, what a post, when updates are available, I will post them.

I can’t go for that (not this year)

March 22, 2009

  The video has nothing to do with this post, other than the play on words in the title.

Remember earlier this week that there was an announcement that there was a new rule that future F1 champions would be the driver who won the most races, well that didn’t go very well with many of the drivers. Bernie Ecclestone decided this weekend to hold off on this idea until next season.

“It will be supported by the FIA and it will be in the regulations, so when the people enter the (2010) championship, that’s what the regulation will be,”  Ecclestone told the BBC Radio 5 Live Sportsweek programme.

“To make any changes when the entries have closed, you have to get a unanimous agreement between all the people that have entered, and it would appear that some of the teams didn’t like the idea,” said Ecclestone.

Victory Medallions

March 17, 2009

After many rumors about adopting a medal system similar to the olympics or modifying the points to better reward drivers who win races, the FOM and WMSC have agreed that future F1 champions will be the driver who wins the most races, starting this season.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • The driver who wins the most races will win the world champioship, even if they have less points than another driver
  • The current points system (10, 8, 6 etc.) will still be in effect and will decide the other points positions
  • If two drivers win the same number of races that is more than anyone else, the total points that they have accumulated will be the first tiebreaker
  • The constructors championship will not be affected

Two words you never hear together

December 14, 2008

Formula 1 and cheap. With the recent global economic downturn, the Honda team ceasing operations and putting themselves up for sale has forced the FIA to introduce cost cutting measures. These measures are effective January 1, 2009 and are listed below.

  • Engine life must be doubled (meaning instead of lasting 2 races, they must last 4, but for whatever reason teams can run 3 races)
  • Teams are limited to 8 race engines per driver and 4 test engines per driver (20 total)
  • Rev limit lowered to 18,000 RPM
  • Teams who purchase engines from manufactures will be discounted 50% from last year
  • No more testing during racing season, except on race practice days
  • No windtunnel testing beyond a 60% scale and a speed greater than 50 metres/second
  • Race factories to be closed 6 weeks out of the year to be inline with local laws
  • Less man power on race weekends, information between teammates must be shared (i.e. tyre pressures, fuel mileage) to avoid the usage of spotters

These measures are expected to save teams at least 30% from what they’ve spent in the past.

Cosworth – FIA’s oh s**t plan

December 5, 2008

After the sudden departure of the Honda F1 team yesterday, the FIA has announced that Cosworth is the leading canidate to become the spec-engine supplier for Formula 1 in 2010 if the plan is accepted with the teams & drivers. There would also be a spec-gearbox made by Xtrac and Ricardo Transmissions (XR).

The new Cosworth piece would either be a V10 built exclusively by Cosworth and distributed by the teams, or the engine would remain a current “frozen” engine that would be built to the specifications of Cosworth and the FIA, either way the XR transmission will find its way to be the standard gearbox in 2010 with the engine decision still in the air.

Many teams have resented the idea of a spec engine and hope that there will not be a standard engine for 2010.


Note to French F1 fans – Better book a trip if you want to see a live race until 2011

November 23, 2008

Because Bernie Ecclestone won’t allow anybody to suffer through another race at Magny Cours ever again. Actually, he’s looking for a new venue that can afford the asking price to host a Formula 1 race in the long-term.

“I think it is quite sure (there will be no race in 2010),” Ecclestone told French daily newspaper L’Equipe.

“We want to find the right spot because the French GP has to be long-lasting.”

After the sudden (yet unsurprising) cancellation of the French GP at Magny Cours, there has been many tracks in France that have been thrown around as possible replacements, ranging from favorite test track Paul Ricard to a street race (oh noes) in the Paris suburbs, but that plan was vetoed by the local government,

Another plan would possibly include the construction of a new circuit, either in Sarcelles or Flins, both of which are near Paris.

“I’ve always thought it was the right spot for us, that it was the new location that suited the French Grand Prix,” he added.

“We went to Magny-Cours for the wrong reasons, for political reasons, so let’s try and avoid a repeat.”

No Canadian GP for 2009, this time for sure :(

November 18, 2008

After negotiating between the Canadian government, Canadian GP officials and the FIA for weeks, they all failed to reach an agreement that would put the race back on the F1 schedule for 2009.

According to a statement made by the City of Montreal (translated by the BBC) the FIA had made unreasonable demands in the final contract offered to them on October 28th, and they also wanted a government or bank guaranteed amount of $114 million over the next 5 years in order for the race to be put on the calendar. They also said that no private promoter would be willing to put forth that kind of money considering that the race wouldn’t bring anywhere near what the FIA was wanting.

Gerald Tremblay, mayor of Montreal had this to say on the subject: “Despite our endeavours, the unreasonable demands of Formula One exceeded the taxpayer’s ability to pay.”

First Indy, now Montreal are gone, which means no races in North America for 2009. 😦

Mark’s about to get busted

November 12, 2008

Mark Webber has done it.

I am always a big fan of having fresh ideas from other teams, whether it is a driver or an engineer. I think it is good. It can help sometimes.

Oh no!  It’s a potential Stepneygate all over again!