The FIA shuts its ears

This week in F1 has mostly been about the FIA’s diarrhoea of the press release. Rather than looking for a compromise, they have instead gone on the attack, launching press release after press release and slamming the door shut on Fota’s suggestions (oh, and saying goodbye to Lola — good work, Max!) This week the […]

FIA outlines its vision for Formula None

This week there has also been an avalanche of anti-Fota copy emanating from the FIA’s press desk. These have all been very carefully worded in order to try and present Fota in as bad a light as possible. However, a close reading of the situation reveals that it is in fact the FIA who are […]

New teams get a taste of Mosley vindictiveness

My previous post was a more-or-less immediate reaction to the FIA’s 2010 entry list. I have allowed the dust to settle (sort of) over the weekend and see what the fallout was, and I now have some further thoughts. Of the 25-or-so teams that are angling for some sort of F1 slot next season, only […]

FIA Formula 1 2010 entry list — initial thoughts

This morning the FIA has published the entry list for the 2010 Formula 1 season. It was widely anticipated to be a huge news story, and the entry list certainly raises a lot of questions. The first thing to note is that all ten currently existing teams are on the list in some form or […]

Williams cave in and enter for 2010

F1 politics-watchers will be intrigued to read the news today that Williams have become the first of the current teams to confirm that they have submitted an entry for the 2010 season. This is an embarrassment for Fota, as it makes mincemeat of the organisation’s President’s assertion — which was only made on Friday — […]

The FIA-Fota face-off

The Formula 1 news has been dominated by political activity of late. I have struggled to bring myself to write about it, but today’s events seem like a good stage to provide an overview of where things stand. This business with Ferrari taking the FIA to court over a veto is very interesting. Ostensibly the […]

The budget crap — another FIA political ploy

The other big news to come from the FIA last week was its proposal for an optional budget cap limiting teams to a budget of £40 million excluding costs of drivers, engines, hospitality, marketing and fines (because that’s the FIA’s money, duh!). I don’t particularly have a problem with a budget cap in theory. Cutting […]

The WMSC’s decisions

Today the World Motor Sport Council met to make its decisions and already F1’s bloggers and Twitter users have been voicing their opinions. Here are some of my more in-depth thoughts. Points The points system for 2009 has been amended, and the result is a compromise between Bernie Ecclestone’s controversial ‘medals’ proposal and the current […]

What does Max Mosley know about sustainability?

Today the teams are all meeting in Maranello to discuss their response to Max Mosley’s calls for yet more cost-cutting in F1. In a letter (PDF link) sent to each of the teams earlier this month, Max Mosley said: Formula One is becoming unsustainable. The major manufacturers are currently employing up to 1000 people to […]