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 FIA, McLaren and Ron Dennis

For a change, the FIA handed out a sensible punishment. I think for what McLaren did, to be banned from any races would have been too much. At the same time, a three race suspended ban reflects the fact that McLaren really should not get caught doing this sort of thing again. I called for […]

Was Martin Whitmarsh implicated?

I know that not many people are thinking about this just now, especially as attention has turned to the diffuser debate. But I have only just found the time to write about it here. You may have seen me mention this elsewhere, including in the comments to this blog. But I haven’t yet included it […]

Why McLaren’s actions were wrong

I will write about the Malaysian Grand Prix soon, but I want to say one last thing for the time being about McLaren. There was an interesting article published on The Red Bulletin website today which I found via F1 Fanatic. It makes an interesting point about this hoo-ha: Now, call me an old cynic, […]

Did Martin Whitmarsh know more?

A new set of newspapers came out this morning, and that means a new set of stories about the latest McLaren scandal. It looks like Lewis Hamilton has won some respect for his contrite apology, which was apparently met with some applause after it finished. Now the media is casting the spotlight on Martin Whitmarsh. […]

Yet another McLaren controversy

The story surrounding Lewis Hamilton’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix has moved quickly without me having had a chance to write about it yet. There are so many aspects to this story. First of all, it’s worth looking at the role of the FIA stewards here, and the process behind how stewards make their […]

Melbourne talking points

What an exciting start to the season. I don’t suppose it’s the done thing to yelp at 7am on a Sunday morning and wake the neighbours up, but I think that’s what I did. First of all, hats off to the Brawn team. They’ve been through a lot over the winter. Let’s face it, as […]

Car numbers: A message to Räikkönen?

The FIA published the final entry list for the 2009 season which contained a few changes to the previous versions. The change that grabbed the headlines (okay, created a tiny ripple) was the fact that Brawn have been assigned car numbers 20 and 21. The FIA have decided that Brawn is technically a new entrant, […]

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 […]

A look at Fota’s proposals

Fota today announced its plans for the future direction of Formula 1. Perhaps predictably, the announcement is a mixture of the sensible, the radical and the downright crazy. Fota carried out a “global audience survey”, with participants from 17 countries and encompassing committed fans of Formula 1 as well as marginal fans and those who […]