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Max Mosley


Patience Maxed Out in Formula One

By Nasir Hameed
What a difference a year makes. On the eve of the 2008 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the FIA/FOM duo dropped a bombshell on Formula 1 fraternity that the birthplace of FIA World Championship will no longer host the race after 2009. Amid much despair Donington Park was announced as the new home of British Grand Prix starting in 2010.

Fast forward twelve months. Now FOTA has returned the favor by announcing the formation of a breakaway series next season. The Formula One Teams Association, led by Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo, has been at odds with FIA and FOM over rules and regulations, and the age old problem, money.

The FIA instituted budget cap in the wake of global financial meltdown. Finger pointing led to airing the dirty laundry in public which led family secrets out in the open. The $100m sweet deal Ferrari had with FOM, which the Italian stallion received before any other teams saw a dime of sports revenue. Then came the revelation of “veto power” bestowed on the Scuderia on any rule changes.

The now defunct GPMA, Grand Prix Manufacturers Association, was dismantled by these perks, or as Bernie put it, “We bought Ferrari’s loyalty”.

Now the high-priced prancing horse has galloped away from the loyalty barn, with very heavy excess baggage: McLaren, Renault and Red Bull to name a few. Lawyers on both sides are already working overtime. After all, as the late Paul Newman once put it, “they have to eat, too”.

FIA is threatening legal action for breach of contract while on the other hand FOTA is assuring Formula 1 fans that their show will commence next year with, among other promises, affordable ticket prices. While the contribution to Formula 1 motor racing by both Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone is immense, racing fans are not too excited to dish out over $300 for a ticket, watch every year as one traditional venue after another disappear from the Formula 1 calendar to a race in front of empty seats where majority of the locals have not the passion nor the purse for a Grande Epreuve event.

The casualty list is long. No Grand Prix in the land of Fangio or the nation that hosted the very first Grand Prix over a century ago. The Dynamic Duo could not even mint money in the largest commercial market in the world.

Montezemolo spoke for man on the street when he said “Races are going to cities because they have a nice skyline”.

The arrogance and complete disregard for the thousands of fans at the 2005 US Grand Prix is not forgotten by the millions who watched the farce on television or were “lucky” enough to be at the historic six-car race.

The flamboyant Irishman Eddie Jordan, famous for giving Michael Schumacher his first ride in Formula 1, recently commented, “You could re-float the Titantic on the egos in Formula 1”.

Sixty years of history, heritage and sacrifices of Grand Prix combatants should not be allowed to sink without a trace as powerful, extremely wealthy men engage in self-destruction of the pinnacle of motor racing.

Rumors are rampant. The new FOTA led series will be managed by IMG, International Management Group, race in Argentina and in the streets of Helsinki with two or more events in the US alone.

Mosley and Bernie have vowed a ferocious legal battle. The long drawn-out court room sessions are sure to leave no winners behind.

D–as in Di Montezemolo– day is tomorrow in the city of lights as he faces Max Mosley at the World Motorsport Council meeting in what could be the termed as Gunfight at the F1 Coral.

Do we really need another Grand Prix near Tombstone, AZ?

Racing fans around the world are hoping that among such bright men common sense will prevail and a happy medium will be met. And the show, one show, will go on next season.


Alexander Rossi

California Kid Czechs Out!


Alexander Rossi takes historic win in round six of Formula Master in Brno, Czech Republic. The Nevada City native took the lead from Nicolas Maulini on the opening lap and never looked back. Victory is first American success in this series and also the first for Czech team ISR Racing.
An excited Rossi related, “We had a good result yesterday and were confident with our dry set-up so it really was my race to lose. I had a good start, my best of the season so far, and the opening laps were pretty close but after that nothing happened.
“We still have a lot of work to do to be consistently at the top but this has definitely broken a barrier. Fabio [Leimer] and Jenzer Motorsport have done very well up until now but we will go to Brands Hatch looking for more strong results.”
Rossi is 17-years old and last year became the first American to win the Formula BMW Americas Championship and the World Finals, which will be rewarded in a taste of BMW-Sauber Formula 1 machinery at the end of the season.
For more information on this exciting young American talent please visit his website




F1weekly podcast # 355

Post card from Silverstone
Motorsport Mondial Presentation


Sebastian Vettel sips champagne with teammate Mark Webber after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Third career win for the German driver from Heppenheim.


Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying was accused of “dreaming or drinking vodka” by Aussie Mark Webber who thought the Finn spoiled his fast lap.


Pussy cat drag. Even the best are exposed when they are not in a competitive package.


Clouds are gathering over the future of Silverstone and Formula 1.



A sentiment shared by racing fans around the world.


Bobby Sentry. On Her Majesty’s service, and keeping the subjects in check.


Oh Dear!


Red Bull dominate the British Grand Prix with Vettel taking Victory.

The real fight was at the back with Alonso to Heidfeld and Hamilton to Kubica.

Sebastian Bourdais slams into the rear of Heikki’ Mclaren both blame the other.

Podcast 355 race coverage with Clark and Steve.

The British Grand Prix
Silverstone, Britain
60 laps; 308.355km


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1h22:49.328
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 15.188
3. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) + 41.175
4. Massa Ferrari (B) + 45.043
5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 45.915
6. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) + 46.285
7. Trulli Toyota (B) + 1:08.307
8. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 1:09.622
9. Glock Toyota (B) + 1:09.823
10. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1:11.522
11. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 1:14.023
12. Piquet Renault (B) + 1 lap
13. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 1 lap
14. Alonso Renault (B) + 1 lap
15. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 1 lap
16. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
18. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap

Fastest lap: Vettel, 1:20.735

Not classified/retirements:

Driver Team On lap
Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 25
Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 24

World Championship standings, round 8:

Drivers: Constructors:
1. Button 64 1. Brawn GP-Mercedes 105
2. Barrichello 41 2. Red Bull-Renault 74.5
3. Vettel 39 3. Toyota 34.5
4. Webber 35.5 4. Ferrari 26
5. Trulli 21.5 5. Williams-Toyota 15.5
6. Massa 16 6. McLaren-Mercedes 13
7. Rosberg 15.5 7. Renault 11
8. Glock 13 8. BMW Sauber 8
9. Alonso 11 9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5
10. Raikkonen 10
11. Hamilton 9
12. Heidfeld 6
13. Kovalainen 4
14. Buemi 3
15. Kubica 2
16. Bourdais 2

Final descent



Formula One – The Final Descent. As Etihad Airways Airbus 340 proudly displays its new colors for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Captain Max Mosley and Flight Officer Bernard Ecclestone are feeling loss in cabin pressure. The friendly skies between the power brokers of Formula One is now experiencing severe turbulence as their authority is hijacked by the formation of a separate series by FOTA.

A hard landing is expected for both sides. Mosley has threatened legal action against the eight teams unwilling to buckle their seatbelts per his announcement. Flying in first class with the magic and myth of Ferrari name is FOTA Chief Luca di Montezemolo.

As Formula One cars race by hangar straight in Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, racing fans around the world are hoping the next few weeks will see the arrival of common sense. Etihad is the Arabic word for United, and that’s what Formula One should be when the 2010 season takes-off.

We hope you enjoy the journey with F1weekly.


F1weekly podcast # 354



Sebastian Vettel grabs pole position for the British Grand Prix.

Rubens Barrichello keeps Brawn GP in the fight with second.

Jenson Button could only manage sixth on a cool day at Silverstone.

Podcast number 354.

FOTA – Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, BMW Sauber, Toyota, Brawn, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso will start new breakaway championship.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special interview from Le Mans with Jacky Ickx.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:18.685 1:18.119 1:19.509
2. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:19.325 1:18.335 1:19.856
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:18.674 1:18.209 1:19.868
4. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:18.886 1:18.240 1:20.091
5. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:18.530 1:18.575 1:20.216
6. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:18.957 1:18.663 1:20.289
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:19.228 1:18.591 1:20.361
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:19.198 1:18.791 1:20.490
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:19.010 1:18.566 1:20.715
10. Alonso Renault (B) 1:19.167 1:18.761 1:20.741
11. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:19.148 1:18.927
12. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:19.730 1:19.308
13. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.732 1:19.353
14. Piquet Renault (B) 1:19.555 1:19.392
15. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:19.559 1:19.448
16. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:19.802
17. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:19.898
18. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:19.909
19. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.917
20. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:20.236





F O T A announced on Thursday night that it is setting up a breakaway championship.

Rubens Barrichello intends to spoil Jenson Button’s party.

Tensions between FOTA and the FIA continue with no resolution in sight.

The defending world champion expecting to strugle whilst Button expects win # 7.

General Motors is to cut back financial support for its main Sprint Cup teams.

The Silverstone Circuit is in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England, named after the village in the former. It is best known as the home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948 and which has been held on the circuit every year since 1987. The circuit is also home to the BRDC International Trophy, formerly one of the premier non-Championship F1 races in the calendar, today awarded to the winner of a race for historic F1 cars at the annual Silverstone Classic meeting.

Half the circuit is in Northamptonshire and half in Buckinghamshire, roughly equidistant from Milton Keynes and Northampton. It is built on the site of a World War II bomber base, RAF Silverstone, which opened in 1943. The airfield’s three runways, in classic WWII triangle format, lie within the outline of the present track.

Silverstone was first used for motorsport by an ad hoc group of friends who set up an impromptu race in September 1947. One of their number, Maurice Geoghegan, lived in nearby Silverstone village and was aware that the airfield was deserted. He and eleven other drivers raced over a two mile circuit, during the course of which Geoghegan himself was unfortunate enough to run over an errant sheep that has wandered onto the airfield. Both car and sheep were written off, and in the aftermath of this event the informal race became known as the Mutton Grand Prix.

The next year the Royal Automobile Club took a lease on the airfield and set out a more formal racing circuit. Their first two races were held on the runways themselves, with long straights separated by tight hairpin corners, the track demarcated by hay bales. However for the 1949 International Trophy meeting it was decided to switch to the perimeter track. This arrangement was used for the 1950 and 1951 Grands Prix. In 1952 the start line was moved from the Farm Straight to the present Finish Straight, and this layout remained largely unaltered for the following 35 years. For the 1975 meeting a chicane was introduced to try and tame speeds through the mighty Woodcote Corner, and Bridge Corner was subtly rerouted in 1987 before the track underwent a major redesign between the 1990 and 1991 races. The reshaped track’s first F1 race was perhaps the most memorable of recent years, with Nigel Mansell coming home first in front of his home crowd. On his victory lap back to the pits Mansell even found time to pick up stranded rival Ayrton Senna and give him a lift on his side-pod, after Senna’s McLaren had expired towards the end of the race.

Following the deaths of Grand Prix drivers Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994, many Grand Prix circuits were modifed in order to reduce speed and increase driver safety. As a consequence of this the entry from Hangar Straight into Stowe Corner was modified in 1995 so as to make its entry less dangerous and, as a result, less challenging, and the flat-out Abbey kink was modified to a chicane in just 19 days before the 1994 GP.