Following overnight meetings between Max Mosley, Bernie Ecclestone and FOTA chairman Luca di Montezemolo Max Mosley announced an agreement between FIA and FOTA.
Mosley has agreed not to run again for the president of FIA. The teams will call off the breakaway championship and sign up to a new Concorde Agreement until 2012.
“There will be no split. We have agreed to a reduction of costs. There will be one F1 championship but the objective is to get back to the spending levels of the early 1990s within two years.”
Later today the FIA is expected to announce the official entry list for the 2010 F1 World Championship.
We can expect more details to follow.
The last day at the track was purely about the Grand Prix. The morning trip from Northampton was very smooth and we arrived at the track in no time. This was perhaps the biggest crowd of this season but you would not notice it at the gates. No delays, everything smooth.
It looked like nice and warm day until we reached our seats at the top row of the Lufield C grandstand. The sunshine was blocked off by the roof while our back were exposed to the cool wind. This is where the copy of Red Bulletin came handy – worked perfect as the additional layer on my lower back .
The atmosphere at the track was unbelievable, especially during the drivers parade (picture above). Over 100,000 people at their noisiest, what a feeling.
The race itself was a bit boring. The fastest guy of the weekend was on pole, made no mistakes. He pulled away while his only serious challenger (Mark Webber) remained stuck behind Rubens Barrichello until the first round of pitstops. Jenson Button had horrible start and dropped behind the moving chicane that is Jarno Trulli and that was it. The only entertainment came from the “backmarkers” – Lewis Hamilton fighting with Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Bourdais colliding with Heikki Kovalainen (loosing his front wing in the process).
Sebastien Bourdais without front wing, Silverstone 2009
I was a bit in a hurry after the race as one we needed to make sure one of our friends does not miss his plane. So I quickly dropped my Kangaroo TV, met the Puma Fan Reporter Scott Woodwiss for quick chit chat and rushed back to Northampton. The trip back was surprisingly smooth as well and by 4:30 pm I was already sipping my first post race pint in the local pub near the house we have been staying this weekend.
Overall, although cold , this was a great F1 weekend. I wish I could confidently say that I will be back … I will post more of my photos (and results of the prediction game) after I return back from this trip, later this week.
Sebastian Vettel, 2009 British GP winner
Sebastian Vettel won the 2009 British GP after leading it from start to finish (except 2 laps following his second pit stop). Mark Webber finished second ahead or Rubens Barrichello.
Jenson Button never recovered from his poor start and finished the race in 6th just behind Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg. Jarno Trulli and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top 8.
It was a good day for Giancarlo Fisichella who brought his Force India car home in respectable 10th. Worth noting is also that Nelson Piquet finished ahead of Fernando Alonso.
2009 British Grand Prix result:
1. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:22:49.328
2. M. Webber – Red Bull + 15.188
3. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP + 41.175
4. F. Massa – Ferrari + 45.043
5. N. Rosberg – Williams + 45.915
6. J. Button – Brawn GP + 46.285
7. J. Trulli – Toyota + 1:08.307
8. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 1:09.622
Force India garage
My day started with the early morning pitlane walk. If anybody gets the chance to do the pitlane walkabout, make sure you don’t miss the one on Saturday morning. It requires rather early wake up but it is well worth it. Not too many people and lots of time to wander around the pitlane.
Although I also had the Paddock Club pass for today I planned to watch the practice and qualifying session from my Lufield grandstand seat. At the end I gave up and stayed in the Club and Club grandstand for the whole day. Lot to enjoy and much less to walk around.
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel will start the 2009 British Grand Prix from the pole postion. Rubens Barrichello will line up next to him on the front row. Mark Webber and Jarno Trulli make up the second row. Kazuki Nakajima will start from his career best P5 while the championship leader Jenson Button could only manage P6 today.
Besides being fastest Vettel is also the heaviest driver among the top 10, he does look like the man to beat this weekend…
It was not the best day for the 2008 British GP winner Lewis Hamilton who only managed P19 today….
2009 British GP Qualifying result:
It was fun day today. Nice weather although rather cold and windy. The warm jacket definitely came handy. I planned to watch the practice sessions from my seat at the grandstands but at the end I made the most of the Paddock Club pass. Pitlane walkabout, Mumm champagne, F1 simulator, good picture taking spot and some nice food – it was hard to walk away from that .
Thanks to being at the club I also had the chance to watch live (on TV) the press conference with Martin Whitmarsh, Ross Brawn, Christian Horner and Adam Parr. You can read some of the FOTA talk here and Williams talk here. And here is the complete transcript of the press conference.
And yes, there was also some on track action and yes, Nelson Piquet did spin off again . Friday times usually do not mean much but Red Bulls do look strong this weekend.
I will be back at the circuit tomorrow – you can follow my updates on Twitter (here) ! I may upload some more photos from today later on. Now it is time for some dinner and drinks.
The FOTA teams met today at Renault’s Enstone factory ahead of yet another deadline imposed on them by FIA. After the four hour meeting the FOTA teams (Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, BMW Sauber, Toyota, Brawn, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso) issued this statement:
Since the formation of FOTA last September the teams have worked together and sought to engage the FIA and commercial rights holder, to develop and improve the sport.
Unprecedented worldwide financial turmoil has inevitably placed great challenges before the F1 community. FOTA is proud that it has achieved the most substantial measures to reduce costs in the history of our sport.
In particular the manufacturer teams have provided assistance to the independent teams, a number of which would probably not be in the sport today without the FOTA initiatives. The FOTA teams have further agreed upon a substantial voluntary cost reduction that provides a sustainable model for the future.
Following these efforts all the teams have confirmed to the FIA and the commercial rights holder that they are willing to commit until the end of 2012.
The FIA and the commercial rights holder have campaigned to divide FOTA.
The wishes of the majority of the teams are ignored. Furthermore, tens of millions of dollars have been withheld from many teams by the commercial rights holder, going back as far as 2006. Despite this and the uncompromising environment, FOTA has genuinely sought compromise.
It has become clear however, that 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.
These teams therefore have no alternative other than to commence the preparation for a new Championship which reflects the values of its participants and partners. This series will have transparent governance, one set of regulations, encourage more entrants and listen to the wishes of the fans, including offering lower prices for spectators worldwide, partners and other important stakeholders.
The major drivers, stars, brands, sponsors, promoters and companies historically associated with the highest level of motorsport will all feature in this new series.
(Another) Friday deadline looms and both warring parties are sending out messages calling for agreement or compromise.
Max Mosley suggest the teams to accept the 1998 governance provisions by exchange of letters. FIA and FOTA can then negotiate a new 2009 Concorde Agreement under the protection of the 1998 arrangement. Mosley also wants the teams to accept the GBP40 million budget limit for now, with further discussions that could see it changed following in the next few weeks.
British GP weekend is just around the corner. As I will be on my way to Silverstone tomorrow I am posting the prediction game post a day earlier than usual. Here is round 8 – British GP.
As usual you can wait till the last moment before the qualifying or make your prediction right away to make sure you do not miss the round (and change your prediction later if you feel like doing that). But do remember, the deadline is the start of the Saturday qualifying session ! So, make your prediction for the pole position, fastest lap and top eight finishers in the comments below this post. The results of round 8 will be published probably only on Tuesday, after I return from the race.
Following the publication of the 2010 Formula One entry list FIA also released detailed information about each of the new teams that will compete in the Championship from next year (selected from 15 applicants). So who are Manor F1 Team, Campos Grand Prix and Team US F1 ? Read on …
Here is the FIA press release:
2010 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List
Following the completion of the applications process for teams to compete in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, the following teams have been confirmed.
SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO
RED BULL RACING
FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM
CAMPOS GRAND PRIX
MANOR GRAND PRIX
TEAM US F1
VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES*
BMW SAUBER F1 TEAM*
RENAULT F1 TEAM*
PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING*
BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM*
*These five teams have submitted conditional entries.The FIA has invited them to lift those conditions following further discussions to be concluded not later than close of business on Friday 19 June.
The maximum number of cars permitted to enter the 2010 Championship has been increased to 26, two being entered by each competitor. Pending completion of the discussions referred to above, further due diligence is currently taking place on other potential entries.
Max Mosley asked FOTA to respond to his letter by the end of yesterday. FOTA duly sent the reply to FIA, the details however haven’t been made public.
The only comment on FOTA response came from FIA:
“The FIA has received a letter and various attachments from FOTA, the contents of which are not entirely negative, and we are currently examining the details.”
A twitter message from 5Live last night suggested that “BBC understands FOTA teams will remove conditions for entry to 2010 and discuss new regs and rules with FIA representatives!”
According to Autosport however “FOTA was unwilling to comment about the situation, but it is understood that the teams made it clear that they were not in a position to be able to drop the conditions attached to their entry yet.”
At least they are still talking …