Kimi Raikkonen escaped without penalty following the investigation of an incident at the start of the race. While I do not wish any driver loosing his podium finish I would welcome some explanation from stewards while this incident was investigated after the race while two weeks ago similar incident involving Mark Webber was investigated right away (and resulted in drive through penalty).
Red Bull was reprimanded for the unsafe release of Mark Webber during a pitstop when he almost collided with Kimi Raikkonen.
Renault team was not that lucky. The team has been suspended from the European GP for Fernando Alonso wheel loss incident. Here is the stewards decision:
There are many question marks about the 2010 Formula One grid but one thing seems to be certain now – Mark Webber will stay with Red Bull. The German GP winner agreed a new deal with his to keep him at Red Bull in 2010.
The immediate future of Nelson Piquet seems to be in F1 with Renault. The Brazilian driver will race in Hungary next weekend. This has become obvious from ING Renault F1 press release ahead of Hungarian Grand Prix. In it the team discussed the upcoming race with both their drivers Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet. Here is what Nelson Piquet has to say on Hungarian GP:
The World Motor Sport Council met in Paris on 24 June 2009. The following decisions were taken:
FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
All currently competing teams have committed to the FIA Formula One World Championship.
There will be no alternative series or championship and the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations as well as further regulations agreed prior to 29 April 2009.
As part of this agreement, the teams will, within two years, reduce the costs of competing in the championship to the level of the early 1990s. The manufacturer teams have agreed to assist the new entries for 2010 by providing technical assistance.
The manufacturer teams have further agreed to the permanent and continuing role of the FIA as the sport’s governing body. They have also committed to the commercial arrangements for the FIA Formula One World Championship until 2012 and have agreed to renegotiate and extend this contract before the end of that period.
All teams will adhere to an upgraded version of the governance provisions of the 1998 Concorde Agreement.
The following teams have been accepted for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.
SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO (FERRARI)
VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES (McLAREN MERCEDES)
BMW SAUBER F1 TEAM (BMW SAUBER)
RENAULT F1 TEAM (RENAULT)
PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING (TOYOTA)
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO (STR TBA)
RED BULL RACING (RBR TBA)
AT&T WILLIAMS (WILLIAMS TOYOTA)
FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM (FORCE INDIA MERCEDES)
BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM (BRAWN TBA)
CAMPOS META TEAM (CAMPOS COSWORTH)
MANOR GRAND PRIX (MANOR COSWORTH)
TEAM US F1 (TEAM US F1 COSWORTH)
In view of this new agreement and with the prospect of a stable future for Formula One, FIA President Max Mosley has confirmed his decision not to stand for re-election in October this year.
As the biggest number of visitors to this site comes from United Kingdom I believe that the British Grand Prix is the race of the season that most regular or ocassional readers may actually go to. For those who plan to go and want to show up in their favourite team colours, here are the links to 2009 F1 teams merchandise:
Brawn GP is probably the most popular team when it comes to merchandise these days. One of the reasons may be that the team is new and nobody has any caps or shirts from previous seasons . But their popularity also has something to do with the team’s performances … The latest addition to their products range is the Jenson Button flag.
It has been all over the news. Mohammad Bin Sulayem, 14 times Middle East rally champion, now head of the local automobile federation was taking part in a drag race with a Ford GT40 at the Dubai Autodrome. But shortly after he accelerated down the straight he lost control of the car, spun and smashed into the pit wall. He was OK but the same can’t be said about the car. Here are two videos:
Renault’s chief operating officer Patrick Pelata issued at the Geneva Motor Show a direct threat to quit F1 if the teams do not get bigger share of the revenue and the cost are not reduced beyond the cost saving measures agreed recently by FIA and FOTA:
“We are seeking to bring down contract costs and receive more of the revenues. We want to remain part of the emotion and the spectacle of Formula One but there are really no taboos if talks fail.”
Will Bernie Ecclestone take a note and back down or will it take another manufacturer following Honda and pulling out before something changes in the way the revenues are shared ?
The introduction of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) into Formula 1 has turned into rather controversial issue. One hand this brainchild of Max Mosley is here to show to the outside world how green and road relevant F1 can be. On the other hand this for F1 new technology has been a massive drain on financial resources of the teams at the time when FIA , FOTA and even Bernie Ecclestone talk about need to drastically reduce the cost of Formula One.
Jean Eric VERGNE
2014 F1 Calendar
14-16 March - Australia
28-30 March - Malaysia
4-6 April - Bahrain
18-20 April - China
9-11 May - Spain
22-25 May - Monaco
6-8 June - Canada
20-22 June - Austria
4-6 July - Great Britain
18-20 July - Germany
25-27 July - Hungary
22-24 August - Belgium
5-7 September - Italy
19-21 September - Singapore
3-5 October - Japan
10-12 October - Russia
31 October-2 November - USA
7-9 November - Brazil
21-23 November - Abu Dhabi