NEWS ARCHIVE

30 APRIL 2009

UNDERSTANDING THE POWER PLAYS IN FORMULA 1

Bernie Ecclestone has said that he will cut the payments being made to the Formula 1 teams, in order to help the Grand Prix circuits survive. For years Ecclestone hs been pushing up the fees paid by circuits in order to fund himself, his business partners and to provide money to keep the teams happy.

FIA ANNOUNCES FUTURE F1 PLANS

The FIA has announced its plans for a budget-capped F1.

29 APRIL 2009

MCLAREN DECISION

At an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council held in Paris today, McLaren Mercedes admitted five charges of breaching article 151c of the International Sporting Code relating to events at the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix.

SWINE FLU STRIKES DOWN A1GP RACE IN MEXICO

The A1GP race scheduled for Mexico City on May 22-24 has been axed because of Swine Flu. This will save the organisers a great deal of money, at a very difficult time.

DONINGTON RUMOURS

There are many rumours circulating at the moment about Donington, including the suggestion that the track (or at least the right to operate it) has been bought by Bernie Ecclestone.

F1 TO LAUNCH ITS OWN CREDIT CARD

Formula 1 fans will be able to have their own credit card shortly, following an agreement between the Formula One group and Corpcom.

28 APRIL 2009

DAIMLER REPORTS $1.86BN LOSS IN Q1

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has reported a first quarter loss in 2009 of $1.86bn. This compares to a $3bn profit in the same period a year ago. The results were much worse than had been expected with all the company's divisions posting losses as a result of the dramatic drop in demand for the company's products.

SPANISH FIRMS TO BROADCAST F1 ON MOBILES

Movistar and Vodafone are to broadcast race coverage of Formula 1 via mobile phones in the Spanish market. They will work with the rights-holder La Sexta and will provide practice and qualifying free, but wil charge for the race coverage.

FORCING THE ISSUE

The FIA will reveal its plans for 2010 and beyond later this week and the word is that the federation will try to force the issue of regulations and budget caps by moving forward the deadline for entries for the 2010 World Championship so that the F1 teams have no time to risk opposition to the new rules.

THE FUTURE OF THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

The financial troubles that have hit Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd (DVL), the operators of the Donington Park, are bad news for the British Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place at the track in 2010.

27 APRIL 2009

RACE REPORT - BUTTON ON TOP

Jenson Button won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, scoring his third win in four races with the incredible Brawn-Mercedes Benz. The Englishman's pace ended Toyota's hopes of a first victory in Formula 1, and Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull-Renault added to Toyota's woes...

ISPORT READY TO JUMP TO F1

Germany's Motorsports-Magazine.com is reporting that GP2 team owner Paul Jackson is planning to bring his iSport team into Formula 1 if there is a budget cap in 2010.

A WORLD BEYOND THE F1 PADDOCK

Inside the Formula 1 paddock there is much talk about what an important week this is going to be. This is true, but not for the reasons that some might think.

26 APRIL 2009

RACE NOTES - BUTTON BLISTERS BAHRAIN GP

Bahrain GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Bahrain GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Race Results

25 APRIL 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - TRULLI LEADS TOYOTA 1-2

Jarno Trulli took pole position for the Bahrain GP on Saturday afternoon in his Toyota, beating his team-mate Timo Glock by three-tenths of a second. The two Toyotas were well clear of Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull and the indications are that the two cars were running less fuel than some of the opposition.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Bahrain GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - THE CAR IN FRONT IS A TOYOTA...

Timo Glock set the pace on Saturday morning in Bahrain but the Toyota driver then pulled off immediately and stopped beside the track. He was a tenth faster than Felipe Massa's Ferrari and three-tenths clear of Nico Rosberg's Williams

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice 3 Results

24 APRIL 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - NICO LEADS THE WAY

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of the Friday afternoon session in Bahrain, with a time that was a tenth faster than the Renault of Fernando Alonso.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Bahrain GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - LEWIS'S WONDERFUL WORLD

Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets on Friday morning in Bahrain with a lap that was two-tenths faster than his nearest challengers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica in their two BMW Saubers. Nico Rosberg was fourth in his Williams-Toyota with Jenson Button fifth for Brawn, split from his team-mate Rubens Barrichello by the second McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice 1 Results

23 APRIL 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Thursday Press Conference

WHEATCROFT TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DONINGTON VENTURES

Wheatcroft & Son Limited, the owners of Donington Park motor racing circuit, have initiated legal proceedings against Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd, the operators of the circuit, seeking $3.6m in rent arrears and to take control of the circuit once again.

ASTON MARTIN THINKS OF F1

With the FIA planning to push through its budget cap for 2010, there are lots of people talking about trying to put together teams. The latest is Aston Martin (aka Prodrive).

LOLA ONE OF MANY LOOKING AT F1

There are a string of organisations looking at potential F1 entries next year if the cost-cutting measures or budget-capping are introduced. The biggest problem, however, is that until there are firmly established rules for the 2010 season it is hard to launch a project - and projects need to be launched now if they are to be successful.

21 APRIL 2009

THE FUTURE OF FOTA - AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

The Formula One Teams' Association enjoyed a spectacular love-in during the winter months when the F1 teams had nothing to argue about. The start of the new season has changed all that. Team bosses now have to answer for their on-track failures.

20 APRIL 2009

RACE REPORT - SHANGHAI SURPRISE

If it had been dry in Shanghai, it would almost certainly have been a different story... but on Sunday morning the clouds turned to rain and the winds came whipping in across the flatlands on which the Shanghai International Circuit sits. All the planning and the number-crunching that had kept the engineers busy on the Friday and Saturday went out the window.

19 APRIL 2009

RACE NOTES - VETTEL, WEBBER 1-2 IN RED BULL MAIDEN VICTORY AT CHINESE GP

Chinese GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Chinese GP - Race Results

18 APRIL 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - BULL IN CHINA SHOCK

The Red Bull team has looked very good this year, even if the diffuser cars have dominated the first two races. After the decision by the FIA we expected more of the same, but by the end of qualifying there was a fair amount of eyebrow-lifting going on.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Chinese GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - NICO AHEAD

Nico Rosberg put his Williams on top of the timesheets on Saturday morning in Shanghai, ahead of Jarno Trulli and the Lewis Hamilton. The one-hour session produced a few surprises with the Brawn-Mercedes being only fourth and 10th.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice 3 Results

17 APRIL 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - BUTTON BACK AHEAD

Jenson Button set the fastest time of the afternoon session in Shanghai on Friday, beating Nico Rosberg's Williams-Toyota and Button's Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello. The three men were clear of the two Red Bull drivers, with Mark Webber beating Sebastian Vettel on this occasion.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - HAMILTON'S SHANGHAI SURPRISE

The first practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix resulted in the fastest time for Lewis Hamilton's McLaren, running one of the team's latest diffusers. The World Champion was ahead of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello in their Brawn-Mercedes. Heikki Kovalainen was fourth fastest.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice 1 Results

16 APRIL 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Thursday Press Conference

WATCH THE CHINESE GP ON BAHRAIN TV CHANNEL 44

Formula 1 fans in the Gulf will get the chance to watch all the action from this weekend's Chinese GP on Bahrain's Channel 44, which will broadcast Arabic commentary during the qualifying and the races.

RON GOES HIS OWN WAY

At a press conference held this morning at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, McLaren Group Chairman Ron Dennis announced a major restructuring of the McLaren Group.

15 APRIL 2009

RON DENNIS TO STAND DOWN?

Ron Dennis will hold a press conference in Woking in a few hours and there is speculation that he will stand down from all involvement in the McLaren Formula 1 team. People will draw their own conclusions about why this is happening.

WILL THE GOVERNMENT HELP OR NOT?

On Thursday April 23rd, in the House of Lords, sometime after 2.30 pm, MIA President, Lord Astor of Hever is to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they will give to enable the British Formula 1 Grand Prix to continue.

DIFFUSERS ARE LEGAL!

The FIA has issued the following statement: "The FIA International Court of Appeal has decided to deny the appeals submitted against decisions numbered 16 to 24 taken by the Panel of the Stewards on 26 March at the 2009 Grand Prix of Australia and counting towards the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.

14 APRIL 2009

FERRARI HAS A RESHUFFLE

It has not been a good year for Ferrari with the worst start to a World Championship campaign since 1992. It is clear that the cars are not fast enough and the team has been making mistakes.

AN F1 TRACK IN ONTARIO?

The Niagara Falls Review has been busy in recent days investigating a story about a $200m racing circuit development in the area. The idea makes sense. Niagara has been suffering in recent years with new US passport requirements, rising fuel costs, border delays, inclement weather and the weakening US economy all reducing the number of visitors.

11 APRIL 2009

LIUZZI REMINDS

Tonio Liuzzi took pole position for the A1GP race in Portugal, despite it being his first outing in the series. He beat Indycar driver Robert Doornbos, although the Dutchman took pole for the second A1GP race.

10 APRIL 2009

A RED FACE IN DUBAI

Mohammad Bin Sulayem, 14 times Middle East rally champion, who is now head of the local automobile federation and a close ally of FIA President Max Mosley, discovered the hard way that driving an f1 car is not an easy business.

9 APRIL 2009

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

Karmann, the German car parts supplier and contract manufacturer, has filed for bankruptcy protection as a result of the current economic crisis which has led to the cancellation of several projects.

FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT

Back in the 1960s Jean-Luc Lagardere was an electrical engineer working for the aviation company Dassault. It was not enough for him and in 1963 he quit to become the chief exceutive of one of Dassault's suppliers, a company called Engins Mecanique Aviation-Traction, but known as Matra.

7 APRIL 2009

MCLAREN CALLED IN BY THE FIA

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has "been invited to appear before an Extraordinary Meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday, April 29, to answer charges that it is in breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code.

LIUZZI USING A1 TO PREPARE FOR F1?

Force India reserve driver Tonio Liuzzi has decided that if he wants to get back into Formula 1 he needs to be racing, and with testing seriously restricted this year, the role of reserve driver is basically honorific, unless a team needs a replacement.

A ONE-ENGINED WORLD?

FIA President Max Mosley says that the federation is considering another radical cost-cutting idea for the long term: using the same basic engine in all the FIA's main categories: Formula 1, Formula 2, the World Rally Championship and the World Touring Car Championship.

6 APRIL 2009

RACE REPORT - BUTTON'S POWERBOAT

Jenson Button won the Malaysian Grand Prix in his Brawn-Mercedes - but this was not an easy victory. The rains in Malaysia came down and caused mayhem. It was all very predictable given the start time of the race and the daily afternoon deluge. It may have worked well for the European TV audiences but it was not much fun for the drivers...

5 APRIL 2009

RACE NOTES - BUTTON WINS RAIN-SHORTENED MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

Malaysian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Malaysian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Malaysian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Malaysian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Race Results

HOW TO WATCH F1 IN THE GULF

Formula 1 viewers in the Gulf were taken by surprise with a last-minute decision to award the Middle East and North Africa TV rights to the Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation (BRTC).

4 APRIL 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - BRAWN SHOWS ITS MUSCLE

Jenson Button dominated the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Six days later he took pole position in Malaysia, beating Jarno Trulli to pole position by a tenth of a second in the final seconds of the Q3 session.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Malaysian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Malaysian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Malaysian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - NICO ON TOP (AGAIN)

Nico Rosberg continued his run of good performances in practice sessions with the fastest time of the third practice session in Kuala Lumpur. The German beat Mark Webber's Red Bull by a tenth of a second. Felipe Massa was third in his Ferrari ahead of the two Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Practice 3 Results

3 APRIL 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - A FERRARI 1-2

Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa surprised the F1 circus with a 1-2 result at the end of the second practice session in Malaysia.

LEWIS TAKES IT ON THE CHIN

Lewis Hamilton went in front of the international F1 media in Malaysia and said that he had been misled when he went to see the Stewards in Melbourne and he did what he was told to do by sporting director Davey Ryan.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Malaysian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Malaysian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Malaysian GP - Friday Team Quotes

MCLAREN CONFIRMS RYAN SUSPENSION

The McLaren team has confirmed that Dave Ryan has been suspended from his position as sporting director of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Practice 2 Results

THE GOVERNMENT CHANGES

Formula 1 pays little attention to the world around it but in Malaysia on Friday the country swore in a new Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who replaces Abdullah Ahmed Badawi who resigned on Thursday.

MCLAREN SPORTING DIRECTOR SUSPENDED

Dave Ryan, McLaren's Sporting Director, has been suspended by the team following the Lewis Hamilton controversy in Melbourne.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - NICO AHEAD OF KAZUKI

Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima were first and second in the first practice session in Kuala Lumpur for the Williams-Toyota team, ahead of the two Brawn-Mercedes of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Practice 1 Results

A VIRGIN-BRAWN DEAL ON THE CARDS

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group is expected to be confirmed soon that will guarantee the team $30m next year. This will give Virgin the whole car to sell to other sponsors, if it chooses to do that.

LICENCE TROUBLES AT DONINGTON PARK

Donington Park has had its circuit licence refused by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), because work to improve the circuit had reduced the run-off area where a new tunnel has been built.

2 APRIL 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Malaysian GP - Thursday Press Conference

A CLOSE CALL FOR BRAWN GP?

Achilleas Kallakis, the entrepreneur and gambler who made much of a bid to buy the team that has become Brawn GP over the winter, is reported to be under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over an alleged $80m property fraud.

HAMILTON EXCLUDED FROM AUSTRALIAN GP!

The FIA Stewards have ruled that Lewis Hamilton and McLaren "acted in a manner prejudicial to the conduct of the event by providing evidence deliberately misleading to the Stewards" in Melbourne. They have been excluded from the results and the classification amended accordingly. Jarno Trulli has been reinstated in third place.

HAMILTON UNDER RE-INVESTIGATION!

Lewis Hamilton's third place in Melbourne has been called into question by what the FIA describes as a "new element" having emerged in the days since the Australian GP.

MEANWHILE IN THE REAL WORLD...

The last week has seen more bad news for the automobile industry with March sales in the US down 37% compared to a year ago. The big loser was General Motors with a drop of 45% followed by Ford (41%), Toyota (39%), Chrysler and Nissan (38%), Honda (36%), Mercedes-Benz (25%), BMW (24%) and Audi (19%).

TOYOTA DECIDES NOT TO APPEAL

Toyota Motorsport has decided not to continue with its appeal against Jarno Trulli's penalty in Melbourne. The team says that it decided to announce the move "to preserve any right it may have to utilise the appeal procedure and to give it time to consider in appropriate detail all the facts relating to the incident".