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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ferrari says it will quit

In the latest round of the battle of wills between Ferrari and the FIA, The Scuderia announced today on its Web site it will quit F1 over the new technical regulations.

Key to its decision:
"The Board of Directors also examined developments related to recent decisions taken by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile during an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on 29 April 2009. Although this meeting was originally called only to examine a disciplinary matter, the decisions taken mean that, for the first time ever in Formula 1, the 2010 season will see the introduction of two different sets of regulations based on arbitrary technical rules and economic parameters."

Read the full statement.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Practice

Bernie Ecclestone has been moving to smooth the waters between the FIA and the teams over the budget cap rules, and told the Times the possibility of a "two-tier" championship is "slowly disappearing."

The Times said another hang up for the teams, according to Ecclestone, is the prospect of outsiders having access to their books, but the F1 chief downplayed the possibility that would happen, as well.

Prior to the meeting, Ecclestone said he didn't think Ferrari would leave the sport.

"Ferrari are not stupid," he said. "They don’t want to leave Formula One and we don’t want to lose them, so we’ll get to grips with it."

Teams have until May 29 to file an entry for 2010.

British Grand Prix to skip a year

In the same article with the Times, Ecclestone said he would be happy to leave the British Grand Prix off the schedule for a year if work on Donington Park cannot be completed in time for 2010, again ruling out the possibility Silverstone could hold the race in Donington's place.

Hamilton talks Spain and beyond

Lewis Hamilton discusses his thoughts following a disappointing weekend in Barcelona, and what the rest of the season holds on his Web site. While he knows he doesn't have the car he needs to defend the championship, he's still optimistic.

"I definitely think we can turn the corner with this car - I don't think the whole car is wrong, I think perhaps a small issue is triggering a bigger problem somewhere else. And that's encouraging because it means we could hit a breakthrough at any stage. We've definitely taken some big steps forward and we've learnt from some of our mistakes too - we're all optimistic for the next few races."

Brawn: No favoritism

Ross Brawn moved to calm the controversy that has erupted since a decision to changes Jenson Button's strategy led to a win over teammate Rubens Barrichello at last Sundays Spanish Grand Prix.

"We don't have a one and a two driver," Brawn told BBC Radio 5 Live. "They're both on equal terms and conditions."

Brawn also said the portrayal of Barrichello's anger was overblown by the media.

Williams fed up with Nico?

Is Nico Rosberg under fire at Williams? James Allen thinks something's up... Williams question ‘inconsistent’ Rosberg


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice bluff by Ferrari. But they get so many "considerations" from Formula 1, my question is "Where will they go"? After all, this is not a car company, but a self proclaimed racing team that manufactures cars to raise money to go racing.

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