Posted on February 3, 2009
Nigel Stepney breaks cover | James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1

No sooner did I mention in a post earlier today that Nigel Stepney, former chief mechanic at Ferrari and the man behind the McLaren/Ferrari spy scandal of 2007, was working for an engineering firm in Essex, but a picture of him pops up in a media mail out by Superleague Formula, the racing series based on football teams.

As you can see, Nigel (on right) is working for Gigawave, who supply on board cameras to the series. The Superleague media people are having a bit of a laugh here because the photo above is prominent in their mail out, but is not captioned! And nowhere does it mention Stepney’s name.

Or maybe they don’t know..
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Does this count as working in motor sport?

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  1.   1. Posted By: natef1
        Date: February 3rd, 2009 @ 7:20 pm 

    “Sir, I’m afraid..I’m afraid the car has flatlined.”
    “Noooooooo!”

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  2.   2. Posted By: Federico
        Date: February 4th, 2009 @ 9:57 am 

    Hi, it seems Superleague Formula is really working with professionals… good thing then… All people deserves new opportunities. I think this is good news for the motorsport sector. And of course, Superleague Formula is the future of motorsports and a new way of living it, so why wouldn’t this count as working for motorsports?

    By the way, the French circuit Magny Cours shall host the inaugural meeting of the second season of Superleague Formula. After the disappearance of F1 from the French circuit last year, the takeover of Superleague Formula shall be converted into one of the most attractive meetings expected by motorsport fans of the country.
    For this same purpose, this year the closing of the championship will move from Jerez to Madrid, where this time, supporters of Atletico de Madrid will have their opportunity to urge on the car of their team onto the circuit of Jarama in Madrid at the end of October.

    Final dates of the calendar will be informed in the next few days as negotiations are still in process with Corinthians and Flamengo to take the championship to Brazil at the end of the year. Other circuits in Malaysia and South Africa have also shown relevant interests in the series. provisional calendar is the following:

    Date
    1 Magny-Cours France June 27/28, 2009
    2 Zolder Belgium July 18/19, 2009
    3 Donington Park UK August 1/2, 2009
    4 Estoril Portugal September 5/6, 2009 (TBC)
    5 Monza Italy October 3/4, 2009 (TBC)
    6 Circuito de Jarama Spain October 17/18, 2009 (TBC)

    You can find more info at : http://www.superleagueformula.com

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  3.   3. Posted By: fanatic
        Date: February 4th, 2009 @ 10:00 am 

    Come on Superleague!! Let’s continue overtaking F1!!!! It is our opportunity!!! All F1 workers to SF!!! yessssssssss

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  4.   4. Posted By: Federico
        Date: February 4th, 2009 @ 10:21 am 

    It seems that Superleague Formula is really hiring professionals then … I think everyone deserves a new opportunity. If this guy did what you said, i am sure he was just following order from others, so was it really his fault? I think Superleague Formula has introduced a new concept within the motorsport industry, and for sure that the future is there!!

    By the way, the French circuit Magny Cours will host the inaugural meeting of the second season of Superleague Formula. After the disappearance of F1 from the French circuit last year, the takeover of Superleague Formula shall be converted into one of the most attractive meetings expected by motor sport fans of the country.

    Final dates of the calendar will be released in the next few days as negotiations are still in process with Corinthians and Flamengo to take the championship to Brazil at the end of the year. Other circuits in Malaysia and South Africa have also shown interest in the series.

    The calendar for 2009 is the following:

    1 Magny-Cours France June 27/28, 2009
    2 Zolder Belgium July 18/19, 2009
    3 Donington Park UK August 1/2, 2009
    4 Estoril Portugal September 5/6, 2009 (TBC)
    5 Monza Italy October 3/4, 2009 (TBC)
    6 Circuito de Jarama Spain October 17/18, 2009 (TBC)

    Good and long life for Superleague Formula!!

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  5.   5. Posted By: Pablo
        Date: February 4th, 2009 @ 10:41 am 

    Does this count as working in motor sport? Of couse it counts!! Why wouldn’t it? Isn’t Superleague Formula a motorsport? You can visit their website, it’s fantastic!! Go to http://www.superleagueformula.com

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  6.   6. Posted By: Al27
        Date: February 4th, 2009 @ 10:47 am 

    Nice scoop James! I’m sure he should be working in B&Q demonstrating lawnmowers or something instead though.

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  7.   7. Posted By: rpaco
        Date: February 4th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm 

    Pablo: Our other Nige is a great engineer and should be employed to use his skills in that field.
    BUT This superleageformula thing is what? I have looked at the site and cannot work out whether the race teams are meant to play football on the track or the footballers are going to race the cars, o0n a pitch, doesn’t make any sense at all to me. One thing we do not need in motor racing is football mentality.

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  8.   8. Posted By: Pablo
        Date: February 4th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm 

    rpaco: I am sorry to say that have you a problem. If you are unable to understand what SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA is all about, then you may have to return to school then. However, I ‘ll explain you:

    Superleague Formula is the fusion of the two of the world’s most popular sports – capturing the passion of football with the thrill and excitement of motor racing.

    The new concept kicked off in August 2008 with a field of V12-powered 750 horsepower single seater racecars bearing the colours of the world’s leading football teams.

    Traditional rivals on the pitch will do battle at some of the world’s greatest racetracks. This is more than just a race, Superleague Formula provides a spectacular entertainment package for all the family at each event.

    SF is a brand new, global Championship that connects two of the most popular sports in the world: football and motor racing.

    At their heart, both sports offer fans action and drama; that is their engine, their attraction.

    By combining the two, SF hopes to create a unique blend of entertainment, passion, fair play and exhilaration – the beautiful race!

    Taking motor sport back to its roots, all cars and engines will be identical, thereby putting an emphasis on the drivers’ skills and abilities.

    Superleague Formula features 18 cars competing against one another, with each one carrying the colours and livery of major football clubs from Europe and around the world. While none of the clubs are required to contribute financially, the fans invest their support, ready to embrace the symbiosis of pure racing with their football club.

    While other motor sports are dominated by technology, the spirit behind Superleague Formula is about feeling the pride and the passion … and getting closer to the action.

    SF believes that football and motor racing can combine to deliver something spectacular – an exciting contest with unforgettable moments to treasure. A sport that brings passionate people together and which lives by its sharing, open philosophy: inclusive, involving and accessible.

    Fans want to see a beautiful race. That’s why they’re doing this… What do you think? Are you still confused about Superleague Formula?

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  9.   9. Posted By: rpaco
        Date: February 4th, 2009 @ 5:50 pm 

    Pablo: You just repeated what it said on the FS website. So the drivers will be footballers. You are kidding right! Who is financing the race teams if not the football clubs? Formula Ford-style carnage will be but a mere shadow of what is to come. Points will need to be awarded for any complete lap. As I said before football mentality is not what is wanted on or around the racetrack.

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  10.   10. Posted By: Pablo
        Date: February 5th, 2009 @ 9:41 am 

    rpaco: Drivers are drivers, not footballers. Seems you have a comprehension problem. What SF does, is really giving the power back to drivers as cars are alll the same … Fans, sponsors and the race teams themselves are financing everything… and as football fans are counted by millions around the world, there you’ve got the answer…easy, isn’t it? I think that all kinds of mentalities are needed in order to boost motorsport interest around the world … or maybe it is just that you are not a a motorsport fan… I have been in a Superleague Formula event and I must say that it is really superior to any Formula 1 event.. the feelings and passion towards the clubs’ colours of football fans really makes a difference. In order to give an opinion, I think you should first try it by yourself.

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  11.   11. Posted By: DG
        Date: February 5th, 2009 @ 5:30 pm 

    But what is the difference between SF and say, A1GP, or GP2? They run identical cars, A1GP has them in National colours, GP2 has some serious names behind its teams (as in the families associated with F1 teams of the past and future).
    What does SF give us but either confused drivers or confused football fans? The Football teams don’t pay the drivers, or own the cars, (as stated on the website) so why are the cars in football colours?
    I think anybody who has only ever been to an F1 race, or watched it on TV, needs to find their local racing circuit and watch everything that happens there, from ALMS to F3000, and DTM, and Touring Cars and 2CV Endurance racing, before they decide that SF is the best racing series anywhere.

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  12.   12. Posted By: TJM
        Date: February 5th, 2009 @ 6:51 pm 

    Gigawave don’t just supply onboard camera’s, they run their own world class GT1 team -http://www.gigawavemotorsport.com/team.html, and guess who’s Team Principal!

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