Posted on December 15, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

The Italian press were at Maranello the other night for a dinner to look back over the season and look forward to the next. President Montezmolo hosted the event, along with team principal Stefano Domenicali, who still enjoys the full support of the Ferrari board. There were suggestions in the Italian papers today, however, that some changes of personnel may be made before the start of next season, with senior engineer Chris Dyer, the Australian who is believed to have been at the centre of the decision to pit Alonso at the wrong time in Abu Dhabi, in the cross More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on December 15, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

Lotus CEO Danny Bahar hosted a small group of media at the RAC Club in London today, of which I was one, to lay out his vision for Lotus in F1 and road cars. He didn’t say much about his rival Tony Fernandes, who has been using the Lotus name in F1 this season. However he did say that he tried to do a deal with him, but the Malaysian wanted too much money, “We tried, but when the counter proposals are so ridiculous, there is no point to continue to talk. ” said Bahar. “(The Renault deal) was one More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on December 14, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

Last Friday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council was the culmination of a lot of work behind the scenes and threw up some interesting outcomes on several fronts. The sport is changing in significant ways and these decisions are a milestone on that journey. F1 always has to balance several requirements; to be entertaining, to be relevant and to be technologically innovative and there are big moves in all three directions going on at the moment. On the entertainment side you have the moveable rear wing, which will mean that a slightly faster car should be able to pass a slower More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on December 14, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

Ferrari put its end of season disappointments behind it and held a Christmas party over the weekend in Maranello and the drivers dressed up as Santa Claus and handed out presents to local children. There was also a show based on the children’s character Geronimo Stilton. The photo commemorating the event is pretty surreal; Fernando Alonso seems a little self conscious on the right, next to test driver Jules Bianchi, Giancarlo Fisichella (centre) is thinking about calling Vijay Mallya to get his old job back, while Felipe Massa looks comfortable sandwiched between President Montezemolo and a six foot rodent. Your More…

Posted on December 13, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

One of the features of this season was the Red Bull mechanics looking utterly exhausted as a result of working deep into the night before qualifying to fit new parts to the cars which arrived at all hours at the circuit. The ‘go faster’ parts certainly made a difference and I’m sure that those mechanics have been catching up on sleep pretty much since they finished in Abu Dhabi, dreaming of what to spend their bonuses on. But it’s not all like that. The mechanics at every team were stretched during a gruelling 19 race calendar and those working for More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on December 13, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

Former F1 team owner Tom Walkinshaw died today aged 64. I last saw him at Silverstone on Grand Prix Sunday, where he looked thin and ill after a long struggle with cancer. In his prime he was a burly, forceful man, very tough and determined, not afraid to upset people to get his way. I first encountered him in the early 1990s when he controversially persuaded the board of the BRDC to buy some of his garages, a move which enraged many members. I was news editor at Autosport magazine at the time and worked on that story, so had More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on December 12, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

In the intricate chess match which is the battle to be “Lotus” in Formula 1, this weekend it was the turn of Tony Fernandes to make some moves. The Malaysian businessman, who owns the team which competed this year as Lotus Racing and which is entered for next year as Team Lotus, phoned around a few journalists for a chat, including myself. This follows a week in which most of the running had been made by the opposition in the form of Danny Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus. As in his struggles to build his airline business, Fernandes finds himself More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on December 10, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

The FIA World Motor Sport Council met in Monaco today and two significant things came out of it. First the WMSC approved the small capacity turbo engine which has been under discussion for some months and second it dropped the controversial rule banning team orders from F1 with effect from 2011 onwards. This follows the unsatisfactory outcome of the hearing into the Ferrari team orders incident in Germany this season. The FIA statement on the engines said, “The WMSC approved the introduction of a new specification engine from 2013, underlining the FIA’s commitment to improving sustainability and addressing the needs More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on December 9, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

Brazilian Grand Prix polesitter Nico Hulkenberg should find out very soon if he is going to be on the grid next season, as Force India is poised to decide its drivers. And Mercedes may well hold the key. The team has come up from the back of the grid in the last two years thanks to a technology partnership with Mercedes and McLaren, which provides them with an engine, gearbox and hydraulics system. And now it finds itself in the enviable position of having several strong drivers vying for seats, one of which is Hulkenberg. The incumbents are Adrian Sutil More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on December 8, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 187

Tonight F1 fans are a little confused and a little concerned as they contemplate a 2011 season with four black and gold Lotus Renault cars on the track, two owned by the Enstone based Lotus Renault GP and two – in slightly different livery – owned by Norfolk based Team Lotus. The Team Lotus entries have nothing to do with the Norfolk based Lotus Cars operation, which is a 25% shareholder in the Enstone based team. The two different Black and Gold liveries – both tributes to the iconic JPS Lotus colours of the 1970s – are at large on More…



COUNTDOWN TO NEXT RACE
Strategy Report
Innovation and Technology brought to you by TATA Communications
Senna DVD
Download the Chequered Flag Podcast here
MTS
Darren Heath
Sport Right Now