Posted on August 4, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

On the Ferrari official website today, under the headline “Indiscretion” we have this choice little item, “Guess who opposed the test with the F60? A team that hasn’t won anything for years and yet didn’t pass over the opportunity to demonstrate once more a lack of spirit of fair play. “Just for the record, the Scuderia Ferrari had given its approval to let Alguersuari test, but it seems even in this instance someone decided to stick to the precise wording of the regulations.” This is clearly a reference to Williams, who last won a race at the end of 2004. More…

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Posted on August 4, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

War is over, at least for a short while. On Friday night the teams, the FIA and the F1 commercial rights holder signed the new Concorde Agreement, which runs until the end of 2012. With the signature of this agreement stability is returned to F1. There will be no breakaway series, no more new rules being imposed on teams, the F1 commission will be restored, which gives the teams a say in the new rules. It has been an immensely damaging period for the image of the sport, with polemics, breakaway threats and constant instability. Just how damaging will become More…

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Posted on August 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has spoken about the deal he has cut with Michael Schumacher to make a dramatic and unexpected comeback at the European Grand Prix. Schumacher will replace Felipe Massa, who was discharged to travel home to Brazil today by his Budapest hospital. Speaking in Germany’s Die Welt newspaper today, Montezemolo said that the team does ‘not expect miracles’ from the German, who has not raced an F1 car since the end of 2006. One area that some of the other drivers are concerned about for Schumacher’s sake is the start of the race. The current Ferrari More…

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Posted on August 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

Nelson Piquet’s demise as a Renault driver has been coming for some time. Today he got the bullet and in reaction issued a strongly worded statement about how unfair his treatment has been at the hands of Flavio Briatore, the team’s principal as well as Piquet’s manager. On the face of it his F1 career appears to be over, in the sense that it is hard to see another team taking him on. However there are strong rumours here in Italy that he and his family are looking at taking a stake in an existing team, possibly Sauber, if Peter More…

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Posted on August 1, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

Michael Schumacher has only been back in Formula 1 for a couple of days and already he’s at the centre of a controversy, albeit one which says more about the state of the sport than about him and Ferrari. Schumacher does not simply have to get back up to speed, he has much to learn about the 2009 cars before he makes his dramatic comeback at the European Grand Prix in Valencia on 23 August. They have adjustable front wings and above all the Ferrari has KERS, which he needs to learn how to use. So Ferrari understandably requested that More…

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Posted on July 30, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

I posted on Sunday that the F1 drivers made a DVD together with SKY Italia for Felipe Massa’s race engineer Rob Smedley to take to him in hospital. Massa watched it soon after being woken from his chemically induced coma. Here it is. It’s interesting to see the body language of the drivers as they deliver their messages. Check out Webber in particular who doesn’t sugar the pill about being in hospital. Click on the link below: Get well soon, Felipe

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Posted on July 29, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher has confirmed he will make a sensational return to Formula 1 as a replacement for Felipe Massa in an amazing turn of events. The German has previously rejected suggestions regarding a return to the sport; however, a sense of loyalty to the team in its time of need has inspired his return. “The most important thing first: thanks God, all news concerning Felipe are positive. I wish him all the best again,” said Schumacher. “I was meeting this afternoon with Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo and together we decided that I will prepare myself More…

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Posted on July 29, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

The FIA has issued a statement reacting to the BMW withdrawal from F1. As you can imagine they feel more than a little vindicated by this, as they have been warning for some time that the sport had become ‘unsustainable’ due to high costs and needed to be protected from manufacturers who come and go when it suits them. Ironically the costs are now set to come down dramatically, so arguably they are not the main driver behind this withdrawal. FIA president Max Mosley had quite a good relationship with some members of the BMW board and always said that More…

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Posted on July 29, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

BMW today became the second major manufacturer to quit Formula 1 in eight months. I never much liked the way they went about their racing, being too focussed on corporate targets and not enough on racing. But I see no reason why the team, based in Hinwil should not be on the grid next year in a new guise. The timing of the BMW board’s decision was motivated by the imminent need for a signature on the new Concorde Agreement. It has been agreed between all parties and was simply awaiting main board approval from two manufacturers, one of whom More…

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Posted on July 28, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 262

While Felipe Massa’s condition continues to improve in hospital, speculation regarding who will stand in for the Brazilian at next month’s European Grand Prix in Valencia is mounting. Word in Italy is that there is still concern about Massa’s sight in his left eye, with some suggestion that the optic nerve may be damaged. However Massa’s doctor Dino Altman, this afternoon said, “Felipe has no damage to his left eye. He opened it a little, it is still swollen, but he can see well. There is no obvious damage.” Only after detailed checks on the optic nerve will it be More…

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