Posted on June 11, 2009
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There are two contrasting quotes in the press today. The first comes from Bernie Ecclestone, highlighting what he brings to F1 and why it is the show that it is, while the president of Renault, Carlos Ghosn, has come out and said that the teams should, “take back control of Formula 1″ Bernie was speaking to the Daily Express and said, “It costs a lot of money to set up a series. “Right now, we supply the venues at no cost to the teams, they roll up with all their sponsors’ names and money and race in front of a More…

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Posted on June 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

Before the Turkey weekend I flagged up that I was interested in Toyota’s performance after their alarming slump in Monaco and to some extent, Spain. Well Jarno Trulli had a great weekend, qualifying 5th and racing strongly against Nico Rosberg to finish fourth. Toyota are looking pretty good in third place in the championship, although you can see them possibly dropping one place to fourth when Ferrari get motoring in the second half of the season. What was hugely encouraging for Toyota in Istanbul, though, was that they kept the Ferraris behind them all weekend, despite the massive gains the More…

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Posted on June 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

Details of the 2009 motorsport business forums have been announced. There will be three events this year, the traditional event in Monaco in December, the Middle East event in the days before the Abu Dhabi GP in October and a US event in Orlando in December. The forums have evolved over the past five years into the leading event for discussion and debate on the major issues around the world of motorsport business. The wide ranging programme covers every area of commercial activity in the sport from sponsorship acquisition and exploitation to championship management. I have been asked to host More…

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Posted on June 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

Two days to go until the entries are announced for the 2010 F1 world championship and the situation is finely balanced. The FIA has said that there is ‘no question’ of the Concorde Agreement being signed by Friday and Max Mosley has urged the FOTA teams to make their entries unconditional (there are strings attached currently) in order to change the system from within. The idea would be that once they had all signed up to be budget capped next year, they could then agree a new set of rules which was more in line with FOTA’s suggestions. But it More…

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Posted on June 9, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

Toyota, the world’s largest car company, has become the first team to start selling real parts of its F1 cars online. A complete rear wing is €2,000 a plain front wing a snip at €800. Apparently the parts have all been used at some time on the F1 cars either in racing or testing and come with a certificate of authenticity. The parts are on sale on Toyota’s official website at http://www.toyota-f1-shop.com If things don’t get resolved in the next few days between the teams and the FIA over next year’s championship then there could a lot more of this More…

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Posted on June 8, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

Following on from my earlier post, Frank Williams said some very interesting things on Saturday afternoon, so here they are in more detail. He covers the current 2010 entry crisis, explains Max Mosley’s motivation, looks at the problem of engine supply if there is a split and talks about possibly housing one of the new teams on his site. What is the situation with FOTA, you are suspended, will you go back? “We are out of FOTA, expelled. Normally when you are expelled, you don’t go back to school or not that one, anyway. In or out, that’s fine. If More…

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Posted on June 8, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

“Williams needs a budget cap. Hopefully it will bring the others down to us.” This was the view of Sir Frank Williams on Saturday afternoon, discussing the ongoing crisis over the 2010 rules. Frank has signed up for the FIA championship next season. After years of almost bankrupting itself to stay competitive in F1, the Williams team welcomes the budget cap as an opportunity to take a financial breather, make the team profitable again and shape it up for a possible sale down the line. Frank is also attracted by the idea of housing one of the new teams on More…

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Posted on June 7, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

The drivers working for the eight remaining FOTA teams got embroiled in the 2010 entry crisis today when they met with team principals and agreed to stand solid with them in opposing the 2010 rules package. Afterwards, rumours began to circulate that a repeat of Indianapolis 2005 might take place where the drivers would do the formation lap only and then park the cars, leaving only the Williams and Force India cars to race. Much as Nico Rosberg, looking for his first win and Vijay Mallya, looking for Force India’s first points, would have loved it, there was no substance More…

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Posted on June 7, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

Jenson Button won the Turkish Grand Prix today, by 6.7 seconds over the Red Bull duo of Mark Webber and pole sitter Sebastian Vettel. It was Button’s sixth win from seven starts and sets him up now for the world championship and an emotional homecoming to Silverstone in two weeks time. “You have built me a monster of a car,” he told the team over the radio afterwards. He later added, “The car felt the best it has felt all year.” It was a dominant performance by Button, who started second on the grid, but passed Vettel on the opening More…

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Posted on June 7, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 271

Formula 3 team Litespeed has announced that it’s F1 team name, if it’s 2010 entry is accepted by the FIA this week, will be Lotus. Last week we had a team using the Brabham name and there are rumours that March is going to be recycled. If it carries on like this we’re all going to have to start growing mutton chop sideburns again. Litespeed is owned by two ex Lotus engineers and they have persuaded David Hunt, who owns the rights to the name, to let them use it. Lotus won the world championship with Jim Clark, Graham Hill, More…

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