Posted on June 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

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 273

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 273

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 273

“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 273

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 273

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 273

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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Posted on June 6, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

The fuel loads have been published by the FIA and, as expected the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel is a shade lighter than Jenson Button’s Brawn. Vettel will stop on lap 15, two laps before Button. Button has the tactical advantage for the race because his team will be able to watch what Vettel does at his first stop and will then have around 2 minutes to calculate what strategy to employ for Button at his first stop to give him the best chance of winning the race. Button will have to watch out for Webber, who is on the More…

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Posted on June 6, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in all three qualifying sessions today at Istanbul and picked up his second pole position of the season for Red Bull. Pole position changed hands three times in the final moments of a terrific session. First Mark Webber grabbed it, then Jenson Button went faster, but Vettel got the lap which mattered. Jenson Button again had a quiet build up, with various set up issues to be resolved in practice, but delievered a big lap at the end to start alongside Vettel on the front row. But the early indications are that the Brawn may have More…

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Posted on June 6, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

We’ve had a great response to the post about what the teams mean to F1, some great thoughts. Picking up on Max Mosley’s analogy of F1 as being like a restaurant we had this very well considered contribution from Bradley, “The restaurant at Le Mans is open for 24 Hours and remains great, no matter who the diners are. “Ferrari ate there for a while and left, so did Mercedes, BMW, Toyota and others, then they left too. And the race stayed great. “I’d suggest that, as long as there are diners coming to the restaurant, it doesn’t matter who More…

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