Posted on June 3, 2009
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FIA president Max Mosley has broken his silence on the conditional entry the nine FOTA teams made last Friday to the 2010 world championship. Speaking to Swiss paper Motorsport Aktuell, Mosley made it quite clear that he is not going to entertain FOTA’s demands that the budget cap idea be abandoned, that the 2009 rules be carried over for next year and that the new Concorde Agreement be signed by June 12th, the date on which the successful entries will be announced. “You cannot sign an agreement which was specified so late, before June 12th.” he said. Clearly not willing More…

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Posted on June 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

This weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul should see the convergence of several teams at the top, making it a fiercely contested race. Let me explain what I mean by that. Brawn has been at the peak since the season started, the team to beat, while Red Bull were very close in the early races, but only added their definitive double diffuser aero package to the car for Monaco, where it didn’t really have a chance to show it’s value. Their car has always been good on high speed corners, so in Istanbul they should fly. They have had the More…

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Posted on June 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

I posted yesterday on Toyota and how they appear to have been going backwards in the last two races, wondering what they would be like in Turkey this weekend. In my mail box this morning is a Q&A with Toyota boss John Howett explaining a little more about what’s gone wrong and what their chances are for Istanbul. So I thought I would run an excerpt from it, to round out the picture. What are the team’s chances for the Turkish Grand Prix? “I believe we have a very good chance in Turkey. We are third in the Constructors’ Championship More…

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Posted on June 2, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

One of the teams I will be keeping a very close eye on this weekend is Toyota. When I went to the pre-season test at Barcelona, Toyota was one of the teams you would say was in the best shape. Jarno Trulli could barely contain his delight that he had what appeared to be a very good car, after several frustrating years. And so it proved in the first four races, where the team averaged 6.6 points per race, putting them a strong third in the championship. But since then they have really struggled and have blanked twice, in Spain More…

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Posted on May 31, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

I’ve been fascinated by the coverage of the FOTA teams’ entry for next year’s world championship in the last couple of days. On Friday morning I was saying that something was going to come out of FOTA which was quite different from the convergence position with the FIA that was being widely reported. And so it proved. Then when the FOTA statement was made most commentators seemed to see it as Ferrari and the other eight teams signing up after all, which it was some way from being. Ferrari obviously felt quite frustrated with this and so they issued one More…

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Posted on May 30, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

The nine remaining teams in the Formula One Teams Association submitted a conditional entry for the 2010 world championship before the deadline at midnight last night. Along with that single entry for all nine of them, they have submitted a document with proposals for cost reduction to the FIA, which Toyota’s John Howett describes as ‘comprehensive’. There has been a mixed reaction to this. Some media are saying that Ferrari and the other teams have signed up for 2010, others are highlighting the conditional nature of the entry and the two main conditions which they want to see fulfilled before More…

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Posted on May 29, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

After all the brinkmanship, the tough talking and the threats, the Formula 1 teams should today, barring any last minute upset, submit entries by midnight for the 2010 world championship. Ferrari will still be a Formula 1 team and life will carry on. A statement is expected today from the Formula One Teams Association with their position ahead of the deadline, although team sources could not confirm at what time this might be published. Intriguingly, it has been suggested to me, however, that this statement will not be along the lines of what has been speculated in the media since More…

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Posted on May 28, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

There has been quite a bit of chatter in the last couple of days about Jenson Button’s future, in light of comments made by Brawn GP’s Nick Fry on the subject. “Jenson’s been with us a long time, and we’ve had failures and we’ve had successes,” said Fry. “My objective, and our objective, is to have him for the rest of his career, and nothing’s changed on that front. It’s mutual that he would like to stay with the team, and after five race wins, we should be able to get something together.” After five wins from six races and More…

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Posted on May 27, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

At a meeting of FOTA teams in London today it was decided to suspend the membership of the Williams team, after they broke ranks and submitted an entry to the 2010 world championship. “Fota’s decision, although regrettable, is understandable,” said team boss Frank Williams. “As a company whose only business is F1 with obligations to our partners and employees entering was unquestionable. In addition we are legally obliged under our contract with FOM and the FIA to participate in the world championship until the end of 2012.” Williams acknowledged that the suspension of the team is temporary, pending ongoing negotiations More…

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Posted on May 26, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 273

I posted here on Sunday morning that I had heard Williams were going to break ranks with the other Formula 1 teams and put in an entry for the 2010 season this week and they have done that. I’ve been thinking about this, about why they have done it, what it will do to FOTA unity and where it leaves the other teams. Williams have become the team closest to the FIA in recent times. In part this is down to a personal relationship between Williams CEO Adam Parr and Max Mosley. Both trained as barristers and I think they More…

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