Posted on May 12, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

Ferrari today decided to test Max Mosley’s assertion that “Formula 1 can survive without Ferrari” It issued a strongly worded statement following a meeting of the Board of Directors which said that it would not enter the 2010 F1 world championship if the rules voted through by the FIA world council on April 29th are not changed. It noted that the April 29th meeting was convened to hear a disciplinary matter (the McLaren lie-gate scandal) and that the decisions taken there brought into being a two tier system of rules “based on arbitrary technical rules and parametres.” It goes on More…

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Posted on May 12, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

The first encouraging noises for a while about the chances of Donington hosting a Grand Prix have come from Bernie Ecclestone. Speaking in the Times, his preferred medium, he says that following a meeting with Donington promoter Simon Gillett, he feels that the financial problems Gillett has experienced with unpaid rent will be sorted out and that financing the construction will be achieved. On that basis, he appears to be willing to give Gillett a 12 month extension, if required. This would almost certainly mean the British Grand Prix being absent from the calendar for a year in 2010. Ecclestone More…

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Posted on May 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

I’ve always been a huge Steve McQueen fan. I love the film Le Mans and I share his passion for moto cross bikes – if you haven’t seen the documentary he made about bikes, “On any Sunday”, treat yourself, it’s magnificent. One of my proudest possessions is a TAG Heuer Monaco watch in the Gulf colours of the Porsche car which McQueen races in the film. You get the idea… Anyway, someone at TAG Heuer has had the idea of putting Lewis Hamilton into a clip with McQueen from the film and I saw it today for the first time. More…

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Posted on May 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

I’m intrigued by the comments coming out of Williams over the last 24 hours, regarding Nico Rosberg. First at the top of yesterday’s press release after the race they said, “Inconsistency compromised a strong strategy and left Nico in P8 and with one point at race end.” Then lower down, Patrick Head says, “Nico’s pace in the first stint was initially good, but we then struggled to maintain consistency, so we will have to investigate that.” Today comes a de-brief document from the team, in which technical director Sam Michael says “Nico’s lap times were somewhat inconsistent, yes, and we More…

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Posted on May 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

Vijay Mallya is bobbing in the harbour on his motor yacht, Flavio Briatore will have zoomed off in his private jet, like most of the drivers but the winner of today’s Grand Prix, was on the Easyjet flight to Luton with his team, Red Bull, Force India, me and a load of sunburned, happy fans. Most of them couldn’t believe their eyes that Ross was on the same flight and he had to pose for photos with many of them. His only token bit of elitism – he paid €12 for Speedy Boarding! Ross has always been a team player More…

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Posted on May 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

Jenson Button’s chances of winning the world championship improved dramatically today with a fourth win from five starts. It means that from a maximum 45 points he has scored 41. And with the next race in Monaco likely to be one of Brawn’s strongest tracks of the season, he looks set to cut down the number of people who can challenge him down to an absolute minimum. It’s starting to look like he is uncatchable. It’s a good job we don’t have the controversial medals system in place as he would be close to clinching the championship now. Thus far More…

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Posted on May 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

This is starting to remind me of 1992 when Nigel Mansell took a very good car and dominated the championship with it, after years of seeming like the world title might elude him. The difference is that then the Williams Renault was massively superior to the rest and Mansell was far faster than team mate Patrese. This situation looks the same, but it’s not. The Brawn is not a huge step ahead of the rest, in fact the Red Bull has now squandered two god chances to win in Bahrain and Barcelona. And as for the team mate rivalry, Button More…

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Posted on May 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

The latest development in the stand-off over the budget cap and new regulations for 2010 is that Toyota’s John Howett has told the Italian media that if the conditions for competing in 2010 do not change, then “Toyota will not sign up for the world championship.” Howett went on to say that the company was evaluating a return to Le Mans 24 hours among other possible alternatives. Howett is the number two in FOTA, the team’s organisation. He is vice-president working underneath Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo. It would appear that Howett is articulating what all the other manufacturers are thinking. More…

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Posted on May 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

Felipe Massa has his tail up today, Ferrari are back in business and he knows that he has an important role in the outcome of the race, particularly at the start, where he lines up fourth on the grid. Using the KERS system, which will give him an 80 horsepower boost on the run down to turn one, projections show that he should be second by the first corner, but if Button makes a poor start as he did in Bahrain and Kuala Lumpur, Massa will have him. “It will be hard to pass in one go all three cars,” More…

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Posted on May 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 278

The attendance at this year’s Spanish Grand Prix is noticeably down on recent years. This morning we drove in at 8am and didn’t stop once. It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that since Alonso came to prominence. His lack of competitiveness with Renault is a lot to do with the drop off in interest, I’m told by my Spanish colleagues. But also the state of the economy and the high ticket prices are having an effect. Nevertheless they are expecting 100,000 people here today, so more than Silverstone’s capacity. But they expanded the grandstand capacity here and More…

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