Posted on February 25, 2009
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Williams has just announced that RBS will stay with the team this season and next, but that the sponsorship will finish at the end of 2010. RBS is conducting a review of all its sponsorships in light of the critical situation in the banking sector and the huge corporate losses shortly to be announced. The partnership with Williams began in 2005 and was renewed in 2007 for three seasons. RBS points out that sponsorship costs have been reduced by 25% for this year and 50% in 2010 while hospitality has been cut by 90%. RBS has made further cuts by More…

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Posted on February 25, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 297

Martin Whitmarsh, who on Sunday will take over as McLaren team principal, has welcomed the USF1 initiative of broadcaster Peter Windsor and former Ligier engineer Ken Anderson. In a spirit of togetherness and encouragement which sums up the mood of the times at the moment with all teams sticking together and backing each other, Whitmarsh said that the USF1 team could only be a good thing for F1 because the sport must have a race and a presence in America, as the world’s No 1 marketplace. “A United States-based Formula One team, ideally fielding at least one United States-born driver, More…

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Posted on February 25, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 297

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otA5sriGr_s] What will the BBC use as their theme tune? Well, in case you have been wondering about the trailer that Ben G was referring to in his earlier comment … Here it is: a YouTube mash-up that uses The Chain as inspiration.  There are links to all sorts of would-be BBC intros at the end of the clip, including one with a Cardigans track. And until an official version is formally unveiled, these will have to do. By the way, keep on voting for your favourite F1 soundtrack in our mini-poll (right). So far it seems that a remix More…

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Posted on February 25, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 297

Just listened to the Chris Moyles show on Radio 1 and they had Lewis Hamilton on, talking about the new season, doing a human beatbox impression which was actually pretty impressive and pledging £10k if the rotund Moyles can climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, a task he has set himself to raise money for the Children in Need campaign. [ See the video - the beatbox bit is around 4m20s ] I mention this because as I listened to it, I could sense Hamilton’s unease at trying to guess what level to pitch his donation at. If you More…

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Posted on February 25, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 297

Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson did a press conference on the US racing channel Speed TV last night with details of their USF1 project. On the face of it, this is an crazy time to try to get a US based F1 team off the ground, with a credit crunch, which is biting savagely in America, no US Grand Prix, and the eternal problem of logistics with most of the races being based in Europe and all points East. Also, whisper it, it’s not very green to fly racing cars back and forth across the Atlantic, when you could just More…

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Posted on February 25, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 297

Interesting response to the BBC package announced yesterday. Quite a few people think “The Chain” is a retrograde step. Andrew Baker in the Telegraph is positively evangelistic about it, reckons it’s the greatest theme music ever in a proud BBC tradition of theme tunes. I quite liked the tune to Horse of the Year show, but that’s by the by… Quite a few of you are wondering about the use of archive footage. The standard deal is that you can use anything up to 10 years previous as part of the package. Anything before that and you have to pay More…

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Posted on February 24, 2009
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The BBC today announced exactly how it plans to cover F1 this season, its first year as the UK rights holder after 12 years of ITV coverage. They are certainly going for it – it’s a pretty comprehensive schedule and there are some interesting and innovative touches. By using TV, radio and the online service they provide what is called in the industry ’360 degree’ coverage. The first point to make is that all the qualifying and race shows will be on BBC1, which means that they are going for the big audience numbers. They have to justify the huge More…

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Posted on February 24, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 297

Not a serious posting with any great insight into the Honda negotiations, but just a photo someone sent me with an advert for Virgin Trains, which I absolutely love! It shows that Branson has a great sense of humour. We could do with a bit more of this kind of thing in F1.

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Posted on February 23, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 297

I didn’t think that anything could top last season, with the championship decided in the final corners and many races where most of the field was separated by a second, but talking to the teams, the feeling is that it’s going to be very close again this year, despite the massive rule changes, which normally spread the field out. The recent Bahrain test showed that Toyota and BMW are closer that expected to Ferrari at this stage of the game and the Toyota looks to be pretty reliable as well as fast. Meanwhile Ferrari and McLaren have also been paying More…

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Posted on February 23, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 297

In the last hour or so I’ve read the story on the Real Honda F1 site about an imminent announcement of a management buyout and had an urgent message from one of my regular readers, saying the same thing. Real Honda clearly have some solid sources within the team, because they have broken a fair bit of news about the team in recent years. Meanwhile I don’t know what insights Finn has but he is most specific about an imminent announcement (see his comment at the bottom of the Bernie/Honda post). I’ve checked this afternoon with a party who would More…

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