Posted on January 23, 2014

The controversial rule to award double points at the final race of the season is set to go ahead after a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday between Formula 1 team bosses where they did not attempt to overturn the ruling. The idea, which was formed by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, first surfaced late last year with the idea of making it mathematically more difficult for the title to be decided several races before the end of the season. At the time, reigning four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel described the plans to award 50 points rather than 25 for a race More…

Posted on December 23, 2013

The new rule for 2014 awarding double points for the final race, announced by the FIA after an F1 Commission meeting earlier this month, may be dropped before the season even starts. The idea has not attracted many supporters, with drivers, many fans and even Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo against it. Montezemolo has invited all the F1 teams to Maranello in 2014 to discuss long term strategy for the sport and this will be one of the talking points. Meanwhile the new F1 Strategy Group, featuring the leading teams, will meet in the New Year, for the first time More…

Posted on November 20, 2013

A revised version of the 2014 F1 calendar was circulating at the weekend in Austin, with 19 races instead of the 22 announced by the FIA at its most recent World Motor Sports Council meeting. It looks likely that there will be three casualties: New Jersey will not be ready for next year, but circuit consultant Chris Pook said in Austin that he believes the circuit is viable for 2015. Mexico will not appear, but there is a strong appetite for a race, depending on the future of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez. Meanwhile there were briefings in October that More…

Posted on September 27, 2013

The Grand Prix of America, scheduled to take place in New Jersey, has been listed as one of three provisional races on a record 22-race Formula 1 calendar for next season. The New Jersey race, which would be staged against a backdrop of New York’s Manhattan skyline, was absent from a draft calendar circulated to the teams during the Italian Grand Prix weekend. It has now been reinstated – albeit provisionally – in a June 1 slot in the middle of a triple header between Monaco on May 25 and Canada on June 8 – but it is far from More…

Posted on September 5, 2013

The 2014 F1 calendar could have quite a different look, if the provisional calendar circulating in the Monza paddock is to be believed. It was published this morning on and features 21 races, with events on three new (or revamped) circuits; Austria, Russia and Mexico. There is no place for India, nor for the embryonic New Jersey race, a pet project of F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, who will be disappointed with the lack of progress there. The Korean race is subject to finalisation of a contract with Ecclestone and looks vulnerable if the calendar needs to go down More…

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