It seems that Italian Tyre company, and the official supplier of the F1 grid is to be purchased by China National Tire & Rubber (China National Chemical), a state owned company for €7.1bn (£5.1bn).
Tronchetti Provera (Chief Executive) will keep his job, and report to Zhang Yi who sits on the central committee of the communist party.
What this means to F1 is probably nothing, and I assume the branding will remain ‘Italian’, but it’s worth noting.
Mark Miles (IndyCar CEO) has said that he is going to try use the current state of high sanctioning fees in F1 to bring the IndyCar grid to more countries.
“We don’t have to charge the kind of sanctioning fees that race promoters in countries, and sovereign funds are paying for Formula 1.
But I think we can offer a product that is seen as uniquely American, but is extraordinarily exciting racing. So I think there is a big opportunity for us.” Read more... (282 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Rumblings have been making there way around the paddock since before the first GP that the FIA are bringing in more policing of the 100kg/h fuel flow limits.
Up until now the FIA measures the fuel flow using a standard fuel flow meter that is sat next to the fuel pump of the cars.
The FIA have issues a directive to be enforced from the Chinese Grand Prix onwards, that would make the teams measure the fuel flow rate at various points in the system, and allow the FIA to police technical regulation 5.10.5 more aggressively. Read more... (269 words, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
Some rule changes have been green lighted by the WMSC.
Here’s a quick run down of them
4 per season, unless there are 20 races on the calendar. With a penalty of starting from the back of the grid if use one over that.
Wind tunnel hours reduced from 80 to 65 hours per week, but are allowed two sessions a day. Also only 1 tunnel allowed to be nominated for the entire season.
CFD down from 30 teraflops to 25. Read more... (235 words, estimated 56 secs reading time)
It sounds a bit mad, but Lewis must still have a home there, after all he grew up inside of McLaren’s camp, and now that Ron is back at the head of the F1 project, it may seem a sensible idea.
Sky F1 are reporting that there are murmurings from the management both sides of the deal.
Would be interesting, and possibly a good move with Honda coming back to Turbo Powered F1 racing with McLaren, which was such a strong pairing last time out, and he could even emulate the great Ayrton Senna in that regards. Read more... (184 words, estimated 44 secs reading time)
Just a note to say that now I am back on the mend, and out of hospital the site can get back to normal.
I apologise for the lack of updates of recent, but health comes first.
Now bring on the Silverstone GP! it should be a cracker!
It seems Michael Schumacher’s medical notes have been stolen, and have apparently been put up for sale online.
This just days after the great news that Michael was let out of hospital, and has moved to start his (probably) lengthy recovery in Switzerland.
A statement from Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm read: “For several days stolen documents and data are being offered for sale. The offeror claims them to be the medical file of Michael Schumacher. Read more... (190 words, estimated 46 secs reading time)
Just a note to say that the site will be back to normal soon. I’m currently in hospital, but when I’ve been released I’ll get back to making sure we are on top of things again.
Again apologies for regular visitors.
We have been modernising some of the back end systems on the site over the last day or two, so sorry if anyone got oddness when they swung by.
However we should be back to normal now, and you should see site loads are quicker now too.
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