Lowe will start work as executive technical director early next month
The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton’s pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren.
That was the tone of the paddock’s reaction to the news late on Saturday that a McLaren gaffe saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid. The Sun newspaper called it a draconian “24-place grid penalty” imposed by the FIA after an “astonishing cock-up” by McLaren.
Two F1 journalists tried their hands at war reporting after touching down in Bahrain ahead of this weekend’s controversial grand prix.
“I had a duty as an experienced journalist to see such an incident with my own eyes,” said PA Sport’s Ian Parkes, who filed a detailed account of a protest about ten kilometres from the capital Manama on Monday.
Pastor Maldonado could be thrown out of the Belgian grand prix for an incident during qualifying at wet Spa-Francorchamps.
After the Williams driver collided lightly with Lewis Hamilton as the McLaren passed him at the end of Q2, Venezuelan rookie Maldonado crashed into his British rival as they then climbed the hill to Eau Rouge. “There should never be an incident after the red lights but unfortunately there was,” said Hamilton.
Anthony Davidson has reportedly ruled himself out of contention to replace injured Robert Kubica in 2011.
The 31-year-old Briton was a well-respected Honda test driver who raced full-time for Super Aguri in 2007 and 2008. He has recently been working with Mercedes GP in the Brackley based team’s simulator, but his main job is with Peugeot’s Le Mans team, and he has re-committed for this year.
“Korea. Korea? KOREA??!! I must have been somewhere else” – Kevin Eason
A leading F1 correspondent has admitted surprise at the news Korea was the best grand prix promoter in 2010. While races in Abu Dhabi, Singapore and elsewhere were nearly universally praised, the inaugural Korean event took place at an incomplete facility while team members and media stayed in what were disparagingly dubbed ‘love hotels’.
Domenicali excused Alonso’s outspoken attitude as the result of being “in a hot moment”.
Ferrari steps up rage against ‘McLaren thieves’
No FIA action after Ferrari rage
FIA officials ‘angered’ by Ferrari outbursts – report
Stefano Domenicali has moved to temper Ferrari’s Latin outbursts in the wake of the European grand prix. After the Valencia race, Fernando Alonso accused FIA stewards of “manipulating” the outcome, while Ferrari’s official website called Lewis Hamilton’s mild penalty for overtaking the safety car “a scandal”.
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