Tag Archive: FOTA

Nov 20

European Union ‘turns eye’ to F1 crisis – report

The threat of a major civil war within formula one is growing by the day.

Circle of 12 gold stars on a blue backgroundThat is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, following reports disgruntled small teams Lotus, Sauber and Force India are furious talks to have more income released by F1 owner CVC are failing to bear fruit. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Still no news on Whitmarsh’s future

“For the moment there’s nothing to report”

2013-06-09_0007 A week before the F1 circus gathers in Melbourne for the 2014 opener, the fate of McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is still not clear. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 28

F1 teams alliance FOTA disbanded

FOTA, the once unified and powerful alliance of formula one teams, has collapsed.

Fota logoIt emerged recently that, with top teams Red Bull and Ferrari already departed, membership fees were going unpaid and the exit of FOTA chiefs Martin Whitmarsh and Eric Boullier could drive the final nails in the coffin. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

The F1 teams group FOTA, once a powerful and influential alliance, is on the verge of collapse

Teams group FOTA set to collapse – report

2011-09-07 - The FOTA Fans Forum was held this evening at Pirelli's HQ in Milan That is the claim of the Telegraph newspaper, revealing that with membership fees already going unpaid, the absence of FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh could now be the final straw. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

A clever tax arrangement sees formula one pay a tiny amount of tax, it has emerged

F1 pays almost no tax – report

Flagworld - F1Writing in The Independent, leading F1 business journalist Christian Sylt said the sport paid less than $1.5 million in tax in 2011, despite making a profit of almost half a billion dollars. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 10

Testing to return during 21-race 2014 calendar

The new season of winter testing will also kick off earlier than usual

2013-06-09_1040Post-grand prix testing will take place next season at key European circuits like Silverstone, Barcelona, Spa and Hockenheim, it emerged from the Montreal paddock on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

May 29

Big spenders pushing out smaller teams – Mallya

Fernley said CVC has done an “awful” job

2013-02-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Adrian Sutil 13Force India team owner Vijay Mallya has backed his deputy in claiming F1’s biggest teams are pushing their small rivals out of the sport. Read the rest of this entry »

May 28

Rival teams not asked about ‘secret’ Mercedes test

“We feel cheated”

2013-05-25 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Monaco - Lewis Hamilton 04The furore over Mercedes’ secret Pirelli test looks set to deepen, as rival teams claim they were not informed by F1’s tyre supplier. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 28

Marussia looking for 2014 engine supplier

Marussia is on the market for a new engine supplier, sporting director Graeme Lowdon has admitted.

11 - Marussia F1 TeamGP3 - Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing)Although Cosworth has not ruled out supplying a turbo V6 for the all-new 2014 regulations, Marussia is now the British company’s only customer for the existing V8. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 17

The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) has announced today that Teams across the F1 paddock have reduced their carbon emissions by 7%.

Formula One Teams drive carbon reduction

FOTA2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber (4)The carbon reduction was achieved over a two-year period from 2009 to 2011 by F1 teams including Caterham, Lotus, Marussia, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Sahara Force India, Sauber, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Williams. It follows an externally-audited exercise to set a target to reduce emissions from a baseline of 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 10

Whitmarsh expects three engine suppliers in 2014

Martin Whitmarsh has revealed he is not surprised to hear about 2014 engine supplier Pure’s problems.

2012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 02242012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Martin Whitmarsh 01The McLaren boss and current FOTA chairman said he expects there to be just three engine manufacturers – Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari – supplying turbo V6 engines in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 09

Whitmarsh to step down as FOTA president

Martin Whitmarsh has flagged his intention to step down as president of the teams association FOTA.

2012-06-09_00772011-06-30 - FOTA - Martin Whitmarsh Chairman of FOTA and Team Principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Ross Brawn 01The union was created in the heat of the Max Mosley political war in 2008, with McLaren team boss Whitmarsh then taking over from FOTA’s first chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, at the end of 2009.

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Aug 07

‘All teams’ ready to enter 2013 season – Whitmarsh

Originally, the FIA imposed a June 30 deadline for teams to apply to contest next year’s world championship.

Flagworld - FIAFlagworld - F1Despite the current Concorde Agreement uncertainty, all 12 competing F1 teams will almost certainly line up on the 2013 grid. But that date came and went, shortly after the World Motor Sport Council approved an extension of the deadline to the end of September.

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Jul 25

Whitmarsh urges Mercedes to sign Concorde

Martin Whitmarsh has urged Mercedes to finally sign the new Concorde Agreement.

2012-06-09_00772012-04-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - 02Despite Bernie Ecclestone’s earlier intimations to the contrary, it emerged at Hockenheim that Mercedes is in fact still yet to agree to the terms of the new deal. It is believed a major sticking point is that top rivals McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull have all been offered places on F1’s post-floatation board, but not Mercedes.

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Jul 19

Tyre war would mean ‘decent tyres’ in F1 – Schumacher

 With a single neat soundbite, Michael Schumacher on Wednesday renewed his criticism of Pirelli and called for a new tyre war in F1

2012-06-10_1335PirelliThe German publication Auto Bild this week mentioned the rumour that FIA president and Frenchman Jean Todt would like to see Michelin return to the sport. But the French tyre marque has stated categorically that it would only come back if the rules are changed to allow tyre makers to compete against one another again. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 04

2013 Schumacher decision due within weeks – Brawn

“We will make a decision this summer”

2012-06-09_0089Michael Schumacher - Ross BrawnWhether or not Michael Schumacher stays at Mercedes beyond this year should be decided within the next six weeks, team boss Ross Brawn has revealed.

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May 17

2013 F1 budget cap possible – report

It is possible formula one teams will be limited to a budget cap in 2013, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 5 0101Flagworld - F1The budget cap idea saw the sport almost implode amid the bitter political war of 2009, when proposed by controversial former FIA president Max Mosley. But it is back on the agenda in 2012, and according to new rules – where a majority of teams can now push through a change – it could be imposed next season.

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Apr 21

Internet ‘hacktivists’ attack F1 over Bahrain

The well-known ‘hacktivists’ Anonymous brought down F1’s official website on Friday

Bahrain International CircuitInternet hackers have threatened to wreak havoc as they sided against formula one over the sport’s decision to push ahead with the highly controversial Bahrain grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Mercedes could quit F1 over commercial deals

Mercedes would not comment publicly.

2012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - 032012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - 02Mercedes could quit formula one or challenge Bernie Ecclestone in court, after it emerged top rivals Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull have agreed new commercial deals. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

FOTA complaints led to ‘special deal’ report axe

“FOTA can’t sign anything with anyone” – Ecclestone

FOTAFOTARival formula one teams complained when Sky News published a report suggesting Ferrari and Red Bull will receive special deals for the next Concorde Agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 18

Rumours swirl of Red Bull, Ferrari ‘deal’

Hot on the heels of the new technical controversies, the 2012 season has also kicked off in the sport’s high-intrigue world of politics.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #9 0552012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #5 300A fascinating blog post by Sky News’ City editor Mark Kleinman has been pulled from the internet just hours after it went live. It was about “F1 finance and control allegedly involving Ferrari, Red Bull and (the sport’s owner) CVC”, according to veteran journalist and broadcaster Maurice Hamilton on Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 17

Red Bull isolated as rivals push for cost-cut rules

Red Bull has been isolated from F1’s other teams, as the FIA is asked to step in and police their cost-cutting efforts.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 0482012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 055Last year, there remained suspicions the energy drink owned team – the winner of the past two world championships – flouted the ‘resource restriction agreement’ (RRA). Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 22

F1 ‘may regret’ FOTA split – Brawn

Mercedes is committed to the crumbling teams association FOTA, team boss Ross Brawn insists.

Flagworld - F1 FOTAThe Geneva based alliance has lost the support of top teams Red Bull and Ferrari, and also smaller outfits Sauber, Toro Rosso and HRT. It is rumoured Lotus could be the next to go.

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Feb 16

Team unity can survive FOTA turmoil – Whitmarsh

Lotus could become the next team to withdraw from the formula one teams association FOTA.

FOTA2012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Martin Whitmarsh 01Already departed are HRT, Sauber and Toro Rosso and also the top teams Red Bull and Ferrari, leaving fellow grandees McLaren, Mercedes and the others on the wrong side of their competitors’ former unity.

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Jan 26

Pirelli pushing teams for 2011-spec test car

Pirelli is pushing the F1 teams to agree a track testing solution for 2012.

Pirelli logoPirelliLast year, the sport’s new official tyre supplier used defunct team Toyota’s updated 2009 car – driven by Nick Heidfeld, Pedro de la Rosa, Romain Grosjean and Lucas di Grassi – to develop its P-Zero tyres.

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Jan 12

2013 Concorde rumours ‘not true’ insists Ferrari

Ferrari rivals have ‘easier’ 2012 task – Domenicali

2011-09-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Italy - Felipa Massa - Stefano Domenicali  - Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari logoFerrari chiefs have denied reports the famous Italian team has already inked a new Concorde Agreement with Bernie Ecclestone.

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Jan 05

Top teams have signed new Concorde – reports

“The agreement – not official yet – was made as far back as November.”

Flagworld - F1 2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Christian Horner - Bernie EcclestoneMore media reports claim Ferrari and Red Bull, and probably also Sauber, have already inked separate new Concorde Agreements with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.
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Dec 28

Teams may already have new Concorde deals – report

Ferrari and Red Bull may already have inked separate new Concorde Agreements with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone

FOTA2011-06-09_0306The rumour follows the top teams’ recent split from the association FOTA. The current tripartite Concorde agreement, binding the teams with the commercial rights holder and governing FIA, runs out at the end of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 11

Horner talks peace ahead of Monday FOTA meeting

Red Bull has not ruled out patching up its off-track quarrel with rival formula one teams

2011-07-24 - Red Bull Racing - Germany - Christian HornerFOTAThe reigning and back-to-back world champions have pulled out of the F1 teams’ alliance FOTA, essentially over the debate about the gentleman’s cost-limiting ‘resource restriction agreement’. Read the rest of this entry »

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