2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series runner-up
Just as it does at the end of every year, the French Motorsports Federation (FFSA) brought together the sport’s leading lights to salute the champions of 2014 at its Motorsport Trophy gala in Paris.
FIA president Jean Todt insists he does not have unlimited powers to force change within the seemingly crisis-struck world of formula one.
Two backmarkers collapsed in 2014 and three other outfits are furious about the concentration of power and income in the paddock. Efforts to cut costs this year notably failed, and fingers of blame have been pointed in the direction of the sport’s ultra low-profile Todt, who many are now contrasting with his dictatorial predecessor Max Mosley.
Romain Grosjean has followed Sebastian Vettel’s lead in jumping the gun on his 2015 plans
This week, it has already emerged that although Vettel’s switch from Red Bull to Ferrari is not yet official, the German told Italian broadcaster Sky in a television feature in Brazil that he is “a driver for Scuderia Ferrari”.
With Caterham and Marussia in the throes of failure, the governing FIA has admitted it is concerned about the financial situation in F1.
F1 risks sliding into crisis and having to reinvent its very DNA as struggling backmarker teams begin to succumb to collapse.
HRT folded in 2012, and now F1’s two other newest teams Caterham and Marussia are in the throes of financial administration. Organisers of next weekend’s US grand prix look set to welcome just 9 teams to an 18-car grid, unprecedented since BAR-Honda was banned for a time almost a decade ago.
A group of well-known F1 names will work with the sport’s governing body to investigate the crash of seriously injured driver Jules Bianchi.
It is already known that new processes for yellow flag periods, and safety skirts for recovery vehicles, will be looked into by the newly-formed ‘accident panel’ instigated by FIA president Jean Todt.
F1 is considering a couple of rule changes in response to Jules Bianchi’s serious crash at Suzuka last weekend.
The most significant is that, when double yellow flags are being waved, drivers may have their pitlane speed limiters automatically triggered. It would have the twofold benefit of not only preventing the sort of accident that sent Bianchi off the track, but ensuring that every driver is equally disadvantaged by caution zones.
Barcelona RX will take place in September 2015 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
FIA President Jean Todt attended a special press conference in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday (Thursday 9 October) to help promote Barcelona RX, which forms a round of next year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.
The teams and drivers may have leapt 8,000 kilometres from Suzuka to Sochi, but Jules Bianchi remains in the minds of the entire F1 world.
As was and is still the case with F1 legend Michael Schumacher, protagonists and pundits are now turning to the opinions of external experts to know more about the predicament the talented 25-year-old Frenchman finds himself in.
Michael Schumacher still has “a long and hard road ahead of him,” the F1 legend’s friend Jean Todt said this week.
On Tuesday, we reported that the FIA president had told the Belgian broadcaster RTL after visiting Schumacher at home that the great German “can live a relatively normal life within a short period of time”.