After the big espionage Formula One scandal from this season that implicated McLaren and Ferrari – McLaren was accused and found guilty of spying on Ferrari and had to pay a 100 million USD fine, and was disqualified from the constructor’s championship making it easy for Ferrari to win it – it was logical that FIA will pay attention at the development of the McLaren’s 2008 car, but the declarations of Max Mosley, president of the sport’s rule makers the FIA, are ridiculous.
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Max Mosley, FIA president, is afraid of the impact that Lewis Hamilton brilliant season on Formula One. He fears Formula 1 may be in for a repeat of the “Schumacher effect” if Lewis Hamilton matches his sensational debut year success in 2008 and beyond. Mosley feels that if Hamilton will go on to repeat his form in the coming years then it could have an adverse effect on the sport.
Hamilton, the first black F1 driver, produced four wins and nine podium finishes in a row in his opening nine (...) > Full story
Honda announced on Monday that GP2 drivers Mike Conway, Luca Filippi and Andreas Zuber will drive at the team’s first winter test, which will be held in Spain next month. All three young hopefuls will get the chance to test the Japanese team’s race car at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya from November 13-15.
“Honda is committed to developing promising young talent in motorsport and we will take this opportunity to have a closer look at three young drivers who have done very (...) > Full story
FIA has confirmed the 2008 Formula One Schedule. One of the most interesting changes from the previous seasons is the Singapore street race that will take place at night. Another new entry in Formula One is Valencia with a newly-constructed street circuit around the Spanish city’s redeveloped marina. Canada will also have a circuit next season: Montreal. The 2008 Formula One Schedule
16 Mar – Australia
23 Mar – Malaysia
6 Apr – Bahrain
27 Apr – Spain
11 May – Turkey
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The FIA has announced that it will tighten current restrictions and freeze engine development for a decade as of next season. The decision was taken at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, which was held in Paris on Wednesday.
“There will be a total freeze on engine development for a period of 10 years, starting from 2008,” said the statement. “A change can be made after five years but only with the unanimous agreement of all stakeholders and following a further two-year notice (...) > Full story
Although the original regulations for 2008 stated that Formula One teams can supply just one other squad, Ferrari
have received permission from the World Motor Sport Council to continue to supply two teams with its customer engines for the 2008 and 2009 championships.
The two teams that Ferrari will supply next season are Toro Rosso that swapped to Ferrari power in 2007, after they had used rev-limited V10 units from Cosworth in 2006, and Spyker.
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After three years with the Japanese squad, Ralf Schumacher completed his last race with them in 11th place, but before that his colleagues gathered together in the pits to present him with a rear wing end plate, signed by the team, as well as a 10kg cake.
Chairman and Toyota team principal Tadashi Yamashina said: “I would like to thank Ralf for his contribution to the team. We have had some good times together, even though we have not had the results we all expected. Ralf brought (...) > Full story
No one could predict such a spectacular race and such a result. The driver with the less chance to the title won. Ferrari fans all over the world are celebrating a fantastic season for their favorite Formula One team.
After winning the Constructor Championship after the McLaren’s disqualification – the big espionage scandal in which McLaren was accused to spy Ferrari – now Kimi Raikkonen has won with 110 points the Drivers’ Championship after a race lead until lap 50 by Felipe (...) > Full story
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was the toast of Interlagos on Saturday afternoon after taking his second successive pole position for his home Grand Prix. It was his sixth of the season.
In a gripping shoot-out at the end of Q3, the Brazilian’s lap of 1m 11.931s just withstood an onslaught from championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who admitted that he lost a tiny bit of pace at the end of the lap rather than risk what he had already gained over the rest of it.
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Ferrari has announced that they have extended their contract with Felipe Massa until the end of the 2010 season. This announcement ends the speculation that the 26 years Brazilian driver could move to Toyota next season to make room for Fernando Alonso if the Spaniard split with McLaren after this year.
Jean Todt dismissed all this speculations last month and insisted that the team were committed to Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, and now he proved it by extending Massa’s contract. (...) > Full story