April 29 2008 Motorsports Newsletter
Formula 1 returned in style this weekend, with an action packed race in Barcelona. Although there have been more exciting races, the Spanish GP is usually a procession due to the amount of testing drivers do at the circuit, so we couldn’t really have asked for anything more.
In the news:
• The future of Super Aguri is looking very worrying at the moment, as a potential deal between them and the Magma group for further investment appears to have fallen through. It was looking unlikely that the team would make it to the Spanish Grand Prix, and although they did participate in the race, the speculation has now moved on to Turkey. Team owner Aguri Suzuki has said it all comes down to crisis talks with Honda this week.
• The fallout from Mosley’s private life revelations continues, with the teams meeting in Spain to discuss whether they supported him or not. In the end, 8 out of the 11 teams were willing to sign a statement saying they did not support Mosley’s presidency, with Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Williams not in favour of signing. Max Mosley has said he intends to fight to keep his presidency this year, but when it comes to the elections in 2009, he does not intend to stand for another term.
• Finally, the Valencian street circuit is being investigated after allegations that the bidding process to secure the contract to build it was not handled correctly. An environmental group has raised questions about the ethics of the bidding process, and also raised concerns about the noise levels that will be reached during the Grand Prix weekend. It’s a bad time for any controversy for the event, as the tickets have already sold out.
Who to Blame for Racing Incidents
There were a couple of controversial incidents in Bahrain, both featuring one driver hitting the back of another. Here we take a look at who´s to blame for these accidents, if anyone, and what can be done to avoid them.
There are plenty of ways to consume F1, and if you´ve been used to just watching it on TV, the live timing may be a new way to add to your enjoyment. Here I´ll tell you what to expect and how it can help.
F1 2008, Round 3 – Bahrain
The third round of the 2008 season saw our drivers int the desert, making the most of the track in Bahrain. A few incidents but nothing major to write home about, here I cover all the action.
An Article from the Archives:
Driver Profile – Kimi Raikkonen
Profile of the newest Ferrari driver on the block, and some would argue the fastest of the two, Kimi Raikkonen.
Exclusive to the newsletter, I'd like to ask a question to you folks out there, and see what you're thinking about the state of F1 and the events going on at the time. You can post on the forums or send an email using the contact form.
This time round: What do you make of the uncertainty regarding Super Aguri’s future? Is it a sad state of affairs or is it only right that customer teams don’t survive? Should Honda continue to support the team or is it just the high cost that is putting off potential investors? Personally, I would miss Super Aguri if they went, as a sport we need all the teams we can get. But they haven’t exactly set the grid alight recently, and there’s no point being in F1 if you can’t afford it, the sport just swallows cash.
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Christine Blachford, Formula One Editor
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