April 4 2008 Motorsports Newsletter
A small break in the racing has led to plenty of speculation on Max Mosley’s personal life. More information than I needed to know, I think, but more on that later.
In the news:
• Toro Rosso have been put up for sale. Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz said that there was no need for him to have two teams, especially as the customer car controversy continues. There’s no rush to sell, though, he wants a buyer by the end of the 2009 season.
• Max Mosley hit the headlines with his personal life this week, as the News of the World released a video and photographs of Mosley in a compromising position. Without going in to details, Mosley has now confirmed the pictures are real but that he doesn’t intend to succumb to the mounting pressure for his resignation.
• Finally, McLaren have been put to the back of the pit lane from Bahrain onwards. They enjoyed fifth position during the first two rounds of the season, thanks to some meddling from Bernie Ecclestone. Now they take their rightful position at the bottom end of the pit lane, as their championship finishing position last year dictates.
Another Qualifying Tweak
Following on from the Malaysia qualifying incident, the FIA have decided to change qualifying again. It´s only a small tweak, but it´s led to plenty of discussion over whether the current qualifying system is working or not.
2008 Rookie Starts
With the first round of the championship over and done with, it´s worth checking back and seeing how the rookie drivers coped with their first time out on track.
F1 2008, Round 2 - Malaysia
The second round of the championship took place in the hot and humid climate in Malaysia. Apparently this event will be a night race from next year, which may make things cooler for the drivers. But for now, we can recap the events in the heat of Malaysia.
An Article from the Archives:
The Customer Car Row
The argument about teams buying in their car rather than building it themselves rages on. Here, I discuss the pros and cons of the debate.
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: Do you think Mosley’s personal life should be left just as it says – personal? Or do you think his antics affect Formula 1 and it’s reputation? Should he be handing in his notice or sticking to his guns, as he is now. Personally, I think he’s got a right to do whatever he likes, but as a powerful figure in terms of the sport, he should be trying to command respect – and this is not the way to go about it.
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Christine Blachford, Formula One Editor
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