viernes, 29 de junio de 2012

MotoGP Rule Changes As Expected: Rookie Rule, Single-Bike Scrapped, But Restrictions On Factory Bikes Introduced

Much was expected of this Friday's meeting of the Grand Prix Commission, but in the end, the decisions taken were relatively minor. Dorna, IRTA, the FIM and the MSMA agreed on a number of proposals which had widely been expected, but made no real progress on the major rule changes expected for the 2014 or 2015 season. 

The rule change with the biggest immediate impact was the dropping of the Rookie Rule, as we reported during the Silverstone round of MotoGP. The dropping of the Rookie Rule, which prevents new entries into the MotoGP class from going straight to a factory team, opens the way for Marc Marquez to join the factory Repsol Honda team next season. Contrary to popular opinion, however, the rule was not dropped at the request of HRC, but rather of the Honda satellite teams themselves, both Lucio Cecchinello and Fausto Gresini fearing the disruption that Marquez would bring for just a single year.

While the Rookie Rule was scrapped, a couple of other proposals which had been feared were also dropped. The MSMA proposal to go to a single bike - as is the case in Moto2, Moto3 and WSBK - was dropped after opposition from the teams. A proposal to ban the use of carbon brakes was also dropped, especially after pressure on Brembo and Nissin elicited promises to examine the price structure of their products. 

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jueves, 28 de junio de 2012

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miércoles, 27 de junio de 2012

Banker jailed in Ecclestone bribe case | F1 Fanatic round-up

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In the round-up: German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky is jailed on charges of tax evasion, bribery and breach of fiduciary trust after receiving a payment from Bernie Ecclestone.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Banker in F1 bribes case found guilty (FT, registration required)

“Mr Ecclestone, the 81-year-old kingpin of the motor sport and one of the world’s best known sports entrepreneurs, had been the “driving force” when Gerhard Gribkowsky accepted $44m (£28.3m) in corrupt payments in connection with the sale of F1, a judge in Munich said on Wednesday.”

German banker jailed in F1 bribery case (FT)

Bernie Ecclestone: “They based their decisions on what he told them. I told them the truth. I think Mr Gribkowsky told them what he thought he had to tell them. I don’t think I should (face further action) but you don’t know, do you?”

Ecclestone offers £35m to stage London Grand Prix (The Times subscription required)

One week ago Ecclestone said he had “not put his name to” plans to use the London Olympics site for a Grand Prix. Now he’s apparently offering to put £35m into an F1 race in London.

F1 Fanatic via Twitter

“Diversion tactics: Ecclestone tells The Times he’s putting money into an F1 race in London on the same day Gribkowsky is sentenced to jail.”

Frank Williams Q&A: I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t still a fan (F1)

“Formula One is very expensive. To keep a team running is always a struggle – finding sponsors, finding funds – for almost every team except probably Ferrari, but they have Marlboro in something that is called subliminal advertising in marketing terms. And even if the FIA say you can’t do it, they can’t prove it.”

City to consider $5.5 million customs facility for F1 flights (Austin-American Statesman)

“The city does not intend to ask organisers of the November race to help pay for the airport terminal extension and customs facility, officials said, arguing that efficient processing of travelers will help burnish the city’s international image and that the facility would be available to handle large commercial flights from Europe that the city hopes to attract.”

Schumacher tipped for more podiums (Autosport)

Norbert Haug: “His lack of results this season are not down to the driver, and in fairness to him he could have definitely had in excess of 60 or 70 points if we would not have had technical issues – which would have been good for him and good for us in the constructors’ championship. We did not get it because we got it wrong.”

Pure racing instinct (Sky)

“The RB8 has been massively re-engineered over the last two races – with new rear suspension, brakes and wheel hubs in Montreal to make possible the reworked rear bodywork in Valencia, all combining to give a substantial aerodynamic improvement. The indications from both the long runs of Valencia practice and indeed the race itself were that the car’s previous heavy tyre usage were things of the past.”

Red Bull look good despite Alonso win (BBC)

Jaime Alguersuari: “This week, I am at Spa in Belgium working with Pirelli to develop the F1 tyres for next season.”

Consistent inconsistency (Darren Heath Photographer)

“With all these inconsistencies it is at least good to hear of one playing field levelling consistently. Each and every set (of the chosen compound) of Pirelli F1 tyres delivered to each and every team will give the same performance. When erstwhile F1 tyre supplier Bridgestone’s rubber was delivered, teams hoped for the best. The theory at the time was that if your allotted set had been packed for freight in the wet the performance would be different to those loaded in the dry.”

After F1 scandal, Piquet making progress in NASCAR (Fox News)

“[Nelson Piquet Jnr] said people often focus on how his F1 career ended instead of what he had achieved to get there. ‘People don’t acknowledge everything that I’ve done in my past’.”

Alonso’s best victory (Formula 1 Guitar)

“Take a look to this meaningful map with the number and name of overtaken drivers on each spot (black: on track; green: during the start; gray: during pit-stop; red: mechanical problem).”

Comment of the day

Beneboy on the potential of a Vettel-Alonso pairing at Ferrari and other developments in the driver market:

Vettel to Ferrari sounds good to me, although it would be a big change for a team that has a tendency to focus on a number one driver as I doubt Alonso and Vettel would accept anything other than absolute equality if they were to be paired together.

If this means the team need a seat warmer for a year I hope they don’t fall back to the safe option of retaining Massa. I’d much rather see one of the younger drivers given an opportunity with the team, even if it is just for one year. A driver like Perez/Di Resta/Kobayashi or even a driver from GP2 or another series could take a lot from a single year at a top F1 team like Ferrari and given Massa’s performance over the last few years even a rookie would be unlikely to do that much worse and it’d certainly be a whole lot less expensive.

The one thing I really want to see is Schumacher staying, ideally in a much-improved Mercedes. He appears to have got used to the new car and the new tires and he’s had some good drives this season, even though his results don’t really reflect this. I hope he and the team can continue to improve this season so he can start next season positively and compete for a few more wins (and even if it is just a hopeless dream – maybe even compete for the drivers’ championship one last time…)

It would be nice to see a few more driver changes in the coming seasons, the last few years have been pretty static – especially at the sharp end of the grid – I don’t know if it’s just my perception but it feels like I’ve been seeing the same faces (or helmets) in the same cars for years now and a few driver changes, and possibly even some new faces, would be a welcome sight.

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On this day in F1

In-season testing was legal ten years ago, so Ferrari and BAR piled on the miles at Mugello on this day in 2002.

Michael Schumacher, who was already comfortably winning the drivers’ championship, logged a fastest time over two-and-a-half seconds faster than Jacques Villeneuve, who was also running on Bridgestone tyres.

Anthony Davidson in a second BAR lapped within a tenth of a second of Villeneuve.

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martes, 26 de junio de 2012

Moto2™ contingent descends on the Iveco TT Assen for this weekend's Saturday race

As the Moto2™ contingent descends on the Iveco TT Assen for this weekend's Saturday race, it is Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol's Marc Márquez who leads the championship standings ahead of Pons 40 HP Tuenti's Pol Espargaró and Interwetten-Paddock's Tom Lüthi.Márquez has fond memories of the Dutch circuit, as he took only his second ever win in the Moto2™ championship at the track, setting off his charge to second in the championship last year. Espargaró and Lüthi will he hoping for a reversal in fortunes, as the Spaniard crashed out of last year's race, whilst the Swiss rider finished in eighth. Espargaró will be the man to watch after his dominant display at Silverstone last time out.Having closed the deficit to the top somewhat with two spirited rides in the last few rounds, Speed Master's Andrea Iannone will be hoping to mix it up at the front once more, like he did in 2010 where he won the race. He will undoubtedly be pursued by Marc VDS Racing Team's Scott Redding, who arrives at Assen fresh from his podium at his home round at Silverstone.His teammate Mika Kallio will be looking to get the better of the Brit this time out, but will face a stiff challenge from Italtrans Racing Team's Claudio Corti, and Tech 3 Racing Team's Bradley Smith, who showed much promise on his Mistral 610 in Silverstone.After a string of difficult results, Came IodaRacing Project's Simone Corsi is showing promise on board his FTR machine, and will no doubt be hoping to get his first podium of the season, while Espargaró's teammate Esteve Rabat will look to find some of the form his charging teammate is currently displaying, on the eve of his 100th Grand Prix start.World Championship Standings Moto2™1-Marc Márquez-SPA-Suter-1022-Pol Espargaró-SPA-Kalex-963-Thomas Luthi-SWI-Suter-964-Andrea Iannone-ITA-Speed Up-845-Scott Redding-GBR-Kalex-70


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Falling Crowd Numbers Force Assen To Contemplate Major Changes

The Dutch TT at the legendary Assen circuit could be facing major changes over the next few years. Falling spectator numbers are forcing the board of the TT Circuit Assen to take a long look at the event to try and turn the tide. The organizers have even gone so far as to put the day of the race up for discussion, and move the event from Saturday to Sunday in future years. Moving race day from Saturday to Sunday is just one of the changes under consideration for the oldest event on the MotoGP calendar - the race has been held near the Dutch city of Assen since 1925, and has been on the Grand Prix calendar since 1949, the year the series was formally inaugurated.

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lunes, 25 de junio de 2012

Maldonado, Kobayashi and Vergne penalised, Schumacher not | 2012 European Grand Prix

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2012Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi and Jean-Eric Vergne have been handed penalties for their incidents during the European Grand Prix.

But Michael Schumacher was not penalised after being investigated for using DRS while yellow flags where waving. The stewards decided he slowed sufficiently despite having his DRS open.

A 20-second time penalty was imposed on Maldonado for his collision with Lewis Hamilton.

It drops Maldonado to 12th place in the final classification and promotes his team mate Bruno Senna to the final points position.

The stewards also handed out grid penalties to Kobayashi and Vergne. The Sauber driver will lose five places on the grid in Silverstone after clashing with Felipe Massa.

Vergne’s contact with Heikki Kovalainen earned him a ten-place grid penalty for the next race and a €25,000 fine.

Vergne initially described the collision as “just a racing incident”. He said: “I felt I was ahead and as I started to turn into the corner, we collided and his front wing clipped my rear wheel and there was too much damage to the floor and it was impossible to change the damaged rear wheel so there was no way for me to continue.”

However after the penalty was handed down he Tweeted: “All my apologies to Kovalainen, rookie, not rookie, just my mistake and will learn from it…”

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