Today was the World Motor Sport Council.

8 Sep

D-Day, The Day of Reckoning, The Penultimate Day – Whatever you want to call it, today was meant to be the day where we saw ‘justice’ (or at least a public slap on the wrist) for the comotion caused by Ferrari at the 2010 German GP in Hockenheim.

Most people who have a deep understanding of the sport realised that scheduling the FIA hearing the week of  Monza (Ferrari’s home GP) would result in little or no punishment, for fear of alienating the masses and having a poor crowd.

The result that came in today was poor and heartbreaking to be honest. If any other team had done this, general concensus is that there would have been a penalty of some kind – grid drop, point drop, exclusion from the constructors championship – to name a few.  However people are saying that because Ferrari are the  old horses in the yard, they got away with it.

Tell me, if you were caught speeding, would you have to face the concequences?

I knew it was going to be a difficult one to call. There were many outcomes that could happen:

  1. The team could be ducked constructors points from the race – They were going to get the 1-2 anyway
  2. The drivers could be ducked race points – Though Massa was the only one who completed any action
  3. Grid drop at Monza – At their home race? Then who for?
  4. Team being banned for # of races – F1 without Ferrari? It’s like Pizza without the base.


It’s been done now. Decision has been made to not do anything with them.

I guess i can look forward to Mark Webber beating Fernando Alonso properly now.

“Fernando is faster than you, can you confrm you understand?”

“I Do. I’ll go faster.” – MW

In Other news on the F1 front, No new teams will be on the grid in 2011, none of the teams were seen to be financially viable, and the lack of any points from the 3 current new teams and the speed at which they race at were seen to be a negative indicator to bring a new team in.

A new rule describing the driving of the teams OFF TRACK, humerously named as “Lewis’ Law”, Summarises that action will be taken if they undertake illegal actions. With the worst punishment being the indefinate cancellation of the drivers super license. ie, they won’t beable to race.

Another story is that Flavio, dear dear Flavio, has had his punishment over the Nelson Piquet Jr Incident in Singapore 2008 OVERTURNED. Yes that is right, he has effectively been freed of any wrong doing in probably one of the most  dangerous examples of team orders i think i have ever seen.

All that is for the FIA to bring in a sort of “approved staff member” card. So the top dogs in each team have to meet certain criteria. Like the super licence, this will give the FIA CHOICE over who can run teams. I’m still undecided on this suggestion (which thankfully they have’t submitted yet).

What are everyone elses’s opinion? I can just imagine all the team principals having suitability ratings out of 10 or something…..

Page last updated at 13:16 GMT, Wednesday, 8 September 2010 14:16 UK

FIA rejects new team applications

Jacques Villeneuve

Villeneuve had hoped for a return to F1 next season

Formula 1’s governing body has turned down all the entries from teams hoping to fill the vacant 13th slot in 2011.

The decision ends for now ex-world champion Jacques Villeneuve’s hopes of returning to the grid as the Canadian had lodged one of the rejected entries.

The FIA said on Wednesday: “None of the candidates meet the requirements to be granted an entry.”

It also released a 20-race calendar, with the new Indian race set for 30 October, two from the season’s end.

In other changes, Brazil replaces Abu Dhabi as the final grand prix of the season, which will end on 27 November.

The longest F1 season in history – with one race more than in 2010 – will start in Bahrain on 13 March before moving on, as this year, to Australia, Malaysia and China.

Turkey replaces Spain as the first European race of the year on 8 May, with the Spanish race following two weeks later.

The British Grand Prix marks the halfway point of the season on 10 July.

There are four back to back pairs of races: Malaysia and China, Spain and Monaco, Germany and Hungary, and Japan and Korea.

The 13th slot arose as a result of the collapse of the US F1 team before the start of the 2010 season.

Among the teams applying for the vacant slot were Villeneuve’s, which was in partnership with the Italian ex-GP2 team Durango, and another bid from the Spanish outfit Epsilon Euskadi, which was one of the teams who were rejected in 2009 when the FIA approved the applications of Manor Motorsport (which became Virgin F1), Campos Meta (which became Hispania) and US F1.

Lotus, the third of the new teams on the grid this season, took the slot vacated by Toyota when the Japanese car giant pulled out at the end of the 2009 season.

None of the three new teams this season have scored points, and they remain some way from the pace of even the slowest of the established teams.

The decisions came at Wednesday’s meeting of the FIA World Council, the organisation’s legislative and disciplinary body.

It also announced its intention to push on with plans to licence certain specified staff members of all teams competing in its championships.

This is a reaction to the controversy over Renault’s attempt to fix the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix by asking their driver Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately crash to increase the chances of his team-mate Fernando Alonso of winning the race.

The FIA’s decision to ban Renault bosses Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from taking part in any FIA championship was overturned in the French courts so the two have effectively not been punished for their actions.

A statement from the FIA read: “The World Motorsport Council will submit a proposal to the General Assembly that a specific licence is created for a restricted list of members of staff of the competitors entered in the FIA World Championships.

“The aim is to introduce a system that ensures they are subject to the criteria set out in a new FIA code of good standing.

“This would apply to a minimum of six people per competitor, including the team principal, sporting director, team manager, technical director and two race engineers [or equivalent].

“A new mechanism will be introduced to control access to areas under the jurisdiction of the FIA and no pass of any kind will be issued to any person or body who is not in good standing for the purposes of the FIA International Sporting Code.

“Entrants will also become responsible for their staff, meaning any person connected directly or indirectly with the entrant in connection with their participation in an event.”

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