Marussia designer Pat Symonds has addressed the recent concerns over the prize money payout as only the top 10 team will receive any compensation for the performance in the series. Symonds, a long-time F1 man, says that things are very difficult at the team and suggests that all but the top four teams are feeling the economic crunch.
Christian Horner refuted implications that there could be a conspiracy at Red Bull as Mark Webber suffered a disastrous weekend in China. The Australian was the center of controversy after the Malaysian Grand Prix where his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, disobeyed team orders and took the win from Webber's pre-race plans.
Whether you are a fan of Ferrari or its boss, Luca di Montezemolo, the Italian head of Fiat is thinking outside of the box and for good reason. I recently commented on a statement McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh made about Formula One just now discovering this new technology called the "interweb" and how it may be used to generate new and exciting ways to connect with fans.
There was a meeting today between FIA president Jean Todt, Formula One Management boss Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo. Three big players in the current and future evolution of the sport. What kind of discussions could have taken place? Doubtful they were discussing this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
A few years ago, BMW had a Formula One team and they had made the move from engine partner with Williams F1 to a full-fledged team. Having purchased Peter Sauber's F1 team, BMW set realistic goals and marched forward in their quest with success and methodical achievements under the leadership of Dr. Mario Theissen.
No question that the 2012 Formula One season is all about tire preservation. Like it or not, this has become an elusive combination of chassis set up and driver skill. Tactics and strategy play a huge role in the ability to put yourself in a position to win regardless if you are the fastest car on the grid or not.
Is it tires? Is it aerodynamics? The short answer...it's both. Ferrari may have an aerodynamic focus, like all teams, and a real struggle managing the new Pirelli tires, like all teams, but perhaps the biggest delta in performance is what is happening behind the scenes in Maranello that is creating the lack of pace and Fry says this has to change.