Spending much of my time in Spain, I've seen first-hand the differences between the way both nations approach the game, particularly player development - and the English system is long overdue a radical overhaul.
If you've ever created a personal budget, you know that cutting costs can be difficult. If your local town, city or state government were to swoop in and create the budget for you and then monitor your spending levels, that would even be more difficult. That is basically what the FIA are suggesting in the latest comments from Jean Todt.
Formula 1 has traditionally been operated in the penumbra of a document called the Concorde Agreement. This legally-binding document ties the teams, the commercial right's owners (FOM) and the governing body (FIA) together in a dance of speed, technology and perhaps most importantly...money.
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.
For those of us brought up to feel that phone or face-to-face are the only real ways of communicating, text can feel unsatisfying. But not half as unsatisfying as not connecting with your kids!
Formula One has a certain amount of specification to it and there is no doubt about that fact but unless it becomes a much more regulated and specified sport, like NASCAR, it will be very difficult to avoid the development war which will escalate costs and separate the herd of have's and have not's.
One of the biggest challenges faced by working parents is how to boost visibility and confidence, and how to rebuild and strengthen relationships.
With the Chinese Grand Prix now nestled in the history books, are Formula One fans any closer to knowing which team looks to be the strongest or favorite for the title in 2012?
In the Formula One version of musical chairs, the music may be close to stopping and the vacant seats are few. Today's announcement
Ferrari and Red Bull's announcement that they were leaving the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) is a bump in the road