2005/2006 F1 News and Testing.

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In a footnote to today's statement the WMSC announced that as an additional safety measure for 2006, "team personnel and spectators will be banned from climbing on the pit wall fencing during or after races."

What will they introduce next to improve safety?

In 2009 the drivers will hold Rock, Paper, Scissors tournaments just before the race in private, to determine the finishing order for that race to remove the risk of overtaking. :D

In 2011, the engines in formula 1 cars will be eliminated and the accelerator and brake pedals will be replaced with bicycle pedals to reduce the risk of high speed. :D

In 2015, the cars will be changed again, replaced with a streamline chassis, a wide steering columnn and 2 wheels and they will be called the 24 new competitors in the Tour De France. :D

In 2016, Max mosley and Bernie Eccelstone get linched for their "contribution" to F1 by millions of fans :D
 
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Again - not F1 - but some of the best news I've heard all year...

Murray Walker returns to the mike

Having announced his retirement at the 2001 U.S. Grand Prix, legendary TV commentator Murray Walker today returns to the commentary box with new racing series Grand Prix Masters. The fan's favourite is gearing up again to say "Go, Go, Go!" when the inaugural Altech Grand Prix Masters South Africa race is launched in Kyalami on 11th – 13th November 2005. ‘The voice' as he is affectionately known is instantly familiar to millions of viewers around the world and during a historic gathering of Grand Prix Masters drivers at Silverstone today, Murray was emotionally re-acquainted with many of the racers who he so famously commented on during his 53- year reign as the people's favourite. Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ricardo Patrese, Derek Warwick, Andrea de Cesaris, and Patrick Tambay were amongst some of the great names who participated in the two-test session at Silverstone ahead of the inaugural race in two weeks time.

"When I retired in 2001, I vowed never ever to return to the commentary box and I sincerely meant it," said a delighted Murray. "Nobody made me retire but after 53 years I wanted to walk away with dignity while still being at the top of my game. It was a decision taken with a clear and relaxed conscious and since retiring, I have been on the receiving end of many offers including some from several new motor racing championships. I have had the willpower to say ‘no' to every offer proposed but my steely resolve melted away when Grand Prix Masters approached me," added Murray. "The Masters concept is a tried, tested and extremely successful formula in other sports and it works because it is personality driven. This series is about people and characters, including some of the most famous names ever to grace a motor racing circuit," added Murray.

"Watching Nigel Mansell and many other heroes climb back into thoroughbred grand prix cars this morning was very moving and surreal. It reinforced just how much I have missed being away and the thought of being at Kyalami in two weeks from now sends shivers down my spine! The Grand Masters series will be a huge success I'm sure and after having seen these drivers and cars in action today, the fans are going to be bowled over by the spectacle that awaits them in two weeks from now. These cars boast over 600 horse power which is way beyond what some of these drivers raced in the early 90s. The series will also travel to some fantastic circuits next year and I am thrilled to bringing the show into people's living room's once again," said Murray

Former Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell (OBE) expressed his delight by saying, "This means everything to me! During his amazing 53-year reign as ‘the voice' of Grand Prix racing, Murray achieved tremendous iconic status around the world and this from a man who has never actually raced himself! Murray's partnership with this series is the ultimate credibility endorsement and I am sure fans around the world will be rejoicing at today's news. It simply doesn't get any better than this!"

:D :D :D :D

Superb - now to find out if GPM is going to be televised anywhere...

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A statement issued today (Friday, 28/10/2005) by Michelin, reads:

Michelin is perplexed by the step backwards of the FIA's F1 regulation for 2006, felt to be incoherent with the FIA’s proclaimed policy to reduce costs

On October 26, 2005 the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council adopted new rules concerning the use of tyres in 2006: restoration of tyre changes during the race as well as increase in the number of tyres allotted per team. This is to be effective immediately for the 2006 season.

This urgent change, without advance notice:

Is incoherent with the cost reduction objectives sought by the FIA President.

Is a step backwards in regards to the 2005 regulations presented, at the time, by the FIA solely for cost reduction purposes.

As a result, these new rules will immediately increase tyre development, production and logistics costs by 15% since, contrary to what has been said, the 2005 solutions can by no means be adapted to the new 2006 regulation. This decision reveals a lack of technical understanding of the product and of what a tyre really is.

In fact, tyre wear and grip are calculated to ensure an optimum performance for a specific distance. To switch from a tyre designed to run for 350 kms in 2005 to a tyre that can be changed every 100 kms (or less) in 2006 will require tyre manufacturers to design an entirely new generation of tyres and will therefore increase costs.

As many have said and written in the past few weeks, we can only question the meaning behind this decision which negates all of the benefits of Michelin’s research in 2005 to design a tyre capable of running for 350 kms, allowing its partners to win 18 races throughout the year.

Michelin, therefore, questions the FIA's hidden motivations for the 2006 F1 regulation.

Once again, this event illustrates the F1’s problems of incoherent decision-making and lack of transparency.

In light of this situation, Michelin would like to thank its partner teams who did everything possible, unfortunately in vain, to inhibit a last minute new regulation returning, in fact, to previous regulations.

Strangely enough - Michelin are right about this.

Instead of carying 5 sets of dry tyres per car + spares they now have to handle 7 sets plus spares.

The FIA have no clue...
 
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It's truely fabulous news about Murray returning for the GPM - now wouldn't it be nice if Martin joins too - the old team back at last :)

And before anyone in power has any ideas about "****" - NO!

Shame it can't be Murray and James Hunt - they were great together. They didn't like each other for a start. :D

Found out that the GPM series is going to be televised - but by who - I have no idea. :(

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Mosley re-elected

According to an FIA spokesperson, Max Mosley has been re-elected president of the FIA.

This means that Mosley, who was first elected president in 1991, will serve a further four years.

The election, in which no-one stood against the Englishman, took place at a meeting of the FIA's general assembly in Rome.

ARSE!!! :mad:

Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse!

4 more years of the muppet show...*and not the good Muppet Show with Kermit, Beaker, Bunsen, Animal and Fozzy...*

:mad: :mad: :( :(
 
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Bad News

Seeing as you haven't posted this yet:

F1Racing.net said:
Spa's F1 promoter bankrupt

Spa Francorchamps may have a date on the draft 2006 F1 calendar, but as of this week it does not have a grand prix promoter. 'Didier Defourney Grand Prix' had a contract to stage the Belgian grand prix until 2010, but has been declared bankrupt in a commercial Liege court.

$18 million in debt, the promoter was also ordered to pay several million in unpaid taxes.

Moreover, it is reported that the $17 million fee for staging the 2006 grand prix has not yet been received by F1 impresario Bernie Ecclestone.

While the historic and highly popular Belgian GP hangs in the balance, French test circuit Paul Ricard - owned, incidentally, by Ecclestone - has been named the FIA Institute's first ever 'Centre for Motor Sport Excellence'. "Paul Ricard has proved itself to be one of the safest tracks in the world," said FIA Institute president and former F1 doctor Sid Watkins.

Seems like there won't be a Belgian GP next year? I was thinking of making that my first foreign GP :(.
 
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what Micheal Schumacher?

That wing is ugly! Strange how we didn't have problems with overtaking in the days of Senna/Prost/Mansell etc yet they all had the big wings and slicks?


get rid of the diffusers give the cars slicks and flat bottoms (intead of the step we have now) get rid of the driver aids and then we'll have better racing
 
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http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=34458 said:
MANSELL LABELS '06 QUALI "UNFAIR"

Nigel Mansell has criticised Formula 1's new knock-out qualifying system, labelling it unfair for less competitive teams.

The former world champion, who is returning to racing in the Grand Prix Masters series this year, reckons that the new system will hurt teams that need the most track time and says it could widen the gap between the haves and have-nots.

"I tell you, it’s sad isn’t it," Mansell said at Silverstone on Thursday.

"This new qualifying is up the swanny. The teams which are struggling need as much time on the track as they can to sort themselves out to get up to speed and they are being penalized because if they don’t qualify quick enough they are out in the first 15 minutes.

"And the others get more track time. How fair is that?

"It is a home goal before you start. I’ll be shot for saying this, but it’s not what the fans want."

Mansell also called for reduction in Formula 1's dependence on technology.

The British star, a renowned overtaker during his F1 career, claimed that rule-makers were missing the point by targeting aerodynamics to cure the lack of passing and suggested that drivers should more input in the cars.

"They are all looking at it from the wrong point of view," he said.

"With the computer age, when was the last time a computer missed a gear, when was the last time a computer spun the wheel at the wrong time without traction control.

"Drivers don’t make mistakes unless they make a complete balls-up.

"What they have done is sterilise it with too many driver aids through no fault of the drivers - who don’t write the rules. Put the cars in the hands of the drivers and all of a sudden you don’t need all that ********."

Mansell also had a dig at the raft of modern racing facilities on the F1 calendar.

The ex-Williams and Ferrari ace says that safety measures, though necessary, had made it possible for today's F1 stars to get away with mistakes rather than be punished for them.

And that combined with semi-automatic gearshifting had made overtaking more difficult in recent years.

"They have sterilised the circuits," he added

"All you do is barrel down into a second gear chicane where the computer is doing the traction control and automatic gear shifts, so you are just a passenger sunless they mess up with the computer then there is no overtaking opportunities.

"Coming into a second gear chicane with no traction control and manual gears you have got masses of overtaking opportunity."
 
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http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=34460 said:
STODDART LEAVES THE STAGE

On the eve of the formal handover of Minardi to Red Bull GmbH, departing team principal Paul Stoddart has thanked the Faenza squad’s staff, drivers, commercial partners and fans, as well as founder Gian Carlo Minardi, for their respective contributions.

Stoddart said in a statement: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Minardi staff, both on the race team and at the factory, in Italy and the UK, for their support over the last five years, and for the incredible job they have done, given the available resources.

“I would also like to thank all those who have driven for us in 2005 – Patrick Friesacher, Christijan Albers, Robert Doornbos, Chanoch Nissany and Enrico Toccacelo – for their valuable contribution to the team.

“I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to our engine partner, Cosworth, to our commercial and technical partners, and to the thousands of Minardi fans around the world, for their unconditional support of the hard-trying little team from Faenza over the years.

“Finally, I want to thank Gian Carlo Minardi. Unless he had possessed the vision and the bravery to strike out into Formula 1 in the first place, and the resilience to deal with the innumerable problems and difficulties that arose along the way, the team would undoubtedly have suffered the same fate as many well-known, and frequently better funded organisations, and simply fallen by the wayside.”

Stoddart lavished particular praise on Doornbos, who took over as Albers’ team-mate in the summer and immediately matched him for pace.

“I would particularly like to single out Robert for the fine job he has done in what might best be described as difficult circumstances,” Stoddart said.

“He only joined the team at the 12th round, in Hockenheim, and despite not having driven the Minardi Cosworth PS05 previously or taken part in a grand prix, he settled in quickly, got to grips with the car and the team, and was soon on the pace.

“In the eight rounds in which he competed for us, he displayed a high level of driving skill, a consistently positive attitude and excellent technical ability.

“In fact, despite his relatively short time with us, there is no doubt Robert's feedback made a significant contribution to the development of the new car.”

While lamenting the end of an era, Stoddart is confident that Red Bull will uphold the battling Minardi tradition.

“Regrettably, the Minardi name will now disappear from the sport, but I firmly believe the competitive spirit that has burned brightly within this team for the past 21 years will live on under new owners,” he said.
 
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http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=34457 said:
FIA DISMISSES MICHELIN COMPLAINT

Michelin’s criticism of the FIA over the decision to reintroduce tyre changing in Formula 1 has met with a stony response from the governing body.

The FIA staunchly defended the procedures by which the decision was arrived, insisting that the voting system ensured the input of all of Formula 1’s key players.

A statement “noted” Michelin’s objections and said: “The decision to reintroduce tyre changes in Formula 1 was supported by an overwhelming majority of the Formula 1 Commission members and by a unanimous vote of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

“The Formula 1 Commission is made up of all the F1 stakeholders including representatives of the teams (10), event promoters (8), engine suppliers (1), tyre suppliers (1), sponsors (2) and just one representative each from the governing body and the commercial rights holder.

“Michelin are clearly confused, but it is difficult to understand which part of the very basic and entirely democratic voting procedures adopted by the FIA that Michelin [are] perplexed by.”

The FIA did not address the substance of Michelin’s claim that the effect of the tyre rule change will be to increase costs for the tyre manufacturers and teams in 2006.
 
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ARSE!!! :mad:

Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse! Arse!

4 more years of the muppet show...*and not the good Muppet Show with Kermit, Beaker, Bunsen, Animal and Fozzy...*

:mad: :mad: :(

^^ What he said!

Max is such a nob! They ban slicks to slow the cars, the teams spend millions on wind tunnels, speeds go up. Max realises they've got more aero grip and limits aero surfaces. Teams run wind tunnels 24hrs a day, speeds go up. Max sees overtaking almost non existant, limits aero and messes with format. Teams spend more and more money, racing goes down hill and why?.........because Max is a prat.

What we need is slicks, ground effect, qualifing back how it was (1hr 12laps), keep semi auto panel 'boxes but perhaps lose the traction control (which wouldn't be as necessary with more mechanical grip).

I know there's a safety arguement for Max's changes but whichever way you look at it 900+bhp is a 650kg carbon tub is *never* going to be safe. I'm sure the drivers would feel much more confident driving a car that didn't handle like a shopping trolley as soon as its 50m behind another car.

Think that's it for now....... :D
 
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Why not ban wings completely and only allow aerodynamics from the body shell only. There has to be a way to differentiate a wing from the body shell..
 
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