“We – the undersigned – are writing an open letter to you, urging you to once again use that part from Fleetwood Mac?óÔé¼Ôäós The Chain as the title music to your Formula One coverage that begins this year on BBC One.”
Grand Prix Legends’ deliciously off-the-wall vidcast.
Timo Glock: “We don’t have any experience of it yet, but my feeling is that it will be not a big change in terms of overtaking.”
“I believe that Formula One itself is a strong and powerful sport. We can either be very pessimistic but I think the debt in Formula One is probably less than in football. We are a global sport, which means that certain regions will recover from the recession earlier. I believe you could say that people will have less disposable income, so they will probably stay home at the weekend and watch Formula One. We have to look at the up side as well. I think generally the sport is in a good position, and provided we have a competitive season and not too much politics, then the value of staying in Formula One is strong. And I would admit, as a team, we need a strong year.”
“The fab shop makes all of the larger metallic items that are fitted to the car, including the cooling systems for the engine and gearbox, the pipework and plumbing and all the brackets that can?óÔé¼Ôäót be made from composite carbon for heat and tolerance reasons. As a small team of just three people, that?óÔé¼Ôäós a pretty tall order. Particularly when each and every part they make could be, as Neil Christie, one of Force India?óÔé¼Ôäós fully skilled fabricators explains, a ?óÔé¼?£car breaker?óÔé¼Ôäó ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ scarily, a part that could end a driver?óÔé¼Ôäós race.”
“Max Mosley, once Bernie’s lapdog, is unlikely to bow down to him on this occasion, especially now that it becomes obvious that their views on the future of the sport differ so fundamentally. While Max is set upon creating a spec formula and is already well along the way to such an abomination, Bernie wants to free up the rules in exchange for some form of commitment from the manufacturers. We all know that is not going to happen and neither is Max going to start a new war with the teams by introducing yet more rules just to suit Bernie.”
“Good old BBC ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and now they will be sending us Grands Prix from all corners of the globe. I whinge about the licence fee, but it?óÔé¼Ôäós great value for money. It will be interesting to see what the Beeb brings to the party in Melbourne.”
“The new deal would mean world champion Lewis Hamilton having to pay ?óÔÇÜ?¼218,920 for his licence fee this year. Seems like a lot of cash, but probably not so much if you’re earning ?óÔÇÜ?¼12 million a year.”
Joe Saward’s F1 blog.