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Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alonso: Title already slipping away for some drivers

With only just over a third of the season now in the past, Fernando Alonso thinks the championship is already slipping away from some drivers. The Ferrari driver lost his bid for victory and also the lead of the points standings in Canada, but he was calm after Sunday's race in light of his consistency in 2012. "No one can win the championship in seven races," Alonso told El Pais newspaper, "but some are starting to lose it." He was disappointed to lose the victory […]

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ecclestone inks split broadcasting deal for Italy

Bernie Ecclestone has inked a television deal for Italy that mirrors the controversial split-broadcasting arrangement in Britain. For 2012, the F1 chief executive ended free-to-air live coverage of the grand prix weekends within Britain by agreeing a deal with pay-channel Sky. Free-to-air viewers in Britain can now only watch a limited amount of races live, with the others restricted to delayed highlights packages. Ecclestone has signed a near-identical arrangement for Italy. The live broadcasting rights for the entire 2013 calendar have been secured by Italy's […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More Britons watched BBC's delayed coverage

The BBC's delayed and edited highlights of Sunday's Australian grand prix attracted more viewers than the British broadcaster's live coverage of the same Melbourne race a year ago. From 2012, F1's television coverage for Britain is being shared between pay-channel Sky - who have the full-time live rights - and the public broadcaster BBC. Last year, the BBC's live coverage of the 2011 season opener averaged 2.13 million viewers. But the delayed highlights package for 2012, aired hours after the race finished between 2 and […]

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012

Wurz becomes Williams F1 driver mentor

Former Formula 1 driver, Alex Wurz, has returned to Williams for 2012 as a driver mentor for the team. Wurz drove for Williams in 2007, alongside German driver Nico Rosberg. The Austrian also drove for Benetton and McLaren in his 11-year career in Formula 1. Alexander Wurz has now returned to Williams F1, this time as a driver mentor to their current drivers’ Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas. He will begin his duties tomorrow when the second pre-season test gets underway at the […]

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012

New Lotus to be called E20

Lotus has confirmed its 2012 chassis will be called the E20

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2012 FIA regulations highlights with James Allison - Part II

Following the announcement of the FIA’s 2012 season Technical and Sporting Regulations, Lotus Renault GP’s Technical Director James Allison explained the key changes we can expect to see in 2012. Part II is featured below. Part I is available here. Suspension Suspension members (wishbones/trackrods etc) are bound by strict aerodynamic limitations (limited chord, symmetrical section, maximum incidence angles etc). This is not true of the uprights which hold the wheel on to the suspension. Their design has always been free. There existed a possibility (albeit […]

Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Christmas gift ideas from the world of F1.

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011

2012 FIA regulations highlights with James Allison

Following the announcement of the FIA's 2012 season Technical and Sporting Regulations, Lotus Renault GP's Technical Director James Allison explained some of the key changes we can expect to see in 2012. Part one is featured below, with part two soon to follow. Lower Noses The car noses are lowered to 550mm above the reference plane (previously they could be 625mm high). This is to ensure that all parts of the nose are definitely below the height of the cockpit sides in the event of […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sky F1 announce line-up for 2012

Sky F1 have announced today the line-up of the upcoming season, it has been one of the big topics of the end of the 2011 season since the Hungarian GP once the BBC announced that it would only be doing 10 races live for 2012 and highlights for the other 10 races. In an eagerly-awaited announcement, the station has confirmed that the hugely popular David Croft will join forces with Martin Brundle in the commentary box for each of the 2012′s races, with Brundle on […]

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011

Mosley: Split TV deal is good news

Aug.26 (GMM) Max Mosley thinks F1's split broadcasting rights deal for Britain is good news for the sport.

"I would say that the TV viewers in Britain are getting a good deal," the former FIA president told Auto Motor und Sport.

The 50 per cent loss...

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011

Why the BBC/Sky deal is bad for F1

So, it’s finally happened. After various stories for months, Formula One coverage in the United Kingdom is going behind a paywall and will be available on Sky between 2012 and 2018. Sure, you can still watch half of the races on the BBC, but that is a compromise that many fans are unhappy with. 20 races, not 10, make up a World Championship and you don’t watch half of a football match or 2 sets of a tennis match, do you? Barbara Slater, director of […]

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011

British viewers lose free-to-air coverage from 2012

Jul.29 (GMM) Only half of next season's formula one races will be shown on free-to-air television in Britain.

It emerged on Friday morning that subscription channel Sky Sports has won joint rights with the BBC to televise grands prix between 2012 and...