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Canadian GP Race Stewards
DEPUTY PRESIDENT, FIA INSTITUTE; DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MOTOR SPORT SAFETY; F1 AND WTCC STEWARD; FIA WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL MEMBER
Garry Connelly has been involved in motor sport since the late 1960s. A long-time rally competitor, Connelly was instrumental in bringing the World Rally Championship to Australia in 1988 and served as Chairman of the Organising Committee, Board member and Clerk of Course of Rally Australia until December 2002.
He has been an FIA Steward and FIA Observer since 1989, covering the FIA’s World Rally Championship, World Touring Car Championship and Formula One Championship. He is a director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety and a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
SEC. GENERAL OF THE ACCR (AUTOCLUB OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC); WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL MEMBER
Radovan Novak has been actively involved in motorsport since 1963 and rose to become Secretary General of the ACCR in 1990.Since 1991 he has held the role of President of the FIA Central Europe Zone and over the past two decades he has acted as a steward and observer in WRC and ERC rallies, EC autocross and rallycross events and WTCC and GT races.
He has been a Formula One steward since 1994. From 1994 to 2006, he was a member of the FIA Off-road Commission and was made a member of the World Motor Sport Council in 1998. In 2000 he became a member of the Sport Commission at the Ministry of Sport of the Czech Republic. An avid racer and co-driver, Radovan Novak has won a number of Czech rallying events.
FORMULA ONE DRIVER 1989-90
Ulsterman Martin Donnelly, 47, was a star of junior racing categories in the 1980s before making his grand prix debut with the Arrows team at the 1989 French GP at Paul Ricard, substituting for Derek Warwick. He qualified 14th and raced to a creditable 12th. He was offered a race drive at Lotus alongside Warwick for 1990 and started 12 races, recording a best finish of seventh at the Hungarian GP.
However, his time in Formula One was cut short when, later in the season, a suspension failure caused a huge accident in practice for the Spanish GP at Jerez. Despite the serious injuries he suffered, Donnelly recovered sufficiently to race competitively in national events. He now runs Donnelly Track Academy in Norfolk, England and has held a number of racing team management positions.
Not tired of tyre-gate
It appears tyre-gate will continue to be a hotly debated topic this weekend, with the two Red Bull teams continuing to put pressure on the FIA. Franz Tost is quoted as saying, “This is the most blatant rule violation of recent years.” Vettel said to Sport Bild: “It’s funny, when the rules prohibit testing, and then a team goes testing.” It seems to Sebastian that it’s a closed case and that punishment is imminent. However, fellow German Nico Rosberg disagreed whilst speaking to Sky Sports commenting, “We have no say whatsoever — they (Pirelli) say ‘you are doing that, that, that and that’ and the engineers that they have run our programme.”
At this point the motives for all involved can be questioned with a tribunal date set, it would seem best to leave it up to the tribunal to decide the fate of Mercedes.
Furthermore, if found to be in breach of the sporting regulations, where does this leave Ross Brawn? With the news from the start of the year, of Paddy Lowe leaving McLaren, Brawn’s position was questioned. For how much longer he will be wearing the colours of the Brackley based team still remains to be seen. Especially, given the possible departure and changing ownership of the team, as well as the questions that hang over Bernie Ecclestone and his potential spell in jail.
Baby steps for McLaren
During a Vodafone media phone-in, Sam Michael has admitted that the development of the car is not a quick as they would like. Whilst the team is moving in the right direction, the improvements to the MP4-28 is “not as fast as we would hope.”
By not having Jenson as the clearly defined lead driver for the Woking based outfit, it leaves the team in a rather undesirable position. Sergio Perez doesn’t seem ready to drive the team forward in terms of car development, with Jenson Button’s authority continuing to be undermined with the seeming lack of support he gets from the team following Bahrain and Monaco incidents with his teammate. Interesting times ahead for the team.
2014 the target for Vitaly
Petrov is still insistent that he will make a return to the Formula One paddock as a driver in 2014, even without a manager or his original Russian sponsors. After being dropped from the Caterham line up in favour of Giedo van der Garde, Petrov split with his manager Oksana Kosachenko, who is now the commercial director of Caterham.
Formula One is still the priority for the Russian as he admitted, “I have received many offers from other series and attended their races,” but maintains his focus is to drive at the Sochi GP when the Olympic park track is added to the calendar.
Whilst talking to Speed Week Petrov noted that “ideally I’d like to go back to formula one with Russian partners. The negotiations are in progress and I’m working hard.” He finished by saying, “I will use all my strength to go back to F1, because it’s my life.”
In-season testing to return in 2014
Christian Horner has been quoted saying that additional limited testing will be allowed in 2014 which will be good for Pirelli and the engine manufactures. It appears that this agreement was reached in the tranquil setting that was Monaco a couple of weeks ago however not all team are in favour of this testing comeback. Running a testing team could cost between $5-$10million more per season.
TJ13 reported a while ago that the Mercedes test will most likely result in testing making a comeback. One has to wonder if this was the plan all along as Pirelli has been quite vocal about the need to test a “relevant” car. Mercedes released a statement saying, “We welcome the fact that we get the opportunity the tribunal to explain the full facts openly and transparently. The sporting integrity is for Mercedes-Benz of utmost importance and we have great confidence in the method of the FIA.”
Could it be the reason they were so secretive was because they were in fact testing 2014 tyres with a very relevant (to 2014) car package?