A Daily Round up of Formula One news, inside whispers, opinion and comment. Today,
How To Alienate Your Viewers
According to Michael Schmidt of Auto Motor und Sport tickets for the Thursday in Monaco cost between 48 and 83 Euro with free entry for children. This might look like a sensible idea, but for 57 minutes in the second free practice people only got to see an empty track and could only entertain themselves with watching it dry after a short shower of rain.
Any argument that the teams wanted to save tyres for the race wouldn’t wash as no major rain is forecast for Saturday or Sunday. The problem was simple – the teams wanted to save precious mileage on their engines.
We said it before and we’ll say it again. Drop those “green rules”. F1 is not supposed to be green. It is supposed to be the pinnacle of Motorsports. As that it is supposed to be politically incorrect. F1 should be the guy who walks into a bar, downs his beer in one go, belches loudly, and orders the next.
People keep making up useless gimmicks to “improve the show”. Well, newsflash: The most basic step in providing a show is showing up!
Four Teams Postpone Crash Tests
Nose jobs have been the flavor of the month lately with Red Bull presenting their radical new conk in Barcelona, which took the team more than a handful of attempts to get it through the crash test.
Four teams, Williams, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Force India had all requested an official FIA crashtest for a shortened nose in May, but have now postponed for different reasons.
Williams have abandoned the idea for this year, citing that getting the new design through the crash test would bind too many resources for too little gain on track. Toro Rosso will debut its shortened nose at a later time. Lotus failed the first crash test, money is tight and the season goal of 5th place seems attainable with the current design, so they think about postponing until next year, like the Grove based Williams squad.
Force India can’t afford to wait until 2016. Unfortunately they can’t afford to bring a new nose either. The first crash test failed narrowly and the next one has to work out, as the new nose is part of the oft-postponed VJM 7.5 GTi.
Her Majesty Wants Money
The pesky topic of taxes is giving Bernard Ecclestone a headache again. As the Telegraph and Bloomberg both reported, the authorities asked Mr. E kindly to cough up 1 billion pounds to correct a slight underpayment of taxes up to 2008.
Ecclestones argues he has nothing to do with the Bambino empire, run by his ex-wife Slavica and his daughters Tamara and Petra, This does not appear to wash any-more with the Her Majesty’s authorities. A backroom deal with the Inland Revenue in 2008 that saw Bernie pay a few tens of millions is no longer valid according to legal experts.
Evidence from Mr. E’s sojourn in a Bavarian court last year has been garnered. The British Tax authorities say this demonstrates Bernie may have told them fibs to get his 2008 deal.