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FORMULA One has got a trifle silly.

FOTA, the teams association, has got the hump with Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone, so have decided to run off and play on their own.

And who can blame it?

Formula One is a very, very profitable business, gaining global television audiences every two weeks that only the World Cup and the Olympics can rival and they only come around every four years.

But 50p of every pound Formula One generates, goes straight into Ecclestone’s pocket.

Why would massive corporations like Ferrari, Toyota, BMW, Renault, Mercedes and Red Bull accept that?

They know that they can take especially their drivers but also their sponsors with them to drive on the tracks that Formula One fans want to see them race on, but which have been forced out of the sport by Ecclestone’s demands and replaced by empty stadiums in the Middle and Far East.

Tracks like Silverstone, Suzuka, Imola, Magny-Cours, Montreal and Indianapolis.

McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, said: “I don’t think there will be two premier racing championships. All I can say is that there will be a championship next year and that the major names that have historically been involved in motor racing will be racing together and I think that will be recognised as the major championship.”

There will be plenty more twists in this. The teams don’t want to have to set up their own championship, they just want the one they are currently in to be run more the way they want it to be.

And Mosley and Ecclestone know that what Whitmarsh is saying is correct

How to resolve the situation then?

 Give the teams more money from the pot.

 Reduce team budgets, but not to the proposed extent where the big teams such as Ferrari and Toyota will have to reduce their workforce by half.

 Max Mosley should have resigned following 2008’s spankgate and he must now do so or at least say he will not stand for re-election at the end of season.


Written by Andrew Brook

June 19, 2009 at 7:21 pm

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  1. It’s time we the fans took our sport back…

    F1 fans unite in revolution!
    There is strength in numbers. So, imagine if the 200million or so Formula One fans who watch races on TV and follow
    the sport on the internet were united. The collective benefits would be enormous. That’s precisely what a new web
    based organization is doing. Launched this week, is mobilizing fans globally to revolutionize
    how they enjoy their F1. And it costs nothing to join.

    The 1st stage of development is under way, with a free webmail address and service now
    available. As well as being an impressive and mobile communications tool, the webmail is also the site login, giving
    secure access to the additional content as it goes live. And again, this will be free of charge.

    Within weeks, the 2nd stage will provide social networking and micro-blogging, connecting webmail members from
    the 4 corners of the F1 world. This is not just for multimedia socializing and comparing how Formula One is enjoyed
    internationally. But gathered as a cohesive mass of like minded millions, it should give fans a voice: Despite being the
    secret of the sport‘s success, F1 fans still do not have a say. And, as the sport is currently undergoing enormous
    change with a “New Formula One World Order” emerging, it is time fans participated in similar discussions, as a
    collective group. They have an opinion on how to guide improvements to their sport. And the Formula One World
    team intend pressing for the right for their opinion to be heard.

    Finally, the 3rd stage of Formula One World’s development, due within a couple of months, will revolutionize the fans
    online experience; A range of bespoke applications, currently under wraps until launch, will uniquely merge with the
    best of the current F1 web, extracting more value in the process. The objective is to appeal to all ages, deliver
    maximum entertainment and create the definitive point of reference for F1 online.

    The fun is not just isolated to the web, as future Formula One World developments will extend the community benefits
    to localized F1 events and retail leisure operations such as restaurants and bars. We understand we will get to hear
    about those proposals in subsequent communications, along with visuals of their plans.

    Formula One World has exciting ambition to provide a ground-breaking community for the fans. Using cutting edge
    technology to entertain is precisely what Formula One is all about. Plus, it’s a refreshing change for the sport to be
    inclusive rather than exclusive, as it costs nothing to join. However, as their website states, they need the fans to
    commit to them, so they can commit to the fans. Seems fair. Particularly when it’s free to grab a great webmail
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    D Noakes

    June 26, 2009 at 5:00 pm

  2. Hi!. Thanks for the info. I’ve been digging around looking some info up for shool, but i think i’m getting lost!. Yahoo lead me here – good for you i suppose! Keep up the great information. I will be coming back in a few days to see if there is updated posts.


    December 14, 2009 at 9:40 pm

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