Kimi Raikkonen says he is inspired by the more
relaxed atmosphere at Lotus. “They just want to race
and don’t want to do too much politics,” he told
Autosprint. The mellow environment hasn’t stopped
him pushing for better power steering, however.
DE VILLOTA’S TEST CRASH
Marussia F1 test driver Maria
de Villota (BELOW), daughter of
former F1 racer Emilio de
Villota, crashed into a team
transporter during straightline
tests at Britain’s Duxford airfield.
The July 3 run was her debut
for the team. The 32-year-old
Spaniard sustained severe head
injuries and lost her right eye
in the accident, but remained
in a critical but stable condition
as RACER went to press.
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SUM OF HOPES
The push to limit Formula 1 expenditures runs up against deadlines
from the governing body, but agreement remains elusive
FOLLOW THE MONE Y
Formula 1 supremo Bernie
Ecclestone (BELOW) was put
under an uncomfortable
spotlight when German banker
Gerhard Gribkowsky was
convicted of taking $43 million
in bribes during the sale of F1
commercial rights. Despite
being named a “driving force”
in the matter, Ecclestone
escaped any charges. He told
the court that he had been
coerced by Gribkowsky.
Although Silverstone has a
long-term deal to host the
British Grand Prix, a new push
for an F1 race through the
streets of central London was
launched in late June by
McLaren sponsor Santander.
It created a CGI animation
showing how a course could
be laid out from a driver’s
perspective, and Bernie
Ecclestone loves the idea. So...
When its teams (surprise!) failed to
agree on a new round of cost cuts by the
June deadline imposed by the FIA, the
Formula 1 technical regulations seemed
set to remain unchanged for 2013,
because any amendments will now need
unanimous support from the teams.
That’s unlikely because of disagreements
between Red Bull’s two F1 teams (Red
Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso) and
their rivals over issues such as the scope
of a Resource Restriction Agreement.
The impasse comes at a time of
growing concern about the expense of
in name only?
All of F1’s teams
agreed to abide by the
spending, but from
the start there were
concerns that some
teams were exceeding
the limit. This spring,
10 of the 12 teams
asked the FIA to police
the RRA, but Red Bull
rejected the idea.
competing in F1 ahead of major regulation
changes for 2014, when the current
normally aspirated, 2.4-liter V8 engines
are due to be replaced by smaller-displacement turbocharged engines.
“This is vital to the future of Formula 1,”
said Mercedes motorsports boss
Norbert Haug. “It cannot just be a
spending competition. Look at us – we
spent three times as much in 2005 in F1
as we did in 2010. Be it engine, aero
or whatever, reducing the costs is vital.”
Haug fears that the sport’s less
well-heeled teams will struggle to compete,