FIA President Jean Todt says he would be willing to accept calls to disband the Strategy Group in favour of determining the regulations alongside Bernie Ecclestone, but only if he felt it was right for the sport.

(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) with Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President on the grid. 25.05.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Race Day. - www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com - copy of publication required for printed pictures. Every used picture is fee-liable. © Copyright: Photo4 / XPB Images

(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) with Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President on the grid.
25.05.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Race Day.
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Formula 1 has come into criticism for its convoluted decision-making process, namely the Strategy Group, which allows teams, the FIA and FOM a say in the direction of the sport.

However, with teams struggling to agree on several measures due to various vested interests, some teams have called for the group to be scrapped, with Red Bull’s Christian Horner suggesting the FIA and FOM take the reins in determining the regulations before ‘challenging’ the teams to sign up or quit.

It is an approach that Todt is wary of, saying that though he would be prepared to drop the Strategy Group in favour of a more authoritative approach to the regulations, he says he would expect teams to then air their grievances if the control was taken out of their hands.

“The Strategy Group is a kind of Strategy Group without any official rights, because the Strategy Group is making proposals and sometimes I am accused to be too democratic and listen to too many people,” he told reporters including Crash.net.

“I am happy to listen to any kind of suggestions as long as they are constructive suggestions. Charlie Whiting has meetings with all the teams all the year through – with technical people, with sporting people and from there he comes back with a proposed agenda which we discuss at the Strategy Group

“They are making a big story about the Strategy Group. I have read that quite often that it should be FIA or FOM to decide. Again I am quite happy to sit with Bernie and to decide what could be good for the sport, but again we need to be sure that it is good for the sport.

“Believe me; those who claim that they should be involved and that it should be FIA and the commercial rights holder to decide, they will be the first to shout and saying ‘they are not following the right governance [procedures]. They did not consult us’. So there is a way to do that.

Indeed, though Todt refuses to be drawn on his personal preference, he believes the calls to get rid of the Strategy Group is merely ‘talking’.

“If they keep saying that it should be us to decide, then I should ask for an official mandate. I will have that in writing. So okay, if they want it, give us an official mandate and then we will see how they react. It is a lot of talking.

“Myself, I don’t say it is good or bad, I am not a big talker, maybe a bit today. Normally I prefer to act and do things.”

MotoGP Le Mans 2015

Posted: 17th May 2015 by admin in MotoGP
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“We are in a sweet moment, and we have to take profit of it while it lasts” – Jorge Lorenzo.

Without a podium during the opening three races, Jorge Lorenzo racked up his second MotoGP victory in succession at Le Mans on Sunday.“To win this second victory gives us a lot of confidence, but also we demonstrated our potential,” Lorenzo said. “This year we have a great bike, very complete, especially on the brakes. So we are in a sweet moment, and we have to take profit of it while it lasts.” MotoGP Le Mans 2015 - Lorenzo - RossiJust as at Jerez, Lorenzo led every race lap, this time taking the lead from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso at the first chicane and going on to win by 3.8s over Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.“Andrea made a better start than me, but suddenly I saw that I could take the first position in the first chicane. I braked very hard, but Marc [Marquez] braked even harder, so I thought, OK, he’s not going to make the corner, and that’s what happened,” Lorenzo said.

“I could stay in first position and do my rhythm. When I saw a one-second advantage I was happy, but then I saw this second doesn’t increase, so I had to keep focused and ride even better.”

Rossi replaced Dovizioso as Lorenzo’s nearest rival at the midway point of the 28 laps, prompting the Spaniard to up his pace.

“When I saw a lead of 1.8s I was quiet. The problem was in the middle of the race when I saw Valentino coming into second place. He was reducing a little bit this gap, so I had to ride even better and brake later and with more aggression in the corner. And it worked.”

Lorenzo feared that the hotter race day temperatures would cause front tyre problems, but it turned out to hurt the Honda riders.

“Before the race I was a bit worried, especially for the front tyre, on the right side, because it was closing in some corners,” Lorenzo explained. “And sometimes it’s even worse in the race because it was hotter, you have more fuel in the tank, and sometimes you push a bit more on braking and the front can close even more.

“On the third and fourth lap it Read the rest of this entry »

Vettel made it happen!

Posted: 31st March 2015 by admin in Formula 1
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Sebastian Vettel: “To be honest – and I shouldn’t say – but I was shitting myself the last couple of laps because the thoughts were coming into my head. I was looking at the top of the chassis and thinking, ‘This is a red car and you are about to win’

An inspired Sebastian Vettel has taken Ferrari to its first F1 victory in 35 races after strategically out-foxing Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to win an enthralling Malaysian Grand Prix.

A decision to remain on track during an early safety car period would prove a shrewd one as Vettel focused on his own two-stop strategy, while Mercedes’ attempt to get the jump by pitting early and getting the less favourable tyres out of the way fell foul as it couldn’t recover the difference in its three stops during the final stages. vettelferrariwin

Coming in only Vettel’s second outing as a Ferrari driver, his performance marks the Scuderia’s first win since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix and the first non-Mercedes winner since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

A faultless race from start-to-finish, though it was Hamilton that got the better start from pole position, Vettel successfully rebuffed the attentions of Rosberg behind him to hold position in second, while Daniel Ricciardo, the fast-starting Felipe Massa and Danill Kvyat rounded out the early top six.

Further back, scuffles would break out with Pastor Maldonado – who crashed out on lap one in Australia – suffering a puncture at the first turn, a fate that would also befall Kimi Raikkonen at the start of lap two when his left-rear was clipped by Felipe Nasr into the last bend, forcing all three to pit.

With Marcus Ericsson spinning out on lap four, the arrival of the safety car would ultimately change the landscape of the race as Hamilton and Rosberg both dived for the pit lane, the latter being forced to queue behind his better placed team-mate and the pair emerging on the harder prime tyre in an effort to get the jump early on.

Crucially, however, Vettel would decide to stay on track and persevere with the option tyres in an effort to escape with the benefit of a clear track. A strategy Read the rest of this entry »

Loeb secures first victory of 2015!

Posted: 8th March 2015 by admin in WTCC
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Sebastien Loeb has won for the third time in his WTCC career. WRC legend has gotten his first win of the new season out of the way early, winning the second race of the opening round.Citroën Total WTCC - Loeb

On a wild start that saw multiple cars go off track, Loeb sliced through the pack and taking control by the end of the first lap in a daring three-wide pass. He was joined out front by teammate Ma Qing Ha who had to give up the track position when grass blocked his grille.

Despite a Safety Car bringing the pack back together (and extending the race to 15 laps), no one was able to take the top spot from Loeb, who cruised to the third victory of his WTCC career. Teammate and Race 1 victor Jose Maria Lopez placed second with Honda’s Tiago Monteiro third.

In the chaotic second race, a big moment involving two Citroens with Yvan Muller spinning Mehdi Bennani, who rebounded to finish fifth. Muller was forced to pit soon after. Gabriele Tarquini came home fourth.

Battling pain to begun with, the day got worse for Dusan Borkovic who spun early and tore up the front of his car.