The holiday is over – it’s time to get back to business. (Unfortunately I’m talking about Formula One and not me – I’m still looking for a job.)
It’s been almost four weeks since the Hungarian Grand Prix; so much happened in the following few days that I wrote an update post to summarise the news, especially regarding Felipe Massa’s recovery from that freak accident.
Since I posted that update, the main news has been:
- Felipe Massa hopes to return to F1 at the Brazilian Grand Prix on 18 October [source: BBC]
- Rumours of Michael Schumacher filling in while Massa’s recovering were confirmed but then he pulled out complaining that his neck hadn’t fully recovered after a motorcycle accident. [BBC]
Instead, long-time test driver Luca Badoer will be in the Ferrari for the next few races. [FIA]
- In my race notes post I reported: “Renault suspended from European Grand Prix”; as expected, Renault appealed and (somewhat suprisingly) the FIA changed the punishment to a £30,000 fine. [BBC]
This is obviously good news for Alonso, as this is his home race, which no doubt will help ticket sales – far be it from me to suggest this was a consideration when the penalty was reviewed.
- In other Renault news, Romain Grosjean has replaced Nelson Piquet Jr in the second car. [BBC]
- BMW Sauber will withdraw from F1 at the end of this season, after a takeover bid from founder Peter Sauber fell through. [BBC]
- There are strong rumours that Montreal will back on the calendar for next year, although I haven’t seen this confirmed on the FIA site.
- It looks like a two-horse race to replace Max Mosley as the FIA
DictatorPresident: ex-Ferrari team boss Jean Todt and Finnish ex-rally driver (Member of the European Parliament!) Ari Vatanen. My first reaction is that Todt is a bad choice, given his Ferrari connections (it’s not the FIA isn’t pro-Ferrari enough already!) but I haven’t read enough about Vatanen (other than his racing history) to know if he really is the better option.
This weekend is the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain; the weather forecast is for an unsettled outlook, with partial cloud and an ambient temperature high between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius each day. [FIA]
Practice #1 starts at 10am local time / 4am EST tomorrow; practice #2 is 2pm local / 8am EST; Saturday practice is 11am local / 5am EST; qualifying at 2pm local / 8am EST; and the race kicks off at 2pm local / 8am EST on Sunday. I’ll be writing my notes in this blog, as usual. 🙂