REPORTERS – 04/10/2015

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A year on from the dreadful event for the sport and for the Bianchi’s how have the family coped. Last week his father Felipe Bianchi spoke exclusively to the BBC.

Difficult to watch F1

The father of the late Jules Bianchi has told the BBC that Formula One is “too difficult” to watch as the first anniversary of his accident approaches and ahead of this weekend’s race at the circuit in Japan.

He told BBC News in an exclusive interview, Philippe Bianchi he said “Perhaps in a few months, a few years, I can see again a grand prix, I don’t know, but for the moment, it is too difficult”

The 25-year old crashed after his car skidded off in wet condition hitting a crane. He suffered a diffuse axonal injury, when his family announced his death this summer. He had been in a coma for nine months.

His father added when “the months pass and you see Jules every day the same and you understand at that moment that it’s not possible for him to come back.” An investigation concluded that there was no single cause of the accident.

But it concluded Bianchi “did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control” under double waved yellow flag conditions.

He called on the sport to introduce close cockpit racing but says it wouldn’t his sons death. He said he now wants set up a charity in his memory to support young drivers who don’t have the money to set their own careers.


Formula One could be forced to change because of a complaint about the governance and wealth disturbing by the European Union. But why did Sauber and Force India bring the complaint?  

EU investigation in F1 launched

F1 will be investigated by the European Union after Sauber and Force India launch a complaint on anti-competition grounds. Earlier this year the EU said they wanted to investigate the sport but needed a complaint from a stake holder.

The teams say the way revenues in the sport are “unfair” and asked the EU’s Competition Commission to investigate. Formula 1 generates £1.1bn of income, of which 63% goes to the teams.

Force India said in a statement they are “one of two teams to have registered a complaint with the European Union questioning the governance of Formula 1 and showing that the system of dividing revenues and determining how Formula 1’s rules are set is both unfair and unlawful.”

F1 CEO Berine Ecclestone said previously he would welcome such an investigation because he feels the sport has nothing to hide.

Labour MEP Anneliese Dodds said she had “real concerns” about the plight of smaller teams in the sport, but added that the Competition Commission would only investigate after the teams themselves had submitted a formal complaint.



Williams fighting rising costs

Williams will fight should the cost of the sport rise in 2017. Today, the strategy group meets in Singapore to discuss the financial cost.

The idea is to make F1 cars five-to-six seconds faster. They are also hoping that there will not be a significant rise in costs at a time when F1 has long been trying to reduce financial overheads. The team are preparing to fight if there is a rise.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams told Autosport that there hasn’t been a Strategy Group meeting for a while. Saying at “the next one will be the point where we know the costs involved in those revised regulations. One of the changes around the regs is that it doesn’t incur a significant cost increase. That was one of the objectives.”

Ms Williams says she doesn’t anticipate a huge increase, and if there is then we would have to fight against it. She also says she is often drowned out by those who possess greater financial weight.


Is Volkswagen about to take over Red Bull as the team threaten to quit? What will it mean for the sport and what impact will the emission scandal have?

VW expresses interest

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has confirmed that Volkswagen/Audi has expressed some interest in entering Formula 1 in the future. But adds it is too early to know if there defiantly make a deal.

Talks of Volkswagen joining the sport have gained momentum in recent weeks after Red Bull confirmed they are parting with Renault at the end of 2015. The BBC pundit Eddie Jordan said at the weekend  that a deal for VW/Audi to buy Red Bull was close – although this has been played down by the team.

Today Volkswagen has been caught up in a US emission test rigging scandal which may be there main priority at the moment. Chief executive Martin Winterkorn issued a fresh apology for the test-rigging, saying he was “endlessly sorry” for the “manipulation”.

Horner says he “think it is important for F1 to have competitive engine manufacturers. What we are rapidly descending upon is two dominant engine suppliers, and that ultimately isn’t healthy for F1.”


Why would a driver call for less time in the car and to practice?

Limit or not to limit practice?

Nico Hulkenberg says there is too much practice session during race weekends. Currently on Fridays there are two ninety minute sessions with an hour before qualifying on Saturdays.

Hulkenberg said the sport should follow the example of the main feeder series GP2 where there is only one forty five minutes session. He said “I am sometimes of the opinion that we have too much practice in Formula 1,” said Hulkenberg.

Adding “Two 90-minute sessions on Friday and on Saturday another hour – it is a lot of practice.”

His team-mate Sergio Perez disagrees saying he thinks the current format works well. “I don’t think we have too much practice. You only have one practice to try the long run stuff – P2 – and then you have P3 to really try the qualifying.”


That’s all from this edition of Reporters


Jack is responsible for the day-to-day running of Formula One Vault. He brings you all the brilliant content. Has an obsession with all things Formula One and anything with an engine.

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