In a special editions of Reporters this week we have a range of reports the best reports from 2015. After four years off success how close did Sebastian Vettel come to quitting F1
Vettel nearly retired – Horner
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has says that the four time world champion Sebastian Vettel considered quitting Formula One last year. The German finish fifth in the world championship and failed to win last season.
Horner told The Guardian “Seb didn’t enjoy the regulation changes, He didn’t enjoy the new engine, the feel from the new system, the power unit, the brake by wire, the lack of downforce. You could tell he wasn’t happy.”
Horner also added that before when the regulations changed in 2012 that Vettel was also unhappy. Also there are no hard feelings following his switch to Ferrari saying “His boyhood hero was Michael [Schumacher] and of course there was the lure of Ferrari. For any driver – the brand, the history, the mystique, is immensely powerful.”
Why was last years german Grand Prix cancelled and why couldn’t it be saved?
Unlikely to be German GP – Ecclestone
Berine Ecclestone has told Germany’s Rhein Zeitung newspaper that the country is unlikely to hold a Grand Prix this year but there is still time to secure a deal.
The 84‐year old says it is due to “poor in recent years that it is not economically viable.” Ecclestone last month told Reuters that the race will stay at hockenhiem would hold this year’s race but now says no deal has been done with any circuit.
“It’s not looking good…you can say that it (the race) looks unlikely but we are trying to rescue it. I don’t want to lose it, for sure. We are trying our best.” Said Ecclestone.
Both circuits share the event holding a race under an alternation agreement that saw Hockenheim host it last season. Germany has been on the calendar for fifty years without a break
Formula One governing body the FiA has officially confirmed that this year’s German Grand Prix has been cancelled. The race was due to be held at the Nurburgring this year.
But the circuit has faced financial problems the race which alternates with Hockenheim has been facing financial and organisational problems. On Tuesday Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler ruled out stepping in as a replacement.
Both circuits have financial problems, with Hockenheim shouldering heavy losses due to poor attendances in recent years. Last year’s race saw the lowest attendance in years.
It will be the first time since 1955 that a race hasn’t been held in the country.
There was also concerns about the Russian Grand Prix because of western sanctions over there involvement in Ukraine. But what is the impact of MH17
MH17 continuing impact
The continued western imposed sanctions on Russia over allegations of Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine could lead to this year’s Grand Prix being cancelled.
The sanctions begin after the shooting down by allegedly Russian backed rebels of Malaysia Airlines fight MH17. This has caused the Russian exchange rates to rise and oil prices to rise causing some to say the country is heading towards recession.
Red Bull’s Erich Wolf confirmed “our partners in Russia are facing extremely high exchange rates. This makes it impossible to set up an infrastructure fulfilling our high standards and also to provide our fans with tickets at affordable prices.”
Men have dominated formula One meaning it’s hard for women to get a race seat so could the solution be a womans series
Woman F1 Series
Formula One boss Berine Ecclestone has caused controversy after made a proposal to set up a F1 championship just for woman to run alongside the current series.
Ecclestone is no stranger to controversy after he once compared women to kitchen appliances. In recent years woman have taken up test roles with teams including Susie Wolff who is development driver at Williams and last year became the first female to take part in a grand prix weekend in 22 years and Carmen Jorda at Louts.
Ms Wolff told the Mirror “It’s most definitely not the right way forward,” she told the Daily Mirror. First of all, I don’t know where you’d find a full grid of female drivers who are good enough. Secondly, I have raced my whole career in motorsport as a normal competitor. hy would I ever look for a race where I was only competing against womem?
Spraying champagne is a tradition going back to the early days of the sport. But why has it been called sexist?
Tradition Under attack
World champion Lewis Hamilton has been attacked by feminist campaigner’s after spraying a hostess with champagne after winning Sundays Chinese Grand Prix.
He sprayed the champagne in the face of the woman on the podium which a group Object which campaigns against sexism has condemned. Object campaigns against on media sexism and ‘sex object culture’.
There chief executive Roz Hardie told the Daily Mail “The photographs appear to show that
the woman is not just being splashed, but that the champagne is being very specifically directed into her face, which does not look to be voluntary.”
She says if it wasn’t voluntary Hamilton should apologise saying “The photographs appear to show that the woman is not just being splashed, but that the champagne is being very specifically directed into her face, which does not look like a voluntary piece of horseplay on her part”
Drivers wanted to know what you think about the sport. It was the first time fans have been asked but why
Giving back – Drivers Union
Formula one driver will announce a plan next Friday to give more back to the fans during the rest day in Monaco. The chairman of the drivers union Alex Wurz announced after the drivers unanimously agreed the move at a meeting at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Wurz says the plans are “To make sure this sport remains at the pinnacle and gets ever more popular, we would like to engage more with the fans.” The plans are believed to involve social media. F1 has the reputation for exclusive and inaccessible compared to series like the world endurance championship, where fans have much more access to the paddock and drivers during race weekends.
In recent month F1 Boss Berine Ecclestone has appeared to do a U-turn over the sports use of social media and now has a team working on developing the way FOM use social media.
THAT’S ALL FROM PART ONE OF THIS EDITION OF REPORTeRS