REPORTERS – 20/03/2016


Within hours of the first knock out qualifying and condemnation started but the system could be about to be abandoned

Qualifying flop?

The knock out style of qualifying was not what I expected the timer was to short and this doesn’t give the driver above the chance to respond and the driver above needs to respond with a minute to go. However it did mix the grid up a bit

After the session it appears the sport will revert to the old format or keep the knock out format for Q1 & Q2 in Bahrain. Berine Ecclestone said: “If we go back, Mercedes would be first and second. What I don’t want to see is where you and I could predict how the grid is going to be for the start of a race, and how that race is going to finish.”

It was a good try and teams are due to meet on Sunday  to discuss what to do next.


A year without a F1 related scandal wouldn’t be F1. This one relates to Vijay Mallya and his airline. But why does he say he is a victim of a witch hunt?

Mallya faces questions over Kingfisher

Force India boss Vijay Mallya will appear before Indian investigators to be questioned in connection with the loan repayments connected to Kingfisher Airlines.

Mallya will be asked about the $1.4 billion owed by the airline to its creditors who has asked him to not attend thus weekends Australian Grand Prix and remain for questioning on Friday. Mallya tweeted “Shocked to see Sunday Guardian’s claim that I exchanged mails with them from my protonmail account. Have never heard of protonmail before.

Never ever had nor do I have a protonmail e-mail account. As I said earlier I have never ever heard of protonmail.

Shocked to see media statements that I gave an interview to Sunday Guardian without verification. I have not given any statement to anyone.”

He says he is the victim of a media witch hunt. He said in his posts that he would comply with domestic laws.


New radio regulations were introduced this weekend but can they be policed?

Impossible to police

Button has also been speaking about the limit on radio communications clamp down this year. He fears the new regulations will be “impossible to police”.

In a attempt to make the sport more challenging for drivers who will be more reliant on their own intuition. He told BBC News “They won’t be able to listen to every message. Hopefully they can listen to as much as possible, to make it as fair as possible.”


He has disappeared because of a accident in December 2013. But why did he want to disappear anyway?

Desire to disappear – Kelm

The manager of Michael Schumacher says the seven times world champion had the desire to disappear from the public eye before his skiing accident.

In December 2014 the legend hit his head on a rock while skiing in the Alps between Christmas and New Year leaving him in a coma. He has returned home where he continues to be looked after. Speaking at the weekend Sabine Kelm said “In general the media have never reported on Michael and Corinna’s private live.”

“When he was in Switzerland, for example, it was clear he was a private individual. Once in a long discussion Michael said to me, ‘You don’t need to call me for the next year, I’m disappearing.’

Speaking about the tough media black out she issued no apology for the little details about his condition. She said “I understand it needs o be reported and that people are interested. But I believe as a journalist you should also ask yourself what and how you report.”

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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