REPORTERS – 22/11/2015


Row has broken out between the engine manufacturers and the FIA over costs and whether three years

Bizarre budget engines – Wolff

Toto Wolf says the sports move toward ‘budget’ engines to run alongside the current V6 hybrids engines as “bizarre.” Off track the politics of their sport is becoming dominated by engine politics between the big four (Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren.)

The FIA and Berine Ecclestone pushing to introduce a alternative ‘cheap’ engine into the sport from 2017 and last week began the process to find would-be independent suppliers. The move followed a veto by Ferrari to cap the costs of engines.

Wolff has expressed his frustration that the goalposts could be moved so quickly again.

He told Sky Sports “What’s being transported by various people is maybe distorting what is really happening. Formula 1 was always the Drivers’ Championship, which is probably the most important bit of it, but it was also the engineering championship and the pinnacle of technology.”

He hinted that 2017 was too soon to change the regulations saying “once you’ve invented those rules, a couple of years later, you think they’re just not good enough anymore and you invent another one.”


It was a car built in 1950’s but next month a Ferrari raced by the great Juan Manuel Fangio could be the world ‘s most valube car  

£24 million for Fangio’s Ferrari

The Ferrari 290 MM which was raced by five times world champion Juan Manuel Fangio could be sold for £24 million. The car has been put up for sale buy it’s owners and could become the world most valuable car.

The 3.5 litre V12 engine developing 345bhp, the open-top race car could reach a top speed of around 180mph. Fangio raced it at the 1956 Mille Miglia, battling appalling weather to finish fourth in the gruelling 1,000-mile road race.

Only 290 car were built and has been described as  “truly a spectacular and super-rare car”. It was also driven by Phil Hill and Alfonso de Portago and was driven to victory in the 1957 Buenos Aires 1000 KM. the car is rare because it still has the original engine, gearbox, chassis and bodywork.

It has been called “undoubtedly one of the greatest, most original, and most valuable cars ever offered at public auction”. It will be sold at Sotheby’s in New York on December 10th.


Could America be about to lose its race as funds are cut by the government? Also with the bad weather affecting this years race what is the future for Austin

Austin facing uncertain future

The future of the United States Grand Prix could be undertreat after the Texas government dramatically cut the subsidy it pays to the Circuit of the Americas, which in effect covers F1’s sanction fee.

The government has a pledged a total of $250m over ten years with payments over the past three years being $25m but the government this year will pay $19.5 million. Already the grand prix was set to make losses following the disruption caused by Hurricane Patricia which later flooded the circuit.

Chairman Bobby Epsten told the American-Statesman. “To use a technical term, I think we’re screwed It hit us cold. No one could foresee this coming. But the big question now is, ‘Is the race coming back?’

Meanwhile, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone told the paper: “If it’s changed, it’s going to be difficult to continue the race in Austin.” The race was built around the subsidy which is made because of the income brought to the city.

Auditor John Keel Abbott’s staff have used a different formula and concluded that the event is worth around 20 per cent less to the state than previous figures suggested.


Sebastian Vettel would like a return to drivers having the flexibility to race in other series. Would it be good for drivers in his view

Return to old days

Sebastian Vettel says he would like to race in other series around Formula One but does say he wouldn’t take it lightly.

In the 1950’s, 1960’s it was common for F1 drivers to race in other series and races such as Le Mans, Indy Car and F1. The idea has returned after Nico Hulkenberg won the Le Mans 24 Hours at the first attempt for Porsche while racing in F1.

The German says he is excited by the prospect of racing in other categories but warned that drivers shouldn’t expect an easy ride because of their success at the pinnacle of motorsport. He told ESPN “Yeah I think there’s a lot of categories that look like a lot of fun.”

Adding “The only thing is I think you need to be careful because I think in the past just to make a good example with DTM I think ex-Formula One drivers thought ‘ah, that’s a nice way to keep paying the bills and have some fun around the track’ but then you had the young guns.”

Vettel has no plans frim plans to race outside F1 but warned drivers shouldn’t expect an easy ride because their at the pinnacle of motorsport.


It last held a grand Prix thirty years ago but could it be rebuilt and return to the calendar in 2020?

Return to Zandvoort

The Dutch circuit at Zandvoort which last held a Grand Prix in 1985 is interested in a return to the sport.

A local councillor told Fox Sport “It is a historic circuit, it would be so nice if we could get back on the calendar. I realize that it will cost tens of millions of Euros to bring back Formula One, but we should certainly explore the possibilities.”

The circuit however will requires modernisation and bringing up to modern F1 standard. The councillor Jerry Kramer says it will need new investment as it is currently unsafe for a race.

However in a newspaper he admitted the plan isn’t viable without state financial support. He said “Governments are not keen on financing Formula One in western Europe. I know every Formula One race makes a loss.”

Zandvoort director Erik Weijers added: “There is a lot of money involved, but this is a first step. Should it come to a concrete plan it will take some time, perhaps in 2019 or 2020.”


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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