Not that anyone of the FOTA or FIA players read this blog, but it appears that positive things have been taking place since my last entry.
First is that FOTA will not be creating their own series and have reached some level of agreement with FIA. Max Mosely is stepping down and the hope is whoever takes his place will not be aligned with any of the teams, current or past.
The 2009 rules will remain in place through 2012 for all of the teams. This ensures very much needed stability and predictability for team owners.
Martin Whitmarsh of team McLaren, spoke to the need of the teams and F1 to listen to the needs of the fans. I certainly hope this message remains and is acted upon. I don’t think that FIA or many of the teams have paid enough attention to the fans and how the championship was evolving into something that was ignoring the needs and expectations of the fan.
FOTA invested in fan surveys in order to bring constructive and meaningful suggestions to the FIA table. While I am not privy to the details, it has to be a step in the right direction.
Just when it looked like WRC was tossing out turbo charged engines they woke up and have now declared that 1600cc four cylinder engines with turbo will be part of the 2011 rules for the “new” WRC. You can also expect to see more aerodynamics and electronics used in the drive trains. It looks like Loeb might stick around after all.