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Ferrari's influence on technical development ... [Oct. 13th, 2006|01:53 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

We are all well aware of allegations regarding a pro-Ferrari bias in the FIA's adjudication of technical legality for any revolutionary development in F1 technology, which arose once again following the mid-season Mass Damper fiasco ... This was far from the first instance of apparent bias (and I am sure that it will not be the last) however I am unable to produce a definitive list of examples.

One classic example dates back to 1998, when McLaren developed a lateral-biasing rear brake system that could be used to stabilise the car's understeer during cornering. Ferrari led the calls for this system to be banned and the FIA subsequently judged the system to be a 4 wheel steering mechanism that contravened the technical regulations.

A more ambiguous example would date back to 1993, when active suspension systems were reaching their peak in F1. Ferrari were lagging behind in the development of their system and their cars were suffering from evil handling, causing them to revert to a passive suspension system for several races. Ferrari once again were at the forefront of the calls to have active suspension banned, joining forces with many smaller teams to advocate the ban on the grounds of development cost (despite having the largest budget in F1 at the time). It was then reported that Ferrari then used their considerable influence to circumvent a proposal put forwards by the smaller teams for the introduction of a standardised system, leaving a reversion to traditional sprung damper based systems as the only viable option.

I am certain that there are many more examples of such tactics being employed, however my memory currently fails me ... which is where you all come in ;)

Any thoughts?
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Did the FIA act unfairly in order to promote Ferrari? [Oct. 11th, 2006|11:59 am]
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Today's conspiracy then. Mid season Renault were running away with it. Then suddenly they ran into a load of penalties etc. By contrast, one might question why Ferrari have not been penalised for some of their actions / technologies.

Was the FIA up to anything not entirely straightforward?

Hell yeah! Clandestine meetings and used bank notes, the whole shebang!
Yes, they are the Ferrari-IA after all and are just personally biased.
Yes, they did it because Ferrari is a more marketable brand than Renault and F1 is a business.
Yes, but they did it for the good of the sport, it would have been boring if they hadn't.
No, they were being fair, Renault were cheating, Ferrari weren't.
Something else (explain with comment)
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Alonso's comments in China... [Oct. 10th, 2006|07:23 am]
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[mood |artistic]

Poll #841300 Alonso's Comments in China...

Did the Media take Alonso's Comments out of Context?

Yes Absolutely, Everyone jumped at the opportunity to make Alonso look bad!
Yes kindof, I dont buy Alonso saying such stuff with 2 races to go
Not sure, He could have meant what he said but I did not hear him say it!
No, Cant blame the media for what some people say.
No Surely, Thats exactly what Alonso meant, he has no team spirit.
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First Post!!! [Oct. 9th, 2006|05:46 pm]
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Poll #840663 Smashey Smashey!!!

Who do you think is most likely to take Alonso out of the Brazillian Grand Prix???

Michael Schumacher
Filipe Massa
Kimi Raikkonen
One of the Red Bull Ferraris
One of the Spykers (Ferrari powered for 2007)
Other (leave comment)
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