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06/29/09
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Latest F1 news in brief  
  • Mosley claims 'pressure' to stay FIA president
  • Ferrari-Le Mans foray now 'impossible'
  • Ferrari to focus on 2010 car 'soon'
  • Refueling still to be banned in 2010
  • Cosworth engine no advantage in 2010 - head
  • Kubica eating through engine allocation

Mosley claims 'pressure' to stay FIA president
(GMM)  Max Mosley insists he is not only personally aggrieved, but that he is also "under pressure" to retain his role at the top of F1's governing body the FIA.

After committing only last Wednesday to stepping down, however, it is an unhappy prospect for the rebel FOTA teams, but the 69-year-old Briton has no sympathy following their reaction to the Paris peace deal.

"It's no good the teams getting a PR agency to claim I am dead and buried when I am standing here as large as life," he said in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Mosley said the teams' reaction is a threat to the authority of the federation and claims he is therefore "under pressure now from all over the world to stand for re-election".

He said the media briefings given by FOTA after the deal contained "complete lies".

"That was obviously very annoying and not just for me.  It has given the impression to the member clubs of the FIA that the car industry had dictated who the president could be and what the president should do.  That caused uproar," Mosley explained.

He denies the events after Wednesday have simply given him an excuse to prolong his controversial FIA reign.

"I do genuinely want to stop," Mosley insisted.  "But if there is going to be a big conflict with the car industry ... I will do whatever I have to do.  It's not in my nature to walk away from a fight," he insisted.

Interestingly, Mosley also revealed that the peace deal was only going to be set in stone if FOTA "could strike an agreement with the Williams and Force India teams ... and the three new teams".

Ferrari-Le Mans foray now 'impossible'
(GMM)  Luca di Montezemolo has now stepped away from hinting that Ferrari could field a works prototype in next year's famous 24 hours Le Mans race.

At the height of the FOTA teams' power struggle with the FIA, the Ferrari president officially started June's fabled Le Mans event and hinted that sports car racing is a real alternative to formula one for the Italian marque.

But with the battle now receding, Montezemolo has explained that Le Mans would be a difficult project to spearhead alongside Ferrari's ongoing F1 foray.

"To race at Le Mans you have to concentrate for many, many months to prepare, to test and develop a car, and I think this today is quite impossible to do at the same time as racing at the maximum level in F1," he said.

Ferrari to focus on 2010 car 'soon'
(GMM)  Ferrari will "soon" forgo developing its current formula one car in favor of preparing for next year's world championship tilt.

The defending 2008 constructors' champions are now nearly 80 points behind in this season's teams' battle, while the highest placed Ferrari driver is Felipe Massa, who has 16 points compared with Jenson Button's 64.

"I am confident that we can improve our performance into the next race," president Luca di Montezemolo is quoted as saying by Germany's RTL.

"But it is going to be difficult if not impossible to dramatically change the car within this season without any tests," he said.

The Italian believes this year's campaign was tainted not by Ferrari engineers building a bad car, but largely because of the rules.

He said he is happy that, in 2010, there will be "stable, clear and transparent" regulations.

"Soon we will concentrate fully on next year's car," Montezemolo explained, confirming that the F60's successor will not feature a KERS system.

Refueling still to be banned in 2010
(GMM)  Although this year's rules are to now remain essentially in place in 2010, the proposed ban on in-race refueling will still be introduced.

As peace between FOTA and the FIA was declared last Wednesday, the World Motor Sport Council agreed that "the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations".

But as teams had already begun the foundations of their 2010 cars based on the impending refueling ban, that rule will be introduced as scheduled, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh told Holland's Formule 1 Race Report.

"I am certain that the refueling ban is coming in," the Briton said.  "We all agreed that at an early stage, because it is fundamental to the design of the car."

Whitmarsh admitted that McLaren is one such team that has now finalized the basic concept of the 2010 car on the basis of a much larger fuel tank.

He also said some other elements of the 2010 technical regulations are still yet to be finalized.

Cosworth engine no advantage in 2010 - Head
(GMM)  It is not true that small teams equipped with Cosworth engines next year will enjoy an unfair technical advantage.

That is the insistence of Williams' Patrick Head, amid a recent controversy between FOTA teams and the FIA about formula one's mandatory 18,000rpm rev limit.

The FIA is proposing that, with Cosworth returning to F1 in 2010 as a supplier of cut-price engines to independent teams, the British engine maker be allowed to run with unlimited revs.

Cosworth last raced in F1 with Williams in 2006, when its 2.4 liter V8 on occasion surpassed the 20,000rpm barrier.

But while a 2,000rpm bonus might seem like a huge advantage for new entrants US F1, Campos and Manor next year, Head insists other drawbacks of the Cosworth will more than offset the benefit.

The Briton insists F1's FOTA teams should have "no fear" of the four-year-old Cosworth, while FIA president Max Mosley worries that with a rev-limit, the engine will be sorely off the pace.

"The (2006) Cosworth engine uses clearly more fuel than the current engines," Head is quoted as saying by Auto Motor und Sport.  "The cars will have to carry 15 kilograms more (fuel) for a race distance.

"That means half a second on the lap time and higher tire wear," he added.

Kubica eating through engine allocation
(GMM)  The 2009 season is not quite at its mid point, but BMW's Robert Kubica is already more than half-way through his allocation of eight engines.

The Pole had an engine failure during Friday practice at Silverstone recently, but what was less well known is that the V8 unit's fresh replacement also had to be changed the following day.

Subsequent checks in Munich ultimately gave the second engine the all-clear when the only problem found was a faulty sensor, but Kubica is already using his fifth engine, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports.

On his ninth engine, he will have to take a ten-place grid penalty, and the same penalty applies for any subsequent engine changes.

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The magazine also reports that Nelson Piquet is desperate to race a new Renault chassis at next weekend's German grand prix.

Since the January tests the Brazilian has sat at the wheel of chassis number 1, and after Silverstone he suspected that his car was inherently slower than his teammate Fernando Alonso's.

"Last year (at Silverstone) there was basically nothing between us," said Piquet, albeit acknowledging Alonso's special talent through the Beckett's section.

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