Formula One officials considering suggestions to improve safety measures for drivers

Formula One has always been a sport which is widely associated with risk. Each of the teams tries to outdo each other as their drivers fight it out on the race track. But one cannot deny the fact that a lot of risk is involved in the process. A number of safety measures were taken by the FIA after the sad demise of Ayrton Senna on the track in 1994. It was one of the worst days in the history of Formula One as the Williams driver met with a fatal accident. There has not been any such death on the track since then but accidents have not been uncommon either. The latest in this regard that has fuelled a lot of debate about the safety of the sport is the crash of Jules Bianchi. The Marussia driver crashed against a safety car in the Japanese Grand Prix. With the typhoon setting in Japan it was a difficult condition anyway for the drivers to tackle.
Charlie Whiting who is the director of the Grand Prix races will look into the matter. Investigations will be carried out regarding the cause of the crash. Each of the drivers seemed very upset about the accident as they showed their concern for their fellow competitor who is presently fighting for his life in the hospital. The drivers have been vocal about their safety although they have also agreed that each of them have taken to the sport knowing the huge risk involved with it. A number of suggestions are being concerned involving the cars designed with a cockpit so that major head injuries might be avoided. There has also been a plea not to let any heavy recovery vehicle enter the track during the course of a race in order to remove a car.

Alonso rumoured to be on his way out of Ferrari

Fernando Alonso is rumored to leave Ferrari after the end of this season. He has been this centre of attraction in Formula One this week and has been linked to four different teams in less than five days. Amid all those rumours it has still not been clear for whom he will drive for next season.
According to media reports Alonso and Sebastian Vettel could be seen in a seat-swap next season. The former World Champion was very annoyed when he was asked about his future next season. In an interview with a media outlet the Spaniard said that he thinks has been commenting about his future for 13months now and there is nothing new to say. He also added that sometimes Italy creates these strange rumours, which are not helping both Ferrari and him to achieve success.
It has also been rumoured that Honda is willing to buy-out Fernando Alonso’s contract with Ferrari. Honda is eager to pay €30 million for securing the services of the Spaniard at their partners McLaren from 2015.
Alonso is one of the oldest active drivers and he wants to win another driving title or two before he retires. Alsono has ability to take the car by the scruff of the neck and force it to the front of the field regardless of his starting position but in all these five years he has not been given a fully competitive car by Ferrari. Alonso’s car this year has been up to 2 seconds a lap slower than the title leading Mercedes Benz racers.
Fernando Alonso has been the hot topic discussion in the F1 circuits and the most solid rumours at the moment seems to be pointing towards him joining Red Bull. But it is still not for whom will he end up driving next season and McLaren with Honda as their partners may be the dark horse.

NASCAR announces new safety rules

As it continues in its efforts to ensure the safety of the drivers, the NASCAR has now announced new regulations regarding the on track protocol following a string of crashes and incidents similar to it.
The officials have released a statement on the website and the majority of the new rules relate to the safety of the drivers and what they are supposed to do during caution.
The drivers across all the levels of the sport have been told that they cannot disconnect any of the safety equipment until and unless they are directed to do so by an official. Following that, the driver must then proceed an emergency vehicle that will be stationed and he also cannot go to the track or approach another car once the car is stationed.
As per the press release, the Vice President of Competition and Racing Development of NASCAR Robin Pemberton, the new rules will only go forward in making the sport better and safer for the drivers and the fans.
He went on to add that the sport has reviewed situations and analysed them throughout its history as well as the occurrences that take place outside the sport too. It is believed that Pemberton was referring to the recent incident between twenty year old Kevin Ward Jr. and Tony Stewart in a recent sprint race.
Pemberton makes mention of the fact that these rules have always been in place but in an unwritten form. The reasoning behind making it official was to ensure that protocol is followed during the races and drivers can be punished for not following them if any untoward incident happened during the NASCAR event, on the line of the tragic death of the young rising star Kevin Ward Jr. just last weekend in the United States of America.

Aim for Sauber for Marussia

With the progress of Formula 1the team of F1 Marussia is moving ahead and away after the positive strides. Two weeks before at Silverstone, the qualifying session for the team was its best. Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi also progressed with comfort into round two and finally qualifying for the twelfth and the thirteenth.

Though the competition was not as strong in the Constructors Championship the position of being ninth was maintained. They were ahead of Caterham and Sauber and are looking forward to the Grand Prix of the German. The season of 2014 is going to be positive as they hope. Bianchi has won in the track in the category of the juniors. At the F1 circuit it is going to be his first time. Bianchi wants to prove that they are equal to Sauber.

John Booth the team principal of Marussia hopes of being close to Sauber as they had a confident test at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix. So a strong Grand Prix of the German is what is expected. The Anglo-Russian team received its best result of the qualifying round in Formula 1 with Marussia celebrating. Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi got through the Q2 with comfort. Bianchi was 12th along with Chilton. Lot of big names were seen at Silverstone. Bottas, Alonso, Massa, Raikkonen were all eliminated in the round of Q1 itself.

While Marussia is overwhelmed with the response and performance which they are undergoing Bianchi was in the ninth place after scoring the first ever points for his team. Chilton is hoping to get a view to witness two Ferraris in their mirrors of rear view of the grid. At the home of grand prix for Chilton will be aiming to move ahead of Raikkonen and Alonso.

Sir Branson Launches Britain’s Latest F1 Team

Sir Richard Branson has launched his recent business enterprise, the newest F1 team of Britain which is called Virgin Racing. The adventurous businessman has revealed that he wanted to bring a noted woman F1 driver during the launch of his team but had to cancel the idea as he had not found anyone good enough. There has been a steady rumour that Branson will buy an F1 team for Britain soon, but the idea got confirmed when the 59 year old industrialist unveiled the team recently at a function. Branson has said that his team will also place some good women drivers. “We would love to have some women drivers in the team, we have serious look out around the world,” Branson said during the launch of Virgin Racing.

“F1 is an exhausting physical sport and that is why there are hardly any female drivers in the circuit. But we will look for some,” Branson added.

When asked about the prospects of women drivers in Virgin Racing team, the CEO of the firm Alex Tai said, “Danica Patrick of IdyCars is a good driver. But the platform of F1 racing is entirely a different discipline.” But the criticisers of Branson has said that the F1 team will not give much profit to him as after phone, space travel, music industry, airlines, now the 59 year old businessman has ventured into speed world. Branson has said that he will provide the latest technology and skilled professionals in his team. Dinngton, south Yorkshire, these places have been chosen for the base of Virgin Racing team. At the end of 2011, the virgin racing team has been renamed as Marussia F1 team as the company signed a pact with Russian car manufacturer Marussia. Timo Glock is one of the best F1 drivers of the Virgin Racing.