Articles tagged John Howett

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Nigel Roebuck

Reflections – Why F1’s ‘regime’ feels threatened by FOTA – Ron chooses his moment for team handover – The night The Beatles stayed at Indianapolis "How come,” goes the old joke, “that there’s only one Monopolies Commission?” In the same vein, one idly wonders why, in this era of necessarily obsessive cost-cutting in Formula 1, the actual cost of a Grand Prix – the price charged to race promoters...

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2009 Formula 1 preview

Sir Jackie Stewart – who was spot-on with his predictions for 2008 – once again shares his thoughts on the season ahead with Motor Sport, and explains why he thinks that Lewis Hamilton could be the next Jim Clark By Nigel Roebuck The jury’s still out on Kovalainen, isn’t it?” mused Jackie Stewart. “I expected more from him last year, but we have to remember he was in an unusual situation, in that...

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Nigel Roebuck

Reflections– Hello Abu Dhabi, goodbye Donington…– Bridgestone will be missed more than Toyota– What kind of president will Jean Todt make?– How Peter Ustinov created a comedy classic The Grand Prix season ended in Abu Dhabi, where the facilities – of an opulence never before seen – included the provision of air conditioning in the pits, for which the mechanics, so often overlooked, were suitably...

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F1 peace deal averts split

Grand Prix racing has narrolwy avoided a damaging break-up thanks to a deal that appears to have secured the future of Formula 1, in the wake of serious threats to form a rebel series for next year. As part of the deal, FIA president Max Mosley has promised not to stand for re-election when his term comes to an end in November this year. The deal was brokered at a meeting of the FIA’s World Motor...

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Nigel Roebuck

Reflections – Back from the brink of a breakaway series – Prost’s self-sacrifice for the good of McLaren When Max Mosley came to Suzuka in 1991, he was newly installed as the president of FISA, then the motor sport arm of the FIA. In short order, of course, he was to do away with FISA, and become president of the FIA proper, but in those early days his focus was on the sport alone. In Japan he...

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Grandees line up for forum

Big names will appear at the 2007 Motor Sport Business Forum on December 5/6 at the Grimaldi Conference and Exhibition Centre in Monaco. Speakers include Max Mosley, BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen, Honda Racing CEO Nick Fry, WilliamsF1 Head of Marketing Scott Garrett, Toyota Motor Sport President John Howett and RBS ambassador Sir Jackie Stewart. For further information see www....

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Spy stories

Espionage is big news in F1 right now, but it’s also old news. Ideas, designs, even complete cars, have been ‘borrowed’ since racing began By Adam Cooper Grand prix racing has been rocked in recent weeks by the dramatic controversy surrounding former Ferrari man Nigel Stepney and McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan. The full story has yet to emerge, but the fact Coughlan had some 780 pages of...

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Nigel Roebuck

Reflections – Ferrari’s starring role in FIA/FOTA rules row – Did Jean Todt help to keep Mosley in power? – The Old Man knew how to get his way in F1… – Recalling Silverstone’s earliest Grands Prix Wasn’t that refreshing?” a colleague said as the post-race press conference in Barcelona concluded. “Three good blokes, no affectation, no PR bullshit…” Everyone agreed. It hadn’t been the greatest...

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The teams’ view on costs

John Howett (Toyota): “We have saved huge costs through FOTA’s activities. We’ve saved 35-40 per cent already, and I believe the show is as good as it’s ever been. It’s not only about costs, it’s about maintaining the value and reason for F1, and as a big corporation you need to have the right reason to be associated with the sport. We need to be sure and secure that this is the right environment...

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