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GP Week : Issue 36
>>F1 INSIGHT in the sport. Of course, finances were starting to be brought into context and change was desperately needed, but the suggestions of standard engines in Formula 1 drew consternation. At the same time, Mosley and the FIA pushed forward with the development of KERS, which had already given one BMW mechanic an electric shock and caused the Red Bull factory to be evacuated. For once, the Formula 1 teams recognised that if the sport was to continue in a sensible fashion, they needed to stand together. FOTA was established, and for the first time, Ferrari joined their fellow teams rather than siding with the FIA. While not taking a combative stance, that the teams stand united is, in itself, an incredible turnaround and sends a clear message to the FIA that its decisions are starting to prove unpopular. The role of the FIA stewards was also a hot topic of discussion, as inconsistency in rulings led to outcry and calls of favouritism. Lewis Hamilton’s lost win in Belgium drew the largest intake of breath, but there were bizarre calls from the stewards as far back as Malaysia. Each time a new addition to the regulations would have to be made in order to retro- actively support their decisions. All in all, it left a bitter taste, and the feeling that the powers that preside over the sport had started to lose touch and/ Class of their own: Hamilton and Massa, above, were the last two drivers left fighting for the World Championship – and what a fight it was! BMW was a surprise threat to both crowns, the German make’s season highlight a 1-2 finish in Canada, led by star driver Robert Kubica, left. 34