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GP Week : Issue 44
Short Straights Movie to n Ferrari is due to launch its B Spec F60 at the Spanish Grand Prix after suffering a dismal start to the season in which it has only three points to show after the first four fly-aways. Ferrari tested its new car at Vairano, Italy, last week and is understood to be happy with the step forward. n Bernie Ecclestone has insisted that twilight races are here to stay after viewing what were very promising television figures for the opening two rounds of the 2009 championship. n As predicted by GPWeek, Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that BrawnGP will not qualify for outstanding revenue owed to the defunct Honda Racing F1 Team, as BrawnGP is considered a new entry. n Adam Carroll wrapped up the A1GP championship for Team Ireland at Brands Hatch over the weekend taking two pole positions and both race wins. Read his thoughts in this week’s ‘Five minutes with …’ 2010 Budget cap details confirmed THE FIA WMSC has released details of the 2010 Budget Cap following its meeting in Paris on April 29th. From 2010, all teams will have the option to compete with cars built and operated within a budget cap of £40 million per annum. The figure will cover all team expenditure except marketing and hospitality, driver salaries, fines and penalties, engine costs (2010 only), dividends and any expenditure which the team can prove has had no influence on race performance. The 2010 grid will increase to a potential 26 cars, meaning that three new teams may yet be on the grid next season. All applications for teams hoping to be on the 2010 grid must be submitted to the FIA during the period 22-29 May 2009, with the teams making clear reference to whether they wish to compete under the cost-cap. New teams will also qualify for the payment of participation fees and expenses to be paid by Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Management. This will take the form of a $10 million payment, plus transportation costs of two chassis and 10,000kg of freight and 20 air tickets to every race held outside Europe. Teams which agree to the budget cap will be allowed greater technological freedom, principally in the areas of having movable front and rear wings, a non rev-limited engine, more powerful KERS units and unlimited out-of- season track testing coupled with zero restriction on scale and speed of wind tunnel testing. A Cost Commission will be established to keep an eye on all cost-capped teams’expenditure. Rule changes which affect all teams include the banning of refuelling in races, and the removal of tyre blanket usage in Formula 1. Minimum car weight will also be increased from 605kg to 620kg so as not to disadvantage heavier drivers from using KERS.