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FORMULA 1 is one of the wealthiest sports on the planet. Its sophisticated racing machines may borne increasingly little to the family car, but they glamour to a company’s name, and their technology filtered to the domestic market, so there was a nebulous economic justification to all the expenditure.

But precisely because of its at the glamorous end of the market, Formula One is one of the to have been hardest hit by the downturn. There are two related for this, which can be called the and the image.

The reality is that a car on the track for the duration of a world prohibitively expensive to all but the richest at the best of times, is now something an even smaller number of can manage. That’s the simple of the matter. But these days, conspicuous consumption is frowned on, those companies which can to compete in F1 also have to about their image.

their involvement lead to portrayal as despoilers of the planet who happily burn up the last of petrol in search of selfish Or could they plausibly that they are participants in a which is increasingly aware of the for a greener automotive industry?

The men who run F1 are well aware of those which their potential are facing. They have offered some answers, in the of rule changes for the coming and they plan to offer in the years to come. Max Mosley, the of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile the governing body of F1), had for some time that had to come down, but found talking to a deaf audience the worldwide downturn persuaded owners and sponsors to listen.

In agreement was reached on a number of to the rules which are expected to budgetary savings of 30 per cent or Beginning with the first of the new championship, the Australian Grand at the end of March, those rules include:

* Restrictions on testing the season.

* A limit on the number of each car is allowed to use over the of a campaign.

*The introduction of the Energy Recovery System a more economic technology.

The cannot come too soon for but, for others, they are too late. Last week, for the BMW Sauber team confirmed the banking giant Credit one of its major sponsors, had opted not to its deal.

Similarly, Martini is no longer with Ferrari. Baugur, the retailer, no longer sponsors And ING, the Dutch bank, not renew its deal with when it runs out later year. But, with the season just a few weeks the greatest uncertainty surrounds the team.

The future of the Japanese-owned is up in the air at present, but yesterday Bernie the rights holder for Formula 1, the company of spurning a buy-out from him.

They have taken what I he said. It was a very good for everybody concerned. It gave complete protection, but they to do things on their own.

whose offer was worth a 100million, added that now had three options: allow a buy-out, sell to Richard Virgin Group, or disband.

It to be seen how serious Branson is becoming involved. At the weekend he his investment would depend on the becoming greener and cheaper.

Formula One should be championing cleaner technology, and if we were to get we want to be sure that we run our cars in a very short of time on clean fuels, would set an example to normal on the road, Branson said. I they need to organise One so that the teams can actually money instead of losing a lot of especially the smaller teams.

I F1. One day, you never know, we see a Virgin car on the circuit.

While F1 about its future, other have similar worries – and come up with similar This year’s MotoGP Championship, for example, will see the of several rule changes were only agreed week. They include:

*An end to morning practice sessions.

*A in the length of all remaining practice

*A limit to the number of engines can be used in the second half of the

The important reduction in the amount of sessions and the reduction in length of sessions will significantly costs, as will the banning of launch control systems and the in the amount of engines that can be later in the year, said Ippolito, the president of the Federation de Motocyclisme. These are the final relating to this year and we they will help They are the first steps.

We will meet again to further reducing costs in


The percentage of an F1 team’s that actually goes to the two The test team are allotted the amount, and the race team get a more. The biggest item of by far is the engine, which accounts for 50 per


The minimum percentage of cars’ fuel which be made up of oxygenates derived biological sources. F1 is keen to up on its green credentials.

The maximum of engines each car will be to use over the course of the 2009 championship. An additional four can be used for testing. Any additional use will be penalised with a penalty at the Grand Prix the infraction occurs.

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The number of in the 2009 calendar, which with the Australian Grand at Albert Park, Melbourne, on 29

The average temperature, in degrees of a cockpit during a Grand

Current age of legendary commentator Walker. The veteran will be in the BBC’s coverage of F1 this but on their website rather as part of the live commentary


The maximum number of each team is allowed to out in testing this year. In to that significant cut, no is allowed during the season, is defined as from a week the first Grand Prix to 31 To give an indication of how quickly can rack up those kilometres, BMW two drivers, Nick Heidfeld and Christian Klien, managed 2,300 between them four days in Bahrain week.


The new rev limit for season, cut from 19,000 in The change is designed to boost reliability, and comes into for this year’s world along with the rule restricts the number of engines car can use over the season.


The number of kilometres each was allowed to carry out in testing in

40 million

The amount, in pounds, the BBC is per annum for securing the rights to the Formula One world championship this year to 2013. which had broadcast F1 from in a deal worth 30m, its right to walk away the deal last March.

291 million

The annual budget, in which Honda claims to allotted to its F1 team. The Japanese has said it is quitting the sport, but are ongoing to keep the Honda involved.

2.9 billion

Total in US dollars, of Formula One teams in 2007. Toyota led the way with then came Ferrari $406.5m, McLaren $402m, $380.5m, BMW Sauber $355m, $324m, Red Bull $252m, $195.5m, Midland F1/Spyker-MF1 Toro Rosso $75m, and Aguri $57m.

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