Here at FFN we had always thought the phrase ‘silly season’ was actually made in relation to the annual merry-go-round of rumours concerning the drivers market and whom would drive for which team in the following F1 season.

However, we have come to the startling realisation that perhaps it would be much more fitting to describe the annual and somewhat baffling/ludicrous rule and regulation changes imposed on the sport by the governing body, the FIA.

fia.jpgThis week the FIA has confirmed that the cost of Super Licenses for the 2008 season will increase significantly. Just in case anyone is unaware what one is, it’s an exorbitantly priced official scrap of paper granted from the FIA to a driver to allow him to compete in the sport.

According to some, the Super License is a method by which the governing body can regulate the quality of drivers taking part in the Formula 1 Championship, with those deemed not to meet the ‘standard’ being refused entry into the ‘Pinnacle of Motorsport’. Suffice to say this hasn’t stopped some truly atrocious driving by some in the past.

What is particularly baffling about the price increase, is that the initial cost of the Super License is going up to 10,000 Euros, with an additional 2,000 Euro increase for every point said F1 driver scored in the previous years championship. Apparently the huge price increase is going to be used by the governing body to improve safety in the sport (and not salmon sandwiches honestly).

Now, perhaps I’m not grasping the fundamentals of the subject. But surely the person with the most points in a championship year generally is the person who has crashed or written his car off the least amount of times, and hence has gone on to get his hands on all the shiny pots.

We are therefore at a loss to understand why the most successful driver should be made to pay more than everyone else does. Especially in comparison with a few back-markers that spend every available minute known to man parking their cars into crash barriers and getting their monies worth out of the race stewards on a Sunday afternoon.

As a result it would seem current WDC Kimi Raikkonen will be paying the most for his Super License for 2008, reportedly the Finn will be paying 230,000 Euros for his two minor infractions into the barriers in Monaco and Monza during 2007. Of course such a princely sum could have been understandable if the Kimster had single handedly demolished the Casino in Monte Carlo while he was at it.

crane-assistance-for-a-small-price.jpgMeanwhile second placed man in 2007, Lewis Hamilton will be paying 2,000 Euros less than Kimster, which doesn’t really seem all that fair considering the few thousand tonnes of gravel and crane hire involved during his championship campaign, which apparently doesn’t come cheap. (and before all of Lewis’s fans start turning up at my abode with burning torches – I am pulling your leg).

In other News, FIA President Max Mosley is reportedly annoyed with Toyota’s Jarno Trulli. No, it isn’t because the Italian forgot to post a few bottles of his vintage wine in the direction of the governing body, but because of some comments Jarno has been making of late in the media.

You may remember last week Jarno was throwing accusations about left, right and centre suggesting that other F1 teams were illegally employing methods in their cars to enable the vehicles to perform some sort of Launch Control outside of the Standard ECU.

jarno-looks-for-the-launch-control.jpgA few days ago in London, Max Mosley stepped into the debate. Max apparently suggested that some people do indeed have a rather vivid imagination, and should stop eating cheese before they go to bed (or something along those lines), otherwise its hardly surprising they are seeing things that are not really there. On this occasion, it would seem Max has run out of nicknames to call people, so we have written to the FIA offering our services for a small sum (and a round of those sandwiches).

I digress. According to Max, firstly it would be impossible for teams to circumvent the ECU and secondly if reports are to be believed the FIA are installing spies in all the F1 car cockpits to keep an eye on what the teams are doing. Which is a little surprising considering the amount of meetings called last year in an attempt to stamp out the unsavoury practice in the first place. Perhaps the FIA motto is if you can’t beat them, join them.

Anyway, according to El Presidento Jarno’s fears are somewhat unfounded. No doubt though, it’s going to be a tight squeeze inside the 2008 cars if the drivers are going to be perching on the knee of a seasoned espionage professional throughout the race weekend.

Stay tuned for more fakeferrarinews coming soon….

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