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Norris in F1 demand as Ecclestone addresses Massa legal action - RacingNews365 Review

Check out the biggest stories from Tuesday 12th March with the RacingNews365 Review!

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Norris's demand

The physical demands placed by F1 cars on the body of the driver is well-known, but the current breed of cars have upped this.

The FIA stepped in during 2022 to tweak the rules with a technical directive after porpoising began to take its toll, but it has calmed in recent times.

But cars are still run with stiff suspension settings to help create peak downforce with Norris concerned that the increasing toll could mean drivers do not enjoy long careers.

READ MORE: Norris in F1 demand over cars

Ecclestone addresses Massa claim

Felipe Massa has filed a formal lawsuit against the FIA, FOM and Bernie Ecclestone over the events of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

That was the race where Nelson Piquet crashed on purpose, with a botched pit-stop under the Safety Car costing Massa a likely win as he lost the title to Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

In an interview last year, Ecclestone claimed that he was aware during 2008 that Piquet had crashed delibrately but chose not to act - with Massa's lawyers lodging their claim in the High Court of Justice in London.

Ecclestone has responded to the action - and believes Massa to be doing the right thing.


READ MORE: Ecclestone: Massa doing 'right thing' with crashgate lawsuit

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Wolff talks Ben Sulayem

The FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem is currently under investigation after claims of race interference at the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix by a whistleblower.

It is alleged that Ben Sulayem tried to intervene to get Fernando Alonso's 10-second penalty overturned, which it was after Aston Martin lodged an appeal at the time.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff wants transparency into the investigation.

READ MORE: Wolff puts pressure on FIA president probe

2025 calendar talks

Due to Ramadan starting on March 10th, and the need for at least one week between Grands Prix, the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix were held on a Saturday.

This meant the F1 format ran to the middle-eastern weekend of a Friday-Saturday, with the impact significant.

Bahrain GP CEO Sheikh Salman bin Isa al-Khalifa told RacingNews365 he would be seeking talks with F1 chief Stefano Domenicali about a potential shift - and now the head of the Saudi GP has indicated the same idea.

READ MORE: F1 facing calendar talks after double-header GP 'jackpot'


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