F1 News: Silverstone Sold Out (Sort Of), Hamilton & Hamilton Part Ways to Get Closer, USF1 Anger Continues

What Happens When the News Comes Too Fast For Daily Reports

12:25am EST — With nearly a week since the last F1 News daily report here at On Any Sunday, These Days (certainly scroll down for more news, such as the FIA 2010 entry list, WSBK pictures from Philip Island, and nearly infinite amounts of USF1 death watch information), there is quite a bit of news to catch up on: Silverstone has sort of sold out the British GP, Lewis and Anthony Hamilton have parted business ways to get on better as a father and son, and the internal dissension becomes external at USF1.

General Admission Race Day Tickets Sold Out for British GP:
According to ITV, general admission tickets for the Sunday race day of the British GP have sold out, just over four months before the race date of July 11.  Also, “the Abbey, Copse C and Copse D grandstands already having reached sell-out point.”  Apparently, “fans are still able to snap up three-day grandstand passes and individual day tickets for Friday and Saturday’s action.”  While the headline of “tickets sold out for Silverstone” sounds lovely, the reality is that there are still many areas that aren’t yet sold out.  Still, with ticket sales up, the circuit should do better financially with this season’s race than it has in the past.

Hamilton and Hamilton Split, but Only For Business:
After Anthony Hamilton received dispensation from Bernie Ecclestone and the FOM to use the “Formula One” phrase in the name of his young driver academy on Tuesday (as Autosport then reported), Hamilton parted ways with his famous and world championship winning son, but only on a business level.  “We’ve been discussing it for a while and it’s only just come out now that we are going to be making some changes…He’s building his sports management business, it’s growing really fast right now.  I feel he should focus his full attention on that,” said young Hamilton, according to a Reuters article.   In an ITV article on the same subject, Lewis is quoted as saying, “I think we’re now at the point where we are looking to take that step – and I think it is a positive step. I’m 25. I am my own man now, I’ve been in F1 for quite a while now and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my dad. He’s done a fantastic job. But he’s done that job.”  He even mentions something that sounds both quite logical and seems an interesting charge from a boy who has neve known such things from his relationship with his father, “What I am really excited about now is having my dad just as my dad. I want to have a manager, who can take care of all the stresses and do all the other stuff, and then I want to do dad things with my dad. I want to go for a beer with my dad. I want to go bowling with my dad. I want to go on holiday with my dad.”

USF1 Dissension Continues as McGough Blasts Anderson as the Failure’s Culprit:
After the demise of the USF1 team’s hopes and dreams for 2010, the nitpicking and internal fights have begun playing out in the international arena that is Formula1.  Felipe McGough, manager of former team driver Jose Maria Lopez, is secondhand quoted in an Autosport article (the original Argentinian article has proved nearly impossible to find) as saying to Argentina FOX Sports,

The main culprit of all this is Ken Anderson.  These people fooled the FIA, FOTA and all the teams, FOM, all the employees they hired, ‘Pechito’ Lopez, and Milos Pavlovic, the other driver they had signed to be in the project.  It’s not that they fooled us only. The situation of US F1 in Europe is some sort of scandal amongst teams because it makes F1 looks very bad. Argentina is just a small part of the problem, but it’s a very, very big for Formula 1.  We signed the deal just 48 hours after the FIA sent an inspector to Charlotte and confirmed that the project was fully underway.

While no one is likely to ever find out exactly who is at fault, and there will be enough blame to spread around, there is certainly a sense of anger from those who had hoped the team would do well, and particularly from those involved within the team, only to find that there would be no racing for them in 2010.  After listening to the various internal (soon to be external) diatribes, it might just be possible to work out what happened and how, though we will likely never hear the complete story.  It does make one wonder, though, how long will it take for USF1 to turn into the sort of  question that will win you the game on trivia night.


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