F1 » Richards: Prodrive F1 2011 bid would have 'risked livelihoods'


Prodrive chairman David Richards explains that he was not willing to 'risk everyone's livelihood...on one throw of the dice' by submitting another F1 entry bid for 2011, as the company now looks to focus on rallying and sportscars

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FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 11:54 AM

Richard's aint stupid. He's not going to be dictated to. He's in it for success and will want to do things his way. It's no surprise teams want the Merecedes engine and even Mercedes themselves are open to supplying it more widely

richard

June 21, 2010 12:28 PM
Last Edited 1582 days ago

freddy. merc have said,( originally via brawn and then via haug) that they dont want to supply any more teams. they are afraid of the increased competition to their own mid-field team!

further, i read that aston are losing money hand over fist, so i doubt that richards now has the money available to enter a team!

danny - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 1:02 PM


Richards is a business man he knows that from the 3 and next year 4 new teams plus sauber which we can consider as a new team there are 5 strugeling teams. One or 2 will be up for sale at liquidating prices. Then richards will be there

Rozza - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 2:02 PM

Gotta agree with Danny. The business case for entering looked a lot better a couple of years ago.

I would love to see a Prodrive F1 team, but there is no point risking it all at this point. The 'budget' F1 as was proposed will not arrive any day soon. Perhaps in a couple of years, costs may be brought down. Then, and only then, it will start to look attractive again. In the meantime, I can't imagine that all of the current new teams will be able to survive.

I hope something is done. I watched the MotoGP at the weekend. Only 16 racers. Looked pathetic. The racing was good, but it only takes one bad accident and half your grid will be taken out... not the spectacle the punters want to see.

107SS2009

June 21, 2010 5:18 PM

What Richard (the poster) said about Mercedes not willing to supply more teams are facts and very recent ones at that.
Richards (Dave) was only willing to enter F1 using other people's money and only some of his (maybe?)also without going to the trouble of making a single nut of the whole car,that's the way he makes business.

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