F1 » Dennis welcomes Villeneuve bid – cautiously, at least

Former McLaren team principal Ron Dennis has given his support to Jacques Villeneuve's effort to join the grand prix grid with his own team in 2011 - but cautions the 1997 F1 World Champion that 'this is not a sport for the faint-of-heart'

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August 16, 2010 12:41 PM

Agreed however when I think about it I reckon that despite the fitness required to drive a F1 car.. you would need less so for the bottom teams. I reckon you put DeGrassi in a top flight car and it would nearly rip his head off! :?

Taz - Unregistered

August 16, 2010 3:14 PM


Who has £200 million to fling at a car that will trundle around the back of the grid most likely ? if they want to be anywhere near competitive they should already be designing the car....look at HRT...ok it was a great effort to get to the grid but it's the poorest F1 team in a long time, you couldn't even label them plucky, they are just woeful.


August 16, 2010 4:44 PM

It is interesting to read the sometimes contrasting/complementing and sometimes totally opposed views of people in the same business , suggested reading, LDM of Ferrari on the 4 new teams, Cosworth's Mark Gallagher on the 4 new teams, Dave Richards on the 4 new teams (pitpass 15/08/2010, and now RD of mclaren on here.

Alan D - Unregistered

August 16, 2010 5:53 PM

Taz: "if they want to be anywhere near competitive they should already be designing the car"

Agreed, but until the FIA decides who gets the place, no-one can raise the finances needed to start work. They haven't learnt anything from last year's exercise. They should have done the selection much earlier in the year and set milestones for the new team to achieve to show it would be ready to race come the start of the 2011 season, so that they would have enough time to instate the second choice if the first one isn't able to raise the money to get started.


August 16, 2010 6:42 PM

If the first one is unable to raise the money!!!.
Isn't the finances of the new teams being in place part of what the FIA is supposed to have to make sure that they are in place In the selection process?

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