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Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug speaks out against customer cars in F1

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JIM SIPOS - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 3:28 PM

If Mr. Haug wants to talk about F1's heritage maybe he should look back to the early days of the F1 Grand Prix championship when there were a lot of privateers.

no name - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 3:43 PM

Personally he also mentions the heritage of F1. Well why can't we also go back to the days then we had a wide variety of engines? I miss the days of the v12 and v10 not to mention the cars still sound great , but I get flashbacks of hearing , for example, Schumi's Ferrari screaming down a straightaway at 20000 RPM!! The older days of F1 are the ones that need to come back. Sadly they never will.

ZeR0 Kun

March 01, 2012 4:02 PM

the outlawing of customer cars can only make possible by reducing the cost to prepare and run the car, and they have to admit that many of the technology in F1 right now not only expensive but also have little relevance to the road car technology. things like carbon brakes, pneumatic valves, monocoque chassis, just to name a few.

to make it affordable, F1 needs to outlaw all this nonsense, exotic technologies. not only it make racing more affordable to privateers, but also to independent, small or medium-sized manufacturers who wants to use F1 as the testbed for their road car technology.

@ no name,
in parallel with my suggestion, i am also very supportive of your idea to re-open the engines to all configurations, limited only by capacity.

when that happen, f1 have returned to its true heritage - as the pioneer of technology for road cars.

richard

March 01, 2012 4:18 PM
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i can understand haug being against customer cars. after all, whou would want to buy a merc f1 car at present? or maybe he is worried that if someone else got one of their cars, then they might beat his drivers?

oh, and by the way, if he is referring to heritage, yes, merc once built and fielded their own cars and then pulled out of racing. then ignored it for 50 years, then bought an existing engine manufacturer, and an existing team, to "continue" heritage?
its as bad as the lotus debacle.

Mark _

March 01, 2012 8:06 PM

Richard are you actually for customer cars or are you just having a go at Merc and Haug?

Although not really a customer car RBR must have hated STR beating them and their drivers with the old car a few years back.

rob01

March 01, 2012 8:14 PM

There are only two true manufactures in F1 at this time. Ferrari and Merc. Customer cars are sure to make an F1 appearance in the near future. You can buy almost everything else off the shelf.

richard

March 01, 2012 8:36 PM

mark. i am having a bit of a dig at haug and merc! but as for customer cars? there are pros and cons for these. but i think that the cars are so technical now, that it would be difficult for a private team to run them. maybe a standardised tub could be provided, but rob wouldnt like that!

i would prefer to see the teams allowed to run a third car (non points scoring) but then again, these could be used as "spoilers".

maybe the fia should drop the requirement for a team to run two cars, so we could see smaller, less well financed teams able to compete.

107SS2009

March 01, 2012 9:16 PM

Richard, smaller teams can never compete, your post/response to Haug was spot on, I agree with Rob that third car or customer cars will be used in F1 in the near future, when that happens (customer cars/third car) RBR will no longer have the testing/development advantage it has.

Danny - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 2:36 AM

Haug is wrong it would be better if small teams could buy cars so they could compete at the top so it becomes more a sport of the drivers and young and upcoming drivers could show guys like schumi where he belong in the trofi closed.

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