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Bernie Ecclestone suggests customer cars could help backmarkers and new teams to F1

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March 07, 2012 10:19 AM

Forgive me if I state the blatantly obvous here but....

Bernie suggesting new teams could initially run customer spec cars?

Is this not exactly what Prodrive & 2 other teams who were refused a grid place in favour of HRT etc wanted to do?

Barry Hickson - Unregistered

March 07, 2012 10:21 AM

Well Bernie is talking through his rear end again as last years cars are no longer legal due to the ban on exhaust blown defusers & when the new regs for smaller engined Turbo cars come in the current (2012) designs will also be obsolete! Sheesh does he ever think!


March 07, 2012 10:38 AM

a couple of months ago, we were all suggesting that customer cars be allowed, and one car teams. now when bernie, who has obviously studied our comments, now mentions it, it has suddenly become a crazy idea.?

give him some credit for making a sensible suggestion. it is better and cheaper for a small team to buy a year old car, than have to set up an entire construction process, with designers etc, just to build two uncompetitive cars.

even hrt could be in the hunt if they were using last years macca, bull or ferrari.


March 07, 2012 10:38 AM

@ Elijah

I'm sorry, I still think the "artificial rain" that falls in SOME parts of the track is still by FAR the balmiest idea!!! WTF!?!?! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!

And am I correct in assuming that all the customer teams are going to do one thing: MAKE BLATANT COPIES OF THE CARS THEY HIRED?!?!?!


March 07, 2012 11:02 AM


Ok, but now we get THIS scenario.

a) How do they PROVE they've copied the cars.
b) If the teams were too broke to design and build their own cars, HOW CAN THEY AFFORD A $100 Million fine?

It's a joke. I say if you can't afford to race F!, YOU DON'T BELONG IN F1!

Same goes for MotoGP. I can't afford it, hence I don't race in those series. If I DID have that cash, I'd hire a bunch of people and do that with my life...

Ray Watson - Unregistered

March 07, 2012 11:07 AM

Bernie has used underwear for brains !!
He was against this before as he wanted all to look like real teams with designers and all. It fell on its ****. But he convinced Cosworth to come in with a boat anchor, that ran at the back of the field, and FOTA wanted it to look real as well. Last years car with revised floor to new rules will still be faster than HRT and a lot of others, and we have a number of cars on the same lap again. Good Idea ?????

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