F1 » Bianchi deal to unite Force India, Ferrari?

Jules Bianchi has apparently moved into pole position for a Force India seat next season, thanks to his links with Ferrari.

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December 13, 2012 4:18 PM

I honestly don't think they would want to switch ...unlike Merc, Ferrari will bring unwanted pressure on track if a Force India out-qualifies A Ferrari

@Josh That is partially true..if there are too many concerns, they might put off customer like FI who otherwise depend upon consistency rather than a few stellar performances

@Richard You cant say Merc has had any less good year than Ferrari in that department. In fact aside of Cosworth if there were any questions raised were with Renault with KERS cooling issues (least for RBR) with already smaller KERS units and overall less power. Actually Cosworth weren't falling apart but it just did not matter! :)


December 13, 2012 5:12 PM

josh and pizza. yes the merc has around 20 bhp than the ferrari, but what has to be taken into account is the DRIVABILITY. the renault is even less powerful, yet they have trounced the others for three years. got it? and pizza, that is my point. both engines are everybit as reliable as each other, and that was my response to the poster who insinuated that the merc was more reliable than the ferrari. its not....its equal.

Josh - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 5:31 PM

"the renault is even less powerful, yet they have trounced the others for three years. got it?"

What, you mean cars that happen to be powered by a Renault and were penned by one of the sports greatest ever designers trounced the rest?

Todays engines are so close in terms of performance that the advantages and disadvantages of the units don't play a massive role. Yeah, the Renault engines have a friendlier torque curve, but the Merc's have more power. Depending on the circuit you could want either. And for the second time, I didn't insinuate that the Merc is any more "reliable" than other engines, rather that it's the powerplant every team seems to want. Remember even RBR were chasing Mercedes until McLaren veto'd it.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 5:39 PM

There really shouldn't be a competitive advantage for any of the engines anymore as the FIA removed engine competition as a competitive element to cut costs.

These manufacturers are now spenging millions on these new engines but in the end their relative performance has to be equalled out, or their will ultimately be only one manufacturer left. Imagine if Ferrari now builds a great engine that's good for 3 tenths a lap on your average track over the others and the FIA says ok this will be like that for the next five years...Merc and Renault might as well quit right away if that were to be the case, cause they'll be running behind everyone and their mother that happens to have the Ferrari engine for 5 years...

It's kinda stupid really...

JJJ - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 5:49 PM

It's kinda like IRL...before you had Chevy, Toyoda and Honda and then at the end of that generation of cars it was only Honda. With the revamp they had Chevy, Honda and Lotus. Lotus is gone already and the other two are not in a mechanical tug of war to improve the engine but rather a political one to persuade the governing body to tilt the balance of power in their respective directions. If said governing body wants to retain both manufacturers (which of course they do), there's no other option than to make it as equal as possible. Same will happen in F1: as long as honest competition on this front is banned, you can only have more manufacturers if artificial equality is guarded by the governing body.

Therefore instead of spending millions each, the manufacturers might as well spend a few bucks each as the performance will be levelled out anyway.

golden oldie - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 8:15 AM

I really hope that whiner Bianchi won't take the vacant seat at Force India.
Bianchi is not as fast as his fellow countryman fat John but has a similar driving style as far as taking out other competitors. (Remember his GP2 season?)
Rather see Kobayashi take the second seat at Force India.

LJ - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 8:40 AM

If Force India are intent on moving up the grid, they have to sign a driver who is going to attack. Next to Hulkenberg, Kobayashi is the best option easily. They want somebody to push Di Resta? Koba will light a fire under the guy.. He will be extra motivated to prove Sauber's decision wrong by beating them next season. You can't buy that kind of motivation.. It's exactly what Force India need.

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