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November 18, 2014 11:34 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: Breaking the omerta

boger: I am sick of Monisha and fellow useless managers pouring acid on my loving sport trying to justify their incompetence. Ferrari, McLaren, Williams were all small teams once... They needed a lot of hard work, sacrifice and excellent leadership to get to where they are now. New teams are not bringing any additional value to F1 so why they expect to get millions from it? Can you, in any business, anywhere, get to startup funds just by whining? If you are unable to get the money then you are not a manager.
So how did you feel when Williams abandoned FOTA to get a few shekels from Bernie to commit to his vision of F1? Is stabbing the other teams in the back preferable to asking for a more equitable distribution of funds? Personally I do not care to watch if the grid shrinks to 12-14 cars.

Mark _

November 18, 2014 6:16 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: Breaking the omerta

nealio: The abject failure of the FIA in governing the F1 business is at the root of this problem.
I do not believe that the role of the FIA is to govern the business of F1. Their role is to govern the rules and regulations of the sport. The teams let Bernie have control of the F1 revenues due to their own shortsightedness. If the teams were set-up like NFL franchises they would be in a better position to survive. When was the last time that you heard of an NFL franchise going belly-up? The problem now is that the teams are not united in creating a long term solution for the good of the sport.

Mark _

November 18, 2014 9:23 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: Breaking the omerta

107SS2009: Mark, "Control of F1 revenues". The commercial rights of formula one were stolen from the FIA and the teams by M M and given to his buddy B E.
If I am not mistaken M M just extended that deal. Bernie got control years before Max headed the FIA. He bought the teams rights to TV revenues for a pittance. I believe that it was around $100k per team.

Mark _

November 12, 2014 4:07 PM
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F1 » Horner denies agenda against F1 minnows

richard: well, as merc are trying to block the unfreeze on engines, horner and other teams are going to look at complete revision for 2016, when merc cannot block them. part of this team revolt is a suggestion that there could be a request to return to the v8! so instead of criticising horner, maybe we should be applauding him?
What is best for RBR may or may not be best for the minnows. I only expect Horner to look out for his team.

Mark _

November 13, 2014 10:27 PM

F1 » McLaren-Honda F1 car to run on Friday

Taz: Well maybe rubbish was a bit strong but I doubt even with the double diffuser they'd have had as much success as they did with the Merc unit in the back. Don't get me wrong, I had a VFR400 and XR250 and both had great engine's, I'm not dissing Honda engines although I don't like the way they throw money at MotoGP...much like Merc in F1 at the moment.
I miss my XR250. I never thought of it as having much in common with a F1 motor though. I have a KTM XCF250 now which revs to 13,000. It is a lot more fun to ride but the Honda was great for just cruising around on.

Mark _

November 14, 2014 4:54 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: ‘No point’ F1 targeting young fans

Presumably Bernie knows that this target market of 70 year olds have most likely been fans of the sport since before they had disposable income. I cannot think of any other major sport the cares so little about their fan base. F1 seems to succeed in spite of itself. Actually these days succeed maybe is the wrong word, survive may be more appropriate. Richard - while many of us dislike fanboys F1 really should not be turning anyone away. People like sports for different reasons. Who wants to be judged about their motives for following a sport?

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