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Jim Clausen

December 08, 2015 3:46 PM
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F1 » Haas targets midfield at start of ten-year plan

Jim Clausen: Haas is in the deep end of the pool and I'm not certain he knows how to swim.
Haas is a shark and fully comfortable in deep water.
Relative to F1, Haas has been a small shark in a small pool, he's swimming with Great Whites in the biggest pool in the world now. Many Americans have tried F1, Lance Reventlow, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Carl Haas (no relation to Gene Haas), Roger Penske, come to mind. Gurney was the most successful, and even he succumbed to the costs of being a F1 constructor. Being that I am an American, I would like nothing better than to see a successful American F1 team, but I don't see that with Gene Haas. Possibly, Bernie can teach Haas how to successfully avoid taxes. Haas spent 2 years in prison for tax fraud.

Jim Clausen

December 07, 2015 5:32 PM

F1 » Ecclestone expecting F1 sale ‘in the next few months’

$8 bn? Bernie may be in for an unpleasant surprise. F1 is not that popular among younger motor sports spectators. Bernie said, not too long ago, he wasn't interested in the younger spectator. Said he wanted the older, more wealthy fan. Today's younger, not quite so wealthy sports fan is tomorrow's sports fan and if F1 ignores him now he will ignore F1 in the future. Bernie should have learned what the tobacco companies learned long ago, hook 'em when they are young and you hook 'em for life.

Jim Clausen

December 03, 2015 2:34 AM

F1 » FIA, Ecclestone granted more F1 power

I don't know exactly who is responsible, but there have been some terrible rules changes recently. Double points and the V6 engine come to mind. I'm not so certain ERS have any business in a race car. Who made the medallion proposal? Not to mention the proliferation of F1 races in countries that can't even spell F1. To me, the looks of current F1 cars border on the hideous. I'm not so sure a return to sixties and seventies era cars and engines might not be a bad idea. Get rid of the appendages and let us hear a proper V8, V10 or V12, wailing at 18,000 rpm. More than one tire manufacture would be nice, too. The one thing I am more than glad to see is the vast improvement in safety, in cars, driver's equipment and tracks. Losing two or more drivers a season was terrible. Max and Bernie were both instrumental in those safety changes. Today's drivers also owe a huge debt to Jackie Stewart for the start in making driving a F1 not an exercise in suicide.

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