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November 13, 2014 7:30 PM

F1 » Fernley: F1's game plan has been exposed

If the car manufactures are in F1 because of the technology of the present formula. If they use F1 as an R&D lab for developing technology which they can benefit from in their commercial businesses then why should the client teams have to pay anything for being the lab rats of the engine makers? The client teams are actually paying the R&D expenses for Mercedes, Renault and Fiat. So consumers buy more clios, pandas and c classes paid for with the livelihoods of the people who worked for Marussia and Caterham and whoever is next in line. Is this the new value of F1? Is this worth watching any more than a trainwreck or an Ebola outbreak? Great fighting spirit from Fernley and Force India, very admirable, but to what end? No client team has a sporting chance to win a championship now. The playing field has been corrupted by ecclestone and the FIA has abandoned their responsibility to fairly govern the business.


November 05, 2014 3:05 PM

NASCAR » Old Chase, New Chase or No Chase?

A lot of the premises of this article are just plain wrong. I wouldn't say that this new format has increased the competition for the majority of teams and drivers cut from the rounds, would you? And the statement that the formatting of race series has always been an issue is so much blather. From the beginning of motorsports it's been winner take all and the rest are just ranked as been relatively less of a loser. It wasn't until television became the cash cow of racing that the gimmicks of "entertainment" reared their ugly heads and with the gradual eroding of fan interest in gimmicks the sponsors have thinned on the ground. This has made TV even more important, so the marketers chase viewers with even more gimmicks to supposedly attract the disinterested and we have the shambles of "The Chase." It reminds me of the spectacle of a dog "chasing" it's own tail, amusing for a few seconds and then just humiliating.

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