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December 01, 2013 4:13 PM

F1 » Lotus confirms Maldonado

Lotus F1 appears to be run on the basis of hope. Hope that they will get enough points at the end of the season to pay their drivers and other bills. In other words, during the season, they are technically insolvent. Assuming PM brings the same sort of money to them as to Williams, they will get 28m or so. That is likely to be used to pay off the existing debts, so they start with not much. Engines are far more expensive in 2014 and that extra is likely to wipe out any remains. While they will be saving around 15m on an expensive driver, that won't be enough and they will have to finish in the top 3 to get a big enough payout to pay for 2014. And to make it worse, some key personnel have also jumped ship so they could lose any technical edge they had. The owners (who are far more interested in money than F1) will soon tire of seeing their investment wane and if the team continues to fail to deliver expected profits, they will bail out. Renault will not want to give their engines away


November 30, 2013 11:33 AM

F1 » Lotus confirms Maldonado

@ojay Since Maldo arrived at WIlliams with a fanfare of petrodollars people have complained about him being a pay driver. A little research on any F1 site will show that. I dont think the suggestion that Kimi was going to sue Lotus was 'making fun'. If you don't get paid for something it is the normal legal way to force payment. This team has a habit of having a couple of good years and then going into a decline. They have had their couple of good years and basically, wasted them. Next thing will be to change the team name....


November 29, 2013 5:35 PM

F1 » Montezemolo: I want explanations

Could it be that the vortices, which were only apparent in FP1 at Austin, were apparent because of the prevailing climatic conditions. Conditions which had not been seen at any other place - low cloud/light mist. All the other teams had tried to get the air flow under control but only RBR managed to make it work perfectly. You can't really blame Ferrari for not noticing something that had been invisible for the rest of the season. They and the rest of the teams were too busy accusing RBR of having something illegal.


November 29, 2013 10:39 AM

F1 » Drivers bid farewell to Brawn

Sporting Regulations 30.17 "Animals, except those which may have been expressly authorised by the FIA for use by security services, are forbidden on the track, in the pit lane, in the paddock or in any spectator area." Clearly, only an idiot would take a dog into a pit lane. Not only is it extremely cruel to subject the animal to such noise, it is also quite clearly a breach of the sporting regulations.


November 28, 2013 7:28 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Anthony West erased from results

And in tomorrow's news, Dani Pedrosa gets banned for having performance enhancing weight. May as well ban Aleix Espargaro as well, for having a bit of a lurid coloured helmet.... The substance (Methylhexaneamine) is banned in many countries. NZ banned it as it is basically a party drug - with effects similar to ecstacy. I find it quite difficult to believe that this would help in any way while wrestling a bike at 150mph. An 18 month ban (albeit retroactive) is a bit harsh but, hopefully, can now be put behind him and he can get on with his life.


November 28, 2013 3:44 PM

MotoGP » Six races to decide Rossi's MotoGP future

Yes, you do have to trade racing for tech. BSB, WSBK, moto2 and moto3 have all been geared towards racing and away from tech for financial reasons. The rules are strict and limit the machinery to put them behind a lot of road bikes in terms of technology. Fans go to see the most fabulous bikes on the planet being ridden by the best. Take away the fabulous bikes and replace them with tarted up road bikes and the result will be catastrophic financially. regardless who was riding. If you don't like the concept of a prototype series, fair enough, go and watch a stock series, but don't keep trying to dumb down a prototype series to become yet another ordinary series.

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