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December 02, 2013 7:59 PM

F1 » Lauda: Brawn will be back

Perhaps if they had not signed up Batman & Robin to take over his job, he would still be there. I just hope Mercedes recruit a couple of PR gobs soon and put the elderly fan out to pasture. See how he feels about that. "We are very sad to see the elderly fan leave but our new droids, the straw man and the tin man will lead us to new heights along the yellow brick road.... Shut the door behind you Niki"


December 01, 2013 5:04 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: Possible future F1 circuits

1. Portimao - great track. Ideal 2. Macau - is this the same death track that WTCC race on? If so, expect great danger. 3. Laguna Seca - there is so little pit space that when the bikes go there the moto2 and moto3 have to stay at home. Far too short a track. Unsuitable. 4. Mugello - the most practical on the list and an excellent track. 5. Philip Island - with tyres like F1? May be able to get a couple of laps but no more. Bikes were restricted to a maximum of 10 laps this year. Nice alternative to Melbourne but not as an additional track. 6 Norway - (which incidentally has 24 hour daylight because of its latitude, not its longitude) is far too sensible to get involved in losing loads of money to Bernie & co. They don't need the prestige either as its nearly the richest country in the world.


December 01, 2013 4:29 PM

F1 » Lotus confirms Maldonado

contd Should the Quantum deal turn out to be genuine, they will probably survive. Otherwise they will be very lucky to complete the season next year. PM won a race last season (from the front, having been awarded pole). This season he scored 1 point, 2012 45 points (inc the 25 pt win) and in 2011 a single point. Excluding one race that is 22 points from 57 races. Hardly inspiring.


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....

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