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benignlyindifferent

September 25, 2015 10:18 AM

F1 » McLaren-Honda urging Button to stay for 2016


Ha! Serves them right. They left JB hanging late last year and now realize he is probably as quick as Alonso, is a much, much better test and development driver, and is a marketing asset as well. I suspect JB will stay, his pay will increase to its previous level, and McLaren will continue its work to improve for next year. I do not think they will be race winners but I suspect they will be back in the top three teams again.

benignlyindifferent

September 24, 2015 10:34 AM

F1 » Sainz: I now know what ‘bad boy’ Max is about…


Hmmm, I see his point. But I do not like or understand this particular team tactic. And it is not part of a true champion's DNA. Just change the names and you will see what i mean. "Ayrton, move over and let Alain have a go." or "Nigel, move over and let Nelson have a go." or "Michael, move over and let Rubens have a go." Wouldn't happen. What did happen? "Rubens, move over and let Mihkael through." And he did. And we know how many championships Rubens won. 0.

benignlyindifferent

September 24, 2015 10:29 AM

F1 » Winterkorn resignation to scupper VW F1 bid?


Actually think this will be added incentive to join F1. F1 money is peanuts to large manufacturers who base their return on the marketing impact of their participation. They need to be competitive and cutting edge, and if the F1 team breaks even, so much the better. But the true value is the marketing of the brand. Mercedes has made that clear, noting the F1 involvement was worth 2.5 billion to the marketing department last year. So, VW entering F1 would be a distraction to the issue at hand and they would be able to market the development of their fuel efficient hybrid engine. Don't forget, as much as many of us disliked this new engine formula, the manufactures pushed for it and Honda refused to return unless the engines moved in this direction. They may be overly complicated race engines but they serve the marketing purpose well. I suspect both Renault and VW will announce their intentions in the next week or so.

benignlyindifferent

September 22, 2015 4:43 PM

F1 » Grosjean set to lead Haas F1 in 2016


Could be a good move but I would not count on a move to Ferrari. A great year by the young guns like Verstappen will likely see Ferrari go in that direction. And Ferrari just extended Kimi for next year. If he begins to perform well and is supportive of Seb then there is little reason to expect he will retire. Far too premature. The performance of many drivers in the early part of next season will decide Ferrari's plans.

benignlyindifferent

September 22, 2015 11:05 AM

F1 » Horner coy on VW-Red Bull speculation


The stock took a major hit but will recover, and not much is publicly traded anyway. The potential fines will be a bigger deal, depending on what the investigation finds. Now it is restricted to certain diesel engines but if found that most diesels were altered, it could be horrendous for VW as they could even be required to buy back vehicles. Too early to tell. Purchasing Red Bull? Probably won't impact their decision. The cost of a F1 team to Renault, Mercedes, or VW is peanuts. Their stock changes in greater value in one day of normal trading. These are not race teams like Williams. They are extensions of their marketing team and their value rests in the ability to positively promote their product. Mercedes estimated that the race team improved sales by 2.5 billion last year alone. Despite the negativity, Renault is likely to buy their own team to leverage the marketing potential. VW will come into F1 if they think they can be successful and positively impact their brand. If Newey


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