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benignlyindifferent

November 02, 2014 4:02 PM

F1 » Ecclestone rules out three-car F1 teams


Three car teams are too expensive and would not be good for the survivability of the sport, which needs small and medium sized independents. Proper distribution of the television and other royalties is the answer. Unfortunately, the will is lacking by the big teams. But who are the passionate ones? Not the manufacturers. Name one small team in the past decade that withdrew from the sport because they lost interest? None. All that left went kicking and screaming, and heavily in debt. But the manufacturers? Toyota came and went. BMW came and went, forcing Peter Sauber to once again work magic to save the team. Honda came and went. Twice. Once as an engine supplier and then as a manufacturer. Jaguar (Ford), Gone.Porsche, as an engine supplier. Gone. They come and spend massive amounts to win, driving up the costs of all competitors and when they do not win, they leave.

benignlyindifferent

November 01, 2014 1:35 PM

F1 » F1: Tost names Toro Rosso shortlist


Both Verstappen and Tost want JEV to return. Why? Because two rookies in an F1 team makes no sense whatsoever. The others mentioned on the shortlist are good drivers and deserve their opportunity, but the F1 of today is so sophisticated and requires a great deal of driver knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the vehicle that a rookie can become overwhelmed. Teams require a solid, experienced driver for setup, feedback, and sharing of information with the young one. They in turn will grow and begin to provide feedback as well. Verstappen knows that JEV will provide guidance and knowledge about the TR and how to set it up to go fast. What could Seinz offer? Very little and both could struggle for much of the season. No, I think JEV is the best option for an additional year and I suspect RB will come to that conclusion shortly.

benignlyindifferent

November 02, 2014 11:18 AM

F1 » Ecclestone rules out three-car F1 teams


If you have the opportunity to read the entire transcript, printed in other media, Bernie actually makes some sense, albeit for the first time in a long time. Creating a pool of money for the small teams by having the big teams give up some of their commercial rights dollars, and then having Bernie match this with equal dollars, makes a great deal of sense. This may work, but only if the big teams recognize the sport is on the verge of implosion and all of their investment will be lost if they have few to race against and if the television revenues tank.

benignlyindifferent

November 02, 2014 5:05 PM

F1 » Ecclestone rules out three-car F1 teams


beastinblack True, Ferrari is passionate and they have never left. But back in the 90's they threatened to leave, and even built an entire Indycar to demonstrate they were serious. The result? They are given an 18.5 million slice to stay even before they begin dividing the pot for the other top five. They have been one of the driving forces behind the great inequity of the sport.

benignlyindifferent

November 01, 2014 8:48 PM

F1 » F1: Force India says boycott a possibility


Taipan, I agree with you and yet still manufacturers are drawn to the new format for marketing purposes. Sad. F1 is turning into a technology showcase and is distancing itself from being the elite form of motorsport. Gladwell's The Tipping Point is an ominous reminder of how quickly everything can be lost. When was F1 last great? search for Heidfeld in 1999 doing the hill climb at Goodwood in a Mclaren. That one minute clip of the screaming V10 and the twitching (and good looking) Mclaren scampering up the hill represents everything we have lost from the sport we love.

benignlyindifferent

November 01, 2014 7:58 PM

F1 » F1: Force India says boycott a possibility


Let's face it. The top five teams enjoy special rights within F1, including how the financial rights are distributed. It isn't right but there it is. You join knowing this is unlikely to change or you do not. Teams come and go and there were seasons when only 18 cars ran. Wasn't the best but the money kept rolling in. To "fix" the problem is simple. Divide approximately half the revenues equally amongst all of the teams and then allocate the remaining half based on performance. This would see the back end teams with approximately 30 million more to spend and The Ferraris of the world would have to tighten their belts a bit, if at all. But, it has not happened and will not happen because the top five really do not care about the others. Honda is coming back, VW seems likely within the next few years, Haas is making a play, and the Hyundai group will likely arrive in five years time or so. So, Force India, you would be best to find more sponsorship and work your way into the higher poin


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