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benignlyindifferent

January 19, 2014 10:39 AM

F1 » Hill: Why isn't double points' concept a good idea?


Clearly he does not pay for his own ticket to attend a grand prix. So, when i travel to Budapest for the one race I will attend in person I can expect to pay half price? After all, the race will only count as half points towards the championship. Or, maybe they can liven up this year's Super Bowl and give double points for touchdowns in the final quarter? Or in soccer, double points for goals scored int he last 15 minutes? Damon, this is why it is stupid.

benignlyindifferent

January 18, 2014 1:29 PM

F1 » Watson: Whitmarsh unlikely to stay


I understand people's dislike of Ron, but to think that the successful drivers of the past just hopped into cars and made magic is foolish. For all his faults, Ron oversaw the golden era of McLaren, one he largely shaped and organized, and which produced constructor and driver championships. Much of the stress between drivers was due to the fact that number one drivers were not allowed, though we all know there were favourites. McLaren was and is a big team with big egos. Prost? Honda backed Senna, who Ron hired to get the Honda engines. Too bad for Prost but who wouldn't make this move? Hakkinen? Retired with McLaren. Senna? Did not abandon Ron but went to the all conquering Williams with the hope of another title, and continued to phone Ron several times a week. Montoya? Big fan but his temperament was his own enemy. So now Ron returns to the top, initiates a purge of sorts, and if the press is correct will likely hire Ross Brawn within a very short time frame. Like him or hate him,

benignlyindifferent

January 19, 2014 11:16 AM

F1 » Hill: Why isn't double points' concept a good idea?


Or why make it about points at all? How about a lottery for fuel. Each car will be fuelled by an unknown but different amount of fuel and then we can all watch and hope our driver has enough until race end? Marussia could sweep 1 and 2 on a lucky day. Nonsensical of course, but this is the slippery slope upon which you step when you begin to contrive race outcomes with double points and other incentives to liven things up. If you want to make F1 more entertaining, focus on the rules of chassis and engine design and construction.

benignlyindifferent

January 19, 2014 1:22 PM

F1 » Hill: Why isn't double points' concept a good idea?


Taipan, You raise a very interesting point. If double points for season ending races devalues the other races for fans, and people like you or me reconsider whether we even attend a mid-season race, I wonder what the sponsors of these "lesser" races will feel about this? Do they get a discount on advertising? hardly think so. I bet this will all go away before the season opener.

benignlyindifferent

January 18, 2014 5:57 PM

F1 » Watson: Whitmarsh unlikely to stay


Yes, and Seashack's comment is interesting. Despite the obvious success of Prost, Senna, etc. what might have occurred if the situation with the team had been handled differently. Prost might have 75 victories, for instance, had he remained with the team. So let's hope Brawn is back, because we know that he will never accept the position without total control, and Ron can recede into the woodwork once again.

benignlyindifferent

January 18, 2014 2:18 PM

F1 » Watson: Whitmarsh unlikely to stay


Taipan, I understand your position. I was really differentiating MCLaren from teams like Ferrari, who unapologetically have supported clear number one drivers. McLaren has always stated they do not support a number one driver and that both are given equal equipment. And this has been the case in many instances but not all. Ron clearly liked the competitive tension this created and often brought out the best in the drivers. But yes, favourites did emerge, often marking the beginning of the end. Prost is quoted as saying he was fine with the polemics in the team until the day he say Senna getting a special engine and that marked the end of Prost's time with the team. So yes, this is in essence a number one driver and i know it happened with others.


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