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benignlyindifferent

January 17, 2014 11:44 AM

F1 » NASCAR team chief looks at F1 options


This project actually has a possibility of success. Haas has significant motor racing infrastructure in America and abroad as well as long established relationships with various open wheel racing companies. Their business interests are very diverse and profitable and they will be able to immediately shore up some form of sponsorship to make it worthwhile. Two questions I have are, why do you want to be in F1 at the present time, and, if you really do, why begin from scratch when there are several good, small established teams that with new ownership and significant cash could really improve quickly.

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 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.

benignlyindifferent

January 18, 2014 12:19 PM

F1 » Watson: Whitmarsh unlikely to stay


I am certain there are many, many reasons why this is occurring at this time. Some are performance related, some have to do with ego. Clearly, the manner in which Whitmarsh has organized and staffed the team differs from Ron's methodology. There are no quick fixes. But I think one of the final nails in the coffin were the frequent comments by Whitmarsh through the latter part of the season, justifying poor results and setting goals that you would expect from a tier 2 team. The optics suggested McLaren had become a team prepared to settle. This will not have gone down well with the Board, knowing the value of their other high end businesses such as the aeronautics field, that are branded as being the very best available in the world. I suspect a contract with Brawn is signed and we are just watching the play unfold over the next month or so.


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