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May 16, 2015 12:30 PM

F1 » F1 refuelling return proposed for 2017

Personally, I would prefer to see refuelling, provided the allotted fuel goes up as well. And with refuelling, I would like to see the removal of demanding both compounds are used during the race. This would allow for teams to consider two or three stop strategies, with less fuel, on soft tires, while others might consider fuelling to a heavier load and running the harder compound. This occurred in the past and was entertaining. Regardless of where we land on refuelling, I suspect these engines will perform quite nicely with the shackles off. More fuel, fewer gears and I would hope a mandatory top ratio that demands higher revs to the 15,000 or so range, and changes to the turbo to allow for us to hear the revs, would be very nice. A V6 will never sound quite as good as a V8 or V10, but I am certain they can sound much better than the current iteration.


May 12, 2015 11:01 AM

F1 » Hamilton close to confirming new Mercedes deal

Mercedes valued the global marketing impact of winning the championship last year at a little over 2.5 billion U.S. dollars. The F1 team itself is in the black. In this respect a driver like Hamilton is "worth the money" considering his championship form last year and current, and that any possible big name replacement would command a high salary as well. F1 is a business, and there is an apt quote worth remembering for anyone who is negotiating a personal services contract, big or small. "You are never paid what you are worth, you are paid what you can negotiate. This next establishes your value." If Lewis pulls this off then more power to him.


May 12, 2015 11:40 AM

F1 » Red Bull: Audi comes in or we are out

I just cannot see Audi coming in as a partner to Red Bull, or anyone for that matter. Red Bull has a track record of throwing people under the bus. I cannot imagine Audi wants to suffer that negative criticism that RB has dished out to Renault, the engine supplier who won four championships with them. Why would Audi do this? I think they are more likely to buy RB or Torro Rosso and build their own team ala Mercedes. If they come to compete it will be to compete with Mercedes, and therefore they will need to be the complete team. But I am still not convinced they will come at all.

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