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June 12, 2015 3:18 PM

F1 » Lotus reiterates it is ‘not for sale’

Of course it's for sale. In fact, Renault should buy it immediately, keep the Mercedes deal and rebrand the engines.:) I suppose that is not allowed, but seriously, Mercedes believes that its presence as a constructor in F1 last year was worth 2.5 billion to the brand. It's why Honda returned and aligned itself with McLaren, and it's why Renault is still shopping to create a works team despite the shortcomings of its current power unit. F1 provides excellent value to the manufacturers. It's also why I believe they would be willing to reconsider the current engine rules for a return to something more appealing, provided it is somewhat in line with their road car marketing. Say, high revving and powerful V6 power plants?


June 15, 2015 12:37 PM

F1 » Horner bemoans conservative tyres, wants F1 sprints

Pirelli could make a tire with great grip that would last the entire race, but this was not their mandate. I found the refuelling era to be entertaining but that was because a pit pass was almost always the only pass that was made. Today, the DRS, like it or not, allows for the correct sorting out at most circuits. Actually, I think F1 should take a page from MotoGP. Continue with two compounds per race but with no degradation, just a difference in performance. Mandate each is used in the race and mandate two tire stops per race. And offer a third faster tire to those smaller teams that can produce clear accounting that they are spending less than 100 million a season.


June 15, 2015 2:56 PM

F1 » Horner bemoans conservative tyres, wants F1 sprints

Personally, I do not like the idea of a tire advantage either. However, the financial disparity with revenue sharing and the lack of interest in sharing with the small teams creates an advantage of sorts now. I think a tire advantage for teams that can prove they adhere to spending limits might be a lever to bring others into compliance. If a team is prepared to "reserve" an extra 100 million for itself a in revenue sharing the advantage of doing so could be offset quite quickly with a faster tire. I think a Sauber on a faster tire would be great fun and I suspect the big teams would quickly find ways to create equity.


June 12, 2015 11:06 AM

F1 » Raikkonen urges for a faster, more ‘dangerous’ F1

I suspect Kimi is not really longing for an era where more drivers are seriously injured and killed, and neither am I. I am a big fan of the sport and remember the losses of Villeneuve, de Angelis, and Senna well, just as I remember the loss Wheldon and Moore. Nothing about the sport that led to each of these losses made the sport more entertaining, just more tragic. I do believe Kimi and others long for an era where the cars were quicker and demanded more of the driver and when the consequences were high and unforgiving. And I do too. If you put a wheel wrong, ride a curb, or run too wide the consequences should be more severe and crashing should be a real possibility. Monaco is a "safe" track but the consequences are high. Just ask Verstappen, and thankfully we can because the crash cell and barrier did its job.


June 10, 2015 1:14 PM

F1 » Renault F1 future to hinge on Mercedes leniency?

benignlyindifferent: Again, Horner appoints himself as Renault spokesman, despite the Renault brass meeting directly with Bernie and others a few weeks ago to ensure their position was accurately stated. At that time they stated they wanted to clear up the inaccuracies begin reported by people who were not spokespeople for Renault. Horner should be quiet.
come on! you are better than that! read the story...horner is just saying what renault have already declared publicly.
True. I am blinded by my increasing dislike for the man. I will take a deep breath next time.

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