Ecclestone rekindles interest in F1 sale

F1 Fanatic round-up

In today’s round-up: Bernie Ecclestone’s comments on a Singapore floatation spark a market for sale of F1, as potential buyers are put on alert.


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Ecclestone flotation talk puts potential F1 buyers on alert (James Allen)

??There also remains the issue of the 2013 Concorde Agreement. It is hard to see how any sale, either public or private, could take place until a new one is agreed and put in place, binding in the governing body, commercial rights holder and teams for a fixed period of five years or more.??

Ferrari are racing to pair Lewis Hamilton with Alonso again (Daily Star)

??Controversial Brit Lewis Hamilton could be in line for a sensational switch to Ferrari.??

Williams F1 & TRL Sign Simulator Training MoU (Williams)

??Williams F1 and TRL (the UK Transport Research Laboratory) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on research regarding the application of advanced simulator-based vehicle training technologies. This will help to improve road safety, reduce vehicle emissions and increase passenger comfort and safety.??

Force India not taking sixth in constructors’ for granted (ESPN)

??Force India has vowed not to become complacent over its current sixth place position in the constructors’ championship.??

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Comment of the day

There?s been a great response to Keith?s article on the drivers will make their last F1 start next week. petebaldwin says:

If Williams have decided that Barichello isn?t going to race for them next season, it should be announced before the race so he gets a final send off.

It would be a shame for his career to end quietly after the season.

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On this day in F1

Jacques Laffite turns 68 today. The French driver made his F1 debut in 1974 and scored his first victory in the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp in 1977.

Like all of his six victories, it was achieved at the wheel of a Ligier, the team he started 132 of his 176 races for.

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74 comments on Ecclestone rekindles interest in F1 sale

  1. carldec (@carldec) said on 21st November 2011, 5:57

    I cant wait til that senile, greedy, trecherous little goblin retires… F! will be so much better without Bernie. There are a hundred cool things that are on hold witing for him to get out of the way. Cant happen too soon.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 21st November 2011, 6:14

      I think you’ll find that Formula 1 will struggle when Bernie retires. At least to begin with.

      • Thecollaroyboys (@thecollaroyboys) said on 21st November 2011, 7:05

        Yep, I’m pretty sure F1 has been stable and profitable as well as having enhanced its populairty under Bernie. Thats not to say I agree with his methods but sometimes you need a complete mongrel.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 21st November 2011, 7:13

          And the expression “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t” springs to mind. We have no idea who will replace Bernie when he leaves, and we have no idea as to their business practices. I think a lot of people are under the impression that when Bernie retires (or dies), races like Valencia and Abu Dhabi will be dropped, while the futures of races like Spa will be guaranteed and Formula 1 will return completely to Europe. Well, that’s not going to happen. Not unless Bernie’s successor can magically fix the Euro overnight.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 21st November 2011, 8:14

    Plans for a circuit in Ebbw Vale, Wales (in the finest Welsh tradition, the name sounds like it’s completely made up) have been announced, but the circuit probably won’t host a Grand Prix.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 21st November 2011, 9:15

      Interesting, seems like there’s new tracks everywhere now! I found this funny when comparing with Austin “Money will be an issue,” Mr Smith said.

      “Primarily this will be a private sector investment but of course they are going to look for some public sector input too.
      “We’re going to seek financial support from the Welsh government and the Westminster treasury too.”

      They are seeking govt. support for the track, and that is not to get in a big race like F1 (see Austin, where it will not even be real support just part of the extra tax revenue) but just to get a regional track up and running!

      • Welsh Grand Prix, anyone?
        Actualy it’s a horrid bit of land there. It’s flat and right above housing areas so there’ll be lots of objections to the noise.
        Not going to happen.

  3. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 21st November 2011, 9:20

    @keithcollantine , Laffite started his career in 1974, not in 1964. Or else, he would have a career longer than Barrichello…

  4. SennaPart2 said on 21st November 2011, 10:46

    They say, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    The redbull era has probably changed the game to an extent Alonso and Ferarri might be willing to take a huge gamble. Alonso might be seeing himself winning a championship, drivers or constructors, beating redbull only when he is paired with another driver who is talented enough to contend a championship with a car that is not the best car(i.e, current Ferarri). Alonso knows that being paired with Lewis(as long as he is in his right mind) means that they will get the constructors title.

    • Rob Wilson (@rob-wilson) said on 21st November 2011, 11:39

      Yes! Love this idea! Actually after reading this i remember a quote a couple of weeks ago with Fernando saying something like Hamilton is the only driver who could win a championship without having the fastest car or something like that, and they seemed friendly on the podium last week, more than they have been in years. Maybe they are preparing for a joint effort at taking Seb down together! Or maybe i am just dreaming. It seems a bit too movie style epic to become a reality but Lewis and Fernando at Ferrari would be amazing! It would be HUGE!

  5. SennaPart2 said on 21st November 2011, 12:41

    Yes it does seem far fetched but, one can clearly see and sense that the relationship between Hamilton and Whitmarsh has obviously broken down for whatever reason. So I do not see Hamilton remaining in that space for long since it appears both Jensen and Whitmarsh are out to prove something. There are drivers who can handle or live with the fact that Vettel might even be the champion in 2012, both Alonso and Lewis will not take that as we have seen what that has done to Lewis this year.

  6. Ritvik Vinodkumar (@ritvik-vinodkumar) said on 21st November 2011, 13:22

    Jacques Laffite made his debut in 1974…not 1964 as mentioned here.

  7. Controversial Brit Lewis Hamilton could be in line for a sensational switch to Ferrari.

    I hope so! I know Massa won’t be there beyond 2012, so I’d like to see Alonso and Hamilton against Vettel! Such a strong pairing would almost be certain to win the constructors’ championship, but what about the drivers’?
    Although I’d also like Lewis to remain at McLaren for all his career to establish a new record.

  8. Brazillian blogger Fábio Seixas (quite good sources) is claiming that Barrichelo has a “letter of intent” with the black Renault and is almost certain to be one of their drivers for next year. Announcement will be at Interlagos.

  9. celeste (@celeste) said on 21st November 2011, 15:20

    Pedro De La Rosa, just signed with Hispania.
    As racing driver it seem… Will be interesting now with the Toro Rosso kids… I´m sure there will be tears… #poorbuemi

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 21st November 2011, 15:23

      And I think is the end for another Red Bull Junior Program… Liuzzi…

      • TheBrav3 said on 21st November 2011, 15:51

        GO PEDRO!!!!!!

        • TheBrav3 said on 21st November 2011, 15:58

          liuzzi might not be done unless A) he’s had enough or B) he has no money i see no reason to drop him otherwise. No way riccardo will be in hrt next year redbull have a tight leash on him. Even in interviews he has to ware the redbull cap lol and it’s the only part of sponsorship clothing u can see when they have the overals pulled down to the waist.

          I think you are correct in your thoughts this announcement means buemi will almost definitely be dropped to make room for riccardo no one could justify dropping jamie.

    • TheBrav3 said on 21st November 2011, 16:26

      I don’t use twitter but im glad to hear it if the world is excited about pedro returning they should be he’s a great guy. I can see from the media side this is gold for hrt. Spanish team spanish driver and it’s been announced before the years even out! That’s a massive difference from a week before the last test last year lol maybe hrt are going to really start stepping up as a team.

      • celeste (@celeste) said on 21st November 2011, 16:38

        But wouldn´t they earn more if they hired a young driver from Spain… someone like Dani Clos.

        I know that De La Rosa is a good guy, but he doesn´t have a good showing… a new driver will give them hope of new sponsorchip…

  10. TheBrav3 said on 21st November 2011, 18:10

    Well this is true but then it’s probably more important to have the young speed when you have a good car hamilton to mclaren in 07 for instance. I think pedro can really help move them forward he has so much development experience with the best development team.

    Also he gave kamui a good run for his money and was robbed of at least one good finish that year due to imploding ferrari engines. Lady luck never smiled on pedros f1 career. I have a feeling he may even surprise a few people in the next two years because i think he has a bit of a reputation with the fans of not being quite good enough. If you ask the team bosses and the drivers i think you will hear a very different opinion about him. :)

    • TheBrav3 said on 21st November 2011, 18:12

      you might want to disregard what i have just said since i obviously don’t have the sense to even be able to press reply ;)

  11. Rocky (@rocky) said on 21st November 2011, 18:51

    Martin Brundle

    Pedro De la Rosa to drive for HRT next 2 years. That will surprise more than a few drivers who hope they might be on the grid somewhere.

    • Rocky (@rocky) said on 21st November 2011, 18:53

      already old news by the look of it sorry should have done a review before posting.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 21st November 2011, 19:15

      Reading the few headlines above, if Rubens signs with TheTeamFormerlyKnownasRenault-Bennetton… and Kimi signs with Williams, then someone will get Grosjean into Trulli’s seat and Glock next to Rubens to we can throw half the grid around!

      Gotta love the old silly season!

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