In the round-up: Eric Boullier doubts F1’s deeply unpopular double points rule will be dropped before the season starts.
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“This has been decided. It went through. Maybe there will be more discussions about it, but I have no idea. To be honest, I am quite easy on this one.”
“Double points for final race of the season ?óÔéĽÔÇŁ smaller teams will completely change their design process in an attempt to secure these points as it could make a significant difference to their constructors?óÔéĽÔäó position.”
“When there are drivers, such as the Mexicans or Venezuelans, who bring even ?óÔÇÜ?Ľ15 million, if not more so, the mission becomes impossible for me. The economic situation is tragic in Italy, I know that because my family works in the building field, which is one of those that were most affected by the crisis.”
“Never before there has been a situation like this, when with just a couple of weeks before the first test nobody has any idea of where everyone is. It?óÔéĽÔäós a pretty unique situation for everyone.”
“Mansour Ojjeh has relinquished his role as a director of the McLaren Group. He has been replaced by his younger brother Aziz, his partner in the TAG organisation.”
Grosjean has a new logo incorporating his driver number on his helmet.
Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen: “The Q50 Eau Rouge is the latest example of how the future of Infiniti is driven by ground-breaking design.”
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What’s the deal with Bernie Ecclestone’s vast archive of unseen F1 footage? @Gt-racer enlightens us:
A reason why more of it isn?óÔéĽÔäót made more widely available is that its all still on its original media and in boxes on shelfves. It hasn?óÔéĽÔäót all been moved onto digital media or onto any type of network server which would allow quick access to everything and going through that process would take months if not years with the amount of material they have there.
That is a big part of why there?óÔéĽÔäós no sort of online portal where you can buy/stream the races, The archive isn?óÔéĽÔäót set up in a way that would make that possible yet.
As to whats in the archive, Everything from 1981 onwards and some stuff from before that which FOM have brought over the years.
The full race broadcasts (Although some from the early 80s are incomplete), highlights, unedited footage from all trackside camera recordings, all the in-car recordings, all the live data recordings for telemetry, team radio and the timing/tracking systems, all the archive camera recordings captured from the non-live cameras, all the test footage from cameras/equipment that gets trialled which is stuff not made public, multiple language commentary tracks from the broadcasters and probably more stuff I’ve forgot to include.
Also remember that this is from every session over the weekend and not just the race footage.
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The car was powered by a V12 engine of the same type used by McLaren in 1991 and 1992. Honda’s chassis project was a development of two previous cars but none were ever entered for a race. This is believed to be a picture from the demonstration.
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