End of Red Bull dominance ‘good for F1′ – Button

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Bahrain, 2014In the round-up: Jenson Button believes it will be good for Formula One if Red Bull’s dominance over the sport is broken this year.


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Red Bull failing is good for F1: Slimline Button glad to see champions struggle (Daily Mail)

“Not having Red Bull at the front now is good for the sport. It’s sad to think like that but it’s a fact that they have been too dominant.”

Ron Dennis: Red Bull’s problems are partly ‘self-inflicted’ (The Telegraph)

“Some of what Red Bull is experiencing is self-inflicted. Some of it is in any new regulations – if it involves engines, someone is going to be at the top, someone is going to be at the bottom.”

Marussia aim to make Formula One mark despite meagre resources (The Guardian)

Team principal John Booth: “Most people can see the cost of the Manchester City squad because it’s on the back page of every single paper every day. They can see, when West Brom play Man City, they can see West Brom fighting, using clever strategy to nullify the advantage. But fans can’t see how hard we’re fighting. We don’t have budgets like the big teams.”

Maldonado: Lotus ‘best decision ever’ (Autosport)

“In my opinion it’s the best decision ever. I saw the car first in the windtunnel and it was fantastic.”

F1’s McLaren revs up hunt for investors (FT, registration required)

“The team has held exploratory talks with Chinese investors. ‘The net is cast wide,’ he said, when asked about the discussions. ‘It’s a question of the quality of the investor.'”

Mercedes has the edge – Massa (ESPN)

“Honestly, if you ask me which team as at the front, I think it’s Mercedes. But we’ll see, and now is the time to understand who is really at the front, when we get to qualifying and everybody is on the same fuel and new tyres. Then you will understand where you are compared to the others.”

Administrators failed to support F1, says Narain Karthikeyan (The Times of India)

“The fans need to be educated more about this sport so that they can enjoy it in the right spirit. But sadly I have not seen any effort from the authorities to popularise it.”

Kevin Garside: Could Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton next wear the F1 crown? (The Independent)

“Hamilton would rise again a year later only to see his McLaren career crushed under the aegis of Martin Whitmarsh. Had Dennis reached for the guillotine and lopped the well-meaning technocrat sooner, Hamilton might still be a McLaren driver.”


Comment of the day

It seems many readers are hoping for Williams to thrive this year:

Privateer teams like Williams used to be the backbone and lifeblood of the sport that I love. For the last decade or more, we’ve slowly lost them to big manufacturers or big business with heaps of cash, but with what seems like a revival of fortune, Williams is finding itself near the front again and I can’t state enough how big a deal that is.

I think we’re long past the time when plucky little private teams find themselves fighting for championships, which is a shame, but hopefully the likes of Williams will keep the old racing spirit alive to allow people to draw a line from little karters and small private teams in the lower formulae all the way up to the top.

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101 comments on End of Red Bull dominance ‘good for F1′ – Button

  1. Steph (@stephanief1990) said on 10th March 2014, 9:25

    It’s far too early to say or even imply RBR are over and done with. We’ve only had pre-season testing, Red Bull have the biggest budget, the best engineers and aero department, arguably the best driver whose confidence is through the roof right now and they’ve always developed well throughout the season. If if this year does end up being a right off they lost in 09 and came back stronger than ever in 2010 and we all know what happened in the seasons after that. Plus, if things go as expected/predicted and we go from an era of Red Bull dominating to Mercedes dominating that isn’t actually a giant leap forward in terms of entertainment.

    • OneBHK (@onebhk) said on 10th March 2014, 10:07

      Red Bull have the biggest budget, the best engineers and aero departmen

      @stephanief1990 Haven’t the other teams poached important Redbull’s team members, like Peter Prodromou.. Maybe this is affecting them… Even Williams took a chunk

    • Mercedes domination is may be different in that Hamilton and Rosberg may be closer than Vettel and Webber. If Webber would have been closer to Vettel we would have had some outstanding championship battles and a number of hissy fits.

  2. OneBHK (@onebhk) said on 10th March 2014, 10:18

    I will only agree that Rebull are not going to win WDC / WCC after Spa

  3. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 10th March 2014, 11:03

    “In my opinion it’s the best decision ever. I saw the car first in the windtunnel and it was fantastic.” – Maldonado

    Aww!! Didn’t you see the Williams car getting developed during your tenure at the team? Case of VERY sour grapes

  4. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 10th March 2014, 13:13

    I wonder if Button would feel the same way if he had been in the dominant car. Would it still be “good for F1″ if he was suddenly struggling? I think not.

  5. antonyob (@antonyob) said on 10th March 2014, 13:22

    Wow, whatever happened to the phoney winter championship? All sorts of times and performances would come out of winter testing and then come the first race, and in fact even the second, results would be totally different. Very rarely, maybe the Brawn in 2009, do you get a proper inkling before a competitive wheel has been turned.

    • Robbie said on 10th March 2014, 17:05

      That’s true, but you do get a general idea, and the evidence is pretty overwhelming that at a bare minimum RBR for example, even if they have sorted out some reliability issues and are destined to finish the first race, have had relatively much less time to gain knowledge on tires and on setup options for their car and how those truly affect the tires. They also may not know how hard they can push their power unit whereas the Mercedes teams already know so much more about what happens to their systems and their fuel economy when they do crank it up.

      So I don’t think it is as rare as you are claiming for us to have a relatively accurate inkling as to what to expect. And that is, now that the pre-season testing is completed and an overall picture can start to be assembled. Generally, Mercedes teams should be relatively confident, Renault teams should not be, and Ferrari should be in the mix if not by pace at least by reliability in testing. Of course there may be some surprises.

  6. Irejag (@irejag) said on 10th March 2014, 23:25

    Is the end of Red Bull Dominance good for the sport? Probably, yes. I for one would rather their dominance end due to the other teams getting better and beating them on Merit. By that, I mean to say that I wish the regulations and rules were left alone for several years so that the teams have a chance to learn new innovative ways of catching the front runners without having regulation changes being the main reason why they improve to the point of beating Red Bull.
    Having Red Bull’s dominance end because of changes in the sport seems kind of anti-climactic if you ask me.
    For example: Ferrari went out and signed a second veteran racer to drive along side Alonso. Red Bull goes and signs a “could be good but yet unproven” driver. To me, those are the type of team decisions that should affect the sport the most. It should not be rule changes or technical changes.
    In the past I was of the belief that the rule changes were made simply to undermine Red Bull, but now I don’t feel that way to same degree, even though the thought still lingers in my head.
    So, is and end of Red Bull Dominance good for the sport? Probably. “But not like this, never like this.” – Cannot remember where I heard that quote.

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