Mercedes would have left F1 without engine change

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F1F CSIn the round-up: Mercedes would not have stayed in F1 had the sport continued using the old V8 engines.

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Mercedes could have quit over engines (BBC)

“Mercedes has revealed it would also probably have stopped if F1 had not in 2009 decided to commit to the efficiency formula, around the time BMW and Toyota left the sport. ‘I think so, yeah,’ [Daimler board member Professor Dr Thomas] Weber told BBC Sport. ‘Because we had the discussion.'”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain test, 2014Marussia F1 team now independent from car company (Reuters)

Marussia spokesperson: “There is no impact [of Marussia Motors' difficulties] whatsoever on the Formula One team’s operation. There is no link between the two companies financially or technically. The F1 team has been an independent operation for some time.”

Raikkonen: Ferrari is not stupid (Autosport)

“We are not stupid people, we have good things going on. Unfortunately right now it’s not the prettiest thing when you look at the end of the race, but I have belief in the team that we can turn it around.”

Massa has ‘freedom of head space’ (ESPN)

Rob Smedley: “I know him inside-out and I can tell you that he is a very, very good driver. He’s been given the freedom of head space here to do what he’s paid to do and he’s delivering.”

Formula 1′s weighty issue (Duncan Stephen)

“Jean Todt’s comments on the matter are deeply worrying. The FIA president appears to shrug off any suggestions that F1 has a weight problem.”

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain test, 2014

Fernando Alonso drives during this week’s test in Bahrain. Ferrari had to abandon the test early after discovering damage on their chassis.

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Maybe what F1 needs is more artificiality?

I don’t understand the need to artificially change the sound. Hypothetically though, we could artificially change lots of things.

We could make the exhaust fumes artificially smellier; that would be visceral and evocative, wouldn’t it? And tracks that struggle with low attendance, we could use artificial spectators.

And teams that can’t get sponsorship, they could be given pretend ones that make it look like a sport that is financially sustainable.
Alex Brown (@Splittimes)

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52 comments on Mercedes would have left F1 without engine change

  1. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 10th April 2014, 21:30

    Ferrari has a lot of problems, i think they will not get much points.

  2. phillip said on 11th April 2014, 1:50

    I find this article amusing. This is the same company that only 3 years ago were complaining about cost rising etc etc. They have done a sensational job on the engine front and good on them. But these comments are clearly brought about because of the criticisms from Ferrari and Redbull.

    I find it amusing that f1 complains about costs yet consistently change the rules which cost millions of dollars to implement. This ridiculous green agenda, and using f1 as a research and development technology area is ill informed and only destroying the racing as it will only make it harder for teams to compete at the top level and the people to blame is the teams for letting it happen and the FIA.

    Going to the track now is a waste of time, there is no thrill or excitement anymore. I normally attend three races a year and this year after Melbourne I am not wasting anymore money on f1.

    This year racing will be as boring as f12013. Mercs are so far in front that not even the bulls will catch them Horse power and delivery is king which is something merc has mastered.

    Just imagine how good the f1 season would have been this year if we simply adopted the aero rules and not the engine rules. No blown diffuser bulls would be quick, merc would be quick and Ferrari would be quick. Through the corners these cars are all on par, only straight line, horsepower, and drive out of corners are killing the bulls and Ferrari.

  3. Chris Kiss (@bluechris) said on 11th April 2014, 11:23

    Raikoner seems to learn politics fast, i believe that whatever ferrari will do it will not pair with the Mercs so whatever they plan to bring in the upcoming races will be better for sure but not enouph.. offcourse is my believe. I also believe that he does politics because he for sure knows that Alonso will not tolerate this till the end of year and if alonso will leave he will be No1.. except if Ferrari produce an incredible car for next year and a good driver will go there (Vettel maybe)

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