Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas, Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR, 2014

Haas has big plans for his F1 team – Busch

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

F1F CSIn the round-up: NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, who races for Gene Haas’s team, says his team boss is serious about his Formula One plans.


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Kurt Busch: NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas ‘serious’ about F1 team (Austin-American Statesman)

“We’re going to move a lot of our engineering department over to that new building, and the pit crew facility will be over there. So that way there’s more space for four cars on NASCAR, and then that new building, the square footage it will house his F1 cars.”

Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas, Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR, 2014Subway ‘exploring’ Formula One sponsorship (The Telegraph)

“US sandwich chain Subway is considering a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with Formula One which could see several of the sport’s teams and superstar drivers teaming up to promote the brand.”

Bernie Ecclestone puts brakes on racing teams’ hopes of buying stake in Formula One (This is Money)

“Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has poured cold water on hopes that racing teams could buy a stake in the multi-billion pound sport, saying its current owners were ‘in no hurry to sell’.”

“Standby Medical Car”: the system (A former F1 doc writes)

“Every inch of the circuit is covered by cameras that can pan, tilt and zoom. The locals, at least at the more “mature” circuits, know which cameras cover the usual problem areas, and have them pre-set to cover precisely those zones. Remember that depending on the circuit, these local race control guys might be doing this every two weeks for years now (Spa, Silverstone, Hockenheim, etc…). Also remember that each camera is connected to a [digital video recorder], so every second of every camera gets recorded… just in case.”


Comment of the day

More thoughts on the widely-debated topic of engine noise from another fan who’s been to a race this year:

I attended the Malaysian Grand Prix through the weekend and didn’t think the sound or volume of the new engines was too bad to be fair. They make a nice sound and they still sound like fast, powerful race car engines. The various other noises from the turbo and hybrid systems also sound pretty cool.

Yes they are quieter than the engines we have had over the past 20+ years but I found them to be a lot louder than I was expecting based on all the whining been done on the internet and in the media. They’re still fairly loud, There in no way near been silent (Like the Le Mans diesels) and it is still a very impressive sound when you have 22 of them revving ready for the start.

I took my cousin along, She had never been to a race before and isn’t a big race fan so she had no preconceptions about the noise. The noise/volume didn’t hurt her experience at the track in any way and she was still wowed by the speed of the cars and the overall performance. She was blown away by the braking performance and just how quickly these cars accelerate out of corners.
Said she’d like to go with me to another F1 race in the future so the new sound certainly didn’t put her off in any way as many was saying it would turn new fans away.

I would suggest that all the people doing the complaining who have not heard the sound in person yet should stop there complaining until they do because in the flesh they still sound awesome even if they are a bit quieter.

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