Button “would be amazed” if anyone beats Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014In the round-up: Jenson Button voices doubt over whether anyone besides Mercedes will win a race this year.

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Nico Rosberg won’t be hit by Lewis Hamilton mind games, claims Jenson Button (Daily Mail)

“I would be amazed if another car wins a race this year.”

Lack of F1 winners due to spending war – Wolff (Autosport

“It’s clear we are going to see a gap between the smaller and larger teams widening, and that is not what we want. And this is probably the reason.”

‘Renault started too late’ (Sky)

Christian Horner: “As you can see we’ve got a very good chassis, I just think that they started too late. It’s as simple as that.”

Moving On Up (Lotus)

Technical director Nick Chester: “There’s acoustic work going on with the FIA at the moment, looking at the shape of the megaphone exhaust because depending on how you shape it you can affect different frequencies. So you can bias it towards the frequencies that you want to pick up. Clearly there is still more work to do. Trying to change the sound using anything other than a new tailpipe would be a major challenge.”

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Jay’s on form – this is his second Comment of the Day this week:

On F1 and the cost cap, I really don’t see how it can work. Unless you create a franchise like set-up like American sports, there is no way. The debate has raged on in football for years. Michel Platini’s Financial Fair Play will curtail some of the nouveau riche, but it doesn’t necessarily stop the likes of Man City and Paris Saint-German from operating at a loss.

Bernie is a being his usual cheeky self, asking teams to “spend less”. Sure Bernie, I hear Vijay Mallya has got his abacus out. You get the feeling that F1 needs to save itself from itself. Calls to spread the revenue out more evenly is probably a good start, but its just going to be a temporary fix isn’t it? The more money teams have, the more they will spend it, and then in a few years, we’re back to where you started.

This issue with haves versus have-nots will continue to rage until everybody agrees that the sport needs a massive shake-up in its fundamentals.
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57 comments on Button “would be amazed” if anyone beats Mercedes

  1. P J Squeak (@pjsqueak) said on 17th May 2014, 16:33

    An F1 truck race would definitely be something I would want to watch. However, I have a suspicion that Mercedes just might win it.

  2. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 17th May 2014, 18:03

    This “CostMania” crap is driving me crazy, when i hear sometimes Toto Wolf the head of Mercedes AMG that employs nearly 1250 people and has recruited over the past years dozens of senior engineers and technical director or Christian Horner RBR team principle that invested heavily in their wind tunnel/simulator and who employs Newey alone for 12 million $ a year, talking about the cost issues i just know how much of a drama this “CostMania” is .
    Of course let’s not forget the other active part of this drama apart from the overspending teams which is Monsieur Todt and Bernie Ecclestone with their stupid rules they are contributing day after day to make this sport out of reach to the non VIP people. Now with the strategy group F1 has become affordable to the VIP of the VIP teams.
    Mercedes and RBR have shown that whoever spend the most in the current era will have the advantage, thanks heaven (for a Ferrari fun) the Ferrari CDA has finally understand this and now there huge economical boost coming to the F1 team. A spending war between Ferrari, Mercedes and RBR has just began enjoy!!!!

  3. Sauber (@mumito) said on 17th May 2014, 18:49

    Do not be silly. Cost cap wouldnt work? OK. Start giving away equal sums of money to all the teams. Stop filling Ferrari, mcLaren and Williams pocket. If the cars are running under the 107%….they deserve the money. That way smaller teams can start closing the gap. I’ll bet you that Marussia with an extra 30 or 40 Millons a year can do better.
    We will also see less pay drivers.
    But… nobody wants to be fair.
    Just little changes can make smaller teams happier and more competitive. And bigger teams will still be happy because they will be allowed to spend millions an millons.
    How does Ferrari feal, spending 200 millions more than Force India and having the same success in 2014?
    How long can Ferrari take it? What will happen when ALO and RAI retire? Their cars will be automatically 2 or 3 posittions behind.
    Nobody (but us…the smaller team fans) wants a better F1. Big teams are heading to a 4 cars scuderias with only 5 or 6 teams.
    Again…not cost cap..just little changes as dividing FIA money equally among the 107%

  4. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 17th May 2014, 23:33

    If you wanted to make a significant reduction in costs, you could try having fewer races. When the calendar featured fewer races, and those which were on the calendar were predominantly in Europe, the cost of getting to the races was much lower. If you make half the races long haul flyaways, then they’ll inevitably cost more for the teams. And every additional race is an additional cost.

    Lose three GPs from the calendar and you’ll instantly save every team millions.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 18th May 2014, 0:06

      @mazdachris, you would save the teams millions but Bernie/FOM would lose millions. All these extra races on the calendar are driven by the increase in revenue that FOM take more than 1/3rd of after they charge their costs to the teams, the teams have to pay their own costs out of their share of the 63% of revenue (less FOM expenses) split unequally between 10 teams.

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