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    I’d be happier if teams were spending money on the development of the cars, that would be an ideal situation in my eyes. You cannot progress anything without spending money, and if the money is spent on the cars, then surely the end result is progression.

    WEC doesn’t have a cost cap and they’re attracting construtors, so I don’t think F1 needs to save money, it just needs to ensure that the sport is at the cutting edge to attract sponsors and fans to it. Plus I’m sure teams would get around a cost cap in other ways… I’ve seen cost caps fail in rugby league and AFL here in Australia, to the point where players are given huge amounts of money for “transportation” and “living expenses” to get around the rules.

    #295444
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    Bottas on Massa is my vote as well. Same tyres, same cars, no DRS, it was around the outside, it was truly an epic move between teammates. Good to see Bottas get the result after a tough road back from his back injury.

    #294938
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    Some of the stuff, like selling previous years team wear /drivers overalls, is already done, some are even donated to charity events etc…

    Problem is, they have to spend money to make it. Having a guided tour requires staff/equipment to manage bookings, show people around etc… Then they have to worry about food/drink, then there are questions around sufficient public toilets that can be used separate to the staff. Theres more to it than a simple “lets show them stuff”. So after all that, how much money would they reasonably accrue from such a venture?

    Problem is, they don’t need small amounts of money, they need millions and that takes a lot of effort on these smaller ideas.

    Personally I think F1 needs to impose some rules around number of team members that can appear at a GP weekend. While its impressive to have 15 odd guys servicing a car in a pitstop, couldn’t they be limited to 1 guy per wheel, a front jackman and a rear jackman? Limit the amount of crew at the track, including non-essential marketing personnel, who currently go from track to track, and use local vendors to cater/look after guests. This saves on flights, accom and traveling costs, which over 19 race weekends would really add up to 100’s of thousands of dollars.

    #293368
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    Actually, I’ve been thinking about this… I think I worked out how to secure money for Mannor in the longterm, not just the short term, and even fix up F1 so that the drivers reaped the rewards instead of FIA and FOM.

    Announcing Bernie Ecclestone as the 2nd named driver for Manor, but obviously no Number 2 behind anyone, let alone that Stevens kid…

    Bernie would surely change the course of FOM and FIA to ensure that the drivers got all the cash… He also wouldn’t be caught dead in a back marker team, he’d change the rules so that all 2015 cars were illegal, leaving Manor the only legal car out there, then on top of it, ensure that the Stevens kid had lots of mechanical issues. For 2015, he’d quickly change the cash allocations from the TV rights, so that the team with the least amount of points got the most amount of money and the team with the most from 2014 would get nothing. He would change the rules to allow T-cars again, so whenever Bernie’s car would break down, he’d just take over the car driven by that Stevens’ kid. If the conditions were too tough, he’d have the race stopped until it cooled down, or warmed up, or stopped raining, til it was within his comfort levels.

    #293367
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    A lot of people are picking Max Chilton yet forgetting that he’s likely going to IndyCars to become the reincarnation of 1993 Nigel Mansell.

    @rjoconnell I like where you went with this, however, if Chilton was to become famous in Indy Car, he’d be more like Zanardi, who also achieved very little in F1, only to win Indy Car titles. At least Nige won a championship in F1 ;)

    #293366
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    1. My question that I’d ask Vettel: What is one of your main strengths out on the track, one thing that gives you that edge over others?

    2. Heres a horrible question from Abu Dhabi in 2014 that I could spend hours typing this out, instead, enjoy…

    http://youtu.be/ECSKQbtjyK8?t=26m40s

    #287054
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    @keithcollantine it wouldn’t be the same without you… besides, F1F keeps me occupied during the off season ;)

    #276864
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    Speculation on Alonso’s 2015 seat is rife. However, here is Massa’s prediction…

    http://youtu.be/YPQkYxxftfU

    #276786
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    @s2g-unit RIC is already confirmed for next year, so RBR will be fielding Kyvat and Ricciardo in 2015. As for Alonso, he’ll be going to McLaren and rumours suggesting Button will be out

    #276489
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    @andae23 You are my friend, one of the geekiest F1 fanatics I’ve ever met, great article, and exactly echos my thoughts on the fact that graphene is definitely something that will make its way into F1… Btw, I call you a geek out of the greatest of admiration, people with knowledge seldom get credit in todays society, but you are definitely a wealth of knowledge.

    #267904
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    I do believe if Bernie was told by the UN or by the British parliament that he was not allowed to hold the race in Russia that he would pocket whatever fees that the organisers have already given him and cancel the event. It would give Bernie the perfect out clause. However he wont cancel the race based on sentiment alone, Bahrain has already set the precedent on this.

    #265975
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    I originally thought Bottas’ move was brilliant (can’t remember who he got), but I do think Alonso on Ricciardo around Club.

    #261904
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    Hulk on Magnussen for pass of the year for sure…

    Fail of the year was Kimi on Magnussen, but gets quote of the year, Kimi said to autosport afterwards:

    “I never hit him until I reversed, because obviously he was behind me.”

    source: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/114136

    #260535
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    Alfa Romeo, red cars go faster ;)

    Best number 2 driver? Eddie Irvine or Rubens Barrichello?

    #259714
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    I think:

    Constructor: RBR
    Driver: VET

    It isn’t the first time VET has come back at the 2nd half of a championship season, however, at this moment in time, it seems very distant. However, it is clear to me that the RBR is the best of the rest.

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