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    If those two dates don’t clash with an F1 race (and Le Mans certainly won’t), maybe the Hulkenberg extra Porsche races rumour might stir up again! @atticus-2 @keithcollantine

    #287143
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    Double post: However, if BT buy back O2 (they sold it in 2001), then perhaps the increased competition in the mobile market may make Vodafone reconsider a sporting sponsorship for marketing exposure.

    #287142
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    @davidnotcoulthard2 Indeed, but then again, that shows you just who made the most of their McLaren sponsorship. Santander have been on the TV here in the UK with Jenson over the past few years, while Vodafone have been absent since 2008 (probably only putting their name on the rear wing). Thus, once Bahrain happened, they got out of there to cut costs.

    #287029
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    He came out of left field, but what a debut! He loves Japan, and they love him.

    #286366
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    @junior-pilot I think they are still tied down to Ferrari for a few more years. If they returned to McLaren – a return to the Santander McLaren livery?

    #286046
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    To the drivers: So, which of you is the weakest driver? :P

    Or, to Hulk: So, which top drivers would you beat if you were their team-mate?

    The the teams: Are the ‘big 4′ going to bully the ‘smaller 3′ in terms of speaking time today?

    #286021
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    @george I’ll admit I do find some sentences a bit strange in our law system… some things punished harder than you would expect, and others less so.

    I hope they try and get some sense into this kid though, while he serves his 4 months (and what’s the point of always doubling how long they’ll serve as the ‘sentence’? Just to provide a backup for bad behaviour? Only today it was announced they are looking to add time on for violently bad behaviour…). Otherwise, 4 months at our expense is useless.. might as well get him providing a public good, and if this is not respected, then take away his liberty for the rest of the period.

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    Agree with @asanator. If Mercedes still wanted to pile in $500m, despite only being able to charge $10m per season for engines, that would have been their choice to get winning PR for a substantial R&D investment.

    This happened anyway, only with the price they ask tripled…. and yet they are the cheapest engine!?
    Perhaps this is from knowing that they’ll always have 3 customer teams..

    Renault could really pull out if Red Bull decide to go the Cosworth bespoke route, leaving Renault high and dry. If Honda are better than Ferrari, then they could undercut them to get the smaller teams, when they open up for some ROI.

    #285611
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    This post got lost in the forum after too many edits, but was subsequently echoed by @theo-hrp:

    Looking back at Senna (84-94, documentary), Rush (76), and Grand Prix (66, semi-fictional), the 50’s are absent, with an obvious film being 1955 and the Le Mans disaster, affecting racing for many years afterwards. There’s also one in the pre-war era, with many GP drivers spying in the war effort, some with tragic consequences. These tragedies would have to be told after successful films that had a joyous storyline.

    @omarr-pepper In the modern era, we have a nice little franchise going, matching up with Hamilton in F1 – 2007-2010 would all be fantastic individually. 2012 would be a good sequel to wrap it up, with 2014 being the start of the next franchise. 2011 and losing Kubica would probably be flashbacks in 2012.

    The one before this could match with Montoya, or Schumacher taking on the emerging Raikkonen and Alonso, with notable incidents like 2005 Indianapolis or Alonso’s win after tyre-gate in 2006, but probably starting with Montoya’s move on Schumacher at Brazil 2001, before the three-way 2003 battle.

    @npf1 I do like the idea of one based on Hakkinen, with his career dovetailing Michael Schumacher’s from the junior levels, right up to winning the title. He even partnered Senna for a time, which adds something nice to the story, matching him in Estoril qualifying.

    But from Senna’s death in 1994, the comeback after 1995, a first win amongst the 1997 title battle, after DC won first, to two title battles with Schumacher/Ferrari, climaxing with the move on Schumacher at Spa, before Schumacher finally wins (and goes on to continue winning, while Mika retires after another big shunt or two, like Hockenheim) is a great storyline.

    #285606
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    Agree with @asanator. If Mercedes still wanted to pile in $500m, despite only being able to charge $10m per season for engines, that would have been their choice to get winning PR for a substantial R&D investment.

    This happened anyway, only with the price they ask tripled…. and yet they are the cheapest engine!?
    Perhaps this is from knowing that they’ll always have 3 customer teams..

    Renault could really pull out if Red Bull decide to go the Cosworth bespoke route, leaving Renault high and dry. If Honda are better than Ferrari, then they could undercut them to get the smaller teams, when they open up for some ROI.

    #285605
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    I’ll be sad to see the end of Buxton commentary for GP2/GP3. I do feel that he did his best to make the drivers and series relevant, and enthusiasm in commentary is always a good thing, alongside accuracy. He always did well too to get the ex-drivers into the booth alongside him. But our loss is the US’ gain.. same for James Allen and Australia/BBC Radio 5 live.

    #285282
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    2nd in a Mercedes is like a normal 6th place finish, lol. I estimate a 0.75-1s per lap race pace advantage from Interlagos. Perhaps, even in an 18 car grid, Lewis could get back up to 2nd from the back.

    #284511
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    Once they work it out, and the FIA don’t stuff up the execution of it (deltas every 50m? That’s ridiculous), it will probably become the norm. Who said F1 is becoming more like a video game?

    #284510
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    Toyota need a replacement for Lapierre – I thought they would go with Kobayashi. Thus, if they win Le Mans, they can have either Nakajima or Kobayashi (a Japanese Toyota driver) winning it as well.

    But, Button would be a damn good scoop, too. @joao-pedro-cq @rjoconnell

    #283556
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    While I imagine this guy never got anything right, to be fair, in that speculation, he only got the role of the ‘next big thing’ wrong, as Marko chose Kvyat over Vergne, who many would have picked as the ‘safe choice’, while Verstappen could then have gone up against a now known quantity in Kvyat, who would then have to learn how to lead the junior team. Instead, it’s plainly clear who leads both teams, and who is matching up on pace with an eye for the future.

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