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21st December 2014, 10:20 at 10:20 am #289363
@RoboCAT @bradley13 @diceman @Formula-1 @bnm123 @JamieFranklinF1 @full-throttle-f1 @andae23 @mathers @pezlo2013 @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1 @sirspuddington @aiera-music @blockwall2 @davidnotcoulthard @redmist @theawesomefish @ajcross
New arrival for Franklin in 2015
Following the departure of the beloved Team 23, Franklin-Honda have taken the opportunity to sign German driver Elroy Wagner.
The team principal was unavailable to comment on whether Wagner would be competing, or would take a back seat role within the team. Though it would be hard to deny that this multiple race winner would be anything but a huge asset to the current Champions.20th December 2014, 17:34 at 5:34 pm #289330
Wow, what a race! I know there was obviously some controversy in how the end of the season was, but I still maintain that Ruiz was the best driver. Had I thought Hoskins was better, I would have signed him, no doubt about it, and I think Ruiz showed again what a class act he is.
You could see his sheer will to win in the run to the first corner, and from then on he was seemingly untouchable. Given that this was his first full season, it will be interesting to see how he develops in his second full year, especially when you see how much Hoskins improved.
@andae23 – Once again, it’s so sad that this will be Team 23’s final race. It’s been an absolute pleasure racing against you!
And finally, @RoboCAT – Thank you again for another fantastic year of racing! The amount of time and effort you put into this is incredible, and we can’t thank you enough for it :)
One last thought as well: would it be possible to have team themes at the end of each race for the victor? Sort of like a national anthem, but we choose our own. Nothing major, just something that came to me.20th December 2014, 7:21 at 7:21 am #289291
@RoboCAT – unfortunately, I get the message ‘this video is unavailable’ or ‘this video is currently being processed’ – hopefully an issue which fixes itself!18th December 2014, 18:55 at 6:55 pm #289231
And forgetting about Button who has experience with Williams, Benetton/Renault, BAR/Honda/Brawn and Mclaren. If you count those as three teams, then he has won in 2 of those four teams (3/5 if you count Brawn as separate).
As for engines, he has won with both Honda and Mercedes, but been involved with BMW and Renault on top of those.18th December 2014, 12:45 at 12:45 pm #289221
Firstly, congratulations to @Redmist, and I wish you every success in the upcoming season.
And…wow. That’s quite a gesture. But that’s okay, if that is the truth, then whoever has decided to take such action can continue with their bullying tactics, I don’t plan on changing how I run my team.14th December 2014, 14:02 at 2:02 pm #289094
@Formula-1 – To be fair, I backed out of the deal and had no interest in purchasing Mattson after that point. @Juan-Pablo-Heidfeld-1 and I spoke after that point and I offered to pay the half of what had already been offered. It’s no secret that Franklin and Ingram have a technical partnership, and so I used my resources to help them out.
Just another chapter in Franklin’s heel turn I guess! :P12th December 2014, 18:28 at 6:28 pm #289038
Will be a very interesting race. The most important of the season, and it’s set to be a great one!
Obviously I’m rooting for Ruiz, but good luck to Hoskins, and I can assure everyone that they will be on equal strategies.11th December 2014, 18:45 at 6:45 pm #288663
To JF: Who do you think is the better driver, Hoskins or Ruiz?
JF: It’s a tough call. Both drivers are great, and have been fantastic this season. Given his age, I think Enrique may have more potential, but right now they are relatively equal.
To JF: Statistically, Will Hoskins is the most successful driver on the grid. Why didnt you sign him and why favour Enrique Ruiz?
JF: I agree, it might seem odd, but Enrique hasn’t competed in as many races. His performance this year has been impeccable. Of the races he has finished, he has been on the podium every time, and his winning streak is growing as well. It might be that Will is and continues to be the most successful statistically, but Enrique won’t ever be far behind.
To JF: Who is replacing Hoskins next year? And do you regret losing him to a rival team in Westwood?
JF: We have a few different options. Hirvonen is a likely candidate, as is Luke Stokey. Stokey has shown some great potential in FV2, but there could be a surprise yet.
To JF: Many team managers have labelled your actions as ‘disgusting’ and ‘unprofessional’. What do you say to these opinions?
JF: I say that we have won 4 Championships. Can any other team say that? I run this team how I feel it should be run to attain the best results. It has worked so far, and I intend to keep it that way. If you look at who has said such things, then you can understand why. Firstly Bradley, who took on Nathaniel last year. He has probably heard some stories from a potentially bitter driver. Then you have Harry, whose concern is that if Will doesn’t take the title, he won’t have the number 1 on his car next year. That’s how I see it anyway, and to me, that makes no difference. In fact, to prove that, there is no chance of us running the number 1 next year. We will continue with 11 and 12 to prove a point.
To JF: You failed to secure Nathaniel Powers in 2013, and it looks like you may not secure the Champion this year either. Is your team becoming a joke?
JF: *Laughs* Yes, our Championship winning team is an absolute joke. Makes perfect sense. Nathaniel wanted a new challenge last year, and we have different ideals to Will this year. We are, and never will be a joke, we are fierce competitors who will always try to run with the best of them.
To JF: Are you going to give Hoskins and Ruiz the same strategy in Mexico, of maybe have Ruiz stop once more? And if it’s the latter and Ruiz wins, do you think people will think that maybe Hoskins lacks the overtaking ability.
JF: We are looking to keep them equal for the final race. I don’t think there’s any reason to try and prove a point to anyone.
To WH: Has the controversy got anything to do with you moving teams?
WH: I guess it’s possible that I’m being put on worse strategies, but what can I do? I’m doing the best I can to retain my lead in the title race, and I can confirm we will be equal in Mexico, and I’m confident I can deliver.
To JF: We know you are the ‘bigger’ team in your technical partnership with Ingram, but do you gain anything from them?
JF: No doubt about it. Obviously, we can’t necessarily gain outright data from them, but seeing how they are run is always inspiring, not to mention they help with potential young drivers, and the work they have done with Honda has no doubt been a huge asset. Not to mention this guy here.
ER: I’d like to add that Will is a great guy, and the whole Ingram team is such a nice team to be with, for sure.
To ER: Enrique, how likely do you think it is that you can win the title?
ER: For sure, it will be difficult. Will is very fast, but I will be pushing to the maximum to ensure that I win my first Championship.10th December 2014, 22:17 at 10:17 pm #288589
That line up is genuinely fantastic, and if Ingram continue to on their upward trend, then a dangerous force for next season.
Imagine where they may have been with that line up this season!10th December 2014, 21:15 at 9:15 pm #288578
At this point, I think it’s difficult to find a team that doesn’t have at least one strong driver. Really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
Nevertheless, off the top of my head, I still think the strongest line up is @Mathers, followed by @bnm123 and @Sirspuddington. With myself and @Bradley13 after that, possibly with @Juan-pablo-heidfeld-1 in that same category. Though I do hope to have a dark horse line up :)10th December 2014, 21:01 at 9:01 pm #288555
Don’t forget @Mathers is likely to have another strong line up next year.
I’m hoping to have a strong one myself. I know I have at least one race winner and potential Champion.10th December 2014, 17:30 at 5:30 pm #288543
@Mathers – Fair play to you with a bid like that!
I agree, I’d love to know more about the potential new teams. Which teams they look up to, the engines, driver dream teams. Would be a good gauge of our new rivals.10th December 2014, 7:22 at 7:22 am #288520
Bradley, you’re what…third? I’m goingn to make much more money than you ;)
But if you like playing…
Bid for Klaas van Sneiheld: £1,000,0009th December 2014, 12:56 at 12:56 pm #288470
I think in this traumatic time, Wagner will be more than welcome at Franklin. Who wouldn’t want to see one of our 2013 rivals join us? :)
Bid for Wagner: £2,000,0009th December 2014, 7:45 at 7:45 am #288425
Not the best practice, but Hirvonen wasn’t nearly as bad as some may have claimed! Haha