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by Gertrand Bachot 27 Jul 2019, 21:55
Race Report

Steward report:
Nothing to report

Penalty list:
Einar Ármannsson (1)
Dave Cassidy (2)
Bradley Dagnall (1)
James James Davies (1)
Lando Norris (1)
Mike Rockenfeller (1)
Sergey Sirotkin (1)
Diego Álvarez Torrente (2)
Santiago Urrutia (1)
Sebastian Vettel (1)

Parts list:
Car #1: 1 motor / 2 transmissions
Car #3: 1 transmission
Car #6: 3 motors
Car #7: 2 motors / 1 transmission
Car #10: 2 motors
Car #14: 2 transmissions
Car #17: 1 motor
Car #18: 2 motors
Car #19: 1 transmission
Car #22: 1 transmission
Car #32: 1 motor
Car #33: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #35: 2 motors / 1 transmission
Car #37: 1 motor
Car #55: 2 motors / 3 transmissions
Car #47: 1 transmission
Car #56: 1 motor
Car #57: 1 motor
Car #64: 1 motor / 2 transmissions
Car #73: 1 motor
Car #94: 1 motor
Car #96: 3 motors / 1 transmission
Car #98: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #99: 2 motors / 1 transmission

Budgets, price money and sponsorship after the 17th race of the 2020 season:
+ Calinetic (miguel98) - €24,000,000
+ Caterham (kevinbotz) - €32,000,000
+ Dawson (petoli) - €6,000,000
+ FAST (Aerond) - €41,500,000
+ Ferrari (Biscione) - €26,500,000
+ Mansell (RealRacingRoots) - €29,000,000
+ Precision (wizzie) - €29,000,000
+ Red Bull (Dexter249) - €63,000,000
+ Sauber (East Londoner) - €14,500,000
+ Theodore (Salamander) - €27,000,000
+ Toyota (Reject_Dom) - €16,000,000
+ Williams (novitopoli) - €36,000,000

They talk about the failure of socialism, but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?

Socialism doesn't mean taking wealth from those who work hard and giving it to those who don't. You're thinking of capitalism.
by Gertrand Bachot 27 Jul 2019, 21:59
September 15-17: the F1 teams will run the second official mid-season test at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

During that test, teams can use track time to work on one of four tasks each day, each session costing €5,000,000 with up to three sessions available:
Short Runs - improves qualifying pace. For every day invested into car development, the maximum qualifying grip of a car will be raised by 0-30 points.
Long Runs - improves race pace. For every day invested into long runs, the maximum race grip of a car will be raised by 0-30 points.
Driver Performance - allows your drivers to improve. For every day invested into driver performance, the driver chosen will improve his performance by a small bit for the rest of the season.
Talent Evaluation - enables your team to assess a driver.

Only with the Talent Evaluation focus can drivers that are currently not under contract be used by your team. No superlicense is required for these drivers. The choice of driver does not influence the outcome of the session.

Just fill this out and we are ready to go:
Code: Select all
Team: Well, duh

April 16
Active: Yes/No
Task: Short Runs/Long Runs/Driver Performance/Talent Evaluation/None
Driver:

April 17
Active: Yes/No
Task: Short Runs/Long Runs/Driver Performance/Talent Evaluation/None
Driver:

April 18
Active: Yes/No
Task: Short Runs/Long Runs/Driver Performance/Talent Evaluation/None
Driver:


Please post your testing plans before August 7, 12:00 pm BST.

They talk about the failure of socialism, but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?

Socialism doesn't mean taking wealth from those who work hard and giving it to those who don't. You're thinking of capitalism.
by Miguel98 28 Jul 2019, 21:35
Team: Calinetic

April 16
Active: No
Task: N/A
Driver:

April 17
Active: Yes
Task: Talent Evaluation
Driver: Lucas Légeret

April 18
Active: Yes
Task: Short Runs
Driver: Pascal Wehrlein

Mario on Gutierrez after the Italian Grand Prix wrote:He's no longer just a bit of a tool, he's the entire tool set.


18-07-2015: Forever in our hearts Jules.
25-08-2015: Forever in our hearts Justin.
by Wizzie 30 Jul 2019, 08:34
Team: Precision

September 15
Active: No

September 16
Active: No

September 17
Active: No

Biscione wrote:"Some Turkemenistani gulag repurposed for residential use" is the best way yet I've heard to describe North / East Glasgow.
by Pinkd56 30 Jul 2019, 16:05
Team: Red Bull

April 16
Active: NO
Task: N/A
Driver: N/A

April 17
Active: Yes
Task: Long Runs
Driver: Daniel Melrose

April 18
Active: NO
Task: N/A
Driver: N/A
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by Wizzie 01 Aug 2019, 10:36
Autosport wrote:Melrose livid with Red Bull test snub

Red Bull driver Daniel Melrose was absolutely livid today after Red Bull announced their provisional test program at the upcoming open test at Monza. The former four-time world champion has been right in the mix for the championship battle throughout 2020, and was not impressed by the decisions the team has made.

"This team has a golden opportunity to make up ground on our championship rivals, and frankly I fear we're about to squander it away," lamented Melrose. "I was looking forward to putting in three days of solid work to improve both myself and the car going forward, and this is what we get."

The 35 year old German-Australian went further, saying that if the team didn't take advantage of the unique position they're in, they may not find themselves in title contention in future seasons.

"Now is the time to win. Precision and Caterham have both decided to hold their positions heading into the last few races of the year. We have to go all-in now and go for a title that is within our grasp, rather than hope for a future that will probably never come. We will not have a season in the foreseeable future where teams with quicker cars have stumbled as often as they have. I'm already on the wrong side of 35 having my best season in nearly a decade, and I feel we have what it takes to climb to the top of the mountain this year with maximum attack."

Melrose currently sits 3rd in the championship after two races wins this season with six races to go, 33.5 points behind current championship leader Jules Bianchi.

Biscione wrote:"Some Turkemenistani gulag repurposed for residential use" is the best way yet I've heard to describe North / East Glasgow.
by novitopoli 01 Aug 2019, 20:38
Team: Williams

September 15
Active: Yes
Task: Short Runs
Driver: Marvin Kirchhöfer

September 16
Active: No

September 17
Active: No

sw3ishida wrote:Jolyon Palmer brought us closer as a couple, for which I am grateful.


Ataxia wrote:
Londoner wrote:Something I've thought about - what happens to our canon should we have a worldwide recession or some other outside event?

We'll be fine. It's Canon, non Kodak.
by Gertrand Bachot 13 Aug 2019, 19:11
Testing Report:
Calinetic: +30 qualifying grip, The engineers believe Lucas Légeret would be a downgrade from Einar Ármannsson and Pascal Wehrlein at this moment.
Toyota: The engineers believe Sho Tsuboi would be a minor downgrade from either James James Davies or Kazuki Nakajima at this moment.
Red Bull: +20 race grip
Williams: +10 qualifying grip


Budgets, price money and sponsorship after the second mid-season test of the 2020 season:
+ Calinetic (miguel98) - €14,000,000
+ Caterham (kevinbotz) - €32,000,000
+ Dawson (petoli) - €6,000,000
+ FAST (Aerond) - €41,500,000
+ Ferrari (Biscione) - €26,500,000
+ Mansell (RealRacingRoots) - €29,000,000
+ Precision (wizzie) - €29,000,000
+ Red Bull (Pinkd56) - €58,000,000
+ Sauber (East Londoner) - €14,500,000
+ Theodore (Salamander) - €27,000,000
+ Toyota (Reject_Dom) - €11,000,000
+ Williams (novitopoli) - €31,000,000

##########

Regarding the users that failed to report back in time:
Dexter249 has been excluded from the game and has been officially replaced by Pinkd56 at Red Bull. Aerond and Biscione have also been excluded from the game and their teams, FAST and Ferrari, await new managers. East Londoner has verbally given me his wish to cease control of Sauber, so he shall. Sauber also await a new manager. I now require all users on the waiting list to report back to me, telling me the team they wish to take over.

They talk about the failure of socialism, but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?

Socialism doesn't mean taking wealth from those who work hard and giving it to those who don't. You're thinking of capitalism.
by Klon 13 Aug 2019, 19:19
I would like to take control of Ferrari, unless Bandon23, who is ahead of me in the waiting list, has a desire to take control of them. Should that be the case, I'd volunteer to take over FAST.
by Bandon23 18 Aug 2019, 13:31
Klon wrote:I would like to take control of Ferrari, unless Bandon23, who is ahead of me in the waiting list, has a desire to take control of them. Should that be the case, I'd volunteer to take over FAST.


I'll go and take control of it, but if it fails anyway I'll hope for another upcoming chance.
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by Gertrand Bachot 18 Aug 2019, 13:32
Bandon23 wrote:
Klon wrote:I would like to take control of Ferrari, unless Bandon23, who is ahead of me in the waiting list, has a desire to take control of them. Should that be the case, I'd volunteer to take over FAST.


I'm probably going to take control of it, but if it fails anyway I'll hope for another upcoming chance.

Would you like to control Sauber instead?

They talk about the failure of socialism, but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?

Socialism doesn't mean taking wealth from those who work hard and giving it to those who don't. You're thinking of capitalism.
by Bandon23 18 Aug 2019, 13:37
Gertrand Bachot wrote:
Bandon23 wrote:
Klon wrote:I would like to take control of Ferrari, unless Bandon23, who is ahead of me in the waiting list, has a desire to take control of them. Should that be the case, I'd volunteer to take over FAST.


I'm probably going to take control of it, but if it fails anyway I'll hope for another upcoming chance.

Would you like to control Sauber instead?


Good idea, yes. I'll take Sauber other than Ferrari because it feels like a professional control. Won't rule it out, so let Klon manage Ferrari instead of me.
by Klon 28 Sep 2019, 22:05
www.f1rumours.net wrote:Singapore Grand Prix Canceled after FOM Transport Failure

In a surprising turn of events, it has been confirmed that the Singapore Grand Prix was canceled by the organisers. The reason given for the cancellation is that various team and organisational shipments are not expected to arrive until Sunday morning because of a communication error by Formula One Management.

According to the press statement, the city of Singapore "regret[s] the turn of events" and has offered to either refund the tickets or exchange them for tickets to the 2021 Singapore Grand Prix with a "bonus that will be announced at a later date". This marks the second time the Singapore Grand Prix will not take place since being added to the calendar in 2008.


www.f1rumours.net wrote:Second Cancelation in a Row as Japanese Grand Prix is Canceled

According to an announcement on the official F1 twitter account, the Japanese Grand Prix at Okayama International Circuit will not take place in 2020. No reason was given, meaning that the F1 season will not continue until November 1, when the Indian Grand Prix is scheduled to happen.

Japanese media had speculated on a cancelation of the race since the summer. Several Japanese companies have significantly reduced sponsorship budgets, especially for motorsport, causing Okayama International Circuit Co. Ltd to fail several payment deadlines to Formula One Management.


www.f1rumours.net wrote:FIA Execute Buyback Clause for Commercial Rights of F1

Today, the FIA announced that it has executed a clause in the commercial rights agreement with Formula One Management. The clause entitles the FIA to buy back the commercial rights of the sport and a number of related entities should FOM directly or indirectly cause the cancellation of at least five Formula One races within a ten-year period, which had happened after the cancellation of the 2020 Japanese Grand Prix.

According to sources within FOM, its chairman Jacques Villeneuve was caught off-guard by this decision. The FIA had famously not taken an interest in the commercial side of the sport and Villeneuve expected this to remain the case and the forgotten clause to remain forgotten. However, FIA president Alekos Kalogeropoulos is known to have a significant interest in Formula One even if he remained inactive in the first two years of his term.

The Cypriot and his political allies were looking for an opportunity to get more involved in the management of Formula One, which according to previous interview comment by Kalegeropoulos was "getting excessive in some regards" and seized the chance offered by the cancellation of the Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix. He is expected to address the issue at an extraordinary meeting of the FIA General Assembly on October 28.
by Klon 28 Sep 2019, 22:22
Alekos Kalogeropoulos wrote:Ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, I would first like to thank all of you for taking time out of your busy calendar to arrive here on relatively short notice. Today is a great day for motorsport and the metaphorical winds of change are blowing.

As you no doubt have learned by now, I, in my role of FIA president, used the buyback clause in our agreement regarding the commercial rights of Formula One with Formula One Management after the regrettable cancellation of the Japanese and Singapore Grands Prix. I felt this was the best course of action for the sport and its public image. Unfortunately, many excesses of FOM have failed to help advance the sport in the right direction. We are now back in a world where F1 is a sport again, not sports entertainment, not a business, a sport.

It is in my interest to turn the sport into a display of motorsportive legitimacy again. Ever since I was a little boy, I was glued to the screen whenever I was blessed to see motorsports on the TV. I want F1 to be the peak of automotive competition. For this, it is crucial to emphasise the two elements that should be emphasised in F1: ingenious power unit innovations and legendary driving feats. I want a F1 where fans are happy, the drivers are happy and car manufacturers are happy.

To achieve this goal, there will be massive changes. The point of this meeting is to vote to give me and the experts to power to do so. With your permission, with your vote, I will lead F1 to a new start. In order to ensure the sport's security and continuing stability, Formula One will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire by a new entity called the Formula Committee. You will find the details of this endeavour in the handout you were handed earlier today.

With Formula One Management losing its commercial rights, many existing contracts with various venues have become invalid. I can assure you that it is not in my or anyone's interest to screw over racing circuits. I do wish a return to traditional venues, but not at the cost of the sport's integrity and the goodwill of reliable partners of the FIA.

The time of conflict is over. The AutoReject brand has fallen, its organisers are bankrupt and the split that had both hurt but also helped open-wheel racing is no more. I extend a hand to former ARWS venues and former ARWS teams to join Formula 1 in a manner suitable for them. We will have the privilege of beginning the 2020s with a blank slate. I implore you to make the right decision and allow me, allow us, to make the most of it. This can be a historic date not just in F1 history, but in motorsport history in general.


As these posts may have made clear, GertrandBachot and I have decided that Alt-F1 - The Current Era should return to my hands. The historic series will remain in his purview for the time being.
by CaptainGetz12 29 Sep 2019, 02:39
In any case, welcome back Klon!

If it is any help, I can take over one of the open teams, as it has come to find out that I will have free time after this week.

Some guy at Circuit de Catalunya wrote:Lance! Sorry Man.
by Reject_Dom 30 Sep 2019, 17:49
Autosport wrote:Tsuboi to replace Davies for final three races

Toyota Motorsports announced that James James Davies left the team last week, reportedly due to mutual agreement between himself and the Japanese manufacturer. The 44-year-old four-time World Champion was nineteenth in the Driver's Championship with three races left, while his teammate Kazuki Nakajima is currently sitting in fifteenth place.

Toyota also named their reserve driver Sho Tsuboi as Davies' replacement effective immediately - after the cancellation of the Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix, the Grand Prix circus will resume in India on the 1st of November.

#JB17 ----- #JW25
by Pinkd56 30 Sep 2019, 19:32
Rejectsport wrote:Red Bull "open" to ARWS refugees
Red Bull Team Principal Pierre Waché has become one of the first key Formula One personalities to extend an olive branch to participants from the capitulated AutoReject World Series.
"Whilst there are several teams and drivers who have no business being at the top table of world motorsport, there are a number of people we'd love to see over here. A lot of good people lost jobs thanks to the incompetence of the ARWS Commission and we have a duty to ensure the best are represented here in Formula One. Seeing drivers such as van Nieuwenhuijzen, Dagnall and Nicolas on the sidelines is a very sad scenario."
by Klon 06 Oct 2019, 23:55
www.f1rumours.net wrote:Formula Committee Plans for Formula One, Part I: Tracks

After FIA president Alekos Kalogeropoulos announced that Formula One is going to be commercially managed by a new entity, the Formula Committee, f1rumours.net will proceed to go through his plans and reflect on the reactions of the Formula 1 circus to them.

Yesterday's speech was generally well received amongst the representatives of the FIA member organisations, as evidenced by the majority vote his proposals received. Though some criticised his claims that ARWS management is bankrupt, even though the series is still operating. It is generally accepted that his claim of the open-wheel war being over is true, given as Formula 1 has overtaken its rival series in income and general popularity and once again enjoys the largest market share in motorsport by a significant margin.

The first step in taking over commercial rights is dealing with racing venues and their contracts. According to the paper, Kalogeropoulos plans on reducing the F1 calendar to 19 races for 2021. With some venues not having a contract for 2021 in the first place and many contracts becoming void, we could easily witness one of the biggest calendar upheavals in recent memories.

First off are tracks that will hold a F1 race in 2021 as long as the category itself exists: these are the races that are either government projects or pay a significant amount for special positions on the calendar. The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the government of Abu Dhabi, the Département de Paris, Singapore GP Pte Ltd as well as the Chinese government (two races) have clauses in their contracts determining that their place in the calendar is secure even if the commercial rights holder of F1 changes. The contract with the International Speedway Corporation regarding the Grand Prix of Miami that is to become part of the F1 calendar in future years also contains such a clause. A similar clause also exists for the Jordan Grand Prix, but the contract also contains an exit clause for both parties if track attendance is less than 40% of capacity, which the Formula Committee is expected to draw to get out of that contract.

Following this are the venues that are expected to find a new agreement soon: it is generally considered very unlikely that a Cypriot FIA president would fail to include the Akrotiri Bay International Circuit on the 2021 calendar. According to some sources within Akrotiri Bay Track Management KG, the company has already a handshake agreement with Kalogeropoulos that the contract extension signed a few months ago will be copied with names changed and that said deal will be signed as soon as the Formula Committee will begin its operations. Contracts with the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, the Autódromo Roberto José Mouras and the Hungaroring are also expected to be mere formalities.

Other current venues like Donington Park and the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola will most likely try to use the current unstable state of affairs to try to arrange more favourable agreements. It remains to be seen whether Kalogeropoulos, who does not enjoy a reputation as a ruthless negotiator, is going to yield to their demands or find alternate venues to take their place.

Races who will most likely use this opportunity to get out of long-term deals are the Japanese Grand Prix, which was already canceled due to losing significant amounts of their sponsorship budget and the Circuit Zandvoort, which severely struggled to sell tickets ever since Max Verstappen's career fizzled out. Even though Globex Corporation has not made any announcement regarding the future of the Grand Prix of Cleveland, the city itself is rumoured to look to get rid of the race, given as the 2021 mayoral election race will most likely focus on improving public transport both within the city as well as from and to Cleveland, which means that Burke Lakefront Airport is going to be one of the political battlegrounds, making closing it down for a F1 race a risky position to support. The other way around are the feelings towards the Turkish Grand Prix, which many prominent FIA members want to remove from the F1 calendar after Recep Erdogan has offended various FIA representatives through a number of mishaps.

Two venues who had contracts with Formula One Management and whom's fates are uncertain are Buddh International Circuit and the Sochi Autodrom. No officials from either venue were available for contact and no sources within the FIA could confirm whether they play any role in Kalogeropoulos' plans. The Portugese Grand Prix is also in limbo, especially since the contract with Estoril was especially made as a placeholder until the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve has finished expanding their trackside light sources.

Regarding any potential additions, it is believed that Kalogeropoulos considers it crucial to keep the German Grand Prix on the calendar, so even with the Nürburgring's contract running out, any potential replacement venue would have a reasonable chance for a deal. Oschersleben, the Sachsenring and former hosts EuroSpeedway Lausitz all have sufficient facilities for a F1 race. Both Scandinavia and the Iberian Peninsula are also seen as priority regions for Kalogeropoulos and his supporters, so even if Estoril breaks its contract and no contract extension with the city of Lappeenranta is reached, F1 fans in these regions will be able to enjoy F1. Austria is also rumoured to be added, but that depends on Red Bull's willingness to sponsor the event. So far no comments regarding venues outside of Europe are available to us, but Kalogeropoulos will most likely not be able to afford to fully ignore the rising markets worldwide.


A creative advisor has suggested to me that it's not in our best interest to pretend that ARWS is dead as it limits potential use of the brand name for future efforts, should our forum liven up again somehow.

@CaptainGetz12: you will be in charge of FAST for the time being, unless you do not wish to take control of that team.

Furthermore, Ferrari will be in my hands for the remainder of the season, but before the start of 2021 season, I will find a solution for that.
by Klon 23 Oct 2019, 19:31
www.f1rumours.net wrote:Formula Committee Plans for Formula One, Part II: Technical and Sporting Regulations

In the second part of this three-part series of articles, f1rumours.net will proceed to go through Alekos Kalogeropoulos' plans and reflect on the reactions of the Formula 1 circus to them.

Today's topic are the future regulations of the sport. Since the FIA already holds responsibility for them, not many changes are expected, but the political influence of Formula One Management and certain teams have had influences on upcoming rule changes which may very well see them being reversed. The most crucial topic here are the aerodynamic rules for the 2022 season. With teams like Red Bull and Caterham and FOM pushing for their introduction, the vote barely reached the required majority. Alekos Kalogeropoulos is known to put much focus on the visual aspects of racing cars when suggesting or supporting rule changes. According to our sources close to him, the Formula Committee's new suggestions will be highly inspired by the aerodynamic packages of the early 90s, some of which are generally appreciated as the most beautiful designs in F1 history. In order to appease abovementioned teams, the development rules for wings will be liberalised even further, possibly even allowing a double-plate rear wing system.

Another idea discussed was to return to the 305 km race length of the pre-war era. However, after vocal objections from motor manufacturers, the idea was scrapped. Refueling would be necessary as the hydrogen power units used in F1 are hardly capable of completing current race distances without significant fuel-mileage settings; doing hydrogen stops under the competitive pressure of a race are agreed by all manufacturers to be a more significant safety hazard than they were during earlier eras of refueling pit stops. On that note, the hydrogen motors are unanimously seen as the way of the future and after significant investments by all manufacturers, therefore Kalogeropoulos's usual love of classic motorsport did not create a debate about the PU future of F1.

However, other parts of the F1 weekend are going to be changed: the plans of Achille Lunardi to suggest reintroducing a modified two-day qualifying session as seen from 1950-2003 will be accelerated with the goal of getting them on the 2021 rulebook. Lunardi and Kalogeropoulos were in agreement that a tighter weekend format would provide more excitement and better web-streaming opportunities. The new plans look for a 20-minute practice session at 11 p.m. local time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively, following by either a 40-minute qualifying session on Friday/Saturday or the race on Sunday respectively at 2:20 p.m. local time.

One subject that Kalogeropoulous would like to change but apparently lacks political support to do is the points system. The FIA president would like to change the system to both grant points to all finishing cars as well as to reward wins more, but just like Lunardi, changes to the point system generally are not popular with most FIA members. The current system is considered functional by the majority and after a decade of various changes, stability is considered essential.

More support is expected for his move to streamline the discipline system of F1: the proposal will involve removing the five-second penalty from the playbook, something Kalogeropoulos hinted at multiple times in interviews in recent years. "In my eyes, if you can't give someone a drive-through penalty for an offense, it's not really worth penalizing," he stated in a 2018 interview with RTL. His most aggressive suggestion will be that penalties for misconduct before or during the race must be announced at the start of the third-to-final lap in order to allow graphic inserts to adapt the on-screen graphics and ensure a clearer understanding of the steward's decisions for the fan. That rule would not be applied for rule violations committed in the final five laps of a race or technical infringements discovered at the post-race scruitening. Furthermore, the Formula Committee will also enter a notion that the universal ban following a number of incidents is to be replaced with an individual assessment of the driver's suitability for F1 racing.
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by CaptainGetz12 24 Oct 2019, 04:08
Fernando Alonso wrote:The rules look promising but we will have to wait and see if it will bring more fans in. The teams gave their choices and we were clear about what we want, and I think this new rule set takes everyone's concerns into account. If it will bring more attention to F1 and to the things we do with the cars, then it's all good.

Some guy at Circuit de Catalunya wrote:Lance! Sorry Man.
by Klon 31 Oct 2019, 07:37
www.f1rumours.net wrote:Formula Committee Plans for Formula One, Part III: Commercial Management

The final part of f1rumours.net's analysis of Alekos Kalogeropoulos' plans for the sport will look at the commercial future of the sport's business. While the new Formula Committee is in a position where they do not need to run F1 as a for-business enterprise, the financial obligations towards the team as well as the significant costs running a series at the level F1 is running at means that functionally, the sport will still need to secure significant income. As Italian media report that the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola has overplayed their hand and will therefore lose the right to host the Italian Grand Prix to a higher bidder, the idea that the new Formula Committee would be a pushover in terms business interests can be put to rest.

The major streaming deal with Tencent Media arranged by Achille Lunardi will secure a healthy part of the broadcasting income for the next couple of years and will grant the Chinese company some influence on the rule-making of the sport. TV rights will most likely be extended with the current partners (e.g. ITV in the UK, RTL in Germany...) wherever possible. Whilst some within the FIA desire to have F1 on Free TV, Kalogeropoulos does not operate on the belief that he can afford to not cooperate with Pay TV providers where necessary.

The broadcasting is expected to see a few new features added that were rejected by Formula One Management for various reasons but are still seen positively by the committee. One plan is to add a pre- and post-race team radio interview with chosen drivers for the global feed in order to get more exciting live-reactions from the drivers. Furthermore, the option for live track data and "fan-side cameras" will be made available for F1 broadcasters.in order to "enable TV viewers to feel like they are at the track".

One interesting point to note is that Kalogeropoulos and his aides will be looking to support teams financially by signing exclusive supplier deals for various expendable items over the next years. These partners would receive sponsorship appearances on all cars, in exchange for free delivery or payments to the teams in question. However, such agreements would probably require years of build-up in coordination with the teams, therefore such developments will not arrive overnight.
by Klon 02 Nov 2019, 15:00
Race Report

Steward report:
Driver of car #18 (Sebastian Vettel) causing an avoidable accident involving Driver of car #3 (Marvin Kirchhöfer)
Penalty: thirty-second time penalty

Penalty list:
Einar Ármannsson (1)
Dave Cassidy (2)
Bradley Dagnall (1)
James James Davies (1)
Lando Norris (1)
Mike Rockenfeller (1)
Sergey Sirotkin (1)
Diego Álvarez Torrente (2)
Santiago Urrutia (1)
Sebastian Vettel (2)

Parts list:
Car #1: 2 motors / 2 transmissions
Car #3: 1 transmission
Car #6: 3 motors
Car #7: 2 motors / 1 transmission
Car #10: 2 motors
Car #14: 2 transmissions
Car #17: 1 motor
Car #18: 2 motors
Car #19: 1 transmission
Car #22: 1 transmission
Car #23: 1 motor
Car #32: 1 motor
Car #33: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #35: 2 motors / 1 transmission
Car #37: 1 motor
Car #47: 1 transmission
Car #55: 2 motors / 3 transmissions
Car #56: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #57: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #64: 1 motor / 2 transmissions
Car #73: 1 motor
Car #94: 1 motor
Car #96: 3 motors / 1 transmission
Car #98: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #99: 2 motors / 1 transmission

Budgets, price money and sponsorship after the 21st race of the 2020 season:
+ Calinetic (miguel98) - €26,000,000
+ Caterham (kevinbotz) - €36,000,000
+ Dawson (petoli) - €6,000,000
+ FAST (CaptainGetz) - €44,500,000
+ Ferrari (klon) - €29,500,000
+ Mansell (RealRacingRoots) - €32,000,000
+ Precision (wizzie) - €33,000,000
+ Red Bull (pinkd56) - €66,000,000
+ Sauber (Bandon23) - €14,500,000
+ Theodore (Salamander) - €30,000,000
+ Toyota (Reject_Dom) - €18,000,000
+ Williams (novitopoli) - €36,000,000
by Klon 09 Nov 2019, 21:06
Race Report

Steward report:
Nothing to report

Penalty list:
Einar Ármannsson (1)
Dave Cassidy (2)
Bradley Dagnall (1)
James James Davies (1)
Lando Norris (1)
Mike Rockenfeller (1)
Sergey Sirotkin (1)
Diego Álvarez Torrente (2)
Santiago Urrutia (1)
Sebastian Vettel (2)

Parts list:
Car #1: 2 motors / 2 transmissions
Car #3: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #6: 3 motors
Car #7: 2 motors / 1 transmission
Car #10: 2 motors
Car #14: 2 transmissions
Car #17: 1 motor
Car #18: 2 motors
Car #19: 1 transmission
Car #22: 1 transmission
Car #23: 1 motor
Car #32: 1 motor
Car #33: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #35: 2 motors / 1 transmission
Car #37: 1 motor
Car #47: 1 transmission
Car #55: 2 motors / 3 transmissions
Car #56: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #57: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #64: 1 motor / 2 transmissions
Car #73: 1 motor
Car #94: 1 motor
Car #96: 3 motors / 1 transmission
Car #98: 1 motor / 1 transmission
Car #99: 2 motors / 1 transmission

Budgets, price money and sponsorship after the 22nd race of the 2020 season:
+ Calinetic (miguel98) - €28,000,000
+ Caterham (kevinbotz) - €39,000,000
+ Dawson (petoli) - €7,000,000
+ FAST (CaptainGetz) - €47,500,000
+ Ferrari (klon) - €32,500,000
+ Mansell (RealRacingRoots) - €35,000,000
+ Precision (wizzie) - €38,000,000
+ Red Bull (pinkd56) - €69,000,000
+ Sauber (Bandon23) - €17,500,000
+ Theodore (Salamander) - €31,000,000
+ Toyota (Reject_Dom) - €20,000,000
+ Williams (novitopoli) - €38,000,000
by Klon 09 Nov 2019, 22:15
www.f1rumours.net wrote:Major Rule Changes Confirmed

The FIA has now officially decided on adapting the regulation changes for the 2022 season we have presented in the article lining up Alekos Kalogeropoulos's plans for Formula One. The new aerodynamic package will allow cars to become simplified and "enable fans to fall in love with F1 visuals again", as former FIA president Jean Todt was quoted when asked about the rule changes by a French newspaper. To appease the teams, the front and rear wings are liberalised and will still allow talented designers to make a difference.

The sporting regulations were also adjusted, those changes already applying for the 2021 season. As expected, the free practices are reduced in number and duration, however, the sessions were reduced to "only" 30 minute. F1 will also return to Friday and Saturday qualifying, both sessions scheduled for 40 minutes. As we have reported, the five-second penalty has been cut from the list of penalties and the rule forcing race control to hand all penalties (with exceptions) before the third-to-last lap of the race.


www.f1rumours.net wrote:Firestone Win F1 Tyre Tender

Earlier this year, the FIA publicised a tender for the role of tyre supplier for the 2022-2026 seasons. To the surprise of many in motorsport circles, Alekos Kalogeropoulos announced Firestone as the new tyre partner of F1. The Bridgestone Corporation returns to F1 for the second after leaving the sport at the conclusion of the 2011 season which concluded a fourteen-year stint starting in 1997.

The agreement sees F1 advertise the Firestone brand on its cars in exchange for a tyre supply. Despite the tender being written for 22-inch wheels, the rim size will not change from 2022 onwards. New will be the wider range of wet tyres, which will make the cancelation of wet sessions less likely. Interesting was that Kalogeropoulos also praised Firestone for their experience with oval racing.

Another announcement made was that Formula One will also move to a brake monopoly. From the 2022 season onwards, all cars will use brakes made by the Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH + Co. KG. The German manufacturer produces OEM quality brakes under the febi bilstein brand. The company has not been involved with Formula One, which makes this decision just as surprising as the Firestone contract.
by CaptainGetz12 10 Nov 2019, 02:37
Fernando Alonso wrote:It's great to see Charles and Marcel keeping the team in the points. It is getting hectic out there but we got amazing drivers and we are confident going into this final race.

Some guy at Circuit de Catalunya wrote:Lance! Sorry Man.
by Klon 14 Nov 2019, 14:32
www.f1rumours.net wrote:More Information on Firestone Tender Revealed

Only a few days ago, Alekos Kalogeropoulos announced, to the surprise of many experts, that the Bridgestone Corporation won the tyre tender to become F1's sole rubber supplier from 2022 onwards. A source within the company has leaked information to f1rumours.net about the developments leading to the Japanese company earning the contract despite expectations that either Continental or Michelin would secure the F1 deal.

According to this company insider, Firestone won the deal by agreeing to not have the size increase mandated in the original tender, as that was an idea pushed by Achille Lunardi in order to secure a contract extension with Continental, who were popular with Formula One Management for also sponsoring a number of Grands Prix. Kalogeropoulos was opposed to the idea, but did not intervene to stop the change until he placed himself in charge of the Formula Committee.

In exchange, Bridgestone will be given extensive marketing opportunities: one such marketing opportunity involves the company marking dry and wet tyres differently, the dry tyres being supplied under the Firestone brand and the wet tyres running under the Bridgestone label. They will also have access to all F1 drivers for at least ten days of the year for marketing events. They will also become the official sponsor of the F1 Live events, where F1 presents itself in urban areas close to the Grand Prix venues.
by Klon 17 Nov 2019, 10:19
Race Report

Steward report:
Nothing to report

Penalty list:
Einar Ármannsson (1)
Dave Cassidy (2)
Bradley Dagnall (1)
James James Davies (1)
Lando Norris (1)
Mike Rockenfeller (1)
Sergey Sirotkin (1)
Diego Álvarez Torrente (2)
Santiago Urrutia (1)
Sebastian Vettel (2)

Budgets, price money and sponsorship after the 23rd race of the 2020 season:
+ Calinetic (miguel98) - €31,000,000
+ Caterham (kevinbotz) - €42,000,000
+ Dawson (petoli) - €7,000,000
+ FAST (CaptainGetz) - €50,500,000
+ Ferrari (klon) - €35,500,000
+ Mansell (RealRacingRoots) - €38,000,000
+ Precision (wizzie) - €43,000,000
+ Red Bull (pinkd56) - €71,000,000
+ Sauber (Bandon23) - €20,500,000
+ Theodore (Salamander) - €33,000,000
+ Toyota (Reject_Dom) - €22,000,000
+ Williams (novitopoli) - €41,000,000
by CaptainGetz12 17 Nov 2019, 17:59
Fernando Alonso wrote:Amazing work Charles, we made a great end to 2020. It was a rough season but we prove we can be contenders in the midfield. We will see how 2021 will go.

Some guy at Circuit de Catalunya wrote:Lance! Sorry Man.

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