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by watka 28 Sep 2017, 21:54
mario wrote:
Aguvazk wrote:I was thinking... Now liberty media want to increase the calendar, could be interesting the inclusion of an oval race, we could have an oval race, some street races, some at night...

Judging by their latest strategy, it's more likely that Liberty Media are going to focus on boosting the number of street circuits on the calendar instead, hence why we are seeing proposals such as a street circuit in Copenhagen.

Speaking of which, we have now see Liberty Media put forward their latest proposal for the future development of F1, and it is one which I have a slight sense of unease about. https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/form ... 51820/?s=1

Maybe it is me, but what Bratches calls his 'Revel in the racing’ objective sounds a bit mixed - whilst there is an argument for reapportioning revenue, the proposal for cost caps does also feel a bit like Liberty's way of justifying continuing to take a large chunk of the profits out of the sport (not to mention the difficulties of managing to impose such a system in the first place).

When he also talks about altering the governance structure, at the same time that does start to make me wonder if he is talking about increased standardisation of parts and a move towards a semi-spec series - something that would also tally with the increased emphasis on the drivers and their personalities at the expense of the teams.


I think I've said it before on the forum, but I'd be sad to see a calendar full of street circuits.

The commercial advantage of street circuits is obvious; no need for a company to own a circuit, no white elephant left when a company gives up its grand prix, fans can reach the circuit easily by public transport, a chance to race against the backdrop of famous landmarks. However, street circuits to me should always be a mere novelty. I grew up watching F1 in the mid-90s; there was Monaco and Adelaide, and then you could debatable include Montreal and Melbourne. Street circuits seemed like a unique challenge, now they are two a penny.

A permanent circuit is by definition, purpose-built. Each corner has been specifically designed and profiled. A street circuit is by definition, a compromise. It would be more than a shame to witness the slow death of circuit racing in sacrifice for "the show".

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by peteroli34 01 Oct 2017, 18:02
Formula one car are air lifted to the non European happens so what happens if one of the planes cant make it or it was to crash surely that race would have to be cancelled.

by Spectoremg 01 Oct 2017, 18:59
Ok, so one swallow doesn't make a summer but McHonda had a good race today (Malaysia).
Is Fernando effectively about to make another spectacularly poor career move by going with Renault?
by Rob Dylan 09 Oct 2017, 22:55
With the current political issues and events taking place in Catalonia, will it have any bearing or threat on the Spanish Grand Prix next year?

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by yannicksamlad 10 Oct 2017, 08:16
Rob Dylan wrote:With the current political issues and events taking place in Catalonia, will it have any bearing or threat on the Spanish Grand Prix next year?

I hadnt thought of that ..until you mentioned it.

Assuming that no-one does anything too stupid to incite mayhem I assume the race will go ahead fine . I tend to believe that there will be a bit of posturing , and a re-negotiation of the place Catalonia has as part of Spain ( with maybe a longer term drift to 'independence' , but no outright secession immediately ( at least in terms of facts on the ground) . I tend to think business and movement will continue as before.

So that just leaves whether anyone will be so upset that its called the "Spanish" GP that they try to derail it. Hopefully unlikely.

But there must be a risk that protests turn violent and Catalans decide that all things Spanish are to be rejected - including the Grand Prix, at which point the politics may make it difficult to hold the race .
I'm guessing the organisers will be keen for it to go ahead though ; they're paying their 'hosting fee' so they'll want to sell tickets . I doubt they have insurance to cover it

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by Rob Dylan 10 Oct 2017, 13:07
One major point that needs to be understood I think, is whether tickets are on sale yet. If tickets haven't started being sold, then there could be a boycott of the race by the Catalonians over the name, which, although it would still mean the race would occur, might have long-term financial issues for the organisers. Hell, even if the tickets are on sale already, there could still be a boycott. I don't know, this is all conjecture, but it's a possibility that the organisers and Liberty Media need to understand.

Murray Walker at the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix wrote:The other [Stewart] driver, who nobody's been paying attention to, because he's disappointing, is Jan Magnussen.


I'd appreciate trigger warnings before you start talking about garlic, please.
by dr-baker 10 Oct 2017, 13:35
Rob Dylan wrote:One major point that needs to be understood I think, is whether tickets are on sale yet. If tickets haven't started being sold, then there could be a boycott of the race by the Catalonians over the name, which, although it would still mean the race would occur, might have long-term financial issues for the organisers. Hell, even if the tickets are on sale already, there could still be a boycott. I don't know, this is all conjecture, but it's a possibility that the organisers and Liberty Media need to understand.

As regards race name, would renaming the race as either the Iberian Grand Prix or European Grand Prix be problematic, or might it help?

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by Fetzie 10 Oct 2017, 18:45
Rob Dylan wrote:One major point that needs to be understood I think, is whether tickets are on sale yet. If tickets haven't started being sold, then there could be a boycott of the race by the Catalonians over the name, which, although it would still mean the race would occur, might have long-term financial issues for the organisers. Hell, even if the tickets are on sale already, there could still be a boycott. I don't know, this is all conjecture, but it's a possibility that the organisers and Liberty Media need to understand.


F1 raced in Bahrain when it was practically in a state of active civil war, so I don't think the race would be cancelled.
by mario 11 Oct 2017, 20:30
watka wrote:
mario wrote:
Aguvazk wrote:I was thinking... Now liberty media want to increase the calendar, could be interesting the inclusion of an oval race, we could have an oval race, some street races, some at night...

Judging by their latest strategy, it's more likely that Liberty Media are going to focus on boosting the number of street circuits on the calendar instead, hence why we are seeing proposals such as a street circuit in Copenhagen.

Speaking of which, we have now see Liberty Media put forward their latest proposal for the future development of F1, and it is one which I have a slight sense of unease about. https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/form ... 51820/?s=1

Maybe it is me, but what Bratches calls his 'Revel in the racing’ objective sounds a bit mixed - whilst there is an argument for reapportioning revenue, the proposal for cost caps does also feel a bit like Liberty's way of justifying continuing to take a large chunk of the profits out of the sport (not to mention the difficulties of managing to impose such a system in the first place).

When he also talks about altering the governance structure, at the same time that does start to make me wonder if he is talking about increased standardisation of parts and a move towards a semi-spec series - something that would also tally with the increased emphasis on the drivers and their personalities at the expense of the teams.


I think I've said it before on the forum, but I'd be sad to see a calendar full of street circuits.

The commercial advantage of street circuits is obvious; no need for a company to own a circuit, no white elephant left when a company gives up its grand prix, fans can reach the circuit easily by public transport, a chance to race against the backdrop of famous landmarks. However, street circuits to me should always be a mere novelty. I grew up watching F1 in the mid-90s; there was Monaco and Adelaide, and then you could debatable include Montreal and Melbourne. Street circuits seemed like a unique challenge, now they are two a penny.

A permanent circuit is by definition, purpose-built. Each corner has been specifically designed and profiled. A street circuit is by definition, a compromise. It would be more than a shame to witness the slow death of circuit racing in sacrifice for "the show".

Going back to this point, we've now seen at least two more proposals for street races, the first being in Vietnam as part of Liberty Media's push for more Asian street races, and now talk of a possible Dutch street circuit, either in Rotterdam or Amsterdam, to cash in on the sudden surge of interest in Max Verstappen.

Now, it's quite plausible that a number of these announcements could be being made just to maintain a certain amount of interest in the sport, but it does point towards a mentality of packing the calendar with street races in order to "create a spectacle" - by contrast, there doesn't seem to have been any new news about what might happen with Silverstone and the British GP since the break clause was activated.

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At the rate that Liberty Media are going, they'll probably propose replacing it with a street circuit in Madrid instead...

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by DemocalypseNow 11 Oct 2017, 22:52
Rob Dylan wrote:One major point that needs to be understood I think, is whether tickets are on sale yet. If tickets haven't started being sold, then there could be a boycott of the race by the Catalonians over the name, which, although it would still mean the race would occur, might have long-term financial issues for the organisers. Hell, even if the tickets are on sale already, there could still be a boycott. I don't know, this is all conjecture, but it's a possibility that the organisers and Liberty Media need to understand.

RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada (a.k.a. Rally de Espana) ran without a hitch last weekend, right in the immediate aftermath of the divisive referendum.

I don't see it being an issue on that basis.

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by Meatwad 12 Oct 2017, 11:16
According to Autosport, Gasly won't race in Austin, instead participating in the Super Formula title decider.

Who will take his place? I'd like to see Rossi, but that rumor was already denied. There are very few drivers available who have a super licence. Could we even see Palmer get a chance? :o
by Simtek 12 Oct 2017, 12:12
Meatwad wrote:According to Autosport, Gasly won't race in Austin, instead participating in the Super Formula title decider.

Who will take his place? I'd like to see Rossi, but that rumor was already denied. There are very few drivers available who have a super licence. Could we even see Palmer get a chance? :o

I've seen rumours of pretty much every Honda IndyCar driver being linked with the seat, most prominently SATOOOO (sorry, I've been gravitating towards the Autosport forums on IndyCar weekends this year), Newgarden (F1 could use his personality, then again it probably doesn't deserve him) and of course Rossi.

Then we have Buemi, who's still linked with Red Bull and has been doing testing for them whenever his replacement Gasly's been unavailable. It would be good to get his profile up to the 30,000 word mark. :twisted:

Palmer driving for Toro Rosso would be the greatest comeback ever, obviously, and he should be in a fantastic position to finish 5th and unrejectify himself as we all know he should.

Sean Gelael has been doing running for them, but he doesn't come anywhere near qualifying for a superlicence under the points system. But then again they've made it so convoluted since introducing points he may yet qualify under the 300 km of running rule that he may have covered enough distance to get in there.

Nigel Mansell hasn't formally retired yet, so there's that. That's that obligatory joke out of the way...

This is also exactly the sort of situation that would allow Pedro de la Rosa to make another comeback.

Mike Argetsinger wrote:Money has always been a factor. But these are all human beings who made a huge committment [sic] in their lives to motor sport. How about some respect?
by Rob Dylan 12 Oct 2017, 15:58
Is Gary Paffett still waiting around the wings?

And Timo Glock was hinting at some kind of F1 comeback earlier this year which was never ever mentioned again. Maybe this exact scenario was what he was implying?

Murray Walker at the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix wrote:The other [Stewart] driver, who nobody's been paying attention to, because he's disappointing, is Jan Magnussen.


I'd appreciate trigger warnings before you start talking about garlic, please.
by mario 12 Oct 2017, 20:36
CarloSpace wrote:Autosport reports Brendon Hartley the favourite now with Buemi the back-up: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/132366/hartley-favourite-for-toro-rosso-us-gp-drive

I'd love to see Hartley get a shot in F1, it's way too long since there was a driver from New Zealand. Plus it's a great chance to get another reject (barring any heroics by him!).

Hartley seems like a rather odd choice given that Red Bull dropped him from their Junior Team back in 2010 because they thought that he had been underperforming on track - if they didn't think he was good enough for the team 7 years ago, why would they suddenly be so open to him now?

It also seems a bit odd given that he's barely going to have any time to prepare for this race - he's currently in Japan for the 6 Hours of Fuji, so he's barely got four days between that race and the US GP. If it worked out, then all the better for him - but it's surprising when I would have thought that it would be far easier to slot Buemi into the seat for a race.

Martin Brundle, on watching a replay of Grosjean spinning:
"The problem with Grosjean is that he want to take a look back at the corner he's just exited"
by 1993DonningtonNo1Mk2 12 Oct 2017, 21:33
mario wrote:
CarloSpace wrote:Autosport reports Brendon Hartley the favourite now with Buemi the back-up: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/132366/hartley-favourite-for-toro-rosso-us-gp-drive

I'd love to see Hartley get a shot in F1, it's way too long since there was a driver from New Zealand. Plus it's a great chance to get another reject (barring any heroics by him!).

Hartley seems like a rather odd choice given that Red Bull dropped him from their Junior Team back in 2010 because they thought that he had been underperforming on track - if they didn't think he was good enough for the team 7 years ago, why would they suddenly be so open to him now?

It also seems a bit odd given that he's barely going to have any time to prepare for this race - he's currently in Japan for the 6 Hours of Fuji, so he's barely got four days between that race and the US GP. If it worked out, then all the better for him - but it's surprising when I would have thought that it would be far easier to slot Buemi into the seat for a race.


The theme of one-off appearances seems to be making a comeback this season.
by Simtek 12 Oct 2017, 21:34
CarloSpace wrote:Autosport reports Brendon Hartley the favourite now with Buemi the back-up: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/132366/hartley-favourite-for-toro-rosso-us-gp-drive

I'd love to see Hartley get a shot in F1, it's way too long since there was a driver from New Zealand. Plus it's a great chance to get another reject (barring any heroics by him!).

Funny, I was going to facetiously suggest Hartley as well...

Mike Argetsinger wrote:Money has always been a factor. But these are all human beings who made a huge committment [sic] in their lives to motor sport. How about some respect?
by This Could Be You 12 Oct 2017, 21:38
Simtek wrote:
CarloSpace wrote:Autosport reports Brendon Hartley the favourite now with Buemi the back-up: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/132366/hartley-favourite-for-toro-rosso-us-gp-drive

I'd love to see Hartley get a shot in F1, it's way too long since there was a driver from New Zealand. Plus it's a great chance to get another reject (barring any heroics by him!).

Funny, I was going to facetiously suggest Hartley as well...

Honestly I'm surprised that no one has figured out that Helmut Marko is also going to drop Kvyat, in order to make way for a Badoer/Lotterer superteam. Obvious, no?

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by Simtek 12 Oct 2017, 21:42
This Could Be You wrote:
Simtek wrote:
CarloSpace wrote:Autosport reports Brendon Hartley the favourite now with Buemi the back-up: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/132366/hartley-favourite-for-toro-rosso-us-gp-drive

I'd love to see Hartley get a shot in F1, it's way too long since there was a driver from New Zealand. Plus it's a great chance to get another reject (barring any heroics by him!).

Funny, I was going to facetiously suggest Hartley as well...

Honestly I'm surprised that no one has figured out that Helmut Marko is also going to drop Kvyat...

Of course, it should have been obvious all along.

It's been a while since we've had an Austrian on the grid...

Mike Argetsinger wrote:Money has always been a factor. But these are all human beings who made a huge committment [sic] in their lives to motor sport. How about some respect?
by 1993DonningtonNo1Mk2 12 Oct 2017, 21:46
So whoever gets the drive, it will be the 3rd one-off appearance of the season, the most since 2005 and potentially the first Kiwi F1 Driver since Mike Thackwell in 1984.
by sswishbone 13 Oct 2017, 04:16
This is so Red Bull can sweeten Porsche for an engine deal in 2021

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by 1993DonningtonNo1Mk2 13 Oct 2017, 10:36
sswishbone wrote:This is so Red Bull can sweeten Porsche for an engine deal in 2021


There's always an ulterior motive.
by Rob Dylan 13 Oct 2017, 13:09
I'm definitely enjoying this roulette one-off driver changes this year. A refreshing change from years of 2012-3 where there was a one-off drive and that was all the variety we got from a season.

Murray Walker at the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix wrote:The other [Stewart] driver, who nobody's been paying attention to, because he's disappointing, is Jan Magnussen.


I'd appreciate trigger warnings before you start talking about garlic, please.
by 1993DonningtonNo1Mk2 13 Oct 2017, 13:52
Rob Dylan wrote:I'm definitely enjoying this roulette one-off driver changes this year. A refreshing change from years of 2012-3 where there was a one-off drive and that was all the variety we got from a season.


Makes things more interesting too.
by dr-baker 13 Oct 2017, 14:36
But we are far from the 1994 season, where there were driver changes in 14 of the 16 races, either due to injury, death or disqualification.

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by 1993DonningtonNo1Mk2 13 Oct 2017, 15:10
dr-baker wrote:But we are far from the 1994 season, where there were driver changes in 14 of the 16 races, either due to injury, death or disqualification.


True, that was both unfortunate and ridiculous.
by peteroli34 14 Oct 2017, 17:42
So Toro Rosso go into the USGP running 2 completely different drivers then they ran in the previous GP. When was the last time that happened in the same season?.

by Simtek 14 Oct 2017, 17:49
peteroli34 wrote:So Toro Rosso go into the USGP running 2 completely different drivers then they ran in the previous GP. When was the last time that happened in the same season?.

https://gprejects.com/forum/viewtopic.p ... 80#p382954 :deletraz:

Mike Argetsinger wrote:Money has always been a factor. But these are all human beings who made a huge committment [sic] in their lives to motor sport. How about some respect?
by dinizintheoven 15 Oct 2017, 14:26
The further thought occurs:

Brendon Hartley is unlikely to be considered a permanent driver for this season, and should be allocated a temporary number akin to André Lotterer and Will Stevens in 2015 and Stoffel Vandoorne last year. Toro Rosso's testing-and-temporary numbers are 38 and 39, and Sean Gelael's already taken 38 for a couple of Friday morning test runs with a hefty splodge of Indonesian government money...

...do the right thing, number-allocators at the FIA. Bring back the number 39 for the first time since Bruno Giacomelli tried to coax an interesting flowerpot with the loosest possible definition of an engine into life, for a team with the same name. (And before anyone points out the Judd engine, I wasn't going to ruin that last sentence for the sake of pedanticism but it's not as if it made the interesting flowerpot move any faster.)

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by The Chicane 15 Oct 2017, 23:12
It was Peter Sauber's 74th birthday this past Friday so lets wish a Happy Birthday to the founder of F1's current backmarker.

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