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F1 directors ‘prefer Horner to follow Ecclestone’

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Christian Horner primed for Formula One driving seat (The Times, subscription required)

Unnamed Delta Topco board member: “The fact that Bernie would train Christian up, in effect, looks like a solution to many of the directors.”

Gossage upset with Formula One scheduling (Washington Times)

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage: “I can’t say I was surprised because Bernie Ecclestone does a lot of foolish things. The thing he unfortunately doesn’t recognise is there is an 800-pound gorilla when it comes to major American motor sports. The 800-pound gorilla is NASCAR.”

F1 chief dismisses NASCAR objection (BT Sport)

“At the end of the day they run a domestic series in America – we run a world championship.”

Texas Motor Speedway president still calls Formula One-NASCAR overlap ‘foolish’ (Austin-American Statesman)

Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein: “I’d think (Gossage) would worry more about a [Dallas] Cowboys game, as that probably costs him several thousand tickets, rather than worry about what happens in Central Texas.”

‘FW36 running like a dream’ (Sky)

“We totally lost a day at the beginning through this wiring problem which was part of the fuel system electronics, but after that the car has run like a dream.”

Renault says it will be ready for Oz (Autosport)

Renault head of track operations Remi Taffin: “I think we will be ready to run [at the Australian GP], but it depends what performance we will get there.”

Mercedes F1 W05 – cooling and diffuser developments (F1)

“Not only did Mercedes finish the first Bahrain test with the fastest times of the week, they also trialed several updates, including different cooling configurations.”

Why I fear Susie Wolff is fuel for Formula One’s PR machine (The Telegraph)

Former ITV F1 pit lane reporter Beverley Turner: “F1 needs to grow up. It’s losing female and younger fans. A woman in a competitive car would re-energise the sport and attract a new fan base. We can only hope Wolff turns out to be more than a publicity pawn.”

Senna’s MP4/4 returns to Imola (McLaren)

“This year, [Imola] will see a return of Formula One – of sorts – after announcing a four-day event at which Ayrton’s most famous car, the McLaren MP4/4, will be the centrepiece to a festival that carries official support from the Instituto Ayrton Senna, and which will showcase a series of films, unpublished photographs and exhibits that celebrate Ayrton’s life.”

Time for a Formula One Revolution (MotorSport)

“As the striking cover of the April issue states so clearly, we believe it is ‘Time for a Formula One Revolution’.”


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F1 cars were within a second of last year’s pole position time (1’32.330) in the first test at Bahrain. But is 2013 a worthwhile reference for car performance?

I find it slightly annoying that they keep referring to 2013 lap times when talking about performance. 2013 levels of performance were not staggering. The course record at Bahrain is a 1:29 or something.

Besides, the biggest area for concern (for me) is the race performance. It would be interesting to see how fast the GP2 cars are in the first few laps of a race (when much of the action takes place) compared to 2013/2014 F1.

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  • 90 comments on “F1 directors ‘prefer Horner to follow Ecclestone’”

    1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
      27th February 2014, 0:22

      Bernie would train Christian up

      Bernie training 101:
      – Never stay at a race long enough to see the end of it.
      – Say as many outrageous things as possible. The more outrageous, the better.
      – Always get the better end of a deal. Even if it’s a shady deal… In fact, the shady deals are better.
      – Push to introduce ridiculous regulations to try and jazz up the sport, even if it doesn’t need it.
      – If ever you find yourself in hot water about something, just claim that you don’t remember.

      1. And dont forget, – whenever you introduce a new rule to make things better, always introduce another rule that will negate the first, like DRS so a following car can pass, then make the tyres fall apart if a car follows close enough to use DRS.

        1. Also – remember when bringing in a terrible rule change, to then suggest an even worse one shortly after to ensure as much discussion as possible gets diverted from your original call.

          ie – bring in double points and then propose it be extended to 3 races. When that doesn’t happen, you can say you compromised!

      2. @tophercheese21 – I think you missed a few points out there…

        – Always make sure you give a country a grand prix if its mired in political controversy. Maybe Syria…?
        – Establish your favouritism of F1’s golden kid early on.
        – Sabotage Silverstone.
        – Try to circulate the CVC revenue in a way that at least one team find itself on the financial brink each year.
        – Make outlandish statements with absolutely no factual basis whatsoever.
        – Avoid revolving doors.

        1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
          27th February 2014, 10:17


          Haha YES!
          These are all great tips for any future F1 supremo.

          Choosing a host country gripped with civil conflict is a must.

        2. And not forgetting:
          – Rob the fans of being able to follow their sport by always putting money first. (i.e. TV companies!!)
          Honestly can’t wait for the bloke to retire/leave/get sacked whatever…..cant stand him!!

        3. Ahh…the Syrian Grand Prix,good idea!Partnered with Bahrain,Abu Dhabi and Russia.Now that’s entertainment.Too bad Korea has been excluded ; )

          1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
            28th February 2014, 2:15


            If only it were North Korea. I bet Bernie could pull some strings with his good mate Kim Jong-Un and get a grand Prix in Pyongyang.

    2. I thought they compared the times to last year, because this year’s cars were supposed to be 5 seconds slower (and apparently they’re not)?

      1. Yeah, they were “supposed” to. I figured from the start of the speculations of this seasons powertrains that they were going to be negative and ultimately wrong. Everyone said “slower”, “quieter”(although this is true), “ugly noises”. Turns out they are near the same speeds and make pretty decent noises for 1.6L V6.
        Its like every speculator forgot this is Formula 1. I know that the sport has taken a hit in the sport-competition category, but the technology-competition never dies.
        The fact that the Mercs are under a second from last years pole position time is a flag that these cars may be faster than the V8s by the end of the season. Reliability will especially pickup and speed will come soon. Also not to forget, many teams have not even made performance runs during testing.

        1. I think I’ll wait to see them race in anger while having to monitor power unit temps and fuel consumption, to see just how fast these cars are on race day when it counts.

          Meantime what I will be watching for moreso than their speed, is how the racing is. That is a far bigger concern for me than their speed. If there isn’t close racing, and rather it is about processions, or half the field not even finishing, or about inability to race because the pits tell the drivers they can’t because if they do they won’t make it to the end, then speeds relative to GP2 or last year or whatever won’t be the overwhelming discussion.

    3. “TO THE BARRICADES”,must remember to pick up a copy of Motorsport to read while I man the barricades!

      1. Oh yes, I almost forgot “VIVA LA REVOLUCION”

      2. I like the spirit of it, but actually found myself disliking a lot of the proposals.

        A reduced, 15-round F1 calendar with Grands Prix only staged in countries with a strong F1 fan base
        The re-introduction of a tyre war to generate more unpredictability
        The end of codified driver penalties to encourage real racing
        The removal of all pits-to-driver communications

        Throughout most of the last 40 years, 16 or so races were common. Personally I like 18-20.
        I don’t see a tyre war doing a whole lot of good considering how it got last time. Perhaps if their were strict rules somehow preventing favouritism. We might well find this year that our tyre complaints are largely reduced, in which case a single supplier seems like enough.
        I would rather see drivers getting penalties than cheating being ignored. There just needs to be more consistency.
        Radio communications can be insightful, entertaining, and offer important safety information to the drivers.

        1. *incorrect form of their/there

        2. I tend to agree but no-body gets the revolution they thought they were fighting for, the important thing is to change the power structure so ideas can be thought through and once agreed upon acted on.

          1. @hohum
            As a Tunisian i can only wish good luck for you, your people and your country, we experienced this 3 years ago and it was a fantastic lifetime experience, it is true that revolutions in general are made by the braves and exploited by the cowards but the most important thing is to keep fighting for what you believe

            1. @tifoso1989, let me wish you, your country and it’s people good luck, true democracy takes time and there are many along the way who would exploit weaknesses in order to enrich themselves .As an Australian I only have to suffer petty corruption and Parliamentarians more concerned about being re-elected than they are concerned about the wellbeing of the public.
              While sympathetic to people trying to otherthrow dictators and corrupt administrations, my only revolution is the revolution of F1 fans against the dictator who has robbed them blind.

        3. So they want to go back in time, what else is new.

          1. I’d agree that, whilst the authors of the piece claim that they want to move the sport forward, most of the measures they propose are trying to force the sport to return to some sort of mythical past.

            There are complaints about excessive levels of telemetry when telemetry has been in use in F1 since the late 1970’s (whilst other forms of motorsport, such as IndyCar, were using telemetry in the early 1960’s) – do we criticise Peterson, for example, for utilising telemetry data because he was, by his own admission, relatively poor at setting up a car?
            And why should we ban pit to car radios when that technology, again, has been used since the 1970’s? Do we think any less of the heroics of Gilles Villeneuve because he had a radio in his car?

            As for reintroducing tyre wars, it is worth noting that the smaller teams are against the idea because, all too often, they are intentionally neglected by tyre manufacturers in favour of one or two major teams.
            It’s a very long running trend – Scheckter recouted a tale from 1979 where, in one test session, Michelin would not tell Ferrari what tyres they were putting on the car, nor provide them with any telemetry data, because they would normally only pass that level of information to Renault and didn’t want their favoured customer to complain.
            The 1980’s saw routine instances where manufacturers like Goodyear would intentionally restrict their best quality tyres to a select handful of customers, and even when they did start expanding access to their tyres in the 1990’s, they would still be rather obstructive at times. A former senior engineer at Tyrrell, for example, recounted how he once asked Goodyear for a specific tyre parameter (relating to the stiffness of the tyre sidewall) and was told “Only Category A teams get that information”.
            Most of the 2000’s, meanwhile, was riven by complaints that Michelin was basically producing custom tyres for Renault whilst Bridgestone produced custom tyres for Ferrari – Newey was one rather bitter critic as he felt that his cars were being hindered by Michelin because of such open biases.
            Why, therefore, would the bulk of the teams vote for a measure like a tyre war that would see them probably end up being worse off?

            As for the proposal for the race calendar to be restricted to “countries with a strong F1 fan base”, how is that supposed to broaden the appeal of the sport? If you are intentionally cutting out large chunks of the world (let us be honest, that comment is a thinly disguised jab at the Asian and Middle East nations that have recently joined the calendar) and, instead of actively encouragin any sort of local participation, shut people out because they are not “passionate enough”, then of course you will never develop a strong fan base. Pandering to an existing audience, which is what that MotorSport article is really calling for, is not going to help the sport develop in the long run.

    4. Re: COTD

      I find it more than slightly annoying when I see comments that move the moaning up a level. It was bad enough seeing comments like “oh no they’re 8 sec slower than 2013”, even though it was only at the first test after biggest reg change in history of the sport. Then at the second test they get within a second of last year’s pole time and still some aren’t satisfied.

      Yes, the fastest time was a 1:29.8 in bahrain Q1 in 2005. Actually, the record would be a low 1:29 from 2004, but because the 2004 was the first year of Bahrain the track was slippery as hell. Most records in F1 are from 2004, widely considered to be one of the worst seasons in history of F1. So 2013 cars were 3 seconds/lap slower than 2004. These cars will be roughly the same. I’ll take that over 2004 any day. Really the fears were that F1 would be slower than GP2 which, for a pinnacle of motorsport, would be unacceptable. Now that’s clearly will not be the case, suddenly that doesn’t matter but the comparison to the awful 2004 does

      Aren’t there enough things to moan about? Like the worst ever rule in F1 in double points, or Bernie’s mentally ill comments or a million of other things that are wrong in F1 today…

      1. I would be more worried about the cars’ race pace, does anyone know the time Rosberg took to complete his race simulation in Bahrain?

        1. Lap times around 1.40 e 1.41…

      2. The simple solution, nobble the GP2 cars, 1.2L turbo 4 cyl 10,000rpm no ERS.

      3. Nitpicking: Turn 4 was modified for 2005 (for the first year, it was much tighter, bit like Turn 1), so the laptimes from 2004 are not representative in that respect either.

        1. Well remembered and very true.

        2. Bahrein (Test) record: 1.29.527 – Webber, Williams, V10, 2005;
          Bahrein (Race) Record: 1.31.447 – De La Rosa, McLaren, V10, 2005.

          1. I found more lap times from Bahrein (tests)…

            Fev/2006 – Badoer, Ferrari, 1.31.225;
            Mar/2007 – Massa, Ferrari, 1.29.989;
            Fev/2008 – Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1.30.015;
            Fev/2009 – Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1.32.102.

            Seems like Ferrari always show your potencial in there… hehe

    5. I would prefer Horner to follow Bernie… out of F1.

      1. @austus yeah right. A team principal who transformed nowhere-Jaguar into a 4WDC and 4WCC winner, deserves to be out of F1.
        Why? because he is more succesful than us?

        1. Where did that came from?
          I’d also like to see Horner follow Bernie out of F1. He’s one of the most despicable characters I’ve ever seen in F1 for over two decades. I just can’t stomach his slimy smiles and his lack of sportsmanship that was there for all to see too many times.

          Could really do without someone who likes hanging out with Bernie.

          1. “obviously”, I recommend you to support your opinion with facts, not only with hits, kicks and strikes.
            And once and for all, it would be great to see you create a user, so we can read how sensible your comments are, week after week.

          2. “Lack of sportmanship” In comparison to which team principal, exactly? Ron Dennis, the under whom the team stole a rival team’s information? Briatore, under whom a driver intentionally caused an accident? Jean Todt, under who the rules were forced to satisfy Ferrari for years?

            Seriously, take a look at F1’s history and you’ll see Horner nowhere close to be “despicable”.

        2. Horner should stay in F1, right where he is.

          If it is so easy to install someone to a position of authority, to replace Bernie, why not install somebody who is most likely to serve the sport? For example, why not Ross Brawn or Sir Jackie Stewart?

          1. Because, unfortunately, that little deal Bernie and Max cooked up keeps getting sold-on for more and more money and the people buying that deal are expecting enormous profits and wont let go without a fight.

            1. And, unfortunately Bernie still wields influence with those people and they will go along with whatever he says. Pretty much whomever Bernie picks as a successor will just be a Bernie puppet.

          2. @bullmello

            why not install somebody who is most likely to serve the sport?

            Because owners of huge industries (in this case, CVC) don’t make decisions based on internet fans’ perceptions of people they don’t know.

            Brawn and Steward may be wonderfully nice guys on camera, but that’s hardly an indicative they’ll be good or bad. I understand liking them, or thinking they’ll do a good job, but seriously expecting them to be considered based on how little we know them is not reasonable.

        3. The difference is, when running Red Bull he was allowed to SPEND endless amounts to get the results. At FOM the job is to suck out as much money as you can.

        4. @omarr-pepper
          Keep telling that to yourself, i just believe that Red Bull are nothing more than Jaguar without that blown floor, 2014 will prove it

          1. @tifoso1989 yeap, and Batman without his gear is just Bruce… come on, give credit to Horner and his team (not only Newey please, the team.) Alonso needed a team to get his 2 championships too, didn’t he? The same with Hamilton, Mansell, Senna… etc etc. Except Brabham who was the only one who built his team and won championships. And if 2014 sees Red Bull defeated, good for the victor. But wouldn’t you feel like something is missing if RB turns into a not-a-threat team now? You want to defeat Macimus The Gladiator in fair play? or after Comodus stabbed him?

            1. Maximus

          2. So easy to say that, when neither Renault powered team are in conditions to do something close to a race simulation or race stint, don’t you think?

            Also, don’t you believe is kind of sad when Ferrari (or neither other team) couldn’t beat those “Jaguars with blown floors”, as you name them, for 4 consecutive years?

      2. I think Horner is fine where he is now.

    6. TMAC that’s my concern too. I don’t care how fast they go on qualifying I care about how slow they will look like in the race. Last year there was a 5 sec gap but this year I heard from Gary Anderson that fuel alone it will only be 3 secs, but the other systems will amount I fear for more than the 5 sec gap. How dull were F1 cars at the start of a gp in 2013, they all look slow and far from the edge not to mention the tyre concern they had to contempt with. When I’m re watching the turbo era the most disconcerting phenomenon of it is looking to how much the times flex from lap to lap or stage of the GP, especially at by the end of the era the cars were so steady that it was more like F1 stroll than F1 show. My point is that visually watching the cars do their business was not very exciting, managing something in F1 may be good for the championship for the races but it’s not eye candy. In the end I’m being pessimist. We will hopefully get some of the 83, 84 spectacular powerslides, and some of the explosions of the height of the turbo era.

    7. Horner is a smart guy, a good man, and clearly a great manager. We’d be lucky to have respectability back at the head of the sport.

      1. Horner is a smart guy, a good man, and clearly a great manager. We’d be lucky to have respectability back at the head of the sport.

        Smart guy? I’d say he’s slick.

        Great manager? He seems quite good in what he does, that I gotta admit.

        But saying he is a good man? I’m sorry, but from what I can see from his actions and interviews (which isn’t really knowing someone in person) I think he hardly has much to be admired at, as far as true human virtues are concerned.

      2. There’s something brown on the end of your nose.

      3. Hm, can’t say I feel the same about it @chaddy.

        Lets see, can’t judge Horner and being smart, although he must be to do the job he is doing.

        A good man, what makes someone “good”? I don’t think that frequently changing what you think and do based on where the wind is blowing counts as such. Nor is letting one of your drivers down by letting another get away with things. Hard to tell, but I do not see much to support this one.

        Last one, a good manager. Hm, a good manager is not one that gets ignored by his drivers, called back by his boss, has to change his opinions and strategies based on what an advisor of the boss says etc. So, no for this one Horner certainly does not qualify IMO.

        But sure, why not Horner as top dog at CVC, at least he will be more easily ignored by all, and that might actually help improve F1 for the people who actually make it a sport by competing in it as well as for those who want to visit races or watch them.

        1. @bascb

          Last one, a good manager. Hm, a good manager is not one that gets ignored by his drivers, called back by his boss, has to change his opinions and strategies based on what an advisor of the boss says etc. So, no for this one Horner certainly does not qualify IMO.

          Nitpicking very particular events of a extraordinarily successful career as a team manager? I know we have to hate Horner, but still, what you posted is borderline absurd when talking about the manager under whom a team became the dominant force of F1.

          1. Nitpicking you say Albrecht?
            To me those things I mentioned are not small things, and how many particular events do you need to make your judgement, because all those things I mentioned have happened repeatedly during the last 4 years. This is not about hating the guy, but about seeing him called a good manager, when there really is not that much to show how Horner is one.

            Horner does seem good at somehow balancing things out, but that would make him more apt as a team leader or the boss of FOTA if it still existed, than to be the top man of a company group like FOM.

            1. @bascb

              Anyone who has had experience in a huge laboral environment (and that’s looking for excuses to criticize someone for any reason whatsoever) would know that yes, those are small things in the big scheme of things.

              Even smaller when you consider how successful he’s been.

              Complaining is all too easy when you’re behind a keyboard, but that doesn’t change that he achieved what other team principals, with comparable ressources anf way more history, couldn’t.

              As I said, absurd.

      4. Thanks heaven Ferrari has that veto

    8. I’d be very interested in the results of this hypothetical F1 Fanatic poll:

      “Who will score more points this year, Kimi Raikkonen or Fernando Alonso”
      (a) KR, and I’m a KR fan
      (b) FA, and I’m a KR fan
      (c) KR, and I’m a FA fan
      (d) FA, and I’m a FA fan
      (e) KR, and I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of one over the other
      (f) FA, and I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of one over the other

      Relative team strength is anyone’s guess, but a match up between new teammates in identical rides seems easier, and more interesting, to estimate.

      For the record, I’d pick (e) but not feel too confident over choice (f).

      1. F but I lean a bit to B as well.

      2. If I was in charge of F1 I’d have these changes:
        1) Races in a more sensible order, going from East to West, only 16 races.
        2) A race in France.
        3) A driver can only spend 5 years in a team before switching. They can then return.
        4) 2010 tires
        5) Removal of DRS on Brazil, Spa and the first one in Abu Dhabi.
        6) 5 points for pole, 3 for posting a competitive time in Q3, 1 for posting a competitive time in Q2. 3 for fastest lap.
        7) No more double points.
        8) Points system 15,12,10,8,6,4,2,1,

        1. Sorry that wasn’t supposed to be a reply.

        2. @theo-hrp

          Points for pole? No thanks.

          If F1 was a spec-series I’d take that, but the way it is points for pole will not make the show much better. Just scrap the same-tyres rule for top 10 and Qualy will improve.

        3. You’re ranking getting pole at 1/3 of a race win?

      3. F although full disclosure, I prefer Fernando to Kimi (without being a “fan”) of either.

        1. @huhhii new friend spot on! Chose “A” too

    9. If only Big Luca could let it happen……

      Red Bull Boss becomes the Big Bull of F1….!!!!!

    10. Personally I feel Ross Brawn would be a better candidate.

      1. Totally agree @johnbt and would add Sir Jackie Stewart to this short list of worthy candidates to care more about the sport than the greed and self serving team interests.

        Let us ask why Horner’s name keeps getting floated out there and who could be the source of the floating? It seems obvious that Bernie is the logical source of these constant rumors and the notion that he could “train him up” (as quoted by news sources). Why would the team principal of Red Bull be repeatedly pushed out there as the only candidate who could possibly do the job? Are there any reasons why Bernie would not want someone like Ross Brawn or Sir Jackie Stewart to be his successor? One can only guess the reasons why Mr. Ecclestone seems to be trying so hard to name his successor. Could those reasons include some sort of continuing influence or some sort of financial benefit such as super secret consultant ad infinitum for the privilege being named successor? How silly! Bernie would never try to manipulate any such deal or bribe his way into anything like this. Right…

        I hope Horner sticks to his guns and stays out of it. We can only hope that Bernie’s successor is not hand picked by him, but is someone who can help the sport recover from the darker sides of Bernie’s dealings.

        1. Who would choose Bernie’s successor, if not Bernie? CVC board? Do you think that’s a better solution? I think it could be much worse.

          Are there any reasons why Bernie would not want someone like Ross Brawn or Sir Jackie Stewart to be his successor?

          Ross Brawn is an engineer, not a businessman. Sir Jackie Stewart is just 9 years younger than Bernie, so the replacement would be temporary at best. Any other alternatives?

          1. Probably CVC is choosing the successor, based on Bernie’s advice. Guess I’m wishing for an honorable successor who knows the sport of F1, but without the avarice of Bernie. Somebody strong enough to balance out the interests of the CVC, FIA and teams. The two mentioned above are unlikely to be offered the job or accept it if offered. I was thinking of characteristics as much as the actual individual. Wish I could think of more alternatives…

    11. Perhaps we should prepare ourselves for; “The Red Bull F1 world championship series”

      1. Yeah, the greatest show on earth. This way to the great egress…

    12. Random thought while I lay here at Heathrow trying to get over this jetlag – whats the deal with the 107% rule with all these new rules?

      I know in the end it is at Charlies discretion, but hes about as qualified as us given the new rules and regulations.

    13. MotorSport article

      Banning team PRs from circuits to encourage freedom of speech and allow personalities to flourish

      How do you do this?

      The removal of all pits-to-driver communications

      No way, it’s not the way to go.

      A reduced, 15-round F1 calendar with Grands Prix only staged in countries with a strong F1 fan base

      Keep dreaming.

    14. Bullets from MotorSport:

      Restructuring the sport’s finances to give F1 teams greater return, combined with the introduction of a budget cap. This would make F1 teams less beholden to demands from commercial partners and remove the need for technical sterilisation of the sport and pay drivers
      Opening out the technical regulations to allow for greater competitive volatility
      A reduced, 15-round F1 calendar with Grands Prix only staged in countries with a strong F1 fan base
      Reducing fees charged to circuit promoters staging Grands Prix, thus reducing ticket prices
      The re-introduction of a tyre war to generate more unpredictability
      The end of codified driver penalties to encourage real racing
      The removal of all pits-to-driver communications
      Banning team PRs from circuits to encourage freedom of speech and allow personalities to flourish
      Capped-costs feeder formulae with chassis engineering freedom

      The only thing I strongly disagree with is the re-introduction of a tyre war, which adds very little, in my opinion. And although I get terribly bored listening to interviews with drivers, I’m not sure about the PR team idea either. But apart from that, I think these are fantastic ideas.

      1. I think the term Tyre War is over stating the actual results of having multiple tyre suppliers in the sport. What happens if there are 2 or more tyre companies in the sport, teams lobby a manufacturer to get the characteristics of the tyre to suit their cars needs/flaws.

        The other point I’d make is that there can only be 1 tyre manufacturer who is better than the other, sure it could be close, but more often than not, there is a gap in performance. This is no different to comparing the different teams on the grid, none of the cars are identical, some teams get close to each other while others are Marussia’s…

        1. I just want the teams to have the best possible tyres for the job, whether there is 1 or more suppliers doesn’t matter to me just as long as every team can have any tyre at the same price as every other team. However it would be much simpler and economic to appoint a single supplier to supply the best tyre they can at a negotiated price.

    15. Toto Wolf would be better candidate than Horner to follow Bernie.
      He’s more enterprising.

    16. @COTD – It really depends as to want engine you feel inclined to compare the V6s with. 2013 was not the fastest year of the V8s, and although that is something difficult to work out, I would argue that 2010 saw the V8 cars at their fastest, and with the delta between 2013 and 2010 often minimal (as demonstrated by the fact that Hamilton did the fastest ever lap of the Silverstone GP track – marginally faster than Vettel’s 2010 pole), I would argue that 2013 is a good reference for the V8s. But obviously, as demonstrated by the 1:29 set by Webber in 2005, the V10s are much faster and the then chassis’ had more grip. So is it fair to compare a car with four less cylinders and a whole heap less in the way of aerodynamic grip with a ballistic V10 rocket?

      1. The 2010 Silverstone GP circuit was different than the 2005 circuit

    17. Chris (@tophercheese21)
      27th February 2014, 8:53

      I feel the person to take Bernie’s job should be an outsider. I mean, if someone like Horner or Toto were to take up Bernie’s role, what’s to stop them from pushing for regulations that could help the team that they have a vested interest in (after all, Toto is a stake holder in Mercedes GP)?

      You’d need someone with good sense, and knows how formula one works, without being biased, to introduce regulations that are equal for all.

      1. Richard Branson?

    18. It could be worse, they could propose Flavio to learn from Bernie….. now that would be interesting. Makes Christian look positively saintly.

    19. Going back somewhat – When Ecclestone was the owner of the Brabham team and Mosely was his lawyer, Ron Dennis was the chief engineer. Ecclestone has since admitted in an interview (with, I thought, regret in his voice) that “Ron Denis is a better man than I ever was”. I often wonder what went on in those days to make Mosely so determined to make life difficult for Maclaren.

      So, Ron Denis to replace the evil dwarf.

    20. I’m guessing this’ll his tomorrows news but Jacques Villeneuve is going to enter the Indy 500 again,

      “If you have to win one race in the whole of your career, the Indy500 is the one in any form of motorsports,” said the 1997 F1 champion.

      Isn’t it funny how anything that man does is suddenly the most important thing in the history of anything and if he’s not involved in it it’s irrelevant. Can you tell I have no time for him?

      1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
        27th February 2014, 11:40

        I’d rather win the Monaco GP than the Indy 500 by a country mile.

      2. @jodrell You are missing out if you have no time for this monster old-school type racer who has the stuff on his resume that few have. And he’s never been afraid to speak his mind as he sees it, so we always know where he stands, unencumbered by political correctness.

        JV won the Indy 500 in 95, so it’s not like he is now demoting everything else he has done or anyone else is doing just because he is now going for the 500 again. An opportunity came up for him literally just in recent weeks for the 500, and he is also about to enter the newly FIA sanctioned Rallycross. At 42 this amazing driver obviously still has the attention of race team owners, and I also hope that he gets back to Lemans one day for a win, which I think would make him the only driver ever to have all that he would have on his resume.

        His comments recently about the direction F1 has taken have been almost universally agreed upon, and come from someone who believes car racing should be about gladiator vs gladiator on the track…not politics and gimmicks. It’s a shame you disagree with that.

        I think you will find too, that most people in the limelight, be they athletes, actors, musicians, politicians etc, are going to promote what they are currently up to, because it is certainly the most important thing they are doing at the time.

    21. About the motorsport article on a revolution in F1, I’d add a very important though always overlooked proposal: paid/trained marshalls.

    22. I have followed NASCAR for years, although never on the edge of my seat like with F1. That’s not to say I have seen every race over the years by any stretch, but I’ve at a minimum seen many races every season for years now, and have at least kept up with the race results and the standings when I do miss a race. I’ve always struggled with giving up a nice sunny Sunday afternoon to stay inside. And thanks to having the ability now to digitally record races, I generally record the races and usually succeed in not hearing the results until I watch it on Sunday evening and fast forward through the miriad of commercials and cautions. I watch a 4 hour coverage in about an hour and a half.

      That said, for me it is a no-brainer that I will be watching the US GP, but I do think the scheduling overlap is ridiculous, and it is not the point that F1 is an International series, and NASCAR a domestic one in the US. The point for me is that the effort to bolster F1 in the US takes a hit from having this easily avoided scheduling overlap and makes no sense to me. I thought garbage like double points was meant to capture viewership until the end of the season, and now it turns out BE is not that interested in viewership after all. Get rid of double points then, if that is the case. Go back to a, hopefully, better product to enthrall the viewers…smoke and mirrors, and then measures to scupper the smoke and mirrors with stupid scheduling, isn’t cutting it.

    23. The photograph at the head of this article shows a weasel and a snake. You have to decide which one is the weasel and which one is the snake, or whether one of the people pictured is both weasel and snake, or if both the non-human creatures are hiding.

    24. I am very tired this morning so that probably explains when I opened the link my eyes saw the headline ‘F1dictator prefers Horner to follow’…

    25. I really hope that if Horner does take over Bernie’s role, that he does so after relinquishing any ties with Red Bull. I would hate for F1 to be Red Bull-ified, you’d get even more energy-drink sponsorship, turning it into an X-games on 4 wheels, into some weird US-style jock/bro-fest “extreme sports” event, running in more and more obsure locations (more street races), ruining the technological element entirely & turning it into a spec series.

      So if Horner does take over F1’s promotion, then I hope it’s Horner as the F3000 team boss, not Horner in his role at Red Bull, that takes over.

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