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“I’d say it’s quite impossible to do a full LMP1 and F1 programme – for us. It would be incredibly demanding technologically and financially. You have to do one or the other.”
“I don’t know how long I will stay here, so I think maybe it can be my last team, definitely… I think it will be my last team.”
Toto Wolff: “I’m not a big fan of it. A third car means additional costs, the way you can refinance it is not enough, so even for the smaller teams it wouldn’t be a profitable business case to put in a third car, and for the moment I don’t see that coming.”
“‘Has he told you how?’ asked Ecclestone about [Toto] Wolff’s call for lower ticket prices. ‘You should tell him about reducing what they want for racing, and then we can reduce the fees.'”
Eddie Irvine: “I always watch the races, even if I’m not particularly keen on the new things like the boost button and the DRS, the fact the noise has gone and having races in countries with no motor sport tradition.”
“We protect the perimeter for Ferrari, we protect the factory, the PCs, but that isn’t enough. You have to also analyse where the threats are coming from and reroute the malicious guys.”
“Introduced at Spa and run at the last races, the PS01 was updated to the PS01B with this blown floor concept incorporated into it (driven by [Fernando] Alonso, [Tarso] Marques and [Alex] Yoong)”
“UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya is no longer a member of India’s 100 Richest club, even as fortunes of the country’s uber-rich have seen a significant growth since last year.”
“Only one of their drivers holds a legitimate chance of winning this year’s world championship and, awkwardly, it’s not the German who won them their last four.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) September 25, 2014
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Comment of the day
There seems to be little enthusiasm for three-car teams – @StefMeister gave a list of reasons why.
- If you have a season like this with a dominant car we could see 1 team lock out the podium and the constructors championship be locked up earlier.
- It pushes the mid-field teams further back, Reduces the chance of them scoring points and puts them in further financial difficulties.
- If you say the 3rd car is ineligible for points, You could have the 3rd cars used for strategic reasons to block rival teams for championship reasons.
- Could also cause problems in the pits as three cars for one pit box is going to be a real traffic jam during safety car periods where everyone pits.
- It puts a bigger financial strain on the teams as they would need to bring more equipment to races, More staff, buy/use more components/tyres through a season and remember that it’s not just the bottom three or four teams who are marginal on finances as it is.
- It also puts off new teams joining, We have Haas F1 coming for 2016. With three-car teams where would they fit in?
Like many other things the past few years, There just trying to stick a plaster over something without doing anything about the actual underlying problem.
What they should be doing is cutting costs and distributing the prize money in a fairer way so that every team gets a decent amount. The way its done at present is fundamentally broken and is a big part of why many teams are in the financial situation they’re in.
From the forum
- If you didn’t get enough 1994 nostalgia yesterday have a look at this video of ex-F1 driver Alessandro Nannini exacting revenge on Roland Asch in the DTM
Happy birthday to Ron, Greg and Theo Parkinson!
On this day in F1
Rubens Barrichello won the first ever Chinese Grand Prix ten years ago today. Jenson Button was second for BAR ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s McLaren.
Here’s the start of the race:
Image © Porsche