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“Even in the NASCAR garage, most of the drivers now are shaking my hand. I think they’re interested. They say, ‘We’d like to see what that Formula One stuff is about.’ I say, ‘Sure, come on over.’ I think they have a natural curiosity.”
“It could very well be a worthwhile executive hire for the Haas camp, as Jacobs comes to the squad following a run as a sports marketing manager for beer giant Anheuser-Busch.”
“Given the situation, Marussia’s leadership have gone to ground, simply hoping for a positive outcome. [Sporting director Graeme] Lowdon spent the weekend with John Booth, the team principal, but neither they or the team have commented on the saga. Both have visited their stricken driver, Jules Bianchi, in hospital in Japan, which makes the timing of Marussia’s demise all the unhappier. ”
“Clearly Mercedes has the engine; we expect them to continue having it – they’ve just done a better job.”
“If you look at the history and heritage and what it means to people, a Brabham should really be out there – racing is in our DNA.”
“The speed is the biggest thing – it’s hard to describe the power, but it pulls in every gear and, even in seventh, it feels like you are in first. It’s just continuous power everywhere. Of course, the brakes are good being full carbon, and they were incredible to experience as well, especially with the downforce.”
“At the start of each session I enable the marshalling system and check our feed connections to FOM and to the servers. One of the other things I have to do is check the CCTV system, ensuring that the cameras are switching correctly when they’re being used to follow a car. It uses the FOM loop feed to track the car position, and the video recorded from the CCTV cameras to create a video feed used by race control and the teams.”
Just nine functioning teams, race and TV crowds down, diminished spectacle and still people say F1 is not in crisis! #headsinsand
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Comment of the day
@GT-Racer addresses the dismantles the “if you can’t afford to be in F1, stay out of it” argument:
The problem is that its not just Caterham/Marussia who are struggling. Force India and Sauber are also on the brink of collapse so introducing third cars (which would raise costs massively), Dropping the engine freeze (Which again would raise costs) and opening up the rules (Again costs would go up) would put those teams over that brink and into the same position Caterham/Marussia currently are.
Lotus are also not exactly financially stable, Williams are safe as long as they retain the Martini deal and Toro Rosso are been held up by Red Bull.
Three-car teams will do nothing but hurt the smaller teams, It will put them further down the grid and raise there costs which will both put them under even more financial pressure. Then what: four-car teams, five-car teams or maybe the top four teams who are the only teams financially sound running six cars?
The primary part of the problem isn’t so much teams been unable to afford to run in F1, Its more that F1 doesn’t distribute its funds in a way that allows the small teams to afford F1.
If the prize funds were distributed more fairly then Marussia/Caterham and those just above them would be in far, far less problems and would in all likelihood actually be in no danger of going under.
Look at it this way, for ninth place in the constructors championship Marussia would get less prize money than the budget cap Max Mosley proposed would have been. Meanwhile Ferrari are getting $100m on-top of the prize money for there constructors placing simply because they have raced in F1 since the start.
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Happy birthday to Gavin Brown and Striay!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Tiff Needell who is 63 today.
Needell entered two F1 races in 1980 as a substitute for Clay Regazzoni who was paralysed in a crash at Long Beach. Needell put the Ensign on the grid at Zolder but failed to qualify in Monaco.
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