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“I think the criticism is not about the regulations over the next six or seven years, it’s the current cost. Everyone is looking at a window which is not the right size, so this regulation has been set for that long and we are looking at the first year which is obviously the most expensive year.”
“We were perhaps the sixth fastest team at the beginning of the year and now we are the third, which means we have improved.”
“O’Connell claims that when he telephoned [former Caterham diretor Constantin] Cojocar to request meetings, he turned out to be in Germany working for Colin Kolles, the mysterious Romanian dentist turned team principal who has wafted in and out of F1.”
“[Force India team principal Vijay] Mallya, who has backed Daruvala ever since he became part of the Force India Academy, has already said the teenager has a good chance of being the next Indian in F1, provided he does well in the junior formula.”
“When I talked to my dad about it over the past 10 years or so, after I started to think about how to use this amazing family name we have, he was always very interested in it. He was someone who always looked ahead not behind. The ultimate aim is to get the Brabham name back into Formula One, where it belongs.”
Whatever happened at Caterham is being put under the microscope. Let's hope a buyer can be found in the New Year
— Kevin Eason (@easonF1) December 30, 2014
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Comment of the day
How does Moto GP manage to out-sell F1 at the same venues?
It was interesting to compile some data comparing Moto GP and Formula One race day attendance for 2014 on those tracks which are shared by both these events.
Moto GP – 118,918
Formula One – 107,778
Moto GP – 163,045
Formula One – 91,480
Moto GP – 138,000
Formula One – 137,452
Moto GP – 130,925
Formula One – 84,688
Figures taken from official blogs and websites
It’s clear to see where Formula One is losing i’s charm, Moto GP or WEC or even Formula E are on an upward trajectory. You need not go far to see the difference. Simply observe how WEC or Moto GP or Formula E involves and serves its fans and you’ll see a stark difference with Formula One.
Neel Jani (@Neelv27)
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