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F1 2018

Discussion in 'general sports' started by 1%er, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Fly-on-the-wall behind McLaren's challenging 2017
    Amazon TV had cameras followed McLaren's 2017 season and will release a new docuseries entitled "Grand Prix Driver" which will premiere on February 9. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor and F1 fan Michael Douglas, the documentary chronicles McLaren's challenging 2017 season and offers unprecedented insight into the inner workings of F1's second most successful team, including the painful demise of its relationship with Honda. The multi-episode series is written and produced by Manish Pandey, the man behind the production of the famed Senna documentary.

    "It’s no secret that this has been the most difficult season in McLaren’s history and it would have been easy for them to close the doors on us," said Pandey. "Instead, the team trusted the Amazon Prime crew to understand the mind-blowing complexity of modern Formula 1 and to recognize that all competitors take falls, but only great champions get up again, fight and win". Grand Prix Driver film crews were allowed access to McLaren's usually closed-off quarters as they followed rookie Stoffel Vandoorne's grueling physical preparation, Zak Browns's challenging quest for sponsorship or the good and the bad of Fernando Alonso's season.

    I'll keep an eye open for it appearing on the internet and post episodes as and when they turn up :thumbs:
  2. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    I hope "Grand Prix Driver" comes as part of the Amazon Prime package.

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  3. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Yes I believe it does from what I've read
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  4. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    In which case, it's safe to say I shall be watching that as soon as it "drops", as the streaming-media people say.

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  5. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Dan Gurney RIP
    Daniel Sexton Gurney the ex-F1 drives died yesterday following complications with pneumonia. He is the person responsible for the "Gurney Flap" still used in racing today (the small tab projecting from the trailing edge of a wing), he is also the first person recorded to have sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium and the first racing driver to wear a full face helmet. He started racing in F1 in 1959 and his last F1 race was the British GP in 1970, he took part in 86 Grand Prix in total and won 4. He raced for Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, Lotus, Brabham, Eagle, McLaren. He was also owner of "All American Racers" a team he started with Carroll Shelby.
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  6. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Williams finally confirm Sergey Sirotkin as 2nd driver
    After weeks of speculation Williams has confirmed its 2018 F1 driver line-up with Sirotkin securing his F1 debut campaign as Stroll’s new team-mate with Kubica given the reserve and development driver position. With the official confirmation of its full F1 driver line-up for 2018, Williams moved to explain the reasons behind the team’s decisions. Claire Williams said “The Williams philosophy has always been to promote and develop young talent and Sergey fits right into that ethos, Lance has had a record-breaking debut season, and with a year now under his belt, he will be ready to hit the ground running in 2018. After an extensive driver evaluation process, I am thrilled to have our 2018 line-up finalised, and I’m excited to see what next season brings. We have taken our time to evaluate all the available options, and I’m confident Lance and Sergey can deliver the best results for the team. We have a talented driver line-up for 2018, that we are confident will deliver some exciting results for the team”.

    The problem for Williams is they seem to need driver money more than driver talent and I believe this is holding the team back. They haven't won a World Drivers championship for 20 years, they won in 1996 with Damon Hill and again in 1997 with Jacques Villeneuve, they also won the constructors championship in both those years, but they haven't been close to winning any title since 2003. Their philosophy appears to be, spend money on engineering rather than on drivers and they will hopefully then improve to a point where the top drivers will want to join the Williams team, as a customer team fighting against factory teams I'm not sure that is possible nowadays.

    Could Ferrari be up for sale?
    There are a number of rumors in the Italian press today claiming that Ferrari could again become an independent car company and split from the Fiat/Chrysler group. The rumor is that Sergio Marchionne has put a group of investors together to take over Ferrari when he steps-down as CEO of Fiat/Chrysler at the end of this year. The rumors started when Marchionne confirmed in an interview that he will step-down as CEO of the main company in 2018 but that he wants top remain president of Ferrari. It is mooted that he has put together a $20 billion deal to take over Ferrari.

    Marchionne has dismissed the speculation saying “Who puts such stories into circulation? That’s nonsense! Calculate that Ferrari is worth 20 billion on the stock market, so at what price would I have to buy the company? We are talking about 30 billion dollars. I’m an optimist, but I have to buy a lottery ticket for that. We prefer to win the Formula 1 World Championship and make a lot of money with Ferrari”. But the Italian press are saying "there is no smoke without fire" and believe the story to hold some truth.

    Having competed a financially strong first half of 2017, the company reported an increase of 17 % to 1.48 billion euros compared to the first half of 2016. Net profit climbed 49 percent to 260 million euros. Couple that with the ambition of Marchionne and a proven track record of success after 15 years with Fiat. He re-floated the ailing car brand Fiat, allied Fiat with Chrysler, re-launched Ferrari brand and is currently the looking into modernising Alfa Romeo. The involvement in Formula 1 as the title sponsor of Sauber is part an obvious part of that process. Would the next step be to partition off Ferrari as a stand alone brand?

    I'm not really sure about this story, but Sergio Marchionne is the person best positioned to pull off such a deal being the CEO of the parent company and also president of Ferrari, also with its history the Ferrari brand would not be short of people willing to invest as has been shown since it was floated. A quick look at the Nasdaq shows that over the last 52 weeks, at their lowest point they were down at $59.5 but now are up 98% to around $118.
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  7. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    One assumes that any wrinkles with Martini have been smoothed out.

    I think that booze company + Russian = oceans of sales east of the Urals.

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  8. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Sirotkin is 22 I think, so at least he'll be able to wear the Martini logos on his overalls at every race, unlike Stroll who can not advertise the brand in countries where the legal drinking age is 21 :)

    It was reported that the contract with Martini had a clause specifying that at least one driver had to be over 25, this was reported when Bottas (age 26/7 at the time) left the team and a reason sighted for Massa replacing him over Wehrlein at Williams (Mercedes wanted Williams to take their young driver Wehrlein), but Williams have now stated there is no such clause.

    The same story came about when Force India had Johnnie Walker as a sponsor, I think the real problem for having young drivers racing in teams sponsored by alcohol companies is that some countries have laws that dictate the minimum age of someone able to be in adverts/or advertise alcoholic drinks. For example this picture taken at the FIA press conference last year where Stroll is sitting next to his team mate Felipe with no Martini logos on his shirt or cap.
  9. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

  10. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

  11. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Ditto, DIdn't like the way he got pushed at Mclaren either, but in hindsight, it was probably well timed, means he left with reputation in tact before the Honda shit storm.
  12. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Some car launch dates
    Mercedes will reveal its Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ at Silverstone on February 22, it is expected to undertake a 100km shakedown test. The event is the same day as Ferrari's Maranello launch. The following day (23), McLaren will unveil its Renault-powered MCL33. On Sunday February 25, the day before testing begins, Toro Rosso will launch its new Honda powered 2018 car.

    More on Haas and Maserati
    Sergio Marchionne has repeated his hint that a deal between Haas and Maserati could be on the cards. Last month the Ferrari president sealed the deal on a title sponsorship between Fiat Chrysler brand Alfa Romeo and Sauber.

    Now, Marchionne has his eyes on a similar tie-up, with talks between Haas and Maserati said to be taking place. Speaking to Italian reporters at the Detroit auto show, he was asked if he is thinking about sending Maserati into Formula E. His reply was "I'm not so sure. In terms of a possible cooperation, it is maybe better to try to organise a joint project with Haas in formula one, it would be a good project". He also said the next step for Alfa Romeo could be a move into Indycar, in partnership with Dallara.

    Vietnam can be added to the list of possible venues
    According to a report in Forbes, a street race around the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, was on the agenda at a meeting of the Formula One Promoters Association, the body which represents grand prix organisers. The South East Asian country has previously been linked to an F1 race deal and its addition to the calendar will bolster the sport’s position on the continent after Malaysia staged its final grand prix last season.

    Bernie has previously claimed that he rejected a lucrative offer to stage a Vietnam Grand Prix before he was ousted, it was reported that Vietnam had offered FOM around $391.2m for a 10-year race deal. I believe that Liberty Media's contract with regulatory body the FIA (unless it has changed from the deal they had with Bernie) is for a maximum of 25 races per season, so 4 more than the 21-race schedule for this season, but as is often the case in F1 things are not as clear as they first appear, because while FOM has a 25 race deal with the FIA, FOM also has deals with the teams and some of those deals have a clause saying that the teams "require majority consent" for the calendar to be more than 20 races. For sure Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull Racing have such clauses as they stated that when the calendar went from 20 to 21 races previously, it isn't clear if all teams have this clause.

    So we can add to the list of races that have been talked about being added to the F1 calendar since Liberty Media took control of the sport, they are;
    Tunisia, USA (Miami, New York, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Daytona, California, Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway), Portugal, Macau, Norway, Denmark, UK (Brand Hatch), Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Argentina, Netherlands (Zandvoort, Assen) and Hanoi Vietnam.
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  13. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Could Cosworth join with Aston Martin
    Wouldn't it be great if Cosworth joined with Aston Martin and Red Bull, they have all had close ties in the past and still do. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is powered by a Cosworth V-12 and when Red Bull first entered Formula 1 they did so with a Cosworth engine. If Aston Martin are serious about getting into F1 they couldn't find a better partner than Cosworth.

    Cosworthm which last supplied engines in 2012, has a total of 176 wins in F1, second only to Ferrari so they have the pedigree. Such a tie-up would fit perfectly with Liberty Media's vision for the future of F1, they have made it very clear that they want the 2021 technical regulations to make it possible for independent engine manufacturers to compete with the likes of Mercedes-AMG and Ferrari, that is the main reason behind the budget cap of $150 million a year. Cosworth power-trains boss Bruce Wood says they want to return to F1 as an engine supplier, but if they did that on there own and not in a partnership they would be unlikely to be able to supply an engine before 2022.

    Have Toro Rosso sacked Brendan Gilhome
    There has been no statement from the team or Gilhome, but rumor has it that the head of aerodynamics has gone and his number two Ben Mallock has replaced him. Gilhome from Australian first come into F1 back in 2005 where he spent 5 years with Sauber before moving on to Mercedes in 2010, where he was a principal aerodynamicist, he did the primary aerodynamic development of the 2014 Mercedes, which won the World Championship with Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel.

    Could this be the look of the 2018 Alfa Romeo

    Designer Sean Bull worked his magic once again, this time with Sauber, offering the Swiss outfit a striking idea of what its 2018 C33 charger should look like. Sauber will be hoping for big things this season having spent last year running with an old power-unit, in 2018 the team will be running the current Ferrari power-unit, albeit badged as an Alfa Romeo.
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  14. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Sir Stirling Moss has decided to retire from public life
    Motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has decided to retire from public life following a long illness. A statement from his son said Moss had made the decision because of his "slow recovery" from health problems. The 88-year-old spent 134 days in hospital after suffering a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore in December 2016.

    Moss is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, even though he did not win the World Championship. He won 16 of the 66 grands prix in which he competed from 1951-66, was the first British F1 driver to win his home race. He won a total of 212 races of the 529 events he entered in categories across motorsport. Among his greatest victories were the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, which he won in a Lotus against the faster Ferraris, and the 1955 Mille Miglia, when he set a new course record in the famous 1,000-mile race around Italy.

    He famously lost out on the F1 title in 1958 to countryman Mike Hawthorn after vouching for his rival and preventing him being disqualified when he was accused of reversing on track in the late-season Portuguese Grand Prix. Moss was effectively forced to retire from top-level motorsport in 1962 after a crash at Goodwood left him in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months.

    Free to air F1 in the UK
    2018 is the last year where Sky is committed to its free to air deal with channel 4 and it is unclear where F1 will be shown free to air from 2019. The good news for those who don't watch Sky because of Murdoch is that he is selling his interest in Sky to the Disney group. Liberty media's contract with Sky requires them to show the British GP live and race highlights on a free to air channel. This deal is believed to have cost Sky $1 billion, while the Sky deal with channel 4 is thought to have cost them around $24 million a year. Sky has a very interesting deal with Liberty Media, as unlike all other deals for F1, Liberty Media don't have a say in who Sky decides will show its free to air races, this is very unusual as all other FOM TV deals say that FOM will decide what free to air channel will be used.

    There is an indication that Sky could put its free to air coverage on one of its own free to air channels. This appears to be what they are going to do in Italy. News from Italy seem to claiming that the state broadcaster RAI will no longer carry F1 in 2018 and Sky Italy will carry its free to air commitment on TV8 a free sky channel. So it may be the case that to watch any F1 in the UK after this season you will need a Sky box even if it is only to watch Free to air channels, but as Murdoch will not have any interest in Sky it could be OK.

    Formula One strategy group
    There was a meeting of the Formula One strategy group last Thursday but there appears to be very little news on any decisions taken, if any, it seem that on the agenda some of the topics were;

    Changing starts times for individual European races, adjusting them individually for the venues. This is believed to be to stop them clashing with other sporting events taking place, such as the World Cup, Super Bowl etc,)

    Changing the timing of the first free practice session and the FIA press conferences will also be debated.

    Another point of discussion will be to separate the drivers weight from the minimum final car weight. They are thought to be introducing a minimum weight for the driver, so cars with light-weight drivers don't have an advantage when it comes to the weight of the car, as now it is the combined weight that is taken into account, this allows some teams more leeway is positioning the moveable weights in the car.

    Finally, long term direction of aerodynamics with the creation of a new working group plus the positioning of the drivers’ names and numbers on their cars.
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