F1 2018

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

  1. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Ferrari cancel press conference
    There were some very embarrassed and pissed-off people at Ferrari yesterday, they had planed a press conference to announce Charles Leclerc as the driver to partner Vettel in 2019, but after an embarrassing leak there were a few red faces. Yesterday morning a Facebook post appeared on the page of Garage Italia a company headed by new Ferrari chairman John Elkann's brother Lapo, officially congratulated Charles Leclerc, it was posted in Italian (here is an English translation) "Charles, we are proud to have believed in you since your debut in F1. We are proud to have accompanied you on the track, curve after curve. And we're happy to see you at the wheel of the red car". this post was quickly removed, but not before a screen-shot was taken by the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The post now reads "Let's hope the dream comes true!" :oops::oops::facepalm:

    Meanwhile someone has posted an petition on change.org in an effort to keep Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, in 15 hours is has amassing over 10,000 signatures :thumbs:

    A quick rundown on how the driver market looks as of today

    Mercedes Hamilton and Bottas
    Ferrari Vettel and TBC
    Red Bull Verstappen and Gasly
    Renault Ricciardo and Hulkenberg
    McLaren Sainz and Norris
    Racing Point TBC and TBC
    Haas TBC and TBC
    Sauber TBC and TBC
    Toro Rosso TBC and TBC
    Williams Sirotkin and TBC

    It looks like all the plumb seats are taken, while Racing Point haven't confirmed their drivers it seems likely that they will be Stroll and Perez. Perez brings with him lots of sponsorship money from Mexican companies so it likely to be re-signed.

    As promised above the Nico and Bernie podcast

    Nico Rosberg has started a podcast called "Behind Victory" his first guest is Bernie Ecclestone (a bit of a coup in my view), well worth a listen.
     
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  2. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Kimi :(

    It may well be his time to move on from the sport but I will miss his cheerful ways
     
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  3. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Jean Todt on expanded F1 calendar
    FIA president Jean Todt has weighed in on the debate as to whether Formula One should increase the number of races on the calendar, saying that he would not be against adding in more Grand Prix events even though the current season has a record of 21. Under the ownership of Liberty Media, Formula One are looking to expand their reach throughout the globe which could include adding in more races, even though the current calendar is already the most packed one in the history of the sport.

    Todt does not have any issues with the addition of more Grand Prix races "At the moment 21 I think is good. Whether 22, 23, 20, I would not have any problem with that, I think the commercial rights holder is doing an excellent job, they are really trying to do the best as I said earlier to bring Formula 1 to modern times. They do very well and we are very supportive of what we do. It’s a very strong partnership" he is reported as saying.

    Ferrari to stop using the camera cooling bags
    Since last few races, the Maranello outfit has been using a small bag of dry ice to cover the camera while the car was in the pits and on the grid. Ferrari said they use the bag to cool the camera’s electronics. But the rival teams suggest the team is using the tactic to avoid others from seeing its steering wheels and other settings within the car. Following the suspicions of different teams, the FIA race director Charlie Whiting investigated the issue and after the FOM expressed its discomfort about the way a camera is being treated, the Italian outfit was asked to stop the practice before the Italian GP weekend.

    But the directive did not stop Ferrari from closing off the by using an umbrella while at Monza. An FIA spokesman said: “We did ask Ferrari to stop using these ice packs, the main reason was that FOM was not happy with them doing it. The issue is one of internal ECU temperature which the FIA will continue to monitor with FOM”, the governing body also ruled out Ferrari is doing it to hide their car’s settings. “It [the camera bag] prevented television seeing the dashboard, which inevitably led to several conspiracy theories, but the reality is that the FIA know everything we need to know about the dashboard software and it is entirely legal”.

    It appears to now have been signed by 30,000, although I'm sure Ferrari have no idea there is such a petition and wouldn't care about it if they did.
     
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  4. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Ferrari management in turmoil
    Because of Ferrari failing to hold their announced press conference last Thursday we decided to listen too radio sportiva (Italian sport radio) this morning to see if there was any "new" news about the situation. There was a very interesting discussion between 2 F1 journalists claiming that there is a massive argument going on among the senior management at the team and the Ferrari board about keeping Kimi Raikkonen or replacing him with Charles Leclerc.

    The two camps can't come to a decision, one camp wants Leclerc now, while the other is arguing that keeping him at Sauber for one more year would be the best thing to do. I posted above that leaks from Nicolas Todt's management firm (Jean Todt's son) claimed that Leclerc had signed a deal with Ferrari but Ferrari had then gone back on the deal, we also had reports that a senior manager at Ferrari was overheard in a restaurant claiming that the team was going to keep Kimi, so it is all as clear as mud.

    It seems now that the latest rumor is that Leclerc will stay at Sauber for one more season albeit on the salary he had agreed with the Ferrari team and that Kimi will continue for one more season. The situation is very unclear but I'm sure we will hear something very soon, I also hope we will eventually hear who was on which side of the argument and who came out on top of the power struggle as that could have massive implications on the way Ferrari move forward.

    As an aside, it appears now that the petition on change.org to keep Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari has reached around 60,000
     
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  5. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Latest Kimi rumors
    According to the Italian and Finnish Newspapers, the latest rumor about Kimi is he will move to Sauber and Leclerc will race for Ferrari in 2019. But what Kimi's roll will be with Sauber is reported differently in Italy and Finland. The Italian press are claiming he will drive for Sauber in 2019 and retire in 2020, while the Finnish press claim he will retire from racing at the end of this season and take-up a management roll with Sauber while also receiving part-ownership in the team. I'm sure we will find-out what is really happening in the next week or two.

    The split in the team appears have divided into two camps, those who want the team to follow Ex-Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who wanted to replace Kimi with Leclerc and the new management who want stability in the team so the new management can get to grips with how the team is run and evaluate a long term plan.

    The change.org petition is over 75,000 if anyone is interested ;)
     
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  6. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

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  7. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    That is good news. Hopefully he will drive that car beyond it's ability and cause a few headaches :D
     
  8. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    The spin being put on this story is funny, many of the headlines in the F1 press are making it sound like Kimi has chosen to move :hmm:
    Kimi's Sauber switch surprises Ferrari, Motorsport.com
    Kimi Raikkonen’s shocking move from Ferrari to Sauber! Charles Leclerc to replace Kimi, The Financial Express
    Raikkonen departs for Sauber as Leclerc gets Scuderia call-up, F1.co.uk
    Raikkonen to race for Sauber as of 2019, F1 Technical

    and many more in the same ilk
     
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  9. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    :thumbs:
     
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  10. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Singapore Grand Prix Free Practice 1: 16:30-18:00 (UK time: 9:30-11:00)
    Singapore Grand Prix Free Practice 2: 20:30-22:00 (UK time: 13:30-15:00)

    Singapore Grand Prix Free Practice 3: 18:00-19:00 (UK time: 11:00-12:00)
    Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying: 21:00 (UK time: 14:00)

    Singapore Grand Prix: 20:10 (UK time: 13:10)
     
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  11. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

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  12. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    So one live race on C4 next year?
     
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  13. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    Yes. Exactly.
     
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  14. Ax^

    Ax^ Silly Rabbit

    *shakes fist at Sky*

    :mad:
     
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  15. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    That's shocking. End of F1 for me.
     
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  16. I wonder if the team doing the C4's F1 coverage will stay if they're only live for one race or might Sky poach a couple of them.
     
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  17. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    It’s david coulthard’s company I think that does all the production for c4 so I guess he will stay, but yeah less screen time surely means less people and less pay.

    In terms of c5’s cricket highlights i’m Pretty sure they use bbc radio’s commentary feed.
     
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  18. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    FP1: LEC hits wall, finishes P9
    FP2: VET hits wall, finishes P9

    Sinsister :D
     
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  19. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Kimi would seem to be better than both.....:D:D:cool:
     
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  20. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Is this Kimi playing head games with journos?
     
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  21. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Hamilton nails it :cool:
     
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  22. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    That qualifying lap by Hammy was possibly the best I've ever seen.

    :cool:

    ETA: Especially as he only just scraped through Q1.
     
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  23. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    That's more or less what's happened here. F1 is only available on pay channels. So, after watching it since Fittipaldi was winning in Lotus 72 I've finally lost interest. This is the first year I've not watched any race. I wonder how many others are the same. Bernie's legacy?
     
  24. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I am the same, I refuse to pay for TV when I hardly watch any, as a result I hardly watch F1 anymore and when I do is when C4 has it live, the evening showings are too late for me.
     
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  25. yardbird

    yardbird Understands love.

    I watch all races live and I have no sky.
    I cheat.
    Do none of you guys have mobdro? You can watch Sky in HD for free.
    I'm 70 and don't pay and have mobdro on desktop and laptops and use my big telly as a monitor.
    Sorted.
     
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  26. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    It’s an android app. How are you watching it on desktops and laptops?
     
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  27. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

  28. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    I've just rewatched this
     
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  29. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Predictions?

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Verstappen
     
  30. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    Never seen that before. :eek:
     
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