F1 2019

Discussion in 'general sports' started by 1%er, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    I agree, Frank hasn't really come out well in any of the F1 books I've read, while no-one has really challenged his skill as a team boss, he appears to have "personality" problems. I can't see the comments from Paddy Lowe really endearing himself with Frank :) I think Ross didn't have a great affection for him in his book. But I guess you could say the same about anyone with a "win at all costs" attitude.

    I'll be looking hard at the new Williams as it will be a 100% Lowe car, I have never really rated Paddy Lowe but I hope he produces a good car for the team as I'd like to see both Williams and McLaren back fighting at the front rather than wallowing around at the back of the grid. Iirc Paddy Lowe's claim to fame is that he was behind "active suspension" when he was at Williams some 30 years ago.
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  2. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Are F1 cars going to take a big performance hit in 2019
    From reading what technical people with-in F1 teams have been saying it looks like the cars could be as much as 7 seconds slower this season compared to last. Results in the wind tunnel have "shocked" some teams who have claimed they have gone back 2 years in the development of their cars. They are also saying they don't think they can make that back at all with the new 2019 regulations. The new rules were introduced to make overtaking easier, but the engineers who have gone public have said they can't see that at the moment and will have to wait for the cars to be on track.

    This is all pretesting talk and could be bullshit, but I think that as they are talking about wind tunnel results they may well be telling the truth, we'll see in a few week either way.

    Stefano Domenicali watch

    The Italian press are all still very excited about a possible return to Ferrari by Stefano Domenicali, but comments by the big boss John Elkann, who is the CEO of the holding group Exor, that controls Ferrari reiterated last week "that no further changes were imminent". But press reports point to the fact that Louis Camilleri who has been the CEO since last July, following the death of Sergio Marchionne, is already having problems as Ferrari is not meeting the targets set by Marchionne and the pressure is upon Camilleri. While Domenicali, meanwhile heads up a Lamborghini that is enjoying its biggest commercial success ever. In 2017 gross revenue passed a billion Euros for the first time in Lamborghini’s history.

    I'm not sure if Ferrari will want to make more changes at the moment, with the death of Sergio Marchionne, the firing of Maurizio Arrivabene and Louis Camilleri only having taken over as CEO at Ferrari less than 6 months ago, they may opt for a short period of stability, but only a short period I believe. If Camilleri doesn't get things right with-in the next 6 months I think he will also be gone with Stefano Domenicali taking his place as CEO at Ferrari. That would be a promotion for Domenicali, while moving back to the F1 team even as team principal would be a demotion from his current position, as he was team principal previously. Mattia Binotto and Stefano Domenicali are reported to be great friends who came through the company ranks together. If Stefano Domenicali returns I could see him taking on the roll of Jean Todt with Binotto being his Ross Brawn, could it be the start of a new dream team :)

    First "new" circuit of the season already
    A press conference was held on Wednesday to outline that 80 per cent of KymiRing, located around 130km North East of the capital Helsinki, has now been built. The circuit has a contract to host the Finnish Motorcycle Grand Prix from 2020 through 2024. The venue is set to meet the FIA’s Grade 1 standard, meaning it can host Formula 1 events. AKK-Motorsport, the national body of motorsport in Finland, has launched a study to assess whether a future Formula 1 Grand Prix could be possible. Finland has never hosted a Grand Prix despite fielding three World Champions in the form of Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen. Formula 1 has not visited Scandinavia since the last of six World Championship Swedish Grands Prix was held in 1978 at Anderstorp.

    Tabloid story
    I don't usually cover this type of story here but I know a number of readers of this thread have a soft-spot for Jenson Button, so here goes.
    The Button household in California will be welcoming a new member next summer, with Jenson Button and fiancée Brittny Ward expecting their first child. Button and Ward have been dating since 2016, were engaged last summer and will likely tie the knot later this year.

    Congratulation Jenson, one has to wonder if this was a jump start or just a good get-away ;)

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  3. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Wolff sets a high bar for Bottas
    Toto Wolff has set the bar very high for Valtteri Bottas if he wants to keep his seat in the silver arrows, be it for 2020 or even losing his seat during the season. The Finn didn't have a great 2018 and Wolff has put some of that down to bad luck, but in an interview yesterday has made it very clear that Bottas needs to up his game and match Lewis to remain a Mercedes. Having Esteban Ocon looking over his shoulder will not reduce the pressure on Valtteri neither will his boss telling him he must perform at the same level as his 5 times world champion team mate.

    Speaking to the media Toto Wolff said in answer to the question, what must Bottas do to keep his seat, the Mercedes boss replied "Valtteri knows exactly where he needs to be next year, he needs to have all the bad luck gone and perform on a level with Lewis. That is what is needed for the 2020 year. He knows very well that, and he has that in him. Lewis improving means Valtteri needs to improve, I've seen that improvement all the time with him, but you are going against a five-time world champion. He needs a start where is right up there with Lewis and all the other drivers for the championship, that is what he needs".

    I have a feeling that Bottas will not be in a Mercedes in 2020 and may even lose his seat to Ocon during the season if he doesn't get a flying start.

    That Red Bull Azerbaijan Grand Prix crash
    For a reason unbeknown to me, Dr Helmut Marko has decided to go public with his view that Max Verstappen could have avoided the incident. At the time, both drivers were instructed to share equal blame to avoid a media frenzy however things could get tasty on track between the pair in 2019 with Ricciardo's switch to Renault meaning the gloves are off and leaving the Australian with a point to prove against his rival.

    In an Interview over the weekend Marko is reported to have said "Verstappen could have avoided the accident, since Ricciardo was too fast, he had not made the turn. He should have used the exit strip. Max should have gone to the side. But instead we got a scandal.Verstappen told us that his tyres were ready. His lap time had just dropped by more than three-quarters of a second. Then Verstappen got the signal to come in and suddenly he drove two green sectors with tyres that, according to what he had said earlier, were at their end".

    Team Entry fees for the 2019 Formula one championship
    On the back of a restructuring of the sport's finances in 2013, it was decided that a team's entry fee would be based on its previous year's performance as dictated by the number of points scored. That rule is still applied today, with teams paying a basic entry fee, which sits this year at $546,133, to which is added an amount linked to their 2018 points tally.

    Needless to say, Mercedes' right to participate in this year's championship has increased once again. After putting 655 points on the board in 2018, Mercedes will pay $4.838 million to grace the grid this year, the German manufacturer being billed $6,553 for every point it scored last season as the constructors' champion. The other teams enjoy a bit of a rebate on the buck-per-point amount, paying $5,459 for each point.

    Mercedes: $4,838,348
    Ferrari: $3,663,222
    Red Bull: $2,833,454
    Renault: $1,212,131
    Haas: $1,053,820
    McLaren: $884,591
    Racing Point: $830,001
    Sauber: $808,165
    Toro Rosso: $726,280
    Williams: $584,346
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  4. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Budget cap again pushed by Liberty Media at recent Strategy group meeting
    According to reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport and Auto Motor und Sport in Italy and Germany respectively a new budget cap has been proposed by Liberty Media. A $185 million cap has been suggested and would be introduced in 2021, although certain parts would be exempt from this soft cap at first. Further reductions in spending would be enforced in the following seasons, taking spending from that $185 million to $160 million and then down to $135 million for the 2023 season (some reports claim that Mercedes spent as much as $400 million in 2018).

    Although the top teams typically fight back against a budget cap, it is reported that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have all agreed to the proposal, likely due to the exemption of engine costs, driver and top personnel salaries and hospitality and marketing costs, not much left to cut really. Whilst smaller teams will have to endure a few more years of high costs, the meeting could be the next important step in improving Formula One in the near future, if you believe that a budget cap is the way forward.

    Two more GPs being talked about again

    Formula 1's Head of Global Sponsorship Murray Barnett says the sport is keen to establish a second Grand Prix in China and increase the number of F1 fans in the country. The current race held at the purpose-built SAIC international circuit in Shanghai, the Chinese Grand Prix has been a permanent fixture on the F1 calendar since 2004, and with plans afoot to open a dedicated F1 office in Beijing, Barnett is reported as claiming that another race in China could be on the cards, "We would love to have a second race here probably not in the short-term, given how congested the schedule is already, but we'd certainly love to figure out a way to have another Grand Prix in China. We're looking at a number of different things to try to generate more interest on a local basis. We can't just be here for the three days of the Shanghai Grand Prix. We need to have a year round presence here and be much more locally relevant in order to really establish a big fan base here".

    Personally I think China will need to produce drivers for the sport if it is too become a major event in the country, I can only think of one driver that is likely to come from China in the next couple of years and that's Guanyu Zhou (also called also known as Zhou Guan Yu in some news reports), the 19 years old who will race in F2 this season. He was a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy until this year when he switched to the Renault Sport Academy and since 2018 he has also been a development driver for the DS Techeetah Formula E team.

    While everyone was looking at Zandvoort to host a future Dutch GP, Assen has now popped up claiming it already has the money for any such race in the country. The Assen organisation revealed they had completed their finances regarding hosting a Dutch Grand Prix this week. With Zandvoort it is not yet known if the beach-side circuit can currently afford to host a potential F1 race. Reportedly, Liberty Media are asking for 20 million euro's for either track to host the Grand Prix. Apart from that Zandvoort would have to make significant investments in both improving the track itself as well as the infrastructure around it. In Assen's case, less so, as it is already suitable to host MotoGP.

    If Zandvoort, who remain favourites to host the race, fail to get their finances sorted, Assen will be a good back-up plan. The F1 and Liberty Media would love to have a Dutch Grand Prix added to the calendar, seeing how many fans Max Verstappen has in his home country.

    Michael Schumacher documentary
    Formula 1 has produced a new documentary detailing the record-breaking career of Michael Schumacher, which will be exclusively available to F1 TV subscribers. The film will combine rare footage from Schumacher's youth with famous clips of his F1 career. Schumacher still holds the records for most grand prix victories (91) and world titles (7), having guided Ferrari to a record-setting five consecutive double title wins from 2000-2004 as the Scuderia dominated F1 at the turn of the century.

    The German also won two championships with Benetton (while using illegal traction control software), having made his debut in 1991 for Jordan at the Belgian Grand Prix before making the switch to the Enstone squad immediately afterwards. For sure this documentary will be on Sky sports when F1 TV have got their moneys-worth out of it, if it finds its way to the internet before it becomes commonly available I'll post a link. I was never a fan of Schumacher both he and Benetton cheated to win the championship and he was also willing to crash into other drivers to stop them winning it. In 1994 he won his first championship by crashing into Damon Hill forcing him to retire from the race in Adelaide when the Australian GP was the last race of the season. He did it again 3 years later in 1997 to Jacques Villeneuve again at the last race of the season in Jerez Spain, where he turned into Villeneuve, but it was Schumacher who came off worse that time, with Villeneuve managing to limp home and win the title. I bet they skip past those two races and the use of illegal traction control software in this documentary showing how it cheated.
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  5. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    More changes at Ferrari
    It appears that Alberto Antonini the Scuderia press officer, has followed Maurizio Arrivabene out the exit door. Antonini was close and loyal to the former principal at Ferrari who has been replaced by Mattia Binotto during the winter break following a series of disagreements. Former McLaren employee, Silvia Hoffer Frangipane is said to be replacing Antonini in the communications role. She was once a McLaren employee assigned to Fernando Alonso.

    Racing Point to change livery
    Sportbusiness.com are claiming they have an exclusive that Racing Point F1 will have a blue and pink livery on their car next season. it is reported that there is a new sponsorship deal between Racing Point and Kenyan bookmakers SportPesa. A betting brand that have recently expanded outside of Africa to the UK and Isle of Man. SportPesa is understood to be paying $8 million for its first year followed by $10m in 2020 and a further $12m if they remain for 2021, a few days ago it wasn’t well understood where current main sponsor BWT stood within this framework, and whether they’d stay with the team as principal sponsor going forward.

    SportBusiness claim that their source has exclusively revealed that Racing Point will be running the blue colours of SportPesa along with Pink, similar to what we saw with BWT. If true then this could point to a continuation with BWT but also sharing a degree of exposure with SportPesa.

    Changes at the top of Renault
    Renault have appointed Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard to be their new chairman following the departure of Carlos Ghosn for being a robbing bastard. However, rather than appoint one person to both roles, Renault have opted to split the CEO and chairman responsibilities. The board named the outgoing Michelin boss Senard as chairman and Ghosn’s former deputy Thierry Bolloré as chief executive. Senard will have “full responsibility” for managing the alliance with Nissan and the fellow Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi while Bolloré will be in charge of Renault’s operational activities.

    Meanwhile according to the Renault executive director Marcin Budkowski, the quest to produce the fastest car possible has increased stress levels because of the amount of work necessary, but thinks the gains will be worth it “It is always challenging to get a car with thousands and thousands of parts, and the only thing we carried over from last year’s car is the power steering, that gives you an idea that all the rest [of the car] is changing, and it is changing because we are trying to squeeze more performance from every area". Renault has passed its mandatory FIA crash tests and it scheduled to launch its 2019 car at its Enstone factory on February 12, prior to testing beginning the following week.
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  6. 1%er

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    Philippines Grand Prix anyone?
    Liberty media have apparently trade marked the names "Philippine Grand Prix" and "Manila Grand Prix". It’s the first time that the Philippines has been linked with hosting a grand prix, at a time when the country is stepping up its motorsport presence after building a track outside its capital city Manila. F1 filed the trademark application with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines in seven categories including sports events, broadcasting, clothing and printed products. The application was made on 7 January seemingly confirming that the city could be home to the race if it gets the green light.

    List of new races in the pipeline since Liberty Media took over F1, Tunisia, USA (Miami, New York, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Daytona, California, Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway), Portugal Macau, Norway, Denmark, UK (Silverstone), Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Argentina, Netherlands (Zandvoort, Assen), 2nd race in China, Finland and now Philippines. Please let me know if I've missed any out :)

    Helmut Marko claims Honda Engine in the Mercedes and Ferrari region
    There have been hundreds of story's in the F1 media where Red Bull or Marko have been claiming that the new Honda power-unit is better then the Renault unit, but now Helmut Marko is really bigging-up their 2019 engine. Talking to the press Marko made these claims “The figures make us really optimistic, also with regard to the increase in performance. For the first time, we can also celebrate with a ‘party mode’! The Honda engine is already slightly above the Renault engine. If you combine our GPS data with the data provided by Honda, we’ll be in the Mercedes and Ferrari
    region. Of course they’re not sleeping either. But they are already at such a high level that they can no longer make such jumps”.

    Personally I hope that Red Bull and Honda do find a load of extra power and are racing up at the front of the grid, but I smell bullshit as I don't believe that Honda who used 8 power-units in each car last season have sorted-out all the problems they have. With testing starting in couple of weeks we'll see what is going on.
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  7. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    Yes, I detect cow-pats in Marko's claim, even though it would be good to have another front row contender.

    Party-mode power is one thing; finishing a race is another; finishing six or seven races is in a different category of accomplishment.
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  8. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Honda have the knowledge and budget to produce an F1 winning engine and could presumably provide a team of engineers to do such, so one wonders which element was lacking in previous years and if that has now been rectified?
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  9. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    You would think so but they don't appear to have got their act together. Only a couple of weeks ago Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost revealed that he was “shocked” at the lack of knowledge Honda had after its partnership with McLaren. Also at the same time AVL a leading simulation and testing company split from Honda because of "disagreements between an AVL project leader and Honda engineers". Red Bull have now drafted in Mario Illien in an effort to solve a major vibration issue linked with Honda's ICE. The vibration, which was talked about when Honda was with McLaren still appears to be a problem and has prevented Honda from running its unit at full capacity (see posts 31 & 37 above).
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  10. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Is Liberty Media selling Formula 1
    A friend sent me an interesting link to a piece on a site called johnwallstreet.com while it is interesting, I don't see any evidence or facts to back up what they are saying, it is short so I'll just cut and paste the whole thing.

    Alonso wins Daytona 24Hr
    Former Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso added another motorsport trophy to his cabinet with victory in the Rolex 24 in Daytona (last year he came 38th). Alonso won a rain affected race alongside Renger van der Zande, Kamui Kobayashi and Jordan Taylor in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac. The 24-hour race at the Florida circuit was red flagged twice because of rain. Alonso is the third F1 champion to win after Phil Hill and Mario Andretti. Most of the final eight hours of the 24-hour event was run under a yellow flag and racing was halted under red-flag conditions for the final two hours of the event.

    He will try to join Britain's Graham Hill as the only racers to win the triple crown of the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indianapolis 500 when he competes in the latter for the second time in May.
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  11. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    If Bernie buys F1 back and makes a profit in the process I think I I’d die laughing :D
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  12. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    F1 up for sale
    I don't really know what I think about this story having spent some time researching it this morning. The first thing I noticed is that the story refers to Liberty Global who do not control Delta Topco, that company is controlled by Liberty Media. Liberty Media did overpay for Delta Topco and have failed to get any new races in the USA, look unlikely to get "their version" of the new Concorde agreement in place by 2021 and are having to reduce race fees to keep promoters onside. Not to mentioned that the deal to buy F1 was a debt buy deal, so while they do get money in from Formula 1 it doesn't really cover the debt payments yet. The share price isn't great either, they were over $40 and are now somewhere around $31.

    This story appears to have been picked up by many news outlets today, but seems to have been spread mainly by Formula Money who tweeted the original story I posted from johnwallstreet.com Now Formula Money is a strange group who many journalists have claimed over the years has some some kind of relationship with Ex-F1’s supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, because it often got the F1 story's first. Without the help of Formula Money who have tweeted this story a lot, it is hard to believe it would have got the coverage it is getting now, as almost no-one follows johnwallstreet.com Twitter account.

    I personally don't think that Liberty Media want to offload Delta Topco (and thus F1) yet, they may well be looking for other investors in an effort to reduce debt, but they are part of a massive global media empire and have only just launched their own F1 internet tv channel which could really take off, if they can do the "right deal" with Sky and other companies that currently have exclusive contracts across the world.

    Have the teams made a mistake with Barcelona testing
    Having been given the choice between testing at Bahrain or Barcelona, the teams decided on Barcelona, this despite what happened last year and testing being a week earlier this year. Its is understandable that teams want to be nearer home as they are developing their cars and may need parts, but they also need to pump in the kilometers as well and can't do that properly in cold, wet and snowy conditions. The long-range weather forecast is interesting, it differs depending on who you look at, but cold and wet (chances of snow) are all in the mix.

    Top drivers salaries for 2019
    Lewis heads the table with $57 million, Sebastian Vettel is next on $45 million, Then comes Daniel Ricciardo with his new Renault contract on $17 million followed by his team mate from last year Max Verstappen on $13 million, Valtteri Bottas is getting $8.5 million with Sauber bound Kimi Raikkonen on $4,5 million along with Nico Hulkenberg who is reported to on the same. Poor Alexander Albon the new Toro Rosso driver and Williams George Russell are only getting around $180,000 each. If you are interested in anyone who I haven't mentioned let me know and I'll post their reported wage :)
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  13. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

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  14. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    2019 rule changes
    While I'm sure that everyone knows and understands the new aerodynamic rules and tyre rules, here are the other rules that have not received as much publicity.

    Fuel limit
    Many fans were pissed off that the cars were not able to run flat-out and we had long periods of fuel saving during the race, this was address with an increase of fuel up to 105kg for the race. This has now been increased again to a maximum of 110kg. I"m not sure all teams will opt to fill up if they don't need too, but it may lead to better racing in the mid-field.

    Driver weight
    or the start of 2019 there is a change that should help the heavier drivers lose some of their disadvantage. From now on, the weight of the driver and his seat will be measured at the start of the campaign and must hit a minimum of 80kg. Any driver under that limit will have to have ballast fitted inside the cockpit area.

    Grid penalty
    From the start of this year, those drivers starting at the back will be placed in the order they qualify, which means that even those relegated to the back will be forced to take part as much as possible on Saturday qualifying.

    The FIA has also clarified that any driver who is outside the 107% rule and is allowed to start will be placed at the back regardless, behind any drivers with power unit penalties.

    Oil burn limits
    From the start of this season, a new clause in the regulations stipulates that teams must keep their auxiliary oil tanks empty throughout qualifying. This will prevent any efforts by teams to burn extra oil for a 'party mode' boost during the crucial battle for the top grid slots.

    Overtaking the safety car
    That rule is now changing for 2019, with no overtaking now allowed until drivers have passed the start-finish line following the restart. This will also coincide with a change in the flag procedures, with the old practice of waving green flags all around the track once the safety car had entered the pits being abandoned. From 2019, the green flags will only begin at the start-finish line.

    Number of team staff allowed at the track
    For 2019, there will be fresh opportunities for juniors to get hands-on experience at a race track, as an exemption to the 60 team personnel limit has been agreed. During the year, team will be allowed six individual exemptions for trainee personnel to be used alongside their regular 60, although no individual may attend more than two grands prix in this capacity.

    Teams will scrutineer themselves
    Rather than being checked by the FIA, teams now have to submit a declaration the day before (no later than 18 hours before the start of first practice) to state that their car fully complies with the regulations. Teams that miss the deadline will not be allowed to compete. Even though teams are scrutineering themselves, this does not mean that there is any more temptation to try to sneak through some illegal parts into the race weekends. The FIA still has the right to inspect cars at any point over the F1 weekend, and competitors will face the usual post-session checks as before to ensure that competitors fully comply with the rules.

    Pitlane starts
    Cars starting from the pit lane will be allowed to run at the back of the formation lap once the last car starting the grid has passed the pit exit (cars starting from the pitlane were not allowed to take part in the formation lap previously). At the end of the formation lap, this car will need to enter the pits again and take the start from the end of the pit lane as before.

    Chequered flag
    Rather than the traditional flag being defined as the only official way to end the race, a new chequered flag light signal will now be shown at the finish line once the full race distance has been completed.

    New race-ware
    The wearing of biometric gloves (which drivers have already been using) has been formally made mandatory by the new sporting regulations.

    The most significant change is with the crash helmet though, as a new safety standard is being introduced to offer better head protection, new forehead covering dimensions with a smaller visor opening allow for greater ballistics protections and better energy absorption in the area that had previously been protected by a Zylon panel.
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  15. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    My weight plus my usual armchair is over 80 kg. I think that authorises me to drive a F1 car.

    * Updates CV *

    Happy days.

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  16. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Changes at Ferrari are not finished just yet
    The Italian press appear to getting very excited, nothing new there then ;) A number of newspapers and even Sky Sports Italia are claiming that an "inside source" has told them that “an important and experienced person” will soon be joining the team to support Mattia Binotto. The source went on to say "Binotto is a person with great skills. Both on the technical front and on the organizational side. He knows very well that the amount of work that awaits him is greater than the already demanding one he has had to face in the last two seasons, and he will not leave anything to chance. The new appointment will arrive very soon and that it would be a figure of great weight and experience. Binotto needs the tranquility to manage the team as a whole, and also to be able to deal with the complicated discussions underway with FIA and Liberty Media for the definition of the regulations 2021. An important task, which will take time and work. I believe that a technician will be able to allow Mattia to delegate the job without worries, an experienced trustworthy person, able to be immediately operational. I have an idea of who … but I stop here.

    Obviously the source doesn’t reveal who the new appointment might be, and of course it might not be the ex team boss, that said there’s rarely this much smoke without a large bonfire beneath it. As mentioned above I predict the imminent return of the current Lamborghini managing director Stefano Domenicali to Ferrari. I wish we had betting shops here as I place a bet on it.

    Is Ecclestone looking for a job

    Poor old Bernie, he seems to be a little lost since he sold F1. As spitfire mentioned above the Formula One Promoters Association are up in arms about a number of things and Bernie believes he can sort it out. He is reported as telling anyone who'll listen “If people say I should be involved that is up to them. I am an employee of the company and will do what I am told. If they want me to help, I am willing to do so. I don’t want to lie on my deathbed and see the sport I created go downhill”.

    The promoters are not happy about the direction Liberty Media are taking the sport and claim new projects like Miami receiving favourable hosting deals that are seemingly not available to the sport's most historic and traditional venues. Italian Grand Prix boss Angelo Sticchi Damiani says a new Formula 1 race deal for the historic Monza circuit is still "far away". He told reporters "A renewal is far away but we are confident that a solution can be found in everyone's interests, as Monza is keen to host F1, so too is it important for F1 to have Monza. For the 2019 race we will pay $24 million, a very high price, we want to continue, but only in an economically sustainable framework. We cannot put the ACI's budgets at risk".

    Stuart Pringle the Silverstone boss said "everyone is disgruntled. Liberty's ideas are disjointed. We have great concerns about the future health of the sport under the people who run it now".
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  17. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    The obsession with new tracks - inevitably arse clinchingly dull street circuits - is going to kill it.

    The classic tracks have stood the test of time for a reason.
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  18. Ax^

    Ax^ Silly Rabbit

    pay tv model has already killed it

    that is why they want new races
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  19. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    The end of Sauber
    The Sauber name is to disappear from Formula 1 after it was announced today the team would be rebranded as Alfa Romeo Racing ahead of the 2019 season. Sauber linked up with Alfa Romeo in late 2017 as part of a new partnership between the team and the Italian manufacturer, and raced through last year as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.

    Alfa Romeo Racing team principal Frederic Vasseur said: "It is a pleasure to announce that we will enter the 2019 Formula One World Championship with the Team name Alfa Romeo Racing. After initiating the collaboration with our Title Sponsor Alfa Romeo in 2018, our team made fantastic progress on the technical, commercial, and sporting side. This has given a boost of motivation to each team member, be that track-side or at the headquarter in Switzerland, as the hard work invested has become reflected in our results. We aim to continue developing every sector of our team while allowing our passion for racing, technology and design to drive us forward".

    It begs the question, how long will the team remain at their current base in Hinwil, Switzerland. Alfa Romeo headquarters are in Turin Italy and they are part of the Fiat Chrysler group, also they are linked to Ferrari F1 who supply many of their racing car parts. I think they will move to Italy over the next few years.

    Ferrari up their budget to try and catch Mercedes
    The fabled Italian team challenged hard in 2018, but team and driver mistakes ultimately meant Mercedes won its fifth consecutive drivers and constructors titles. During the course of 2018, Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne died, and CEO Louis Camilleri took over. Camilleri said this week "In 2018 we achieved our best result since we last won the championship, and for 2019 the goal is to win. I repeat that in 2019 our goal is the world championship title, so there will be an increase in investment to reach that goal". Reports in the Italian media estimate Ferrari's 2018 budget at about EUR 430 million, some EUR 20m shy of Mercedes.

    Ferrari fired-up their car yesterday, you can hear what it sounds like here at the Instagram account
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  20. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Alpha Romeo Racing - they sound faster already :thumbs:
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  21. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Until the electrics fail.
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  22. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Ferrari (understandingly) trying to change things. Not sure if all the change and speculation is a good thing. Mercedes are not sitting back, they are building on a multiple titling winning team.

    Going to be an interesting season :cool:
  23. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Could Fiat/Chrysler be about to by the Alfa Romeo F1 team
    While Sauber have changed their name to Alfa Romeo F1 the company is still owned by the same people who brought Sauber a couple of years ago. A report in the Italian press claims that John Elkann the boss of Fiat has brought the Sauber naming rights for €6 million and also has a purchase option that can be used until the summer for the F1 team. Currently the F1 team has nothing at all to do with the car company Alfa Romeo, other than some money that comes from Italy, it is far more closely tied to Ferrari. Should Fiat buy Alfa Romeo F1, it would be good for Ferrari as it would give the team more "political power", having two votes in effect and Ferrari would also benefit by using the team as a testing platform (similar to the situation between Red Bull and Toro Rosso), one would hope that Alfa Romeo would at some future point become a team in its own right.

    RIP Dr Robert Hubbard
    Hubbard was a professor of materials science and mechanics at Michigan State University until his retirement in 2006, he conceived the HANS device in collaboration with his brother-in-law and IMSA SportsCar Championship racer Jim Downing. The HANS device was born when Downing and Hubbard realised that drivers were being killed in racing accidents because their heads were not restrained, which led to basilar skull fractures. The loss of Downing's friend Patrick Jacquemart, who crashed his Renault 5 Turbo during testing 1981, was the driving force behind their quest for a solution. Their research was conducted on limited funds, with just a small business grant from the state of Michigan.

    It was the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix led to a renewed focus on safety in F1, and interest in the HANS device from Professor Sid Watkins and the FIA. The HANS device was officially adopted in F1 in 2003. It is impossible to know how many drivers in categories around the world owe their lives to the work conducted by Hubbard and no doubt many more will do so in years to come, and their survival will be Hubbard's ongoing legacy.

    Some other news
    As mentioned above Sauber will be racing this season under the name Alfa Romeo and Racing Point force india will be using the name Racing Point, dropping the Force India part of the name. It also seems that Haas will be using a new livery this season, black and gold will be the new team colours, the same as the old Lotus team from the 70's and 80's. The American squad have entered into a new title sponsorship with energy drink company rich Energy (remember them, they were behind a bid to buy Force India), which has prompted a change of livery for the coming season.

    Dutch GP if one happens because of the Verstappen effect will not receive any money from the Dutch government. In answer to a question in the Dutch Parliament MPs were told that while both Zandvoort and Assen have asked for money from the Dutch government none would be be forthcoming. A friend of mine in Holland told me the other day that there was a new story doing the rounds their that Liberty Media has reached an agreement in principle with Zandvoort to stage a Grand Prix in 2020, 2021 and 2022, which would appear to rule out a deal with Assen, apparently Zandvoort has until March 31 to put the finances in place, Liberty Media via Formula 1 Licencing has filed a trademark application for the Dutch Grand Prix.
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    1%er Well-Known Member

    Sebastian Vettel’s chief engineer resigns
    it has become known that Sebastian Vettel’s chief engineer has resigned, the official reason being that he intends to face new challenges in his career. A rather strange situation and unexpected timing given the fact that it happened just a few days after the completion of the car, however, finding a replacement will not be difficult taking into consideration the high level of professionals present at Scuderia Ferrari. It is rumoured that the episode of the screw and screwdriver being left by mistake in the cockpit of Sebastian Vettel in free practice in Brazil, may have affected the relationship of trust between driver and engineer.

    New theory in Schumacher cheating scandal
    New light has been shed on one of the greatest controversies in Formula One history, whether or not Michael Schumacher cheated his way to his first world championship in 1994. Ayrton Senna famously went to his grave believing Schumacher’s Benetton team was using traction control to minimise wheel-spin under hard acceleration, which had been outlawed from the start of the 1994 season. Senna had retired on the opening lap of the previous race in Japan, and before returning to the pits, stood trackside to observe his rivals, becoming suspicious about the legality of his main rival’s car after hearing the engine note under braking. “Senna himself was convinced that there was something different about Schumacher’s car,” former Williams team manager Ian Harrison told Autosport in 2014. “Whether there was or not I don’t know, but Senna was utterly sure there was. ”The suspicions gained further credibility in 2011, when Schumacher’s teammate from 1994, Jos Verstappen, claimed the German was using banned electronic driving aids.

    Now a new theory has emerged, which some former F1 figures believe puts Schumacher in the clear. A just-published book [someone needs publicity :) ) "1994 The Untold Story of a Tragic and Controversial Season", floats the idea that Schumacher’s technique of braking with his left foot could have fooled Senna into thinking the Benetton was illegal. Left-foot braking was new to Formula One in 1994, but Schumacher was quick to adapt and telemetry traces from later in his career showed how he used his right foot to maintain 10-15 per cent throttle even while braking with his left foot. This method kept the car stable and allowed the aerodynamics to work more efficiently. Willem Toet, the Australian-raised Head of Aerodynamics for Benetton in 1994, believes it was Schumacher’s technique that Senna mistook for illegal traction control. “I think it was the use of left-foot braking combined with the throttle which would have made the strange noise,” he said. “It would have been strange to hear the engine working in those places on the track. That’s what I believe is the most likely scenario.” Mark Blundell drove for Tyrrell in 1994, and agrees that left-foot braking “became a trend at that stage,” and “it would have made a different sound.”

    Suspicions that the Benetton was illegal reached fever-pitch midway through the 1994 season, after the sport’s governing body, the FIA, seized the black box that contained the engine management software. An independent analysis of the source code revealed Benetton had software “capable of breaching the regulations,” and although the team admitted the existence of the code, it claimed it was redundant and could not be activated by Schumacher. The rules at the time only prevented the use of traction control, not the existence of software that might be used to implement it. As the FIA had no proof it was being used, no action was taken. A mechanic for Senna’s teammate Damon Hill also revealed that engine supplier Renault were convinced Benetton were using traction control based on analysis of audio recordings. Team owner Frank Williams has since confirmed that Senna wanted to lodge an official protest, but Williams chose not to. In a season full of controversy, the championship went down to the final race in Adelaide. With Schumacher just a single point in front of Hill, the pair were battling for the lead of the Grand Prix when they collided as Schumacher returned to the track after briefly losing control, putting both drivers out and handing the German the title.

    Although many felt Schumacher had deliberately caused the collision knowing his damaged car wouldn’t have been able to finish the race, Hill’s team declined to protest. “We at Williams were already 100 per cent certain that Michael was guilty of foul play,” said technical director Patrick Head. "We seriously considered lodging a formal protest there and then, on the grounds that it had been so blatant. “Because 1994 was the terrible year it was in other words, because Ayrton Senna had been killed in one of our cars we didn’t really think it would have been right for Damon to win the world championship that year, especially if he’d done so in court, so we didn’t protest.” Although stewards investigated the crash and took no action, FIA boss Max Mosely later revealed in his autobiography that he felt otherwise. “My private view was that Michael was very lucky not to be penalised and thus lose his world championship.” It brought an end to a season of acrimony, although accusations he cheated his way to the 1994 title would dog Schumacher for the rest of his career.

    The thing is the FIA found that if you held down the brake pedal and went to the 2nd menu on the steering wheel, the menu only had 10 options, but if you carried on clicking through the menu to 13 (that wasn't listed) it activated traction control on the car, but if the system was redundant as claimed by Benetton, how was it possible to activate the system?

    I feel we have this "new theory" because someone wants to promote their new book.
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  25. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    A little sceptical of the claim that left-foot braking "was new to Formula One in 1994"; I am pretty sure* I recall hearing John Watson discuss what made Ayrton Senna so much quicker than rivals after Watson had witnessed Senna on the track firsthand in 1985 (Watson had a one-off drive for McLaren) - one of the reasons? Left-foot braking...

    *subject to my geriatric memory being in any way reliable

    Edited to fix stupid typo :facepalm:
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  26. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    This is an interesting subject (for me anyway). I think you'll find Ayrton changed his braking style throughout his career, this is because different types of engines and gearboxes were used in his F1 cars over his career. In his early days and during the turbo era, also when the cars had a clutch he would used the heel and toe technique, this was because while he was braking he wanted to blip the throttle, this was to help keep the turbo spooled up, so he had more power when exiting the corner. When semi-automatic gearboxes came in to F1 around 1991, he changed his style to left foot braking.

    I am also using my memory, but I'm sure this is covered in his biography "The life of Senna" and also in either Ross Brawn's book or Adrian Newey's book, both of which I read last year.
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    1%er Well-Known Member

    Haas launch their new car
    Haas have become the first Formula One outfit to unveil their new car ahead of the 2019 season, with British title partner Rich Energy. The American outfit, who finished fifth in last year's constructors championship have adopted a black and gold colour scheme following their tie-up with the drinks manufacturer. Their car was unveiled at the Royal Automobile Club in London on Thursday, ahead of only their fourth campaign on the F1 grid.



    Ferrari already under fire

    Ferrari could start the 2019 season already on the back foot after the Australian authorities announced the team's new Mission Winnow livery may be in breach of tobacco advertising laws. The Prancing Horse could be forced to turn up to Melbourne with a different livery. Australian laws preventing tobacco sponsorship has meant the team's new livery could be called into question over the branding. With Philip Morris moving into the e-cigarette market, it was announced ahead of the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix that Ferrari would feature the new logo of the Mission Winnow brand in conjunction with the launch of the company's new line of e-cigarettes. Although not explicitly the name of the e-cigarette brand, the Mission Winnow logo could be said to look similar to the 'barcode' logo workaround Ferrari employed after 2007 to circumvent advertising rules.

    The investigations are being carried out by the federal health department, the Victorian state equivalent, and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

    Liberty Media and the sale of F1
    I have no idea if these story's are true and where the rumors started, but for sure the rumors are getting stronger and many news story's are starting to appear in the press. There are still no new technical regulations for 2021. The Concorde Agreement expires soon but that is not very clear, and there are problems with the original promoters who have had grands prix for decades. It is hard to think that there is a buyer out here who would pay the $8 billion Liberty paid for the sport and they have also invested millions over and above the buying price.

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  28. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Mercedes fire up the W10

    Renault fire up their new engine

    Toro Rosso fire up the STR14

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  29. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    The 2019 Toro Rosso STR 14

    The 2019 Williams FW42

    British American Tobacco back in F1
    British American Tobacco will once again be sponsoring a Formula One team, having agreed a global partnership with McLaren in a deal that the Woking team say will be focusing on BAT’s “reduced risk products”. With echoes of Ferrari’s renewed parternship with Philip Morris and their ‘Mission Winnow’ initiative, McLaren’s deal with BAT is claimed to be centred on BAT’s “transforming agenda” and their aim to “deliver the world’s tobacco and nicotine consumers a better tomorrow”. BAT’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, said that the deal will “drive greater resonance” towards their electronic cigarette products, such as Vype and Vuse. This will be the first time since 2006 that BAT will have a presence in Formula One; they joined the Formula One grid for the 1999 season with British American Racing but, like other tobacco companies, they found it harder to advertise their products, and left the sport altogether before the 2007 season.
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  30. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    I remember when it was the "Marlbroro British Grand Prix".

    The "It's Marlboro Country" advert playing every five minutes over the PA got pretty irritating after a while though...
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