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  • DanB24 14 Oct 2012 17:03:03 2,132 posts
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    lol at the BBC F1 teams dancing :D
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/19939863
  • Nth 14 Oct 2012 21:26:14 3,121 posts
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    Kostabi wrote:
    The only way that's true is if Alonso is retiring at the end of 2013, which doesn't seem likely on current form but who knows with him?
    I think Alonso is signed til end of 2017.
  • Psychotext 15 Oct 2012 01:16:21 54,391 posts
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    Kostabi wrote:
    The only way that's true is if Alonso is retiring at the end of 2013, which doesn't seem likely on current form but who knows with him?
    It's happening. It's the worst kept secret in F1.

    Basically they'll spend a couple of (tense) years together before Alonso retires at the end of 2016.
  • mal 15 Oct 2012 04:11:41 22,683 posts
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    Unless Ferrari get their wish of more than two drivers past the FIA next year ;)

    superdelphinus wrote:
    Vettel is an advanced version of button. Oh well, this season was fun while it lasted
    I've not heard Vettel get a swear word in on national telly yet ;)

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • superdelphinus 15 Oct 2012 08:10:11 8,089 posts
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    He said "shit" last week didn't he?!
  • Nth 15 Oct 2012 14:20:27 3,121 posts
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    Rosberg says Mercedes are catching McLaren. Is he on drugs? Mind you McLaren did go backwards on Sunday so maybe that confused him!
  • thelzdking 15 Oct 2012 15:20:09 4,369 posts
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    If Alonso doesn't beat Vettel I'll never forgive him.
  • guts 15 Oct 2012 15:22:28 1,690 posts
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    Woohoo, I have secured my entry into Brands Hatch for BTCC this weekend. Just waiting for ny truck racing tickets to turn up  aswell, thanks to one of the people I do business with as his company sponsers one of the races.

    Whassamattayou, whyoulookasosad, itsanicaplace, itsanotsobad, heyshaddupayourface.

  • jellyhead 15 Oct 2012 15:23:39 24,350 posts
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    Nice, have fun you jammy bastard :)

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  • brokenkey 15 Oct 2012 15:45:46 7,085 posts
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    I'm off the the Mclaren technology centre on Friday evening. Should be fine.

    3DS 3497-0122-1484
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  • shamblemonkee 15 Oct 2012 16:19:03 14,481 posts
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    make sure to point out things like mismatched floor tiles / any dirt you see ;) ron loves that i'm told.

    have a good time!
  • Nth 15 Oct 2012 16:22:11 3,121 posts
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    Ford are leaving the WRC, rallying really is in a state at the moment.
  • jellyhead 15 Oct 2012 16:24:07 24,350 posts
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    heh, brokenkey would look like the old dear on the Come To Daddy video when she's being bellowed at by the creature :)

    brokenkey & Ron Dennis, friday evening.

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  • mad_caddy 15 Oct 2012 17:22:16 3,306 posts
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    Nth wrote:
    Ford are leaving the WRC, rallying really is in a state at the moment.
    Really? oh dear, I remember when every other team was leaving BTCC, it took a long time to properly recover. lack of televisual coverage is a real kick in the balls for rallying at the minute. which is such a shame.
  • thelzdking 15 Oct 2012 18:03:18 4,369 posts
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    Yeah, the odd hour on Motors TV makes following it pointless.
  • Kostabi 15 Oct 2012 18:50:46 4,975 posts
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    Well there's Volkswagen next year to fill the gap I think and possibly Hyundai in a season or two as well. But no Ford in WRC is like having no Ferrari in F1 to a lot of folks.

    Red Bull are promoting it at least so there's hope rallying might actually start not being some weird niche sport that even a dedicated motorsport channel struggles to get people to watch.
  • Deleted user 15 October 2012 18:56:26
    isn't it sebastian last year as well. Mini have pulled out their works car as well i think
  • AaronTurner 15 Oct 2012 19:00:03 7,785 posts
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    Rallying is a pretty hard sport to promote though. It's essentially a lot of time trails along secluded tracks. As a spectator you can wander along the track and watch for free. How do you make money out of that?
  • Kostabi 15 Oct 2012 19:23:48 4,975 posts
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    I suppose it's mostly bank rolled by tourist boards, always struck me as a better promotion for a country than an F1 track in a swamp somewhere.

    Hopefully better production values and Loeb not utterly destroying everyone will make whizzing through the forest at 100mph cool again.
  • Nth 16 Oct 2012 15:23:23 3,121 posts
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    Massa confirmed at Ferrari for next year, waiting for the Sauber announcement on Hulk now. Poor little Di Resta has been shunned by everyone, I wonder why ;)
  • AceGrace 16 Oct 2012 16:06:41 1,186 posts
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  • kentmonkey 16 Oct 2012 18:52:36 20,760 posts
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    Thread fucked, who deleted?

    Everybody point and throw things at AceGrace

    Edited by kentmonkey at 18:52:59 16-10-2012
  • Kostabi 16 Oct 2012 19:18:08 4,975 posts
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    In slightly more exciting news - Super GT and DTM to have unified rules from 2014.

    Definitely sets the stage for some almighty Europe vs Japan races a few years down the line. Hopefully it encourages the DTM to drop the stupid 2 pitstops in an hour race format and try something more entertaining.
  • guts 16 Oct 2012 22:34:08 1,690 posts
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    jellyhead wrote:
    Nice, have fun you jammy bastard :)
    Double jammy as I should be getting into BTCC for nothing too. I'll make sure I get some good pics. Hadn't been to see touring cars for a few years but went to the meeting at Brands earlier this year and was reminded how super awesome it is. Really looking forward to it as I haven't been to Brands for a few months now, although I did go to a couple of Banger meets at Arena Essex which were good.

    Whassamattayou, whyoulookasosad, itsanicaplace, itsanotsobad, heyshaddupayourface.

  • Bremenacht 16 Oct 2012 22:59:58 18,693 posts
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    joelstinton wrote:
    Mini have pulled out their works car as well i think
    They've only been in a year haven't they? Blimey.
  • altitude2k 17 Oct 2012 17:31:52 4,566 posts
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    This has probably been thought of before, but reading comments from Valtteri Bottas regarding limited young driver opportunities in F1, got me thinking. What if they had a minor F1 league?

    Potentially teams could choose to also enter this league to support their young driver programs or even produce the much-discussed customer cars for third party teams.

    There would be considerations. Firstly, would this league follow F1 around the world, and if so would the Porsche Cup or something need to be removed from the weekend schedule to fit it in? Also, safety would be a big concern for younger drivers (especially when you watch the capabilities of some GP2 drivers). You could improve that with shorter races, and maybe halve the cars on the track to 12 and line them up at every other grid slot to limit first-corner contact.

    Just some thoughts.
  • shamblemonkee 17 Oct 2012 17:57:16 14,481 posts
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    isn't that just what gp2, gp3 and all the other feeder series are for?

    in my view the issue is cost and promotion. there's no shortage of feeder series. the act that there's a lot of stagnation in driver seats combined with teams needing to take drivers with sponsorship to survive, which is pretty much a rod of their own making by letting bernie divide and conquer them due to their need to compete against each other.

    I love F1 but the way it is controlled seems to stifle it and even more so any other motorsport rally has been hit particularly hard as is any fia series that bernie dosnt control

    Edited by shamblemonkee at 17:58:38 17-10-2012
  • thelzdking 17 Oct 2012 18:51:31 4,369 posts
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    I agree: compared to F1 the profile of rally, sports cars touring cars etc is minimal whereas years ago they would've had much more kudos, although still not quite to the extent of F1. I remember reading somewhere that the rule changes to the World Sportscar Championships instigated in the 1980s and 1990s that made it so expensive for manufacturers to enter that they may as well go for F1 were pushed by Bernie.
  • Kostabi 17 Oct 2012 19:26:09 4,975 posts
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    Yup, Bernie murdered sportscars by getting the FIA to push through engine regs that it just didn't need, the only thing it achieved was to push up the costs like you said. All because sportscar racing (and IMSA in particular) was on the rise with massive factory support.

    I think it was Will Buxton who wrote an article recently arguing that making GP2 a professional series instead of treating it like a feeder series would be a benefit to everyone.
  • mal 17 Oct 2012 20:49:10 22,683 posts
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    Seems to be the problem with the FIA feeder series is that they're a little too successful, combined with the factor that F1 drivers are too full of themselves to retire when they get old and crap or die in a terrible fireball like they used to. There simply aren't enough spaces for the people that have already raced F1 that deserve to have another go, or deserve to be in a bigger team as is - the feeder series can't feed with that as the status quo.

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