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Car54
11-15-2009, 09:53 PM
What? No refueling? That seems so boring not to have fuel strategy for the race and qualifying. How will the "ice man" get warmed up?

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/46569000/jpg/_46569329_fire_av512.jpg

MPWR
11-16-2009, 09:11 AM
How will the "ice man" get warmed up?

He's going to have to get himself a ride first.

Didn't they also ban tire changes for a season a few years ago? Lot of good that did. Fuel strategy has been the only thing that has kept a GP from being a passing-free parade of cars. I'm fascinated/horrified to see how much more boring F1 can make itself.

Scany
11-16-2009, 11:45 AM
There was a time when no refueling was allowed. Don't know why they started back again.

But I see the safety side of it, but also how it's just going to create less room for changes to the grid from qualifying. Maybe they should just do F1 Time Trials?

Uber-Goober
11-17-2009, 10:52 AM
I believe Ross Brawn to be a genius. Forget about all the championships he won while working with Schumacher, but he bought Honda F1 for $1, got everyone including drivers to work for cheap, read the rules and saw a gray area on the diffuser, won championship and now sells 75% of the shares to Mercedes:

http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/091116133246.shtml


Why is this guy not running BMW?

woodym3
11-17-2009, 11:17 AM
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Why is this guy not running BMW?

Because BMW no longer has a team?

Uber-Goober
11-17-2009, 12:32 PM
I was thinking more like the head of BMW Motorsport...I think they would have done better with someone like him. But it was the bean counters in Munchen that pulled the plug. Supposedly cause of their Efficient Dynamics program and F1 not fitting into it with KERS being a disaster and all. Also, they said people don't watch F1...

Anyway, I am glad to see manufacturers leave F1, leaving room for small teams with the hope it will be less corporate.

woodym3
11-17-2009, 10:16 PM
Mercedes has dropped McLaren as its official team, bought Brawn, and renamed it Mercedes GP. But apparently that hasn't set well with everyone on the Board:

"A member of Mercedes parent Daimler AG's Betriebsrat (supervisory board) has criticised the decision to buy the 2009 championship-winning Brawn GP Formula One team.
Erich Klemm, chairman of Daimler's Corporate Works Council and an employee representative, said the "exit at McLaren Mercedes was a chance to completely leave the costly and controversial circus."

FI may be costly and a circus, but I love it.

Car54
11-17-2009, 10:55 PM
If anything is a circus, it's IRL. At least F1 doesn't drive kit cars...I guess that's where they get the costly part.

I think seeing all the pristine tracks is half the fun for me.

Uber-Goober
11-17-2009, 11:15 PM
costly and controversial circus."


Manufacturers made this such a costly business with their big budgets. Bernie, of course has his fingers in it too. Manufacturers want to show up in pressed shirts and parade drivers to kiss sponsor's asses and don't want any controversy. So let them go.

The way I see it, F1 budgets will be cut, more manufacturers will leave, smaller teams will come in their place. Smaller teams=enthusiasts who will be hungry for wins and don't have to wait for the corporate board to make up their mind. I am hoping for arrival of future characters in the likes of Senna, Hunt, Lauda, heck I'll even take Irvine...

Bright days are ahead.