Pro Drive Entering F1 2008

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Pro Drive Entering F1 2008

Post by dazmoffman » 09 Aug 2007, 18:43

i cannot find any more information about this article other than what you can read here.... http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns16723.html has it been confirmed what enginr they will use?

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Post by F1 Champion » 09 Aug 2007, 19:14

No news yet. Starting to wonder if they will be on the start line in March at all.

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Post by Suntrek » 09 Aug 2007, 22:52

Latest news I could find.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/59473

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/60558

Well -July has passed and nothing yet.

So I agree, I'm beginning to doubt the will be any Prodrive in 2008 at all. :(
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Post by Dark_Fisico » 10 Aug 2007, 05:56

:lol: How long did it take for SA to be thought of and produced !grin! atleast we heard of Prodrive a season ahead, SA hadn't even been thought up until the winter testing season...

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Post by xplor » 10 Aug 2007, 09:53

Dark_Fisico wrote::lol: How long did it take for SA to be thought of and produced !grin! atleast we heard of Prodrive a season ahead, SA hadn't even been thought up until the winter testing season...


they got suported by Honda, they got the arrows chassis from 2002 (i guess) and just modifiedit to receive the 2006 Honda engine and to match regulation specs, and everything was made with the help of Honda...

So, if Prodrive also gets support from a factory team, who knows...
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Post by [FIN]SpeedFreak » 10 Aug 2007, 10:37

xplor wrote:
Dark_Fisico wrote::lol: How long did it take for SA to be thought of and produced !grin! atleast we heard of Prodrive a season ahead, SA hadn't even been thought up until the winter testing season...


they got suported by Honda, they got the arrows chassis from 2002 (i guess) and just modifiedit to receive the 2006 Honda engine and to match regulation specs, and everything was made with the help of Honda...

So, if Prodrive also gets support from a factory team, who knows...


Yep, it was 2002 Arrows specs, they bought them from Paul Stoddart or whoever he was can't remember his first name anymore. :$ :$

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Post by Dark_Fisico » 10 Aug 2007, 10:55

I thought they are going to be the B-team McLaren??? Or was that just a rumour !grin! ... Last I heard they were more then likely going to be the McLaren B-team and have Pedro and Gary as their drivers...

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Post by xplor » 10 Aug 2007, 11:51

Dark_Fisico wrote:I thought they are going to be the B-team McLaren??? Or was that just a rumour !grin! ... Last I heard they were more then likely going to be the McLaren B-team and have Pedro and Gary as their drivers...


it wasnt a rumour. problem is: Ron Dennis as its own demands ! :p
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Post by Suntrek » 10 Aug 2007, 14:19

Dark_Fisico wrote:I thought they are going to be the B-team McLaren??? Or was that just a rumour !grin! ... Last I heard they were more then likely going to be the McLaren B-team and have Pedro and Gary as their drivers...


Yes, idea was that they would be McLaren customer team.

Ron Dennis has however given Prodrive a July deadline to sort everything out (funding, sponsorship etc) because McLaren is willing to provide the goods only, not the money.

Well - now it's August and nothing yet.... :(

Oh and about the drivers - I hardly think McLaren are willing to part from their excellent test driver Pedro de la Rosa. Gary Paffett would be a disaster, he's the slowest of all McLaren test drivers, inexperienced in race and doesn't even do especially well in DTM this year.

Alex Wurz however would be a good start. He has McLaren experience and is a reliable race driver too. Together with a rookie maybe - why not Bruno Senna?
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Post by ntr » 10 Aug 2007, 17:17

Prodrive will be ready, they paid a lot of money for the new team deposit thingy, it would be stupid to waste all of that by not preparing well
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Post by miurasv » 10 Aug 2007, 17:21

With Prodrive's purchase of Aston Martin, they
may be rethinking their approach. The Aston Martin
name would bring better sponsors.

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Post by maltafan » 10 Aug 2007, 19:39

All I kno is that they had to launch the team at Silverstone, but didn't because of the spystory.

Now I realise that the spystore was just an excuse, as we haven't heard anything more from them yet.
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Post by dazmoffman » 10 Aug 2007, 21:29

miurasv wrote:With Prodrive's purchase of Aston Martin, they
may be rethinking their approach. The Aston Martin
name would bring better sponsors.


Thats an interesting theory.

maltafan wrote:All I kno is that they had to launch the team at Silverstone, but didn't because of the spystory.

Now I realise that the spystore was just an excuse, as we haven't heard anything more from them yet.


that could be a possibility if they have there own reputation to protect, i suppose we just have to wait Prodrive or RD to show the green light before we get to know any more details, i will post any i find any links.

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Re: Pro Drive Entering F1 2008

Post by maltafan » 15 Aug 2007, 12:16

Found this on Autosport

Prodrive's F1 plans 'progressing well'

Prodrive's plans to enter Formula One are progressing well, autosport.com has learned, despite an expected announcement about their car and sponsor plans having not been forthcoming yet.

The team's boss David Richards said earlier this year that he hoped to announce his plans for 2008 in the summer, and at the British Grand Prix in July he suggested matters could be confirmed within a matter of weeks.

McLaren also set a July deadline if they were to link up with the Banbury-based operation for a car and chassis supply deal.

Despite the lack of an official announcement, it is understood that work is still ongoing behind the scenes to finalise sponsorship, car and driver plans.

A source has made it clear, however, that the team will only go public with their plans when they are ready.

"Plans for our F1 programme are still progressing well," said the source. "We have never set ourselves a deadline, July or otherwise, and we will make an announcement when
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Re: Pro Drive Entering F1 2008

Post by dazmoffman » 15 Aug 2007, 13:10

I am assuming (correct me if i am wrong) that there will possibly be a number of 24 cars on the track next season?

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