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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 17 Jul 2010, 11:10  
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JV confirmed the rumours to be true! Villeneuve Racing :p More rumours are that its a tie-up with Ex-GP2 outfit Durango, with Briatore + Symonds working on the project. Durango also confirmed the rumours: Villeneuve will be their driver with a view for the Canadian to run the team after he quits driving. The team will buy the TF110 from Toyota and run an upgrade of that, team based in Italy.

The other rumoured team are Cypher Racing who are thought to have Summerton + Piquet as two prospective drivers.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 18 Jul 2010, 06:35  
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The adventures of the HRT team continue with the announcement that India’s Karun Chandhok has been dropped for the weekend to make way for Japanese pay-driver Sakon Yamamoto. The only way that this will have been possible – given the contracts that must be in place – is if Chandhok has not met the requirements of the deal. It has been clear for a while that the team is short of cash and with Yamamoto having plenty the pressure has been on the other drivers to come up with the goods, even though the team is in no real position to improve performance. This makes paying rather less than attractive except for those who want to be in F1 at any cost. The root of the problem is that the Carabante Family does not have the finance to run the team. There are some legal problems in Spain with money having been frozen by the courts because of a dispute over the sale of a Carabante company. The family seems to be unable to raise any sponsorship, which is not surprising given the performance, and they are obviously not keen on borrowing money to pay for the team. Thus they seem to have pushed the burden on to the drivers. This is not a good sign given that the team needs to be investing now for the 2011 season and if it is switching around drivers, depending on who has money, then it is hard to imagine that things are going to get much better in the future. One wonders whether the Carabantes embarked on the project with any real planning or whether it was simply thrown together at the last minute to save the investment that had already been made in the former Campos Meta 1 operation, which never really got off the ground. The Spanish economy at the moment is a mess and it is difficult to see how the team is going to improve unless the Carabantes find cash from somewhere. If not then one must expect to see the team up for sale. It is not worth much as there are currently no permanent facilities and the staff has come largely from Colin Kolles’s operations in Germany. The team does have an entry, but that is about it.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 19 Jul 2010, 18:56  
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Proposed layout for Moscow GP in 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 19 Jul 2010, 21:58  
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Proposed layout for Moscow GP in 2012.


Boring at first look but at least there is a lot of potential overtaking point. Did the circuit goes under itself when the layout is crossing himself or is this the same turn as in Singapore ?

By the way, it seems that if they built the circuit here, they will destroy some part of what looks like a park :confused:
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Its a figure of 8 circuit. The straight that goes alongside the river will run under the straight thats just gone over it.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Bernie says F1 can live without Monaco :confused:

No Bernie, we can't!

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HE'S JOKING!

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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phil1993 wrote:
HE'S JOKING!

He is?

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Oh dear God...

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Sometimes I think if Bernie just says things to watch other people panic and so he can laugh to himself, doing a Mr Burns "Excellent" while he does so. Or he's becoming senile. Or (most likely) he wants to extract some money from the Monaco organisers and he uses the press to do so.
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HRT are set to do a deal with Toyota finally

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I've noticed a trend: Bernie will say something completely and utterly stupid (such as 'F1 doesn't need Monaco'), and it'll get F1 in the news. Final result: more exposure for F1, more viewers, and more in Bernie's pockets. The added bonus is for him that his comments could cause panic from the Monaco GP organisers, and therefore Bernie could possibly up the price that they pay.

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Yeah Bernie does know how to get the headlines and how to make money. About the Moskow track: it must be a joke. It looks far too easy for F1 drivers. Where's the challence?
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HRT are set to do a deal with Toyota finally

where did you come across that Phil? and what kind of linkup will that be?

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Its been in the running for a while, I have some contacts + Adam Cooper's blog mentioned it.

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