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PostPosted: 25 Nov 2013, 09:24  
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Perez/Hulkenberg for Force India - not yet official
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 Post subject: Re: Silly season 2013-14
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2013, 19:56  
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Now it's getting really silly. We have about 4 or 5 seats available, and what, 9 or 10 names popping up in the past few weeks? I have a sick feeling some hearts will be broken in the near future because something's gotta give...


To me this just shows how poorly operated F1 really is. There should be another 4 seats available for those 9 or 10 names (using the logic of having 13 teams in the sport). But instead there are 11 teams, with most teams struggling financially and in excess of $500m leaving the sport and being banked by CVC.
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 Post subject: Re: Silly season 2013-14
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2013, 21:00  
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Latest line up, know we know the car numbers etc

Infiniti Red Bull Racing
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Daniel Ricciardo

Mercedes AMG Petronas
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Nico Rosberg

Scuderia Ferrari
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Kimi Raikkonen

Lotus F1 Team
7. Romain Grosjean
8. TBA

TBA McLaren Mercedes
9. Jenson Button
10. Kevin Magnussen

Sahara Force India
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12.

Sauber F1 Team
14.
15.

Scuderia Toro Rosso
16. Jean-Eric Vergne
17. Daniil Kvyat

Williams F1 Team
18. Valtteri Bottas
19. Felipe Massa

Marussia F1 Team
20. Jules Bianchi
21.

Caterham F1 Team
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 Post subject: Re: Silly season 2013-14
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2013, 21:30  
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Jenson's last season in F1?
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 Post subject: Re: Silly season 2013-14
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Do you mean 2014 will be his last season? Yes might be. He's probably not going to be in a position to win the title again unless McLaren have a stellar performance jump. However, he did well for Honda and with them coming back in 2015 it might be good PR for them to have him in the car for at least their first season.

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Yes, it would make sense for him to stay until 2015 for the Honda engines. It would be mutually beneficial for driver and engine supplier.

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Sauber/Marussia to merge?
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Pastor Maldonado Heading to Lotus, to be official for press this afternoon.

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Pastor Maldonado Heading to Lotus, to be official for press this afternoon.

And it's official.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly season 2013-14
PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013, 18:01  
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Survival of the team is the priority. Then again, I think Lotus will suck next year so he may have made a bad move anyway.

The overriding question is: what the f*** has Lotus's sponsorship department been doing for two years?

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Then again, I think Lotus will suck next year


What makes you think so?

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On the race side, even with two fast and very good drivers they were only P4 in the championship. In terms of race strategy, they are not the best. Effectively, they're replacing Kimi with Pastor - there is no way they'll be higher than P4 in the championship, unless Romain is amazing. The Williams of 2012 was a very, very good car, but Maldonado did not utilise it properly. Can you see Maldonado scoring more than 100 points next year?

They do not have the biggest team and they have lost a lot of staff over the past year. They focused heavily on 2013 while other teams, such as Force India and Williams, practically abandoned their 2013 car after April/May time.

If it's an engine formula, then it is expected that it'll be Mercedes > Renault > Ferrari. Red Bull will be the fastest Renault team.

I don't think Lotus will be struggling to score points, but I see them as the one team who could slip back next year (maybe 2011 level) and I know it's not just me who thinks this.

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On the race side, even with two fast and very good drivers they were only P4 in the championship. In terms of race strategy, they are not the best. Effectively, they're replacing Kimi with Pastor - there is no way they'll be higher than P4 in the championship, unless Romain is amazing. The Williams of 2012 was a very, very good car, but Maldonado did not utilise it properly. Can you see Maldonado scoring more than 100 points next year?

They do not have the biggest team and they have lost a lot of staff over the past year. They focused heavily on 2013 while other teams, such as Force India and Williams, practically abandoned their 2013 car after April/May time.

If it's an engine formula, then it is expected that it'll be Mercedes > Renault > Ferrari. Red Bull will be the fastest Renault team.

I don't think Lotus will be struggling to score points, but I see them as the one team who could slip back next year (maybe 2011 level) and I know it's not just me who thinks this.

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Interesting analysis. Well, I'm not defending Maldonado or anything but I think he is a good driver, I would have been happier if Hulkenberg was in Lotus, but if Lotus can provide him with a car as good as E21 then I think he may score some very good points, but I think what you say about them slipping back makes sense, loss of James Allison may be costly for them next year.

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