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by Martin K
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Mclaren furloughing staff.
Replies: 35
Views: 9462

Re: Mclaren furloughing staff.

It seems that the collapse in car sales prior to Covid19 has been significant. https://www.planetf1.com/news/mclaren-facing-insolvency/ McLaren is facing massive financial loses as the Group has sold less than a third of its McLaren road cars in the first quarter of this year compared to last year. ...
by Martin K
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Silly Season 2019 (Updated - RPFI confirms Stroll)
Replies: 1851
Views: 360061

Re: Silly Season 2019

Seems to be leclerc in for Kimi if this is correct
https://www.essentiallysports.com/kimi- ... lerc/amp//
by Martin K
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Grid Girl ban - forum poll [MERGED]
Replies: 228
Views: 67306

Re: Grid Girls are no more...

A sign of the times , and liberty are on the ball :thumbup:
by Martin K
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ecclestone Gone?
Replies: 78
Views: 14446

Re: Ecclestone Gone?

Bernie may be gone and Liberty may be going in a different direction, however, the may have competition.....in the form of Bernie Ecclestone. https://twitter.com/andrewbensonf1/status/824522137675431936 who is considering a rival series! So GP1 will launch in 2019 with N/A engines and will feature ...
by Martin K
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Cheese tyres scrapped for 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 7811

Re: Cheese tyres scrapped for 2017

Stronger and more robust tyres for 2017 are a necessity due to the reg changes and expected speed increase. Pirelli have said less tyre deg - not zero tyre deg and the requirement to tun at least 2 compounds per race has not changed - unless i missed that ? Hopefully the stints will not be tyre limi...
by Martin K
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Apple and F1 - Discuss
Replies: 117
Views: 39745

Re: Apple and F1 - Discuss

Given that Apples automotive ambitions are electric , Formula E would seem a better fit for them. CVC have loaded F1 with debt and TV / sponsorship revenues have been falling - so unless Apple could pick F1 up relativley cheap ( a few $bn less than CVC are asking) it does not seem to make a lot of b...
by Martin K
Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Should the UK remain in the EU (British citizens only)
Replies: 377
Views: 89527

Re: Should the UK remain in the EU (British citizens only)

UK Gov response to the referendum petition - anyone suprised ? https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215 The EU Referendum Act received Royal Assent in December 2015. The Act was scrutinised and debated in Parliament during its passage and agreed by both the House of Commons and the House of L...
by Martin K
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Sky Sports lands exclusive F1 television coverage in UK
Replies: 193
Views: 20000

Re: Sky Sports lands exclusive F1 television coverage in UK

The move to SKY is all to do with driving up the value of F1 to any potential buyer and the timing is interesting with BE recently announcing he has done a deal to sell F1 and its up to CVC to accept http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/ecclestone-sale-price-of-f1-has-been-agreed-682550/ The numbers ar...
by Martin K
Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Bbc dropping red button and making sports cuts.
Replies: 15
Views: 3415

Re: Bbc dropping red button and making sports cuts.

Sorry for the probably obvious question, but what's the iplayer loophole? Simply put, the current BBC licence fee only applies to OTA ( Over the Air) live content and does not apply to "off air" digital content. If you only ever used your TV to watch DVD's you did not need to pay a licence fee - th...
by Martin K
Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Mercedes in "data theft" legal action
Replies: 39
Views: 6956

Re: Mercedes in "data theft" legal action

There are many aspects to this "story" as reported that do not add up to me :? 1) if you are on a fixed term contract you do not usually need to give notice to terminate it 2) Mercedes handling of the situation , after being given such notice , does not seem have followed the usual protocols for suc...
by Martin K
Thu Oct 08, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: F1 to be sold this year
Replies: 17
Views: 3454

Re: F1 to be sold this year

BE does not put something "out there" without a reason, this is typical Bernie PR where the real message is not always the headline. In this case it seems to me that the message is to CVC and partners, also to any potential future investors, is that whoever has financial control of F1 - Bernie inten...
by Martin K
Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread
Replies: 17454
Views: 2852242

Re: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread

Sadly, if Mr Arrivabene's statement towards Kimi is a true reflection of his views, then Kimi's days at Ferrari are numbered.
by Martin K
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Caterham into administration
Replies: 93
Views: 13436

Re: Caterham into administration

There's some financial engineering going on at "Caterham" to keep some value by retaining the F1 entry. I would not be in the least surprised to see this team emerge as a different entity next season with Kolles at the helm.
by Martin K
Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Jenson Button's future
Replies: 469
Views: 86840

Re: Jenson Button's future

Sadly ( unless Ron does a major about face) it looks like JB could well be out of F1 at the end of this season. Ron and Eric have been very publicly laying the ground for this for a while now - so it should should not be a surprise. The only scenario of JB staying at Macca in F1 is if the Alonso mov...
by Martin K
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Scottish Independence, yes or no.
Replies: 421
Views: 117732

Re: Scottish Independence, yes or no.

All these people slating London. Can we just have an independent vote and get rid of you guys? ;) I believe there was a poll ( can't find it) that said if the rest of the UK ( England,Wales and NI) had a say in the Scottish Independence vote the result would be a majority "Yes" - Alex Salmond misse...
by Martin K
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Formula 1 Set for Team Radio Clampdown [MERGED]
Replies: 469
Views: 79156

Re: Formula 1 Set for Team Radio Clampdown [MERGED]

It is aid. Since driver is supposed to know fuel flow, tyre pressure why he shouldn't know when to pit or about the traffic without any aid? Where is the difference? From Oxford dictionary: Definition of unaided in English: unaided Line breaks: un|aid¦ed Pronunciation: /ʌnˈeɪdɪd / ADJECTIVE Needing...
by Martin K
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Is it time for Button to hang up his gloves?
Replies: 112
Views: 16914

Re: Is it time for Button to hang up his gloves?

Ron's management/negotiating style makes me smile. Publicly slag off JB for being too slow - too expensive and then when you find out that no one better wants to come to your team ( however much you offer them) backtrack and claim it was all meant as friendly banter. I suspect JB will have a one yea...
by Martin K
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Russian GP and Russian invasion in Ukraine
Replies: 87
Views: 13707

Re: Russian GP and Russian invasion in Ukraine

I'm suprised no-ones picked up on Vatanen's comments here http://www.planetf1.com/driver/3213/9455710/Vatanen-Todt-concerned-over-Sochi It is often said that Formula One should not mix politics and sport, but the Russian regime is already mixing politics and sport in a blatant way, so we have to res...
by Martin K
Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The return of Honda [MERGED]
Replies: 40
Views: 9720

Re: The return of Honda

I was just reading the BBC's F1 gossip page and found this link which is quite an interesting story: m I dont see it as a good idea to have a driver from outside F1 doing the pre testing for a F1 engine. Unless he has driven several cars with current F1 PSU's in, he is not going to be able to give ...
by Martin K
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Questions on Mercedes response - Toto and Niki post Spa
Replies: 130
Views: 17083

Re: Questions on Mercedes response - Toto and Niki post Spa

The question is what are the Mercedes Matrix Management trio are going to do going forward Its clear to me that Team Orders are not going to work at this stage - both drivers will ignore - or not hear them. They are both out for the WDC whatever they say - and alls fair in love,war and F1 . A simple...
by Martin K
Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Silly Season 2015 Uberthread [MERGED]
Replies: 2131
Views: 280654

Re: Jenson Buttons future uncertain as McLaren chase Alonso.

Assuming that Ron could entice Alsonso back to Mclaren - and thats a big if - he won't come cheap !. Ron's public position is that JB is an "expensive" experienced F1 driver who should be getting more out of the car. Perhaps the attraction of Alonso is that he is known to be able to get pe...
by Martin K
Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Effect of F1 at Mercedes road car dealerships
Replies: 79
Views: 14996

Re: Effect of F1 at Mercedes road car dealerships

As the saying goes "Win on Sunday Sell on Monday" still holds true to an extent that brand prerception of success is still a strong driver in sales - even if indirectly. Success does not necessarily need to be in F1 - WEC,WRC etc probably connect more directly to road car sales. It's just ...
by Martin K
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: FEEDBACK THREAD
Replies: 3778
Views: 1187720

Re: FEEDBACK THREAD

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by Martin K
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Max Verstappen to STR in 2015, aged 17 - CONFIRMED! (merged)
Replies: 238
Views: 33841

Re: Max Verstappen to STR in 2015, aged 17 - CONFIRMED! (mer

I hope this works out well for Max, maybe it will or maybe it won't. This appointment does seem to undermine the current RedBull/ Torro Rosso driver school pipeline by parachuting Max into the car ahead of others, who may have reasonably expected to get a chance. It smacks a little of desperation fr...
by Martin K
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: FEEDBACK THREAD
Replies: 3778
Views: 1187720

Re: FEEDBACK THREAD

This is a great forum with some very knowlegable and interesting contributors , however it does appear to be oversensitive to blocking discussion of fast developing and breaking news stories where there is a fear of someone posting a "risky" comment. In most forums the Mods would just eith...
by Martin K
Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Kevin Ward Jr killed in Sprint Car incident.
Replies: 45
Views: 6047

Re: Kevin Ward Jr killed in Sprint Car incident.

Certain posters on this thread said "we shouldn't be aloud to talk about it", " it's not fair on his family" when I posted about the suspect in the theft case the other day, and it was quickly locked. We can't talk about Michael Schumacher still because that's deemed insensitive...
by Martin K
Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Paddy Lowe
Replies: 21
Views: 4790

Re: Paddy Lowe

Mr Lowe appears to be engaged in a little "grandstanding" here, with a somewhat dismissive acknowledgement of Ross Brawn's contribution.
The timing of this article is very interesting following his "non-involvement" in the recent team orders debacle.
by Martin K
Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: SHUTDOWN ON MONDAY 11 AUGUST
Replies: 11
Views: 2771

Re: SHUTDOWN ON MONDAY 11 AUGUST

Great news - hope all goes well with the migration :thumbup:
by Martin K
Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Is Alonso to blame for Ferrari's poor cars?
Replies: 190
Views: 29949

Re: Is Alonso to blame for Ferrari's poor cars?

Hilarious thread. If Alonso is to blame for something, its for out-driving the car and placing it higher than it should belong, therefore he makes the Ferrari team think that their car is not as bad, and so the they don't work as hard as they should. Nobody can outdrive a car, thats a myth, the car...
by Martin K
Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ecclestone settles for $100m
Replies: 61
Views: 7935

Re: Ecclestone settles for $100m

The general public perception of this is that BE has paid the mother of all bribes to settle this situation. This is from non-F1 fans and as they say perception is all, despite the fact this is a legal option within the German justice system.
While this may be good result for BE its not good for F1.
by Martin K
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: F1 bosses considering success ballast!
Replies: 63
Views: 7622

Re: F1 bosses considering success ballast!

Sounds like another desparate gimmick. The powers that be are now starting to panic at the apparent loss of interest in F1 ( lower viewing numbers etc). Ballast would never work in F1 , it's more than just a weight impact - tyre wear , fuel consumption etc, and you could almost guarantee that the le...
by Martin K
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: I think the problem was the Merc strategist
Replies: 79
Views: 7325

Re: I think the problem was the Merc strategist

The problem with having only one strategist is that it limits the scope and flexibility required when things get "stressful". I can't imagine it's for cost reasons they only have one. I'd also like to knock this employee-employer reltionship thing on it's head. F1 drivers ( like many other...
by Martin K
Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Sooooo, can we agree that Paddy Lowe made the "Let Nico Pass
Replies: 35
Views: 4036

Re: Sooooo, can we agree that Paddy Lowe made the "Let Nico

Why are they saying neither driver could have won? That was impossible to know at that point. Lewis could have easily won that by simply passing Alonso (which he came very close to) and DR not having the straight line speed to overtake (which had already happened early when he could not pass Lewis ...
by Martin K
Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Sooooo, can we agree that Paddy Lowe made the "Let Nico Pass
Replies: 35
Views: 4036

Re: Sooooo, can we agree that Paddy Lowe made the "Let Nico

Well judging by the public comments of Nikki Lauda and Toto Wolff in support of LH I would make and educated guess it was not one of them Toto has effectively said it was a raceday decsion taken under "stress"- and the deafening silence from Paddy Lowe on this speaks volumes. This begs the...
by Martin K
Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Could the Ukraine Crisis affect the Russian GP?
Replies: 83
Views: 15586

Re: Could the Ukraine Crisis affect the Russian GP?

In the light of recent events

http://forum.planet-f1.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=10704

are the odds on the Russian GP going ahead less likely.

The decison now looks to be in the hands of the policitians.
by Martin K
Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ban on road racing lifted
Replies: 11
Views: 2444

Re: Ban on road racing lifted

Not to mention the ticket prices would be so high only the really rich and famous would be able to attend. Not if it was like this The last time I saw an F1 car in London was back in 2004, almost exactly 10 yrs ago to the day ,good crowd in Regent St - hanging from every vantage point Spot the car ...
by Martin K
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ban on road racing lifted
Replies: 11
Views: 2444

Re: Ban on road racing lifted

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28261960

Still needs primary legislation to go through - so could be a while - if ever.
by Martin K
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Kimi Raikkonen
Replies: 247
Views: 31634

Re: Kimi Raikkonen

This nugget of info is contained within the latest TMB here http://www.formulaspy.com/features/tm-s-team-mate-battles/2031-team-mate-battles-british-gp The Finn, of course, didn't realise that a bump was located at the point where he would rejoin the track. Mostly due to his reluctance to walk the t...
by Martin K
Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: FRIC suspension
Replies: 209
Views: 30349

Re: FRIC suspension

Not sure what all the fuss is about Max Chilton thinks it will be fine ( for Marussia ) - even some positives for them http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/27983/9377146/max-chilton-believes-an-outlawing-of-fric-suspension-could-hurt-mercedes-the-most The dressing up of F1 politicking as Technical Dire...
by Martin K
Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Kimi Raikkonen
Replies: 247
Views: 31634

Re: Kimi Raikkonen

But it's only relevant if you say that without the ditch something would still have happened. If not, and drivers going off in the past without serious consequence would suggest not, then there's no case to answer, which is most likely why it wasn't investigated. It was immediately apparent that an...