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Old 01-08-2018, 09:01 PM   #81
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So all the teams pay a total of $16 million in entry fees. But the revenue sharing in 2017 was a distribution of $940 million back to the teams. When you look at it that way, the entry fee is just a sneeze.

Haas was paid the least in 2017, but even they got paid $19 million. So their entry fee of $758,000 only a small part of their budget..
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^ Puts it into a bit of perspective that way.
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https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/f...for-2018-.html

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As with the technical rule changes we highlighted last week, the updates to F1’s sporting regulations for 2018 are minor in number but major in significance. Here’s our handy summary of the key points…

Three engines per season
In a bid to make F1 power units even more reliable – and further reduce costs – this season each driver must make do with just three engines for the 21-race campaign. That compares with four engines last year (when, incidentally, the calendar featured one less Grand Prix).

The exact impact this has remains to be seen, though treading the fine line between performance and durability will certainly be tougher than ever: go too conservative and you’ll fall off the pace; go too aggressive and you risk costly failures and grid penalties – though those too have been changed for 2018 (see below).

One less engine per season will also mean one less chance per season for teams to introduce significant power unit upgrades – meaning those who best manage their development programme over the course of the year could stand to reap even bigger rewards...
Simpler grid penalties
One less engine per driver could mean more grid penalties in 2018. However, there will be far less confusion for fans over how those penalties impact the starting order.

Under the previous system, drivers changing multiple power unit elements could rack up multiple grid drops, often in excess of the number of cars at the event.

Now, any driver who earns a grid penalty of 15 places or more will have to start from the back of the grid. If more than one driver receives such a penalty they will be arranged at the back of the grid in the order in which they changed elements. That should mean less headaches for fans - and those at the FIA tasked with deciding the grid!

Wider range of tyre compounds
As in 2017, official F1 tyre suppliers Pirelli will make three dry-weather compounds available to teams at each Grand Prix. However, for 2018 those three will be selected from a broader range of compounds, which now includes the new, pink-marked hypersoft at one end of the spectrum and the orange-marked superhard at the other.

It means in total there will be seven, rather than the previous five, slick tyre compounds, all of which are a step softer than in 2017, making them the fastest tyres in Formula 1 history. Reports based on initial data suggest they could immediately mean cars going a second per lap quicker.

Also new for 2018 is the ice blue colour of the hard compound. This frees up orange to be used on the aforementioned superhard, denoting it as the very hardest choice available in Pirelli’s range. The 2018 range in full is: hypersoft (pink), ultrasoft (purple), supersoft (red), soft (yellow), medium (white), hard (blue), superhard (orange).

Depending on how Pirelli choose to select compounds, the general move towards softer rubber should make 2018’s racing even more exciting, with more pit stops and fewer one-stop Grands Prix.
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^ From that photo, the Hard & Full Wet are really close in color...
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Meet The Man Who Steers Lewis Hamilton To Victory

https://www.forbes.com/sites/csylt/2.../#7a83a3811b79

Excellent article in Forbes on how Toto Wolff made his fortune and also got into racing.
I like Wolff, very frank and sincere when he talks.
Not afraid to speak his mind when it conflicts with FIA or others and a cute wife who used to race.
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Great piece. Thx for sharing!
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Ferrari signs Kvyat as its development driver, although probably confined to simulator work. I wonder what Vettel will think about this.
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And for 2018 the MB power unit design is "pretty much all new" according to Mercedes Powerplant boss Andy Cowell, the competition must be like
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/m...ll-new-993605/

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Formula One chairman Chase Carey backs Danish Grand Prix | Daily Mail Online

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Formula One chairman Chase Carey has backed potential plans to hold the first Danish Grand Prix in 2020.

Carey travelled to Copenhagen on Wednesday to meet with the city's mayor, Frank Jensen, and Denmark's business minister to discuss the proposal.

'We're excited about the opportunity to explore a potential race here in Denmark,' Carey said.

'I think Copenhagen represents the type of location that we think can really provide a great platform.'

The 4.6 kilometre route through the old city centre would see an estimated 107,000 spectators seated.

Liberty Media, Formula One’s new American owners, announced big plans to reshape the sport's calendar during an interview in 2016.

Plans include adding new locations and the Americans are targeting new venues in key markets, including Asia and the United States.

But Scandinavia is also an attractive option for the owners with Haas' Danish driver Kevin Magnussen a perfect marketing device.

'Scandinavia has been a great part of our sport and having local drivers is always a plus,' Carey added.

The potential budget discussed was 300-500m Danish krone (35.7m-59.5m) a year, while the expected income from spectators including tickets is 1-2bn Danish krone (119m-238m).

A big factor in Liberty Media's desire to assess new locations includes the focus on improving the broadcasting experience for fans.

Along with Copenhagen, races in Miami, Florida, and Vietnam have been discussed.

Carey believes that the bridges and water in Copenhagen would provide great television pictures.



If plans were confirmed it would be the first race to be held in Scandinavia since the Swedish Grand Prix was taken off the calendar following the 1978 season.

Swedish pair Ronnie Peterson and Gunnar Nilsson both died during that season - Peterson suffered a fatal crash on the first lap at Monza while Nilsson died aged 29 from cancer.
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https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/13...rience-in-2018

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Formula 1 fans have been told to expect an all-new experience in how the championship is televised this year, as Liberty Media starts putting in place its action plan.

F1's commercial chief Sean Bratches met with teams prior to the Christmas break to run through ideas for the 2018 season.

In a guest blog on the James Allen on F1 site, McLaren executive director Zak Brown said he was excited by what Liberty had proposed for F1 TV.


"Before Christmas Sean Bratches presented the new F1 commercial strategy to us, the teams," explained Brown.

"There is a huge emphasis on digital, as we know, but last year was about testing things out.

"For this year there are products in place, like a new F1 App, OTT platforms (Over The Top/streaming) and they have brought in David Hill, one of the great TV sports innovators, to oversee the graphics package and the way the race is televised.

"You'll see significant changes there on the broadcast, on the graphics and the storytelling.

"Then on-event we'll see more fan engagement, building on last year and there will be new media properties to help fans get closer to the teams.

"I think the big impacts of 2018 will be on the media side, showing F1 in a way that it's never been shown before. It will give us a younger and bigger audience and they will be more engaged."

"Fireworks" predicted in future talks

While welcoming Liberty's push to improve things for fans, Brown also predicted "fireworks" in its negotiations with teams about F1's future.

There has already been unease from Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault about next-generation engine rules, plus concerns about a drop in commercial rights income.

Brown added: "The honeymoon period is over. Some senior team executives have been openly critical of Liberty. I prefer we're constructive.

"They've only really had their feet under the desk for the last six to 12 months having inherited a sport previously operated pretty uniquely.

"They've had to put infrastructure in place, learn the environment and prioritise where to invest - all at the same time.

"There will be some big negotiations going on through 2018 with the teams on contract renewal and I predict that there will be public fireworks; we are already starting to see that.

"I do not think it's going to be quiet. Will Ferrari really leave if they don't like the new rules? I have my opinion but we'll see how this plays out."
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Hopefully we can watch a race all the way through with no commercials full screen. That is the change I want to see. I would even pay for it if streaming worked on something like roku/chromecast/firetv.
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Hopefully we can watch a race all the way through with no commercials full screen. That is the change I want to see. I would even pay for it if streaming worked on something like roku/chromecast/firetv.
That'd be great, mini-PiP with the commercials. Not sure why NBCSN only did that for about 1/2 the commercials.
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That'd be great, mini-PiP with the commercials. Not sure why NBCSN only did that for about 1/2 the commercials.
I like the mini commercials Fox has been doing for football lately. The game is actually the same size or sometimes a little bigger than the commercial actually. They are also only 30second commercials as well. I would rather a few more commercials that way if they are only 30seconds than commercials missing the race for a period of time.
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Money (still) talks, at least at Williams ....

Williams announces Sirotkin as Stroll's teammate


Meanwhile, Kubica is named reserve driver and will get into the car on Fridays ...

Kubica named Williams' reserve driver

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That's an underwhelming signing. Does Williams actually want to improve?
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^ As Cyndi Lauper says "Money Changes Everything"
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Pretty cool pic of Prost and McLaren team (with the "1" on the car I'm assuming it was late 1989, probably at the Australian GP).
I'm really surprised Ron Dennis is in the pic as he protested Senna's disqualification in Japan, and wanted Senna to win since Prost was leaving for Ferrari.
The smug look on Prost face is priceless

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Money (still) talks, at least at Williams ....

Williams announces Sirotkin as Stroll's teammate


Meanwhile, Kubica is named reserve driver and will get into the car on Fridays ...

Kubica named Williams' reserve driver

Very dissapointed at this. I think Kubica was more than likely faster but the Sirotkin money won out. Didn't think Williams had resorted to to having two pay drivers.
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Yeah, it's a sad reality how much finances factor into such decisions. Here's an analysis by the folks over at F1 Fanatic:

https://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2018/01/...bica-for-2018/

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Williams’s newest driver has some practice and test experience but is still a rookie. His record in the junior championships is decent (he’s no Sean Gelael) but not exceptional (he’s no Charles Leclerc).

But Sirotkin brings significant financial backing from Russian bank SMP. The logos of their driver development programme SMP Racing have been prominent on Sirotkin’s overalls and cars throughout his career.

Williams certainly need the income and F1 Fanatic understands that proved decisive. Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe, who became a shareholder when he returned to the team last March, strongly favoured appointing Sirotkin, a move he expects will bring long-term benefits for the team.

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If by investing this new line of income from Sirotkin into car development Lowe can find a lap time gain on the FW41 – and, crucially, its successors – the decision to go with him instead of Kubica becomes clear.

Williams has had F1’s best power unit for the past four seasons but has gradually declined in competitiveness. That indicates everything they can throw at the chassis would be money well spent.

Besides which, the door isn’t closed to Kubica. He will continue to drive for the team in tests and practice sessions and Williams say he will “be available to stand in as the race driver if required”.

Will such an opportunity arise? Those who’ve paid attention to the rising prominence of Russian drivers in motor sport will recall the problems which kept SMP-backed driver Mikhail Aleshin from his IndyCar seat for most of 2015.

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea the year before several prominent supporters of Russian president Vladimir Putin were subject to sanctions. They included SMP bank co-founder Boris Rotenberg.

Williams is a listed company and its reporting obligations means Sirotkin’s link to Rotenberg will have been discussed and approved at board level. Note that while the US imposed sanctions on Boris Rotenberg the European Union did not (his brother did appear on the EU list), so in a similar case this would not necessarily affect Sirotkin’s position.

Nonetheless, the team has a driver waiting in the wings if they need one. And, unlike when Paul di Resta took over Felipe Massa’s car at the Hungaroring last year, he will already be familiar with their current chassis.

Passing up on the chance to bring Kubica back in favour of adding a second well-funded driver to their roster is not the fairytale story many hoped for. But Williams isn’t the first team to spend its money on the car rather than the driver.
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Having two pay drivers only moves the performance down, not up. Just look at Sauber. This will be a downward spiral. If Lance Stroll keeps improving and out drive Sirotkin, he'll be looking to move to a different team in 2019.
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