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I am really saddened to hear that Formula 1 and motorsport cartoonist Jim Bamber has died.

Most of you have probably never heard of him, but he used to do a cartoon each week in Autosport magazine which I absolutely loved. When I was 7 or 8 I used to copy them each week and at the time I had no idea what the cartoons meant with various rude words at times, so looking back it's pretty funny :p 



I wrote to him back in 2005 when I was eight years old, and my mum ordered one of his books for me. I sent him some of my copies of his cartoons and he sent me a signed copy of his book (along with two other signed copies later on too). He also sent me some black and white copies of cartoons for me to colour in myself, and I was so pleased when he drew a cartoon just for me, of me in a BAR overtaking Schumacher in the Ferrari!



I have a few of his pit crew figurines such as the 2005 Williams, Ferrari and Renault, and the 2007 McLaren, and he also sent me a limited edition pewter model of one of his cartoon model cars, as well as a plain pit crew figurine for me to paint myself. What an absolute legend.

If you haven't seen his cartoons then take a look as they're so good. RIP Jim Bamber. 
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R.I.P I loved his cartoons too. They looked brilliant and they really made me laugh. It doesn't come as much of a surprise though as I heard a few months back that he wasn't well. Awesome story though Matt. 

PS. Surprised Autosport don't have an article up on his passing away. 
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R.I.P I loved his cartoons too. They looked brilliant and they really made me laugh. It doesn't come as much of a surprise though as I heard a few months back that he wasn't well. Awesome story though Matt. 

PS. Surprised Autosport don't have an article up on his passing away. 
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/114582
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To further advance on the Renault story: 

http://adamcooperf1.com/2014/06/25/red-bull-set-to-take-over-viry-and-design-new-engine-for-2016/

Very interesting story, and possibly one of high significance. After the homologation in 2015 the engines are then frozen for 3 years. With this possible alternative seen in the link, Red Bull (and Toro Rosso and Caterham if another theory in this story came to fruition) would have an engine developed in 2016, if Renault decide to theoretically walk away then. It would be is a freshly developed engine under a new name, effectively bypassing the homologation. It could even be a product of Adrian Newey according to Adam Cooper. There's a lot of if's and but's in all this, but if Renault continue to underperform it may be Red Bull's best bet - a bet with a lot of potential advantages. 
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So what if he wants to retire?

"Nah you signed your soul away when you thought we'd give you a good car."

I'm no lawyer and don't claim to know the intricacies of contract law, but I'm sure there has to be some kind of release clause. He could take it up with consumer affairs if all else fails.
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fIsince08 said:
fIsince08 said:
Alonso may follow Mark and go to sports car racing next year if he doesn't re sign with Ferrari?

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He's contracted till 2016 though isn't he?
Isn't there talks that he may opt out early?
His agent said the contract "cannot be broken"

@mike96 ^^
well that didn't stop Schumacher from switching from Jordan to Bennetton did it. If he's not happy and wants to leave early they'll let him go
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