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Nah, that'll never happen. I never trust rumours from little sites or not well known peeps. They say rumours as if they're facts which gets up my nose. If it's mentioned by the big reporters then yeah, but apart from that, no way.
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Just watched an interview with Bernie and Martin Brundle. Martin asked him something like 'We need to keep the old classics like Silverstone, Monza, Hockenheim and Spa, don't we?' to which Bernie replied 'We need to keep some of the old traditional events, but the trouble with them is they want to operate in the old traditional way. They need to come into the new world and start doing a bit more promotion and being a bit more commercial'.

That may be true for Hockenheim with it's not even half filled grandstands, but look at Melbourne, Silverstone, Suzuka and Spa. Definitely the top for the best attended races of the year, they don't do a bad job of promoting the Grand Prix! What about the dreary Chinese GP crowds, and Korea last year? How about you come into the new world Bernie and give us an actual YouTube channel where you upload stuff to promote Grands Prix? What about a regularly updated Twitter account, or Facebook page? 
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Just watched an interview with Bernie and Martin Brundle. Martin asked him something like 'We need to keep the old classics like Silverstone, Monza, Hockenheim and Spa, don't we?' to which Bernie replied 'We need to keep some of the old traditional events, but the trouble with them is they want to operate in the old traditional way. They need to come into the new world and start doing a bit more promotion and being a bit more commercial'.

That may be true for Hockenheim with it's not even half filled grandstands, but look at Melbourne, Silverstone, Suzuka and Spa. Definitely the top for the best attended races of the year, they don't do a bad job of promoting the Grand Prix! What about the dreary Chinese GP crowds, and Korea last year? How about you come into the new world Bernie and give us an actual YouTube channel where you upload stuff to promote Grands Prix? What about a regularly updated Twitter account, or Facebook page? 
What he means by that is they need  massive billion dollar facilities for famous people to talk in while sipping champagne and completely ignoring the on track action. 
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They should've ditched Hockenheim the second they removed the long straight. And Bernie has a point, Silverstone was a disaster with their facilities, hard to reach, parking lots would turn into big mudpiles when it's raining. In the same way you don't want out-dated football stadiums if you want to be a big deal in 2014, you don't want out-dated facilities and stands around your circuit. And Spa has had severe problems attracting funds and sponsors for over 10 years now. The problem is, the track is in Wallonia, the poorest part of Belgium, it's much harder to find sponsors than it is for one of the money countries who can just call their cousin who owns an airline company to sponsor the track for blablabla million euros.

Looking at you, Manchester Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix City.
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Interesting stuff from Dutch F1-commentator Olav Mol, who has been talking to long-time Lotus-staff members and engineers about Lotus' recently announced deal that sees them switch to Mercedes-engines for 2015. Word on the grapevines is that there is the underlying feeling of doubt whether the move will actually pay off, since they've heard that Renault could very well have something fantastic planned for next year. They see the move as very, very impulsive. Of course, they could know, seeing how their connection and association with Renault dates back all the way to the 1995 season, when Benetton were powered by Renault for the first time and many of the people working at Lotus now has been working there throughout all the name changes.

This is also important for Red Bull Racing, who somewhat sees the Renault-engine as their achilles heel, but could end up seeing it as their biggest strength by this time next season. I think it's only Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Caterham now driving Renault-engines. Thought I should share.
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Nah I've read the same thing on a few different sites, only rumours but it's to do with Ron trying to get control of the whole of McLaren while the other major shareholder was in hospital. Now that shareholder feels backstabbed and is apparently looking at ousting Ron and bringing in Berger.

I'm not particularly expecting it to happen, but if it did that would suck massively for Ron.
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Boullier has already said there will be changes in the leadership before the winter.

http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2014/10/16506.html

Q: You just said that it is not only a question of drivers, but also of team leadership. Will there be changes over the winter?
EB:
 Before the winter. Winter should be the beginning of the period of stability. 
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mike96 said:
Boullier has already said there will be changes in the leadership before the winter.

http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2014/10/16506.html

Q: You just said that it is not only a question of drivers, but also of team leadership. Will there be changes over the winter?
EB:
 Before the winter. Winter should be the beginning of the period of stability. 

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The fact that this is virtually the only story Caterham/Lotus have made since they joined F1 tells you all you need to know about how important they are to the sport. The worst that would come from them leaving F1 would be how many people would be out of a job. As a team they add nothing to F1 as a spectacle and would take nothing away if (or more probably when) they leave.
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Every rookie they've had was out of a drive the following year. In fact, every driver who drove for Caterham, didn't drove for anyone else after the fact. And Ericsson is only their second rookie. All the other drivers they had were experienced guys who felt "any F1-team is better than nothing", but got quickly robbed of that philosophy through experience.
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It's a bit sad really to see how the three 'new' teams have turned out, with the exception of Marussia perhaps. HRT started bad and just remained in bad shape until they flopped at the end of 2012. Marussia started off pretty bad as Virgin but it's good to see they've turned out alright. I really hope they remain on the grid for a while. Caterham started off the best as Lotus but they've had a very rough couple of years.

I think Gene Haas has made a very sensible decision waiting until 2016 to enter F1. It gives him another year to get whatever he needs sorted, engines, drivers, a chassis, etc. I can see them sticking around for a while actually.
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That seems pretty sensible. I remember Fernandes was saying something like he was aiming for points in 2011 and then 2012, but that obviously never happened. Haas seems to be being pretty realistic about his chances.
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It's a bit sad really to see how the three 'new' teams have turned out, with the exception of Marussia perhaps. HRT started bad and just remained in bad shape until they flopped at the end of 2012. Marussia started off pretty bad as Virgin but it's good to see they've turned out alright. I really hope they remain on the grid for a while. Caterham started off the best as Lotus but they've had a very rough couple of years.

I think Gene Haas has made a very sensible decision waiting until 2016 to enter F1. It gives him another year to get whatever he needs sorted, engines, drivers, a chassis, etc. I can see them sticking around for a while actually.
Have they though? They've done the best of the new teams for sure, but 2 points in 5 years is pretty bad on the whole. And the main problem for me is I can't ever see them becoming established and consistent points scorers. They've simply not got the budget and resources under the current format. The way I see it the highest they will ever get in the future is more or less where they are now - very very rare points scorers on days where others slip up. Marrusia are a great and very likeable team of people, but that's the ultimate truth and a pretty dull proposition. 

And for the record, I think the Haas venture is going to be a massive failure. I really don't think his history in NASCAR is going to be of much benefit in F1 quite frankly. In fact it even has the possibility to be a hindrance - if he arrives in F1 with the same viewpoints and philosophy that is shared in NASCAR he won't get very far. Wanting to base the team HQ in America already shows how little he knows about how the sport works as it is. 
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Audi set for F1 in 2016?

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/89171/audi-to-join-f1-in-2016#.VEp0L4_v-Wl.twitter

I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, Audi would reportedly have to give up DTM and more importantly the WEC to apparently make this happen. But Volkswagon are apparently the ones calling the shots as Audi's parent brand. Makes sense to have a team representing their division in F1, and then leave the WEC to Porsche (of course also owned by Volkswagon).
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Audi set for F1 in 2016?

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/89171/audi-to-join-f1-in-2016#.VEp0L4_v-Wl.twitter

I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, Audi would reportedly have to give up DTM and more importantly the WEC to apparently make this happen. But Volkswagon are apparently the ones calling the shots as Audi's parent brand. Makes sense to have a team representing their division in F1, and then leave the WEC to Porsche (of course also owned by Volkswagon).
I'd really like this to happen as I've always loved Audi's (probably through Dad!), and if they make their own engines too, which I guess they probably will, then we'd have five engine manufacturers on the grid which is fantastic. I think it's really helped this year that Mercedes have won the championship. It shows that a car manufacturer can come into F1 and win, so that would be great to get some more manufacturers in.

The report says they might buy an existing team and work with what they have? Toro Rosso actually seems like quite a logical choice. Red Bull seem to have very close links to Audi through the DTM, and I guess Red Bull could still use Audi as a training ground for their younger drivers? 
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