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Old 11th March 2015, 06:01   #166
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Anyone following the Sauber - Giedo van der Garde case?

Unacceptable how the team have treated him and shows a complete lack of respect for contracts.
How can a team sign 2 new drivers inspite of having another driver contracted for a race seat, shame to take his money to keep out of trouble and kick him out when new money comes in.
Interesting, lets see how things unfold. F1 never ceases to surprise me.

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The Supreme Court of Victoria has ruled that Giedo van der Garde should race at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix for Sauber.
Van der Garde won the case against Sauber on Wednesday morning after pursuing the same claim in Switzerland earlier this year. The Dutch driver had a deal in place last year to drive for Sauber in 2015, but the team signed Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr at the end of the year instead.
Even with the judgement, Sauber has yet to confirm van der Garde will replace one of its drivers this weekend as it assesses its options. The team claims it could be dangerous to allow van der Garde to race, although it is not uncommon for reserve or replacement drivers to come into a team at late notice and with limited experience of the car.
"We are disappointed with this decision and now need to take time to understand what it means and the impact it will have on the start of our season," team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said. "What we cannot do is jeopardise the safety of our team, or any other driver on the track, by having an unprepared driver in a car that has now been tailored to two other assigned drivers."
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Old 13th March 2015, 11:30   #167
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Official Formula1 website upgraded to more responsive theme.

http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en.html

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They have priced the full season pass for the F1 Timing app (android) at 1575. That is roughly 3 times the price last year!

Another interesting point to note here is their stupid pricing schemes. For F1 Access, their monthly pass is $3 and the annual pass is $27. Since they are giving 1 month free trial till April, anyone who would purchase in the monthly mode would only pay $24 till November. I don't see any reason to buy the annual mode!

At a time when F1 is losing its USP and fans worldwide, FIA should have made these things free to increase the fan base. By the looks of it, greedy old man is determined to drive away all the remaining F1 fans by charging exorbitantly everywhere he can. With a decrease in viewership, even the networks like Star Sports might relegate F1 races to their second tier channels or remove the telecast entirely in a few years.
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who is showing the broadcast live on tv
Practice session and qualification is on Star Sports HD2 and race telecast in on HD4.
Luckily only one match is scheduled in ICC cricket world cup 2015 on 15 March.

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For F1 Access, their monthly pass is $3 and the annual pass is $27. Since they are giving 1 month free trial till April, anyone who would purchase in the monthly mode would only pay $24 till November. I don't see any reason to buy the annual mode!
Was reading the terms and conditions. Doesn't think look like a catch?

Annual Subscription - Your annual subscription will not automatically renew.

Monthly Subscription – Your subscription begins when you purchase, with monthly billing during each month of the year. Your subscription will automatically renew each month, unless you cancel your monthly subscription in accordance with the applicable instructions.


So if you forget to cancel, you'd be billed 3 USD/month even when there are no races? I can confirm the annual subscription didn't rollover, its asking to buy the current year subscription from the app.

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Anyone following the Sauber - Giedo van der Garde case?
It hasn't ended with Victoria court ruling either. The case still is continuing and are reconvening on Saturday. Meanwhile Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson have already driven for FP1 and FP2. While the fault is entirely on Sauber's part, am not sure what VDG will gain after winning the seat. When drivers exiting the team end of season don't get support they used to get, I wonder what VDG will get! After all this sport is not just about driver driving around the track.

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Here is the update on the development tokens used up before Australian GP by different engine manufacturers:

Mercedes: 25/32 used; 7 left
Ferrari: 22/32 used; 10 left
Renault: 20/32 used; 12 left

Honda would receive 9 development tokens to be used over the 2015 season - the average of the remaining tokens for others.

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Anyone following the Sauber - Giedo van der Garde case?
Van Der Garde has agreed to let Sauber race Ericsson and Nasr in Australia in the best interest of the sport and to have further discussions after the weekend.

Would he need to go the courts at every country where the GP is held week after week? There should be a central place to settle this!

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So if you forget to cancel, you'd be billed 3 USD/month even when there are no races? I can confirm the annual subscription didn't rollover, its asking to buy the current year subscription from the app.
From an end user perspective, it is simple: if you want to save a few dollars, you have to remember to cancel your subscription on time.

However, a pricing model that is designed to exploit user's forgetfulness is a really bad practice and could be potentially challenged if they are charging customers for free content available otherwise in their portal for December when there are no live events. Other months, they can technically broadcast the winter tests and get away with it.

Considering how FIA goes about ethical decisions, I wouldn't be surprised if the option to cancel the monthly subscription suddenly disappears at the end of the season due to a "technical glitch"

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Red Bull could quit Formula 1 over current rules - Helmut Marko.

Seriously!
sour grapes,eh.

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Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has warned that the Austrian firm could pull out of Formula 1, claiming that the current regulations "will kill the sport".

Four-time world championship-winning outfit Red Bull endured a tough weekend in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo coming home a distant sixth and Daniil Kvyat's car failing before the start.

Its team boss Christian Horner claimed after the race that F1 chiefs should consider taking action to equalise the performance of the current engines, and Marko said that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz could lose interest in the sport.

"We will evaluate the situation again [in the summer] as every year and look into costs and revenues," Marko told Austrian media in Melbourne.

"If we are totally dissatisfied we could contemplate an F1 exit.

"Yes, the danger is there that Mr Mateschitz loses his passion for F1."

Marko hit out at the state of the current regulations, which Mercedes has dominated since they were introduced for 2014.

"These power units are the wrong solution for F1, and we would say this even if [Red Bull supplier] Renault were in the lead," he added.

"The technical rules are not understandable, much too complicated, and too expensive.

"We are governed by an engineers' formula. We wanted cost reduction too, but it is not happening like this.

"A designer like Adrian Newey [who is stepping back from F1] is castrated by this engine formula. These rules will kill the sport."

Red Bull's exit would have serious ramifications for F1 as Mateschitz owns the Toro Rosso team as well.

However, the Austrian firm has a contract with the sport's bosses that commits it to the world championship until at least 2020.
Read the bold line, .

Source: Autosport.com

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Vettel is a very lucky man! He has the uncanny ability to be at the right place at the right time, not just on a track but outside it too. Anyone following him from his BMW days will know what I am talking about. I am not saying all his success is down to luck, but he got it in truckloads.

And Alonso, the exact opposite. His ability is to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. How else can you explain the fortunes of these two drivers in the past few years leading up to this season? And when you reckon, it was Alonso who saved Vettel from RBR and Ricciardo and put him in a much better Ferrari with bumper pay, it gets close to being ridiculous.

Ferrari has done a great job, better than what I anticipated. The car looks good, the PU is not bad at all and team got a lot of tokens left to improve upon it. The biggest proof for this is the change in fortunes of Sauber. No wonder, van der Garde wanted the drive so badly.

And the McLaren Honda package is farther than I anticipated after hearing Ron speak about the marvel that Honda engine is in preseason. A tough start is expected when you trade the most powerful engine in F1 with a rookie unit, but I expected them to be at least in the lower mid table. They are really way off? Will Manor trump them in the next few rounds? That will be utter humiliation.

If JB can't take a single point during the race that Australia was, then the battle for the season is going to be really tough. I hope they have made some bold decisions over the PU and packaging which will pay dividends in the long run. Else, they are really screwed for not just this season, but for a few years.
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The Redbull threat to leave F1 gaining some momentum!

Adam Cooper @adamcooperF1 · 2m 2 minutes ago
Some people missing point on @redbullracing story. This is not about empty threats, or Marko and Horner lobbying the FIA (cont.)

Adam Cooper @adamcooperF1 · 3m 3 minutes ago
(cont.) Dietrich Mateschitz has had enough and spent enough, and he wants to find a way out and sell up. End of.

Adam Cooper @adamcooperF1 · 52s 52 seconds ago
It won't happen overnight, but that's where Mateschitz is heading, and of course Bernie is well and truly in the loop on it

Source: AF1
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Red Bull could quit Formula 1 over current rules - Helmut Marko.

Seriously!
sour grapes,eh.
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The Redbull threat to leave F1 gaining some momentum!
Even if it is sour grapes, such a move could completely kill F1. We have 10 teams currently on the grid out of which Manor, Force India, Sauber and Lotus are struggling to make both ends meet. Given the contract that Mateschitz has with FIA to participate till 2020, it is also possible that he might just keep the teams participating with no R&D budget. He is a businessman and is unlikely to invest in a place where he doesn't see any returns. Add the 2 teams from Mateschitz to the list and we are looking at 60% of the current grid with practically no budget. In such a situation, F1 is not going to last long.

Best solution in the interim is to withdraw the engine freeze and the testing ban. Let the teams develop and test as much as they want, as fast as they can. There are only 4 engine manufacturers out there and 2 of them are likely to pull out if they think there is no way they can improve to fight for the top step due to this artificial ban on engine development. Clearly, the current cost cutting move is not working for sure. So why not get rid of those first instead of begging Mercedes to ask their drivers to press the pit lane speed limiter while driving so that we would have an evenly matched competition!!!
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There would be no German Grand Prix this year as Hockenheim rules out hosting the event this season.

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Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler says the circuit cannot host this year's German Grand Prix due to the short turnaround to sell tickets.
In January F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said Hockenheim would host the Germany race on July 19 having previously alternated the race with the Nurburgring. But circuit boss Georg Seiler says it is impossible for Hockenheim to host this year's race due to short amount of time it had to prepare.
Source: http://en.espnf1.com/germany/motorsp...ry/194967.html
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Wealth Intelligence company reveals all-time 10 richest F1 drivers:
1 Michael Schumacher US$780
2 Fernando Alonso US$220
3 Kimi Raikkonen US$180
4 Eddie Irvine US$180
5 Lewis Hamilton US$110
6 Jenson Button US$100
7 Alan Prost US$70
8 David Coulthard US$70
9 Sebastian Vettel US$45
10 Nico Rosberg US$30

Schumachers worth is still above 40% of the list. I thought Vettel would go up the ladder with his multi-year Ferrari deal.
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Wealth Intelligence company reveals all-time 10 richest F1 drivers:
1 Michael Schumacher US$780
2 Fernando Alonso US$220
3 Kimi Raikkonen US$180
4 Eddie Irvine US$180
5 Lewis Hamilton US$110
6 Jenson Button US$100
7 Alan Prost US$70
8 David Coulthard US$70
9 Sebastian Vettel US$45
10 Nico Rosberg US$30

Schumachers worth is still above 40% of the list. I thought Vettel would go up the ladder with his multi-year Ferrari deal.
Vettel is yet to get any of that payment. He should climb up the ladder in a couple of years.

In contrast, Alonso had a year at McLaren and five at Ferrari, all of which happened at a time when he was already a double world champion and in demand.

Similarly, Kimi had 5 decent years at McLaren (Ron signed him on a 5 year deal as a rookie and hence it might not have been well paid) and 3 really well paid years at Ferrari when he was brought in as Schumi's replacement. Though last season was probably his worst, he would have still earned more than what he did in 2012-13.
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There would be no German Grand Prix this year as Hockenheim rules out hosting the event this season.
Nurburgring has ruled itself out as well. So its back to 19 races this season.

http://en.espnf1.com/germany/motorsp...ry/195161.html
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Vettel is yet to get any of that payment. He should climb up the ladder in a couple of years.

In contrast, Alonso had a year at McLaren and five at Ferrari, all of which happened at a time when he was already a double world champion and in demand.

Similarly, Kimi had 5 decent years at McLaren (Ron signed him on a 5 year deal as a rookie and hence it might not have been well paid) and 3 really well paid years at Ferrari when he was brought in as Schumi's replacement. Though last season was probably his worst, he would have still earned more than what he did in 2012-13.
I dont think Kimi was on a big retainer in his early Mclaren days but I do know Jean Todt gave him a hefty sum to come to Ferrari along with a black Enzo.

Nevertheless, some of the reasons that Irvine and Coulthard still exist are because of the businesses they have outside of F1. Coulthard owns two hotels in Monaco. That also goes for Alonso who apparently has invested a lot in the middle east.
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