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    Oct 2011

    wala bang offer sa ferrari?

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    Sep 2003
    Tapos na yung "TyreGate"...slap on the wrist lang nakuha ng Mercs at Pirelli.

    Mercedes have received little more than a reprimand and their own suggested punishment of a ban from the YDT for their part in Testgate.

    Mercedes faced a gruelling day of questioning at the FIA's International Tribunal on Thursday, forced to answer questions about their secret Pirelli test.

    Mercedes insisted from the start that the outing was "private" and not secret, however, that went no where in appeasing their rivals.

    The main issue, though, was the fact that Mercedes used their 2013 car, the W04, for the three day test, thus breaching the regulations.

    The team claimed they were given permission from FIA race director Charlie Whiting, however, the FIA's lawyere is adamant that was "irrelevant" because "testing in relation to Article 22 is a breach, unless it [a rule change] is granted by the World Motor Sport Council."

    The judges adjourned over night before handing down their verdict at lunch on Friday.

    Mercedes were ruled to be guilty of breaching the sport's regulations but also deemed that "neither Pirelli nor Mercedes acted in bad faith" as they had at least disclosed "the essence of what they intended to do in relation to the test and attempted to obtain permission for it."

    The Brackley team was therefore handed nothing more severe than a reprimand.

    However, as the judges also ruled that "Mercedes did obtain some material advantage", the team has been excluded from this season's Young Driver Test, thereby leveling the playing field some what.

    As for Pirelli, F1's tyre supplier was also reprimanded.

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    Ecclestone claims that he has 2014 contract with Pirelli

    Amid the ‘test-gate’ saga and uncertainty about the future of Pirelli in the sport, Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he does in fact have a contract beyond 2013 with the Italian tyre manufacturer.

    Until now, with the Italian marque pushing hard for a new deal but at the same time expressing frustration with its situation in Formula 1, it was thought that Pirelli had no contract beyond its original three-year deal covering 2011, ’12 and ’13.

    But when asked on Thursday about Pirelli’s situation, chief executive Ecclestone told F1 business journalist Christian Sylt,: “We have got a contract with Pirelli for next year.”

    Presumably, Ecclestone was referring to the organisation he leads, Formula 1 Management, who control the sport’s commercial rights separately from the governing FIA.

    Ecclestone added: “Pirelli haven’t got an agreement with the FIA (for 2014).” (GMM)

    Source: Ecclestone claims that he has 2014 contract with Pirelli | Grand Prix 247

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    Do you guys know why Mercedes escaped with only a light penalty from the FIA ?? It's because this "Tyre-gate" scandal is just a sham, a brainchild of Bernie Ecclestone as part of his conspiracy to create more "scandals" to put Formula One in the headlines of newspapers. Bernie is in a mission to put F1 back in the limelight to stem the flagging ticket sales. Remember, the FIA is controlled by Bernie's pal former Ferrari boss Todd.

    Expect more so-called "scandals" to come in the next couple of races.
    Last edited by BoyFerrari; June 22nd, 2013 at 01:44 AM.

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    Lotus in Trouble?

    June 9th, 2013 (F1plus/Ernie Black).- There has been a lot of talk lately of the financial situation in which Lotus allegedly finds itself. F1Plus bumped into Ben Cowely of team Lotus yesterday and had a little chat about this and other things.

    We asked Cowely if Kimi's success was bittersweet. If the team is truly in money troubles and the Finn is paid per championship point, is Kimi's points streak slowly bleeding the team dry? Ben indicated that as usual, things get misrepresented and that the team has no concerns at all about finances.

    Lotus has every intention of keeping Raikkonen for next season, despite the rumors of Kimi replacing Webber at Red Bull, the Enstone based team will make a serious bid to continue the success together with their number one driver.

    F1 Plus also chatted with Lotus test driver and GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi last night and he told us why he believes Kimi will stay with Lotus. While Red Bull can afford to make the Finn an offer that few would dare refuse, the culture at Lotus may be enough to even the playing field.

    As most every Formula One fan knows, Kimi likes to come in, hop in his race car, drive the wheels off and go home. No media or sponsor obligations, no interviews or photos, just drive. The good people at Lotus understand this, perhaps more than any other team and they understand Kimi.

    They essentially allow him to do what he wants which includes very little more than his 'team driver' duties. A perfect marriage for both sides. The success the team currently enjoys is in part, because of this somewhat symbiotic relationship.

    Source: Lotus in Trouble? : F1plus
    2 of my favorite driver on one team. thats sweet, but im not sure kimi "i know what im doing" raikkonen would play nice with vettel if vettel pulls something what he did to webber.

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    Oct 2011
    Who's gonna watch the 24hrs Le Mans race?

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    Dec 2003
    Ferrari pa din kahit sinong driver.

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    Why Le Mans beats Formula One

    Diversity is a good yardstick. The key to Le Mans' success in influencing real-world motoring technology is diversity, even perversity. For the motor industry, Le Mans remains both a public stage and a sharp-end testbed that they can no longer find anywhere else in motorsport. That function certainly doesn't exist in F1 any more, because F1 design and the race format are so far removed from everyday issues as to be essentially meaningless. In fact F1 barely does diversity at all any more, except on a molecular level.

    The closest F1 came to true freedom in modern guise was the sometime choice between turbocharged and non-turbocharged engines, but it was invariably a financial necessity and long since gone. So what you get now is a 2.4-litres, eight cylinders (in a V, please) with the ability to rev like a hummingbird's wings, but precious little relevance to any road car.

    F1 had its fleeting excursions, like gas turbines and four-wheel drive, but anything vaguely esoteric was far more likely to be banned than applauded. Viz ground-effect aerodynamics (including Gordon Murray's Brabham "fan-car" and Colin Chapman's twin-body Lotus), or more recently McLaren's F-duct and everybody's "blown-diffusers".

    Why Le Mans beats Formula One - Telegraph

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    Oct 2011
    What F1 fans really think of the 2014 engines

    For the past two years Formula One's boss Bernie Ecclestone has been critical of the new engine regulations which are due to come into force next year. His concern is that the new 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engines will sound so different to the current V8s that it will drive fans away from the races. Dissent has also come from the back of the grid as the new power-plants will cost far more than the V8s and this could put F1's smaller teams under pressure. They weren't the only ones who voiced concern.

    Ecclestone's view was shared by Ron Walker, chairman of the Australian Grand Prix, who was so worried about the changes that he formed the Formula One Promoters Association (FOPA) as Pitpass' business editor Christian Sylt revealed in 2011. FOPA's objective was to safeguard the circuits' interests in F1 and its first achievement was getting the original specification of four-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbocharged engines switched to the V6s which are due to be introduced next year. However, it didn't appease the critics.

    Earlier this year Walker told Sylt that the V6 "sounds like a lawnmower engine, and we will be fighting this tooth and nail. So, I am planning to get all the promoters together in Geneva some time before June to work out an agenda in order to preserve the status of the circuits once and for all."

    All the while, certain F1 observers continually criticised Ecclestone and Walker and reassured readers that that the new engines will not put fans off the sport. One proclaimed that he has "heard both a simulation of the new engines and one of them running on the dyno, and while it is true to say that the sound will be rather different from the screaming V8 dinosaurs of the current era, they are not going to sound any worse than the turbos of the 1980s did. And I don't remember them driving fans away. Far from it, in fact."

    These contrarian views seemed to be driven by deliberate bias against Ecclestone and Walker which ironically itself does readers a great disservice. As Pitpass recently reported, disregarding Ecclestone's view is not the most sensible of things but doing this deliberately is just plain foolhardy. Nevertheless, with no direct evidence to go on you can understand why readers would take their word for it. That all changed last week.

    Source: pitpass - What F1 fans really think of the 2014 engines

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