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Posted By: James Allen  |  03 Mar 2010   |  11:40 pm GMT  |  15 comments

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Remember last year how Brawn were not allowed to have any mercedes logos on their cars? Its all about contracts, and BMW obviously pulled a fast one when they ofered Pete Sauber the deal.


So if I understand correctly, BMW Sauber left and then re-entered again, hence why they have the second last set of car numbers, rather then numbers that correspond to where they finished last season.

In that case why can’t Sauber just change the name ? If BMW Sauber had the numbers that corresponded with their 2009 position, then it would make a bit mores sense why they can’t change their name.


Pedro De La Rosa for champion this year?

He has magic 22 that won for the last two years.


Even though many of the teams are based in the UK, It’s interesting to see that there are only three official British Teams this year. Is that the lowest the championship has ever seen?


So we have a Sauber-Ferrari running with BMW branding, a Renault running with Lada branding, and at the same time a new team that was able to change its name last week.

Why is it so difficult for established teams to adjust their names and so easy for Campos / HRT (surely all teams should be equal at this point). And wouldn’t it be nice if a Sauber was called a Sauber and a Lada-branded car a Lada? Can’t wait for the TV commentators to untangle this mess.


Should BMW Sauber Ferrari be renamed:

BMW Sauber Ferrari Honda Toyota Minardi Jordan


I thought HRT stood for Hormone Replacement Therapy – I’m sure my old aunty had a dose of that a couple of years ago and it didn’t sound too racy then!


That’s it, all you need to do is come up with a gag that’s mentioned in the article, then write it out smugly as if you came up with it thus proving you didn’t read the column you’re commenting on.


Who is to join Bruno Senna in Hispano Racing?


This might have been asked already so apologies if it has but why is there no no. 13 driver? Is it superstition?


Not sure Michael but if Peter Sauber’s middle initial happens to be M they could perhaps become PMS Racing. It would go very nicely with HRT I think 🙂


What a theme we have developing here!


Why didn’t Sauber drop the BMW from there name if Campos was able to change theirs? I’m sure Ferrari can’t be too happy with that.


I believe it relates to obtaining last years commercial income. By keeping the BMW name (For now) they get the money BMW were entitled to, but if they drop the name BMW then they don’t get the money as they are considered to be a different team.

I believe Ferrari have said that they understand the situation and are happy for them to include BMW in the name until they have secured the money.

Silly I know.


I think Ferrari loves that BMW is using their engines & is fairly quick in doing so. More reason to buy a Ferrari.

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