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Posted By: James Allen  |  31 Jul 2014   |  4:45 pm GMT  |  276 comments

The meeting of the group of senior F1 figures which was due to take place this week has been deferred to a later data amid doubts over the appropriateness of former team boss Flavio Briatore being part of the group.

The “popularity working group” as it was dubbed, was due to comprise Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone, team bosses Marco Mattiacci (Ferrari), Christian Horner (Red Bull) and Toto Wolff (Mercedes). Ecclestone postponed it and Briatore’s presence has been reviewed. The Italian was heavily sanctioned for his part in the Singapore crash scandal of 2008.

It was ironic that the group should be meeting this week, following another exciting Grand Prix in Budapest at the weekend which featured five different leaders and plenty of overtaking. But it is long term thinking that is needed at the moment, with the empty grandstands at Hockenheim a stark reminder of a less bright future for the sport if car is not taken to understand the needs of F1 fans of the future.

Ferrari president Luca Montezemolo has been pushing for change all season and was an outspoken critic of the current F1 when he visited in Bahrain, calling it a “formula for boredom.”

Ironically the race that followed there was a modern classic and between then and Sunday’s thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix there have been many other exciting races. Many F1 engineers were of the view on Sunday night that the race had been a perfect illustration of why the senior figures should focus on promotion, social media and other key areas and leave the racing well alone; no need to add any more artificial tricks like double points for the last race or titanium skid blocks on the floor, as the show on track is good enough.

As the power units get closer together on performance next year and the year after, which is inevitable, then things will get even tighter.

Start of the German GP

The Pirelli tyres, having been something of a problem in the early years, have settled down now to being a good basis for interesting races, where there are plenty of strategic possibilities and lots of good overtakes. Battles between Alonso and Vettel in Silverstone and Germany and other memorable overtakes have taken place this season.

Montezemolo’s key policy initiatives are:

* The return of some ability to develop engines during the season, to counteract what has happened this year with a dominant Mercedes unit.
* Emphasis on R&D, without the restrictions in the rules that there are today
* More testing on tracks; more in season testing, as “events”, used as occasions to engage with the public and fans

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda, not surprisingly, does not back these ideas and has pointed out that the cost in engines alone would be a restriction. Lauda pointed out that with engines costing between €18 million and €21 Milllion per year, the deregulation of development would sent the costs out of control.

Lauda feels that the sport should address areas like the penalties on drivers from stewards, to give them more freedom.

Lauda and Montezemolo were due to meet in Capri for their own discussions in the coming weeks, but this has also been shelved. Meanwhile Montezemolo has called for a wider meeting involving experts from new media and other fields to discuss the sport in the week leading up to the Italian GP in September.

Ecclestone meanwhile has proposed a settlement deal to the court in Munich that is hearing a bribery charge against him at the moment, relating to the sale of F1 in 2005/6. According to Munich based Suddeutscher Zeitung, he has suggested a €100 million settlement. The court announced that it was discussing the matter with Ecclestone’s lawyers.

The 83 year old has been in Munich on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for hearings every week for the last few months.

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Michael Prestia

Have you ever PVR’ed a sporting event, found out who won and then tried to watch the match… there is very little excitement in it.

Here is why F1 has become boring for me… Predictability.

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F1 is an old enough sport now that on race day it should be turning towards tradition and rolling the rules back so that we can compare the accomplishments of the young future drivers with the heros of the past. I understand that over the years the rules were often changed from year to year but now that the sport has matured it is time to lock things down for the long haul.

Lock down the number of races to a stable number and either reset the points scoring system back to the 10-6-4-3-2-1 OR let’s start evaluating drivers by % of wins to races finished, and % pole positions vs attempts, and % points earned vs points available that season. It is ridiculous and false to compare number of poles during the modern era of 20 laps per season with drivers from eras where there were only 6 championship races.

We have turbos and push to pass engine maps, eliminate DRS and all the other false rules, reset blocking rules to those of the ’80s. Let them use whatever tires they want but continue to limit the number. Let them use whatever engine they want but continue to limit the fuel. Do not limit the battery capacity, revs, angle, number of cylinders, displacement. Do not limit development.

Make the rear wings half the height and front wings half the width and let them get on with it. Let’s see some different shapes from team to team for a change.

Now with a more traditional sport how do we appeal to kids, the new fan or casual fans? Leave the racing alone and go crazy with FP1, 2 & 3. You get these practice days free if you buy a grandstand seat but it’s hardly worth it. FP1 and 3 are too early although they never start on time and the big teams just sit in the pits. Outlaw practice starts in the pitlane and start each practice with it’s own standing start and another start at the midway point. Any team that wants to get their clutch bite point right will be out there on the dot ready to go and the fans will get to see a couple starts close up at the tracks where you are allowed to wander.

All tracks should open up the pits on Thursday for a free open house day and all fans should be able to walk the track on Thursday and on Sunday after the race. They do it in Montreal and it’s a big success. Put timing interval screens up around the track so you can monitor progress during a practice or during a qualifying lap. Flash the screens green on a personal best interval and purple on a fastest interval. Tracks that want to could have a night practice for FP2. Tracks that have the equipment could wet the track down for the second half of one practice.

I say leave the race alone, or better yet remove what rules you can, but feel free to add as many gimmicks as you want to the practice sessions. It won’t bother the die hard fans much and it will give the first time fans a lot more to see and do when they come out on a Friday or Saturday.

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Whoever is not watching F1 is missing one hell of a show. I always said before this season that 2012 was the best season I’ve seen. This season looks to change that notion.

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Just wanted to make a point about declining TV figures.

In regions such as the UK where the TV model has changed recently you can put the blame on the move to PayTV.

However the region which has been the biggest decline in TV ratings over the past few seasons has been Germany, A region where the TV model is the same as its been since 1996 & where every race is shown live on FreeTV (RTL).

The German TV model since 1996 has been every qualifying session & every race live on the Free broadcaster RTL but there is also a PayTV option via what is now Sky Deutschland (Used to be Premiere World) which shows every session live, Ad-Free & with interactive options.

I’d also like to remind people in the UK that the move to PayTV was initiated by the BBC rather than Bernie/FOM. It was the BBC who underestimated the cost of covering F1 (By that I mean the cost of transporting crew/equipment & running the sort of features & extras that they were doing) & it was the BBC who went to Sky with the shared deal that is currently in place between Sky/BBC.

At the time Sky were not actually actively going after F1 coverage, They had looked at it in the past but had never actually made a serious move towards getting the coverage as far as I’m aware.

With the BBC looking to get out there wasn’t another ‘realistic’ FreeTV option.

ITV lets not forget had dropped there coverage Mid-contract due to internal budget cuts.

Channel 4 simply don’t have the budget to do F1 justice, Yes they put together a nice proposal but there’s no way they would have ever been able to get the budget together to do half of what they proposed.

And Channel 5 didn’t show any interest & again simply don’t have the budget to do F1 justice.

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Its looking forward to the end of the current BBC/Sky deal that is actually of more concern.

As I understand it Sky have been happy with how things have gone & how there F1 channel has helped increase subscriber count. The recent deal thats seen BskyB buy there German/Italian counterparts (Both also which carry F1) & the likely merging of resources for there F1 broadcast’s will also likely see Sky keen to retain F1 coverage beyond the current deal.

I can see them been willing to continue some sort of shared deal with the BBC, But more likely looking at full live exclusivity (But allowing BBC or whoever to get highlights).

However I can also see BT been willing to throw a lot of money at getting the F1 coverage away from Sky & if they do they will almost certainly go for full exclusivity & be far less willing to share there coverage with a FreeTV broadcaster given how BT’s Sport channels are available on more platforms.

I can’t really see the BBC keeping the coverage, Don’t really see ITV going after it & likewise with C4/C5 given there respective budgets. And I can’t off the top of my head think of any other freely available broadcaster been able to even think about going after it.

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the more i think of hamilton’s engine failures, the more it dawns on me that they were done deliberately by one of the fitters. out of all the mercedes engines, 8, only hamilton’s failed twice and the components which failed are due to failures which could be done by a fitter. none of the metal components failed. out of all the brake discs fitted only hamilton’s brake disc failed.

i strongly recomend mercedes to remove the fitter who was responsible for all those failures to avoid future repeats.

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Life time ban by the FIA for Flavio B? Whatever happened to it? Talk about loosing more credibility by including him on a panel to “spice up F1”.

Any credible panel associated with Motor Sport cannot include Flavio. Any fellow panel member, no matter who will suffer in their professional reputation being on the same panel.

Now if Bernie, Christian, Toto and Luca want to discuss the future of marketing tidily winks, by all means feel free to include Flavio, but NOT Motor Sport!

As for the free F1on TV issue.. Here in Canada I have to subscribe to TSN to view commercial packed F1, but only qualifying and the race- nothing more, the bare minimum. I really don’t care for the other junk on TSN. So instead I’d be more than happy for a PPV option for say $5/ a weekend to include practice, qualifying, and the race commercial free, similar to certain other special sporting events. But I can’t see that happening because TSN would loose a bunch of subscriptions..

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I’m impressed that Bernie or Luca would turn up to a meeting in a Capri – It was one of the all time classics from the Blue Oval after all – good choice boys.

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A polite question James, Do you have a post coming up about Luca Marmorini and Ferrari parting ways?

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kenneth chapman

F1 as a ‘sport’ has been in an insidious decline for many years now and with the latest transition to new technology it seems to have accelerated. there are many issues that need addressing and it should not be too hard to plan for some improvements given the nature of where those problems lie.

the planning should isolate the problem areas by category then solutions will become clearer.

1 the economic reasoning should fundamentally start with customer affordability. it is most obvious that the ‘average’ fan simply cannot afford the high ticket prices. why? well for a start the circuit owners are denied income from of all ancilliary revenue generators so they are forced to meet the extreme staging costs from ticket sales. to overcome this the promoter, BE/FOM would have to moderate their charges to the circuits. circuit owners have leverage and they should use it. the promoter should then look to other avenues for revenue to maintain the status quo. live streaming for a moderate charge would be welcomed universally one should think. a new income stream that could well become significant if handled properly.

2 the reintroduction of FTA television is one of the main reasons for a decline in audiences/overall interest and one of the first things that should be done is rectify this anomaly. it seems as though this is a major stumbling block in introducing younger audiences to the spectacle of F1 racing. i doubt if their is any bigger problem than this. in saying this it must also be recognised that the on air spectacle has to be simply that, a spectacle. technology today can improve the visual feast ten fold by improvising on the ‘field of view.’

3 promotion of GP events needs to be vastly improved. i am totally amazed at the lack of promotion that occurs for events other than each ‘home’ GP. once that event is over then there is absolutely no promotion of the next event. surely teaser promos for the next event, wherever that is, should be provided to maintain the connection and following by others than the hard core fans.

what i have written here is simply an intro into the ‘perceived’ problems and there is so much more that needs to be scrutineered like teams, sights and sounds plus technology and other areas of lesser importance but still germane to the idea of ‘improvement’. hopefully the people looking into this will be fully aware of what needs to be done and make changes otherwise it will be a loss that cannot be reversed.

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The best thing F1 could do to make itself more popular is to stream races online and have a catch up On Demand service. They could basically charghe what they like.

In addition, I personally would pay handomsly to have access to an archive of all old races. If we could go to F1.com and pay-per-race it would engage so many new viewers. Instead to find out what has happened in the past all we have are sub par BBC highlight reels.

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john watson is another one who wants to be in charge of hamilton. he wrote a crazy article in the daily mail but I don’t understand why he hasn’t written an article about his preferred drivers. instead he writes about hamilton. I wonder if he realises that out of all the current drivers hamilton is the only driver who gives him the chance to earn and yet he behaves they way he does towards hamilton. what a shame.

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This is very true. Of the current crop of drivers Hamilton is the only driver that is half way interesting and is the main reason that F1 sites still get the traffic and advertising dollars that they do.

Look at the rest of the list, with Bottas as the only possible exception all the other young drivers are about as interesting as cardboard (Ericsson, Bianchi, Kvyat, Vergne, Magnussen). The pay drivers irrelevant and the mid-field drivers get interviewed so rarely they only have canned answers to offer (Gutierrez, Maldonado, Sutil, Grosjean, Perez, Hulkenberg). The whiners tattling to the FIA about every little bump wouldn’t have lasted 3 laps in the ’60s (Massa, Vettel, Button). Raikkonen was fun when he wasn’t getting paid by Lotus but now that’s over. Ricciardo is just happy to be here apparently.

That leaves Rosberg, Alonso and Hamilton to give all the interesting interviews and to create all the future rabid fans of the sport…

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you’re spot on. i have been searching the internet for 3 weeks now and I am yet to find anything written about any f1 driver or sports personality being immature. it looks like hamilton is the only driver in the history of the sport to be described as immature. and yet we have witnessed numerous sports personalities expressing displeasure in losing. i winter where journalist get their motivation from to describe hamilton as immature.

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The main problem as I see it is that the promoter never does any actual promoting of the sport. All he does is fly around taking it to places that don’t care but will pay the highest fees and put the sport behind paywalls in all the countries that are traditional core f1 markets, thereby putting it it of reach of most of the fans that actually want to watch it. This so called promoter also does nothing but bad mouth the sport focusing on noise or other stupid issues, I have never once heard an official speak about how the new engines are delivering almost identical power for 35% less fuel which is quite frankly amazing. It’s put F1 back at the cutting edge of engine technology instead of dinosaur engines which although fun and loud have no future relevance.

This promoter does most of the damage to the sport himself and the sooner he is gone the better, viewers have more choice then ever today and F1 needs someone who will entice the viewers in and make them feel valued and happy to have parted with their money, rather then having viewers who feel obligated to spend with very little return and made to feel as if they don’t matter and very much taken for granted.

The final problem is that the drivers are far too bland. This is not the drivers fault and I’m sure many of them have fantastic personalities but they are neutered by the team PR corporate BS machine. Earlier this season a little controversy between Lewis and Nico was immediately quashed by the team and we got some still all still friends line when it’s quite obvious they aren’t really by the fact that they can’t even look at each other on the podium. Also Sergio Perez made a random throwaway joke earlier this season and was immediately set upon by the PC brigade and now will probably never make another joke for fear he’ll offend someone. Personal drama, rivalries and vendettas are far more likely to get people hooked then pure engineering perfection. Everyone talks about Senna and Prost but no one really talks about the cars and whatever the technical masterpiece of the day was that took their cars to the top.

Anyway rant over if anyone read this then thank you.

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According to the German daily, ‘SZ’, Mr. Ecclestone has proposed a 100 Million Dollar settlement deal to the court in Munich. What’s going on?

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/schmiergeld-prozess-gegen-formel-chef-ecclestone-bietet-gericht-millionen-dollar-1.2073485

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I’d do the same if it was possible after all he can make a hell of a lot more money than that with his freedom for the same length of time he would have otherwise been locked up.

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One thing I haven’t seen in this thread yet. With all the talk of pet-per-view harming the sport (in thew UK at any rate) apart from having to pay there is a quality issue as well. I don’t (and won’t!) pay for the Sky coverage simply because a years subscription is not far at all off what it costs me to go camping to the British GP each year. And the visit is more fun!

But, this year, we got a free 24 hour Sky pass with a TV box so I used it to watch the Australian GP live. What a shambles! I thought the coverage was awful. I know the pictures are the same however you watch it but I honestly thought the Sky coverage was like a bunch of amateurs. Even Martin Brundle seemed to have lost his spark and, horror, they pinched Gary Anderson who used to do those excellent technical bits for the BBC and all he did was a couple of short, awkward driver interviews. Total waste of his talents.

So, quite apart from the cost, I’m far happier watching the still excellent BBC coverage whether it be live or highlights, qualifying or the race. All I have to do is make sure I don’t hear the results in advance and it’s still the best way to watch. Short of going there!

One last point, following on from that, I’ve been to every European GP (some more than once) and once to the US (Indianapolis it was then) but all the new ones? I’m never going to go to them. Too far, too hot and largely too dull.

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Um, a few typos there I’m afraid 🙂

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OK, OK, sorry about the “pet” bit! 🙂

Let that be a lesson us all, don’t drink beer and comment at the same time!

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How…. er…..mangy is the cat, as it got its own teeth?

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Pet-per-view…how much viewing time will one slightly mangy cat get me? 😉

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Nice banner image James 🙂

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Thanks

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Really?

They’re going down like the Titanic and some anonymous ppl have “doubts” about the one guy in the “group” with some pizzaz, some imagination?

Typical.

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On the popularity of F1, I have a sort of alternative take.

First of all, as a fan of all motorsports, not just F1, I have to say that what F1 is facing is not a “F1 popularity” problem, it is a Motorsports popularity problem. The same conversation that is going on in F1 about popularity is going on in every single major racing series in the world. Sportscars, NASCAR, V8 Supercars, IndyCar, Rally… all of them. Motorsports popularity is a pre-requisitve to F1 popularity, if we consider F1 to be the highest form of motorsport in the world. Maybe F1 has been late in seeing the effects of Motorsports declining in popularity, but every other series and category has been facing this for years.

And I have very bad news for everyone. This decline in motorsports popularity is a permanent thing.

Motorsports were in their golden age of popularity back in the 1950s and 1960s. Why? In relatively conservative Western societies, it was subversive. It was ballsy guys driving the most amazing machines (for the time) at speeds we all wish we could drive on the highway, with a 25% chance they could die in any given race. (Or higher.) These guys really were who we all wanted to be, and the cars were the ones we all wanted to drive. And everything we associated with speed and flash at that time, we associated with motorsports.

Times have changed. Young kids these have their appetite for speed-based entertainment fulfilled with countless instant gratification possibilities. (The internet being one of them.) And the value of motorsports in terms of presenting the possibilities of fast, flashy cars is gone. Nowadays, ever Hollywood star has 10 Ferraris that they show off to the world. Fast cars aren’t things that “wow” us anymore when driven by the most daring among us; they are material symbols.

And the drivers have changed in character, too. The drivers used to be real guys, real characters, even though they are so far divorced from us in how they live their lives. You had the days of the gentlemen wiith Clark, Hill, Moss, Stewart, etc.. Then the days of the hellraiser party guys (Hunt) and the “He’s so much of a cold and arrogant prick, I want to punch him” guys (Lauda). Then there were the guys who were great case studies in the vagueries of human psychology. (Senna) The last driver with a character that people followed was Schumacher- the guy from a German working class family who’s mega talent was matched only by his Protestant work ethic, a guy who his countrymen adulated and who inspired as much love as he did hate for the consequences that his indominable will left his opponents with.

Who are we left with as their replacements?

Nico Rosberg. The guy with quite possibly the most beautiful head of hair that has ever existed on a man, who grew up in Monaco, who looks like a possible candidate for regular visitor to a tanning salon, who clearly possesses the kind of entitled rich kid arrogance as to be completely oblivious to any real value of the world outside of his own slice of it. Seriously, regardless of his ability as a racing driver (which is immense and elite), he has to be the one guy in Formula One who you look at and say, “I can’t decide if I want nothing to do with this guy or if I want to rip off his pretty little hair and punch him in the nose with it.”

And while not as polished, more than half of the remaining grid is just as much of a detached figure from the idea of human inspiration as he is.

And there are Nico Rosberg’s (less polished, less Monaco, again) in racing series’ all over the world. NASCAR, which we think of as a place were guys in Alabama go to shoot each other with rifles, has been full of corporate mouthpiece drones for at least a decade. They’ve tried every gimmick in the book to bring back the surge in popularity of the late 90s (much worse than the Double Points fiasco), and they have all failed miserably. And a lot of it has to do with the fact that the fans couldn’t give a hoot about the drivers on the track.

To some degree, we have to accept that motorsports in general just aren’t as popular as they used to be. And that popularity most likely isn’t coming back. The only way it will come back is if the on-track activity- the cars, the guys driving them, etc.- are interesting. And that’s the debate that we need to be having.

Oh, and ticket prices are way too high.

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Interesting thesis, though it is a little unfair to apportion blame on Nico Rosberg’s hair stylist !

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Some good points in there.

Part of the problem though is even if they can’t attract new fans for the reasons you say, what’s worse is that they seem to be pushing away the fans they already have.

I call that a no-win scenario.

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I think brainless is the best adjective to describe the situation……..

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Back here in South Asia, we’re getting FP1, 2 and 3 live in addition to qualifying and race coverage live through Star Sports. But, it’s all Sky coverage. That’s the downside. Why? Some impartiality, please. I liked the old days when we only got qualifying and race live, but with the very passionate and completely “impartial” Steve Slater as commentator. He would ask the co-commentator (Steve Goodwin in the early days “again impartial”) for a moment of silence, so that the car sound on onboard camera could be heard loud for a few seconds. He did that every now and then. The guy knew a great deal about F1, was very passionate about cars, racing and F1, and brilliant in commentary. He was called the F1 voice of Asia and rightly so.

When two commentators get excited like teenage girls when Lewis’ engineer says “hammer time”, you know the current Sky F1 is not a “global” coverage. Star Sports, bring back Steve Slater!

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Correction: Chris Goodwin (I think).

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I don’t understand why Flav got the life time ban. I think we have seen worse from other people in the sport over the years and they got off with a slap on the wrist. I just think it was slightly rushed to get him out of the sport. Normally it takes months for court hearings, and it seemed to be decided all of a sudden. I know you shouldn’t stage crashes, but in all honesty would you “Jump off a cliff” if someone told you to, which is precisely what Piquet Jr. did.

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Piquet Jr. has to take some of the blame, but I’d like to know what you have seen that could be worse than a team principal deliberately organising a crash during a race?

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Now I’m convinced 2014 is the breaking point for Lotus. I’m putting $1 on the fact that we won’t see Lotus on the grid in 2015. 185M euros burned at the feet of F1 for our pleasure. Thank you Lotus F1. I only hope that you somehow managed to skim a good chunk of that for yourselves via creative accounting for the efforts. I’m being perfectly seriuos. You deserve it. You brought us some excitement, Kimi back, etc. Fun times those were. Then F1 decided to be green and it was the begining of the end for you. It was fun while it lasted. Check it off your bucket list. I was wrong to doubt you, and in many ways you have done in modern F1 what privateers have been doing back in the day. Bet it all, the house, the car, the watch…all of it on weekend at the F1 track.

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Accounts just filed with the commercial register for 2012 show an annual loss of almost EUR 53 million, with company equity listed as minus EUR 128 million.

The report said that just one year ago, the loss was only 55 million, while total debt is now shown at a whopping EUR 185 million.

Tageblatt also claims that although company filings are due no later than seven months after the end of the financial year, Genii only filed the accounts for 2011 and 2012 in mid-July of this year.

The accounts for 2013 have not yet been filed.

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So beside Lotus, and Sauber, and Caterham, Force India Mallya on bail and looks like Sahara is drying out with Roy in jail. Has Force India been built on a foundation of sand that’s quickly crumpling away? I love that quote out of Wall Street. “The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don’t want to do.” That quote perhaps is the truest things I’ve heard said in a movie. That and Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights declaring: “98 percent of us will die at some point in our lives.” Truths undeniable.

Fight all you want, 3 team cars, here we come! Place your bets. I’m going to be bold and say 2015.

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Yes, could also be the reason for “popularity group meeting”.. Woops I let that one out of the bag..

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Interesting that Flavio is considered undesireable but Ron Dennis is not. I don’t know anything about your tax system in the UK, but it seems to me that if Bernie offered a $40 million settlement over a bribe that he admits to paying because Grib was going to out him to the UK tax authorities, someone in the UK should be investigating. I agree with Lauda that the drivers need to be allowed to drive, unfortunately they’re now driving on some less-than-challenging circuits in far away places that most fans will never be able to visit. Bernie is fully responsible for that (and he wants to say goodbye to Monza too?), but I blame the FIA and whoever else is responsible for scheduling these races. You want to control costs? Why are you flying away to Oz and Sepang, then Bahrain and back to China? Why do you come to Canada in June from Monaco, fly back to Europe and come back to the Americas is October/November? Bernie should hire a travel agent!

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Knowing Bernie, I am sure there is a hidden clause which requires everyone to use *his travel agency.

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patrick takashi

Formula One & Sony are a perfect marriage of two high technology giants.

Imagine watching a grand prix with your 3dimensional ‘project morpheus’ headset, and in the future you will be able to compete in a live race with virtual reality via your playstation games console.

Your Sony mobile device, be it smartphone, tablet, playstation, etc can be embedded with the best Formula One apps and other emerging technologies and digital media.

Sony are also into mainstream movies producing blockbusters such as Spiderman and Skyfall, we all remember the popularity of Senna.

This are embryonic ideas yet think of the potential of this partnership with Formula One…

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Bernie should rope in his fellow countryman Mr. Rowan Atkinson for some fresh ideas since F1 is beginning to be a joke.

TV audiences are dropping simply because of the high fees from SKY? Track fans are dropping because of the daylight robbery ticket prices?

Bernie has set an example that corruption is legitimate, way to go in life. And he’s been ruling for way too long. As though he really cares for the sport. No wonder he’s still not Sir Bernie at 84, I wonder why?

Luca de Monty, as long as Ferrari does not win, everything is wrong. So called powerful people can be very irritating 95% of the time. Nothing new. Alonso should sneak into Rosberg’s car for the next race.

Lucky that the last few races been really good, so it’s not broken, leave it alone. I still hate the sound but have no choice and am resigned to it. Can live with the fuel saving and tyres are alright.

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Formula One would do itself a lot of good by being truthful with itself. The reality is that there is no reason why Red Bull and Ferrari should be paid anything, let alone $150,00,000, just for showing up. The $100,000,000 Ferrari get is obviously a complete waste of money; look at there year after year performance. The other big stumbling block is the belief that no one can do what Ecclestone does. What a crock! Countries are lining up for races and Ecclestone does nothing to market or advance the sport. There are thousands people on this planet qualified and capable of running F1 and doing a hell of a lot better job, for everyone involved.

The cheapest, easiest and fastest way to improve racing is to balance the spending. What would the standings look like if the big teams had to work with Force India’s budget. How much better, in terms of dollars in to performance out, is Force India then Ferrari. According to Dennis, McLaren will spend more this year than any year before and look how poor a car they have produced. Let’s see who truly is the best F1 team.

Innovation would increase with budget restriction. You have to use the resources more wisely when there are less. I’m, personally against any in season testing and believe the engine freeze is the right choice.

42

This is reaching a dangerous point

You can move people to give their opinions, but that must be limited on time.

Immediate reactions and taking control of the situation must follow the point where people start understanding how unreachable some aspects are..

At that point frustration appears, and that’s a count down.

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