25/01/2014 at 2:53 pm #3401
I guess it’s difficult to imagine a return to the most successful Anglo/Franco/Germanic partnership of all time (Brawn/Todt/Schumacher). Don’t kid yourself that the Fiat workforce has a say in anything – with Fiat as major contributors to the Ferrari 160 million pounds sponsorship income, you can bet that â€‹â€‹Sergio Marchionne calls the tune (and names the name)…!!!25/01/2014 at 2:56 pm #3402
No no, no joke. I agree about the multiple noses, testing, interpretations etc. And I also agree about Williams. They were a power team back in the 80s and 90s and it is a total shame (almost travesty) that they are where they are in scheme of things now. I really wish and hope they would get back up front again where they belong. We need some revitalized (UK based) contenders against Redbull (they are getting boring and Vettel annoys me).
(And photos/media ability has been removed). Pictures only by attachments for the time being as you have already done)25/01/2014 at 3:07 pm #3404
Jimi, Red Bull IS UK based (Milton Keynes) – not only, it has in it’s DNA both Stewart and Jaguar, two great names in British motorsport. It’s an “Austrian Team” but only due to the 110 million pounds contribution of the sponsor/owner, not to the technical expertise. And Vettel…??? Like him or not is unimportant – he’s doing the job…!!!25/01/2014 at 3:10 pm #3405
Yeah I know they are UK based (note I specifically did say “based”, not UK “owned” as well, because Im aware that something like 8 out of 10 teams are based here). But they, and Vettel, are getting boring (like the Schmacher Ferrari years). I said we need ANOTHER team to take them on.25/01/2014 at 3:24 pm #3406
It’s been said ..this year will be more about reliability of the new Engine / gearbox..etc…..than the fastest car………
As for Red Bull ..they done a great job….But annoying The Austria anthem gets played for them….The car is UK built with a French Engine…!!…Tho Mercedes is the same……but in their case the car totally is UK made…!!..(The engine is Made by Ilmor engineering)
Edit Maybe Mercedes F1 enginse’s were made by Ilmor….maybe not anymore…I’m not sure ….Oop’s25/01/2014 at 3:57 pm #3408
Yes Jimi, we need some sponsors to better support our UK outfits (like Williams) – position in the F1 Championship is almost directly proportional to the size of the team budget. In 2013, Red Bull had a budget of 235 million pounds, Williams 90 million… Most teams are now relying on foreign cash, even the smaller ones like Caterham. But it’s a Catch 22 situation, if you’re not winning you don’t get money, if you don’t get money you don’t win..
PS: in 2013, Ferrari had the biggest budget of all but this advantage was offset by the presence of Stefano Domenicali…!!!26/01/2014 at 9:59 am #3414
Question: you guys that wtch F1…. how do you watch it? BBC, sky? Or do you watch local language broadcast (because youre all blessed with understanding the local language)? If Sky UK broadcast, have you paid for Sky package? Or do you use another method?26/01/2014 at 10:06 am #3417
Watch it live on FTA RTL at 19Â° Jimi – it’s in German Language but all the on-screen info is in English as are the communications box/driver (except Ferrari who speak Italian). So no real problem, except for the volume of advertising…!!
PS: Of course I watch it on BBC or RAI when they have the live broadcasting rights..26/01/2014 at 11:13 am #3421
For non BBC races …ORF 1 (Terrestrial) with BBC radio..and Sport 1 (FTA Astra 19) for free practice on Fridays…..or maybe “VIP box” but the picture is terrible ..!…
Today Sauber F1… Unveil their new F1 car online…..26/01/2014 at 2:52 pm #3426
BBC when they have it and if not Asturias TPA and BBC 5 LIVE, Works a treat!
cheers26/01/2014 at 3:11 pm #3428
HEar in Italy, when the BBC lost half the live race rights, I was fortunate to still being able to watch the live race on local TV (Rai Sport) whilst listening to Radio 5 Live commentry. But unfortunately the following year Rai ALSO lost their exclusive broadcast rights to Sky (in the same way as the BBC) and now also only show half of the races live…..and Sods Law dictated that it had to be the same live races as the BBC! So I wasnt able to fill in the BBC gaps with Rai anymore…but could still choose whether to watch the live ones in English or Italian broadcast.
Anyway, now I concede and stick to watching the BBC’s 5pm highlights program (on the non-live days) hoping to avoid the news until then.26/01/2014 at 11:12 pm #3437
By the way, did you know that the drivers have all chosen (not allocated) their own numbers for their cars for this year onwards in their careers (rather than them being allocated based on previous seasons performances)? Vettel has chosen 5 for his career, Button 22, Hamilton 44, Raikonnen 7. (If you didnt know about this, and want to see the story: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/25694748)28/01/2014 at 11:37 am #3525
MErcedes car unveiled and looks nice (Smooth sloping nose) as is Redbulls.29/01/2014 at 9:15 am #3582
The new Merc is nice, pity Hamilton scratched it already! 🙂 and by the way Jim, how can you not like Alonso? he is the local hero round these parts!
Tom29/01/2014 at 9:29 am #3586
Email alert removal………29/01/2014 at 9:39 am #3588
Me and Alonso:
a, Although I live in Italy, I dont share their passion (….for vanity, arrogance, rudeness, Ferrari, pasta, bad service, bad roads, lazy police, and being superficial about their sports heroes (alonso is SPANISH!))
b, I guess it also goes back to when he did his damnedest to drop EVERYONE in it , including hamilton, and the boss, whilst he was at McLaren. (Didnt any one else the irony (or was it??) that he took part in stealing from Ferrari, shopped every one at McLaren to make himself exempt from ‘prosecution’, and then went to drive for Ferrari).
It is nothing to do with any views on whether he is good at driving or not.29/01/2014 at 9:47 am #3592
i don’t ‘do’ Alonso either. A thoroughly bad sort.29/01/2014 at 9:58 am #3598
Jim – a joke for you that I saw on another site:
A Roman walks into a pub, sticks two fingers up at the barman and says “five beers please” 🙂 🙂
[I’ll get my coat]29/01/2014 at 10:15 am #3601
(Doesnt this classify as going ‘off topic’? If ever a posting needs deleting then THAT IS THE ONE!!) 🙂29/01/2014 at 10:43 am #3605
Sorry, I know but just trying to cheer everyone up…29/01/2014 at 10:55 am #3606
It wasnt the ‘off topic’ post thats the culprit, its the BAD JOKE! 😀29/01/2014 at 11:00 am #3608
I know – it was a sick joke – I won’t bring it up again…
Coming back on topic – when 2E finally starts up, there may be more expats around Europe who could get Formula 1 on TV with Sky Sports if they wanted to subscribe.
I’m not one of them…29/01/2014 at 11:19 am #3611
Why would 2E make the difference? Surely they could sign up to the Sky sports coverage now if they want to. Whats your thinking ? (I too wont be subscribing to any Sky packages – strictly freeview).29/01/2014 at 12:05 pm #3614
My thinking is that when BBC & ITV moves to the 2E spot beam, a lot of expats will have no FTA formula 1.
However Sky Sports will be on a pan-European beam on 2E and/or F.
Also there is a possibility that Sky will carry their own encrypted BBC channels on a PE beam, so some F1 races could be viewed with a cheaper (than Sky Sports) subscription.
So what I think I am trying to get at is that 2E may result in Sky carrying encrypted BBC to a wider area, and the lack of F1 on FTA BBC may make some expats consider a Sky subscription.
Hope that makes sense? 🙂29/01/2014 at 12:57 pm #3622
Right, got ya. I am wondering about this idea of Sky having their own encrypted version of BBC (as well as the current one they already carry) and agreeing to broadcast pan-european. Surely BBC still own the rights to their broadcasts and allow Sky to carry them providing sky agree to BBC terms – ie, for UK broadcast only; what im trying to say is that i wouldnt expect Sky to have their own that defies BBC policy.
But what do I know?!
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