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  1. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    Maybe he doesn't need to be a fireball. A pensive person who investigates and studies the data then comes up with a genius idea about reducing the aero and increasing mechanical grip would be better in my opinion than a fireball whose only idea is faster laps.
     
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  3. vintly

    vintly Mostly bacon Premium Contributor

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    If Whitmarsh had a genius idea, and that idea had any sense, it would quickly desert him and find someone capable of delivering it with the flair it deserves.
     
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  4. Andyoak

    Andyoak Race Winner

    " Don't underestimate the quiet man"...



    Mmmm, didn't work out so well last time we heard that phrase.

    Nevermind, I'm with Bill on this one. You need independent thinking. Hopefully he'll be heard IF he wants to move away from aero grip.
     
  5. siffert_fan

    siffert_fan Too old to watch the Asian races live. Contributor

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    The best (only) reason to actually attend an F1 race this season:

    Silverstone fans to see and hear real F1 cars - Pitpass.com
     
  6. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Force India have chnaged their name at Companies House to Force Formula One. FORCE FORMULA ONE TEAM LTD - Overview (free company information from Companies House)

    Can we assume this is the beginning of the end for VJ?
     
  7. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    I thought they weren't allowed to have Formula One in the name?
     
  8. vintly

    vintly Mostly bacon Premium Contributor

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    To be fair I hope Whitmarsh brings something useful to the table. But I'm still annoyed with his poor tenure at McLaren, so my trolling is completely justified.
     
  9. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Martin Whitmarsh gave Mclaren it's best results this decade.
     
  10. vintly

    vintly Mostly bacon Premium Contributor

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    That ain't saying much!
     
  11. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Martin Whitmarsh headed up the Mclaren driver youth programme that brought us Lewis Hamilton.
     
  12. vintly

    vintly Mostly bacon Premium Contributor

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    Pfft! I doubt Whitmarsh had much to do with Lewis’ rise through the ranks, but I could be wrong. In fact it doesn’t matter how many amazing factoids that bear the supremely visionary and authoritative Whitmarsh stamp, to me he’ll always make me think of a teacher who tries really hard but just can’t get proper control of his class.
     
  13. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    You are wrong. He was in charge of the program that Lewis came through the ranks on and had ultimate say in which formula Lewis was out into (the famous one being him standing up to Anthony Hamilton and insisting that Lewis did another year in F3 before GP2). It's very hard to doubt facts.

    People forget that Whitmarsh was at Mclaren at a high senior role (doing Ron's leg work) during there most successful period. They just like to remember the period where Ron jumped out the way and let him take the flack.
     
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  14. vintly

    vintly Mostly bacon Premium Contributor

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    I'm sure you’re right RasputinLives. In other news, Vettel to Mercedes surely means Hammy to Ferrari no?

    'Now everyone will write: Vettel to Mercedes' | PlanetF1
     
  15. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    You can't be that desperate for that 20 quid vintly ;)
     
  16. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Hmm, you can imagine Vettel only leaving Ferrari if they don't produce a winning car this season and there is no guarantee Merc will continue to make cars which leave all others in their wake. In fact, can we be sure Merc will continue at all after the next couple of years? I suppose it depends how Formula E goes.
     
  17. vintly

    vintly Mostly bacon Premium Contributor

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    Heheh it's not the money I crave, well not in this case. Incidentally I thought we were at £30.
     
  18. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    £30 is fine with me.
     
  19. F1Brits_90

    F1Brits_90 Race Winner

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    interesting just saw this on the ticker on the side of the forum, which I like because at all of the European races, having to get up at 9am for practise Is tough & 11am would be much nicer

    Later race start times to come in 2018? | PlanetF1

    FOM are considering pushing back the start time of the vast majority of races in 2018 in a bid to improve television viewing figures. European day races usually start at 2pm local time, but Liberty are mulling over the idea of moving it to later in the afternoon to 3.10pm for the upcoming season. The proposal was reportedly discussed in a recent meeting with television broadcasters as part of a plan to shake-up the entire race weekend timetable with practice and qualifying sessions also moving back. The likes of Singapore, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi are said to be staying in their night slots.

    Motorsport.com have mocked up what the new race timetable could look like should an agreement be made.

    FP1: 11-12.30pm
    FP2: 3pm-4:30pm
    FP3: 12pm
    Qualifying: 3pm
    Race: 3:10pm
     
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  20. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    You can choose whatever name you like at Companies House as long as it does not clash with an existing company name (for the pedants I suspect that certain other names will be disallowed as well for other reasons such as obscenity). That does not mean that you can use that name as a Formula 1 team name.
     
  21. rufus_mcdufus

    rufus_mcdufus Champion Elect

    Here's a story mentioning the potential problems of renaming the team 'Force One', back in November.
    Force India eyes alternatives to renaming F1 team Force One
     

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