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Old 27th Jan 2017, 14:09   #5561 (permalink)
 
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Manor were one of three new teams to enter F1 in 2010 after they were promised by then FIA president Max Mosley that a 40m budget cap would be introduced.
But Mosley stood down as head of the governing body in 2009 after losing a fight with the teams over the plan and the cost limit was abandoned.
He should be whipped for that....
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He should be whipped for that....
He'd enjoy it too...
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 16:32   #5563 (permalink)
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Wasn't he the only man in F1 to suffer whiplash without being in a crash ?

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Old 27th Jan 2017, 18:21   #5564 (permalink)
 
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Bernie Ecclestone plotting dramatic return to motor sport after F1 exit


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Bernie Ecclestone is planning a sensational return to motor sport with a rival Formula 1 series to compete with Liberty Media. The 86-year-old was dethroned after nearly 40 years as chief executive of the sport on Monday [23 January] after selling his shares to American Chase Carey in a deal worth 6bn [$8bn].

The British billionaire was notably bitter about his departure following the takeover by Carey which was ratified this week. Despite his tenure as the head honcho in F1 unceremoniously ending, he is unwilling to allow his relationship with motor sport to be cut short. According to German motoring publication Auto Bild the former Queens Park Rangers owner is planning a breakaway series which will be called GP1, a name for which Ecclestone owns the trademark.

Among the central themes of Ecclestone's plans are lower budgets for teams to make the sport more accessible and a revised engine and gear box set-up. Chassis meanwhile will be based on the cars which compete in GP2 which is the sport's pre-existing feeder series. Teams from GP2 and GP3 will initially be recruited to fill the grid, yet there remains a high number of challenges for Ecclestone if he is to make the competing franchise a reality.

Ecclestone is negotiating with several race venues already used on the F1 calendar in an effort to enlist them in his breakaway series. Silverstone could be among the circuits targeted, amid speculation the Northamptonshire track is ready to relinquish hosting the British Grand Prix due to the escalating costs involved in hosting the event.

Though teams and drivers from the lower echelons of F1 will complete the grid, Ecclestone will likely need marquee names to ensure the series can compete with Liberty Media meaning several existing constructors could be targeted. Many teams have become disenchanted with the sport due to its lack of competitiveness and constant rule changes; something Ecclestone could be prepared to pray on.

Reports in 2015 linked Red Bull with abandoning F1 following the end of their deal with Renault to use their engines up until 2016. The deal has since been extended and motor sport advisor Helmut Marko said: "We are fully behind the Formula 1 and do not want to have anything to do with planned other series."

If Ecclestone does have any realistic plans to challenge F1 then it could yet be thwarted by a legal challenge by Liberty Media, who may claim a breach of contract if the breakaway is pursued. Ecclestone earned a reported 300m from the sale and an additional 23m [$29m] after offloading his shares, but attempts to continue his relationship with motor sport and thus undermine the new US owners could have legal ramifications.
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 18:42   #5565 (permalink)
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Wow . . . . .
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 19:50   #5566 (permalink)
 
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I find it hard to believe that Liberty would not have insisted in a non-compete agreement as part of the acquisition.
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Cannot see it, can you? F1 must have most of the Motorsport TV rights sown up and I cannot see the TV companies televising 2 separate series and as Eccleston was at the forefront of the track increased costs associated with F1, do you see them all now rolling over to fall into bed with him to go through that again, same with the main players, can you see them wanting to jump into bed with him? and at his age he has the time against him to drive it through.... Pun intended.

Plus I bet there is a clause somewhere in his contract with F1 when he sold it to prevent this very thing happening.
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You have to consider that the recent purchase of Formula One was not from BE but from a conglomerate of investors.

BE is clever enough to have retained the name GP1 (having started GP2 and GP3 as feeder series for Formula One).

A breakaway series was planned by FOTA in 2009/2010:- Proposed 2010 breakaway series.
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What might have been.

Manor F1 team reveals image of 2017 F1 car design model.
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An alternative view on an alternative championship...

https://joesaward.wordpress.com/2017...-championship/

And Bernie's view...

Ecclestone dismisses rival series rumours | Reuters
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Jost Capito: McLaren part company with F1 boss after five months.
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Could BE run this through his " Bambinos Trust Fund" they wont have signed anything at all, and the old Goat is cute enough to have things like that already registered years ago--ish
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"We can confirm David Redding is leaving McLaren Racing.

He will be replaced by Paul James, who will become team manager, with a focus on the operational and managerial nature of the role.

Our head of race operations Andrea Stella will assume some of the role's sporting responsibilities and engagement with the FIA.

Kari Lammenranta will replace Paul as our new chief race mechanic."
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Will it get anywhere?

Formula 1: Euro MPs back call for inquiry into 'anti-competitive' sport - BBC Sport
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James Allison: Mercedes appoint ex-Ferrari technical director.
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FIA: 'No conflict of interest' in sale of Formula 1 to Liberty Media - ITV News
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There seems to be a great deal of engineering etc talent migrating to Williams, could it be their year? Sadly, they have ended up with a great driver towards the end of his career and a young driver at the start of his.
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.......could it be their year?
Probably too close to the start of the season to have any significant impact.
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If team owners had their way, they wouldn't be shelling out for expensive drivers...

Driverless Roborace car crashes at speed in Buenos Aires - BBC News
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