2018 F1 News Thread

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Kiante, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Kimi's the last of the V10 generation now.

    I'm happy Fernando made this move, McLaren has really taken everything out of him and he's ready to move on. I'm happy for him and hopefully IndyCar is his next destination.
     
  2. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Alonso hasn't been on an F1 podium since 2014 and I don't think he would have been able to get back up there with McLaren. Since he didn't get that RedBull seat, retiring from F1 was probably the smartest desicion he could make.
    I hope he'll be back in IndyCar in 2019, his motorsports career is far from finished.
     
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  3. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

    I think he gave us a clue at 40-44 sec. in video. Talked about "bigger challenges". Notice whats behind him.
     
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  4. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

    He's not going to Indycar. A few months ago he said the Indycar schedule doesn't appeal to him.
     
  5. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

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    donthaveanickname Team Owner

  7. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

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  8. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

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    donthaveanickname Team Owner

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  11. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Good bye Vandoorne!
    Won't say "Good bye Kimi" yet, he could still drive for Sauber, even though it seems unlikely.

    Norris will be fun to watch. Can't wait to see him in the McLaren!
     
  12. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    I don't think Norris will even help. McLaren is a total mess and like Magnussen and Perez, Vandoorne is the scape goat. I guess the Ron Dennis tradition continues.

    I like George Russell more tbh from Merc.
     
  13. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    I gotta agree with Bob Pockrass on this. I realize there are many countervailing issues in building a schedule, but I believe F1 has stepped in a cow pie yet again...

    The Formula 1 draft 2019 schedule was released Friday, and the race at Austin in 2019 is scheduled for the same weekend NASCAR is scheduled to race in Fort Worth. Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage: “Shame on Formula One for doing this to the fans. Fans have recognized this as the NASCAR date on this weekend since its inception long before Circuit of the Americas was built. I would think a lot of fans – myself included – would enjoy going to both races. Now Formula 1 is making fans choose only one. Yet another bad call by Formula 1 showing their infamous indifference toward the fans.”


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    Bob Pockrass
     
  14. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    It appears that COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein is quite reasonable about this. He states that COTA itself would prefer an October date that is not in conflict with the Texas NASCAR race, and that the specific date they get is out of their hands. F1 has larger considerations to manage. Since the schedule released is a preliminary draft, perhaps the U.S. and Mexican GP dates will be swapped back.

    Having said that, generally when a scheduling conflict like this arises, it is the more...vulnerable of the two events that complains loudest. I'm a little surprised that TMS is more threatened and upset about this than COTA.

    https://www.mystatesman.com/sports/...-collides-with-nascar/VlvrEHFjeU8YZ3HctPu2wN/
     
  15. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    After winning all three races at the Nürburgring this weekend, Mick Schumacher is now 2nd in the European F3 Championship, 3 points behind Ticktum.
    I'd not be surprised to see him in F1 by 2020 or 2021. He seems to have it all: talent, a famous name, and he is still supported by his dad's former sponsors.
     
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  16. rd45usa

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  17. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Meanwhile Ocon is going to be out of F1 come next year.

    Cmon Williams, sign the man and team him up with Sirotkin.
     
  18. Reck

    Reck Enrique?

    I'm surprise Kimi is going to not outright retire and instead decided to make laps on unrealible cars.
     
  19. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    Kimi is 38, I didn't think F1 had older drivers.
     
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  20. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    Frankly, I'm shocked to hear that Raikkonen will drive the Sauber. I wonder if Ferrari has put him there. Ferrari has the right to designate one Sauber driver, IIRC. The new Ferrari CEO is said to be very close to Kimi. I wonder if that would include paying a fat paycheck...?
     
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  21. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner



    Gee, ya think? There is so much about the structure of F1 that needs fixing or improving, this seems like the tip of the iceberg. If Liberty management can find a way to expand the number of truly competitive entries, that would be quite an accomplishment given the interests working against it.


     
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  22. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    I'm kinda shocked he's actually going to Sauber. I didn't think he had the motivation to run at the back of the field in his age.
    However, a driver with that much experience can only be good for Sauber. I really hope he gets to win another race with Ferrari before the end of the season.
     
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  23. yeah, merc and ferrari owning a third of the field each doesnt hurt competition at all /s
     
  24. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    This is nuts to me. With them pulling out of DTM as well the competition for FE seats is going to be fierce...and at the end of the day, it's FE anyways. Not sure what Mercedes may have for him outside of factory GT3 drives? Stash him i Super Formula or something? There's too much talent not able to compete in F1 right now.
     
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  25. Reck

    Reck Enrique?

    LOL this guy. I was about to pour one for my homie soon. Glad to see you around, son.
     
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  26. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    After two more wins and a 2nd-place-finish at the Red Bull Ring, Schumacher is now leading the championship with 49 points ahead of Ticktum with 3 races to go.
    With the comments Arrivabene made about him, I could see him end up in a Ferrari once Vettel retires.
     
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  27. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    Wow. Chico went mental in Singapore!
     
  28. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Kimi/Gio is going to be a fun lineup:

     
  29. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/toro-rosso-kvyat-return-2019-gasly/3185386/
    Four or five years ago, RedBull had several talented young drivers waiting for a chance in F1. Now, they can't think of anyone better than Kvyat. Really?
    Good call, Giovinazzi is surely gonna be an upgrade over Ericsson, even though I'm surprised Ferrari outbid Ericsson's sponsors.
     
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  30. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

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  31. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Mick Schumacher wins the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with a 2nd-place-finish in the second race at Hockenheim.

    George Russell will make his F1 début driving for Williams in 2019.
    https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/11523470/george-russell-joins-williams-for-formula-1-2019


    So far 16 out of 20 drivers are confirmed for 2019.
    Mercedes:
    44 - Lewis Hamilton
    77 - Valtteri Bottas

    Ferrari:
    5 - Sebastian Vettel
    16 - Charles Leclerc

    Red Bull:
    10 - Pierre Gasly
    33 - Max Verstappen

    Renault:
    3 - Daniel Ricciardo
    27 - Nico Hülkenberg

    Haas:
    8 - Romain Grosjean
    20 - Kevin Magnussen

    McLaren:
    ? - Lando Norris
    55 - Carlos Sainz, Jr.

    Force India:
    ? (most likely Stroll)
    ? (most likely Perez)

    Toro Rosso:
    26 - Daniil Kvyat
    ?

    Sauber:
    7 - Kimi Räikkönen
    ? - Antonio Giovinazzi

    Williams:
    ? - George Russell
    ?
     
  32. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    I'm sorry, but the Austin COTA track bores me to tears. I wish I could change my opinion
    but the good racing I have viewed since the track opened is in the 15 percentile range.
    The other 85% has been a loud boring parade. I think the drivers just like getting in
    a rhythm with lots of room between them and enjoy the drive so I am sure they like it.
     
  33. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  34. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

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  37. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Hey, at least you now know that Stern doesn't just find negative stuff to post regarding NASCAR, right? :D

    While I believe F1 would benefit from more competitive balance through the field, and it is my personal preference, I like this response. Many observers automatically assume that 'parity' is good for business without actually bothering to investigate if evidence supports that. Whatever period can be said to be F1's golden age, I guarantee you there was one dominant driver and one dominant team, with fleeting glimpses of two dominant ones overlapping briefly.

     
  38. Yogisd1

    Yogisd1 Resident Retard

    What is wrong with these people. If Formula One keeps making choices like this, people will be begging Bernie to come back. Another Tilke track? they have too many of them already. Another street course? Do they want to turn F1 into indy car? Hanoi is a destination for excitement? What kind of excitement are they looking for? This track is supposed to create more wheel to wheel competition? They better look into making the cars more competitive first. I see this as a cash grab, because everything I see in this has disaster written all over it.
     
  39. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Yes and yes.
    At least they don't change the point system again.
     

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