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Trouble at Honda?

Formula One
by ManuelRC (U9363880) 04 December 2008
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There seems to be rumours of Honda drastically looking to cut the cost of it's F1 team. Some even suggesting that if they can't sell up by Xmas then they'll pull out anyway. I'm not sure the validity of the rumours. However if things were good then you wouldn't be hearing anything of the sort so surely another sign that the face of F1 may change a lot in the comming year or so. Would a grid with sub-20 cars work?

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posted Dec 11, 2008

There is a solution to the cost issue in F1...claim rules. Allow any non-podium team to purchase any podium car for say, 150,000 pounds, post race. The result will be a disincentive to overspend on a winning car, plus an affordable stream of machines to smaller teams. Innovation will still be there, with the added variable of cost effectiveness. Grids will swell, the teams will be more competitive and there will still be many chassis and engine combinations to keep the sport interesting. Top teams will have to build more cars, yes, but the real cost is in development, not production anyway. To make it more interesting, make the cockpits adjustable to fit many drivers and make the engine/trans/chassis interface standard, so teams can "mix and match" engines and chassis. I'd buy a ticket!

Jim from Toronto

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posted Dec 14, 2008

I work for a F1 team (Iīm not saying which one!) and even I donīt bother watching a race. Can you believe that? And lots of my fellow workers donīt bother, either. The excitement isnīt there for me. Each week I donīt care who leads the procession. Unless something unusual happens, like a wet race, we all know whoīs going to win, give or take a few drivers. Drivers donīt have a personality, theyīre just employees who do their job, just like the rest of us. Wouldnīt be great to have a sex or bribery scandal to spice things up a bit? Something a bit more juicey than Stepnygate. F1 is a business now, nothing more. Whereīs the passion gone? My solution...set a maximum budget to work with, say $100mil, scrap most of the regs and let teams develop their cars to the best of their ingenuity. Thatīs a lot of money by any standards and it would be survival of the fittest and although still expensive more affordable than it has been recently. And Iīd get rid of teams having their own wind tunnels. The FIA should own these and teams should be allowed say 1000 hours a year to use them. That would focus peoples minds!

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posted Dec 28, 2008

In innovation an aspect that many miss is the average car that is on the road today has brought safety to the standards they are from F1.

F1 seems unable to market this successfully & it would not enhance revenues the public would see a clearer link to what cars they drive day to day & F1.
I do not know how many lives have been saved due to these innovations.

The safety of the average car has a lot to do with what even I find astounding as a mechanical engineer.

As Health & Safety dumb down the human endeavour to progress, F1 has one of the few opportunities as does NASA to enhance the human ability to make our world sustainable.
To not deal with the ecological issues though expensive is probably one of the most important things we a humans can now task ourselves to do.
As an innovator & inventor in technology I hope the platform for innovation is not removed from one of the few entities that has world profile to exploit to the betterment of mankind. Regards, Jeremy J Bent
Innovator Inventor

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posted Dec 28, 2008

This is the most pointless sport(?) of all.

Even golf and snooker are more bearable.

Won't miss anything if this stops completely, hopefully the "workers" will get a proper job somewhere.

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posted Dec 28, 2008

billionplus is the most pointless poster on this forum, with nothing positive to contribute he/she it just slags off other peoples passions.

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posted Dec 28, 2008

If motorsport(?) is your passion, then you really need to get a life smiley

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posted Dec 28, 2008

comment by billionplus (U9084264)
posted 1 Minute Ago

If motorsport(?) is your passion, then you really need to get a life

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People are allowed to have a Passion for what ever sport there like and Motorsport is something that alot of use over here on this side of the forum like. We all have a life and mine pretty happy at the minute.
And to say that Golf and Snooker are Bearable sleepy - there a snorefest.

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posted Dec 28, 2008

Yes.. sure... but just don't call this thing a "sport" smiley

Its nowhere near one.

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posted Dec 28, 2008

billionplus (U9084264)

Go back to the football forums and leave use MotorSPORT FANS to chat on this side of the forum.

You are entitled to your opinions but if you don't like the sport we like whats the point in coming and saying pointless things - to upset use fans.

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posted Jan 6, 2009

I love motorsport but don't really think the world will stop spinning if it folded.
It has survived previous crises so I'm sure it will prevail this time too.
Pointless sports though billionplus, i would have to put darts up there.

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