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Hmmm... I would have thought Honda would be more than happy to have Button driving for Mclaren, since he has a history with the company, has a huge following in Japan and also they almost left him screwed in 09... Fair enough, go for Alonso, but to keep Magnusson over Button, personally, i feel would be a huge mistake... Magnusson has not improved nearly as much as i thought he would, yet Button still seems totally consistent... If it's a cash issue, i can understand, but i'm sure Jenson would take a pay cut to stay with a decent team... Even though Mclaren aren't really going to struggle to pay his current pricetag... Plus there's the British factor... Since most people still believe Mclaren is a British company, it does help from a marketing point of view that at least one driver is a "Local".
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Indeed, However, at some point Honda will want a Japanese driver. In the same way Ferrari are always looking for an Italian driver, may be Ricciardo will go to Ferrari at some point as he is the only Italian driver in F1 (albeit he ia Australian/ Italian).

Jenson took a pay cut and paid all his own fares to and from F1 circuits a few years ago, I think he was at Honda then, I really cannot see him doing the same thing with Mclaren,as they are a cash rich team.

Alot of this tuff is pure speculation by the F1 press so it remains to be seen, who goes where and why.......

So, we have Italian F1 this weekend and Practice 2 is going as predicted.

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If Hamilton wins the championship then all of the setbacks will make the perfect movie. Can't you just see it? Showbiz Mr Nice Guy vs. evil Rosberg. If Bernie was writing the script then I'm sure this is exactly how he'd want it to play out.

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BBC v Sky

I watched on BBC but saw the start on Sky later.

Sky: "It seems like an even start for both Mercedes."

BBC: "Rosberg's made a great start! Hamilton's being swamped - passed by two Williams!"

Meanwhile Sky are talking about Alonso, Bottas et al.

By the time they reach the chicane Sky are still saying: "out in front it is the Mercedes there of Lewis Hamilton."

Coming out of the chicane and they're still going: "and Nico Rosberg is now fourth."

Only as they reach Curva Grande does Brundle wake up and chip in "No it's Hamilton."

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It looks to me like the only big name who might just possibly be tempted to McLaren is Vettel. But do they believe in him enough to make a big offer? Of course, if Hamilton feels wronged at the end of the year, he might just want to go back to McLaren.

Honda have been sounding bullish about their new engine recently.

Actually, I think my dream combination would be Hamilton and Alonso at Williams.
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Now that Mclaren have confirmed both of their drivers for next year, this leaves nowhere for Hamilton to go if he doesnt win the title this year and wants to move teams, means he is stuck at Merceds for at least another year, having Rosberg as the centre of attraction will not go down well with Hamilton.
But if the plans go ahead and 3 teams drop out and each of the remaining teams have 3 cars would he then go back to Mclaren ?
I know Ron Dennis wants him back in the same way he want Alonso back
Maybe for 2016??

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo resigns...


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/29138322



...Well, they said it was coming, but i didn't expect it so soon... A sad day for Ferrari fans, and one that i don't think was necessary... It won't be the same team anymore.
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http://thisisf1.com/2014/10/03/ferrari- ... al-report/

Alonso to leave ferrari and go to Mclaren for $50 million a year.

Will Vettel now go to Ferrari???
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Vettel to replace alonso at Ferrari

so who is next tomove teams for next year.......
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I can see why Vettel is leaving for Ferrari, kinda... But for Alonso to go to Mclaren seems like a bigger risk than going to Ferrari in the first place... I know he's hungry for another title, and 50 million a year is another great incentive; but personally, i think the smart thing would have been to finish out his contract through the 2015 season and see whether Williams make any progress, or Mercedes have an open seat... Considering Alonso wasn't supposed to be available until 2016, it's quite surprising he chose to go like this, instead of giving the rest of the teams a chance to offer him something a little more appealing than the current Mclaren!

...So, Button & Raikkonen... What's happening?
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Ferrari wanted Alonso to stay until 2019 and were trying to negotiate his contract to that effect. Alonso is not that daft to stay with a team that is in crisis both in car and personal and so he looked to Mclaren to spend his last few years in F1. Much in the same way that Jenson did.

Jenson, who knows where his is going to end up, maybe with one of the lower teams or retire from F1.

Alonso to Mclaren for $50 million a year for 3 years
Vettel to Ferrari for $80 million per year not sure how long but I would say for 3 years...

We wait and see
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Anyone else pretty sure that Rosberg is going to win the title by a couple of points in the last race? ...Stuff like that tends to be par for the course in F1. :?
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As much as I would like to see Rosberg be the champion, if he keeps making the rookie mistakes such as in the Sochi, then he will be well beaten by Hamilton.

The next 2 races will decide, albeit with 50 points for the race winner for the last race of the season, Rosberg needs to ensure that he is within the 50 point range and win the last race of the season, will be cutting abit fine.

Not sure that he has it in him ......
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:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


Fantastic ending to the season!!!


...I don't mind admitting i was wrong!!!

Well done Lewis!

Hopefully, next season will have a few more teams in the running for the championship!
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Congrats to Lewis Well Done!

Nico, better luck next year and hopefully no more mistakes

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This from http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/ ... 16713.html

Formula One racing's governing body the FIA has published a number of rule changes and a revised 21-round calendar for the 2015 world championship, following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Doha on Wednesday.

The expanded calendar now features a provisional slot for Korea, which hosted four Grands Prix between 2010 and 2013. The Asian country is slated to host the fifth round of next year's championship on the first weekend of May.

China meanwhile is now set to host the third round of the championship, immediately before the F1 fraternity travels to Bahrain.

Alongside the calendar changes, the FIA confirmed a number of changes to the 2015 sporting regulations. The double points regulation brought in for 2014 will be dropped, as will the proposal for standing starts after safety car periods. Meanwhile the virtual safety car system trialled in the wake of Jules Bianchi's crash in Japan will be formally introduced in 2015. The FIA also announced the findings of its ten-man accident panel surrounding Bianchi's crash.

The FIA has also tweaked engine-related penalties. A full power unit change will no longer result in an automatic penalty; instead penalties will be applied cumulatively based on the individual components of each power unit. Grid penalties will no longer roll over into subsequent races: should a driver be unable to take the full penalty, the remainder will now be applied in the form of time penalties during the relevant race.

A new ten-second penalty meanwhile has been created in addition to the existing five-second rule.

The procedure for lapped cars under safety cars has also been modified: while lapped cars will be allowed to pass the safety car and unlap themselves, the safety car will no longer have to wait until they have rejoined the back of the grid.

The criteria for the issuing of super licenses was also tweaked, with a new minimum age of 18 approved for 2016. Drivers must also have run for a minimum of two years in minor formulas.

Finally, several changes were made to the 2015 technical regulations, including a rise in minimum weight to 702kg, new limitations on wind tunnel testing, tweaks to the rules concerning suspension layouts and improved survival cell protection.

The full statement from the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council:

The 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is confirmed as follows:

15/03 Australia
29/03 Malaysia
12/04 China
19/04 Bahrain
03/05 Korea (TBC)
10/05 Spain
24/05 Monaco
07/06 Canada
21/06 Austria
05/07 Britain
19/07 Germany
26/07 Hungary
23/08 Belgium
06/09 Italy
20/09 Singapore
27/09 Japan
11/10 Russia
25/10 USA
01/11 Mexico
15/11 Brazil
29/11 Abu Dhabi

2015 F1 SPORTING REGULATIONS

The following decisions were taken:

Points
Points for both titles will no longer be doubled for the final Event of the Championship.

Standing Restarts
After consultation with the Teams who raised a number of safety concerns, Articles 42.7 and 42.8 on standing restarts have been rescinded.

Virtual Safety Car (VSC)
Following tests of the VSC system at the final Events of 2014, the introduction of the system has been approved for 2015. The VSC procedure may be initiated to neutralise a race upon the order of the clerk of the course. It will normally be used when double waved yellow flags are needed on any section of track and competitors or officials may be in danger, but the circumstances are not such as to warrant use of the safety car itself. The full text of the article is available in Annex I.

Suspending a race
When a race is suspended, the pit exit will be closed and all cars must now proceed slowly into the pit lane, not the starting grid. The first car to arrive in the pit lane should proceed directly to the pit exit staying in the fast lane, all the other cars should form up in a line behind the first car.

Team personnel or equipment on grid
If any team personnel or team equipment remain on the grid after the 15 second signal has been shown the driver of the car concerned must start the race from the pit lane. A ten second stop-and-go penalty will be imposed on any driver who fails to do this.

Power Unit Penalties
The replacement of a complete power unit will no longer result in a penalty, instead as specified in the current regulations, penalties will be applied cumulatively for individual components of the power unit.

If a grid place penalty is imposed, and the driver’s grid position is such that the full penalty cannot be applied, the remainder of the penalty will be applied in the form of a time penalty during the race (not at the next race as was previously the case) according to the following scale :

• 1 to 5 grid places untaken: A penalty under Article 16.3(a) will be applied.

• 6 to 10 grid places untaken: A penalty under Article 16.3(b) will be applied.

• 11 to 20 grid places untaken: A penalty under Article 16.3(c) will be applied.

• More than 20 grid places untaken: A penalty under Article 16.3(d) will be applied.

Time Penalties
In addition to the existing five-second penalty (Article 16.3a), a new ten-second penalty (Article 16.3b) will also be introduced, to be applied in the same manner.

Unsafe Release
If a car is deemed to have been released in an unsafe condition during a race a ten second stop-and-go penalty will be imposed on the driver concerned. An additional penalty will be imposed on any driver who, in the opinion of the stewards, continues to drive a car knowing it to have been released in an unsafe condition.

Qualifying Procedure
The qualifying procedure was clarified: for cases when 24 cars are eligible seven will be excluded after Q1 and Q2, if 22 cars are eligible six cars will be excluded after Q1 and Q2, and so on if fewer cars are eligible.

Safety Car: lapped cars
Once the last lapped car has passed the leader the safety car will return to the pits at the end of the following lap, the race director will no longer have to wait for all the lapped cars to reach the back of the pack behind the safety car.

2015 TECHNICAL REGULATIONS
- The weight of the car, without fuel, must not be less than 702kg at all times during the Event (up from 701kg).

- Changes have been made to the rules governing Wind Tunnel Testing and with regard to the aerodynamic reporting periods for 2015 and 2016.

- Any suspension system fitted to the front wheels must be so arranged that its response results only from changes in load applied to the front wheels.

- Any suspension system fitted to the rear wheels must be so arranged that its response results only from changes in load applied to the rear wheels.

- The Zylon anti-intrusion panels on both sides of the survival cell have been extended upwards to the rim of the cockpit and alongside the pilot’s head.

NEXT MEETING OF THE STRATEGY GROUP
The FIA President confirmed that the next meeting of the Strategy Group would take place on 18 December, and would focus reducing costs, improving the show, making cars quicker and more difficult to drive, and reviewing the technical and sporting regulations, with the aim of simplifying the rules where possible.

ACCIDENT PANEL
A review of all the evidence and other information about the events leading up to Jules Bianchi’s accident at the Japanese Grand Prix 5 October 2014, Suzuka, has been carried out by the 10-man Accident Panel, appointed by the FIA and chaired by Safety Commission President Peter Wright. The Panel has issued a 396-page report on their findings with recommendations for improvements, many relevant to all of motor sport. This has been presented to the FIA World Motor Sport Council, which accepted the findings and gave a mandate to implement the full recommendations and conclusions of the report. The summary issued by the panel can be found on fia.com.

CRITERIA FOR THE ISSUING OF SUPER LICENCES
A proposal on the conditions of attribution of the Super Licence was approved for 2016, on the basis of the following criteria:

1 - Safety criteria
The following changes have been made compared to the current regulations:

- There is a valid driving licence requirement.

- There is a minimum age requirement (18yo).

- There is a verification of knowledge of the F1 Sporting Regulations/ISC rules.

2 - Experience criteria
With the following changes compared to the current regulations:

- There is the 300km in F1 TCC or TPC_ as a minimum requirement.

- There is a 2 years minimum running in minor Formulas.

3 - Performance criteria
With the following changes compared to the current regulations:

- There is a point system requirement, based on the driver results in previous Formulas.
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