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Maruasia get some kind of deal
Mr. E today has been assuring the F1 world and its fans that we should hopefully see all 11 teams compete for the full 2013 season. He was in fact in Jerez on Thursday last week, even thought TJ13 was otherwise engaged and was absent for his papal audience with other more important business.
“On Thursday I was bringing the teams up to speed with the new Concorde Agreement,” say Ecclestone to Autoweek. “They are all safe. We have got a deal with them all, including Marussia. We are continuing with Marussia. I thought they were going to go [bust] but they are not.” No thanks to FOM eh Graeme? Further, we have no details as to what Marussia have been offered/told they can have (delete as appropriate).
Apparently the teams will receive an improved percentage of the TV rights rising from 47.5% to 63%, though whether this will be an incremental amount of cash nobody knows. The TV companies are likely to wish to negotiate a reduction in the amount they pay Bernie et al due to the coverage they can broadcast being reduced from 20 to 19 races.
Further TV income into FOM is around 45% of the total income they receive annually. The rest is made up of around 45% from promoter’s hosting fees and 10% from F1 global sponsors who are not to be confused with the sponsors who pay the teams direct.
When questioned as to the financial security of the 11 competitors, Ecclestone quips, “They’ve all got more money than God.”
The new Concorde agreement includes a Constructors’ Champion Bonus (CCB) that benefits the teams which have won the most Grand Prix in the four seasons preceding 2012. This figure is either $100m or 7.5% of the total FOM revenues – whichever is greater.
Latest F1 Merchandise: F138
This is from 8 Bit F1 who interprets various items from F1 in 8 bit imagery. I’m far to young to know exactly, but I think he is referring to the graphics of early PC’s – the era of spectrum computer’s etc – which was in the early 1980’s.
So kids of the present, this is what the latest Ferrari would have looked like on your TV screen when playing the official F1 game of 1981.
It appears the previously top secret Ecclestone master plan is being revealed. He has accepted he is not in fact immortal and is having himself cloned into the image of many popular F1 folk. This will ensure F1 continues to do things ‘Bernie’s way’ for millenia to come. Today TJ13 special investigators have launched operation ‘Spot the Bernie clone’. It is vital we identify these cyborg individuals and at the appropriate time we can round them up and deal with them accordingly. TJ13 readers are asked to be vigilant and assist in this special black ops mission.
TJ13 will lead the way on this as I believe David Coulthard – who for some time has gone interestingly been recognised by the handle @theRealDC – has been officially identified as the ‘new’ David Coulthard. On a podcast for an Australian audience the ‘new’ DC is highly critical of those taxpayers in Melbourne who dare to question how their money is being spent – some $40m a year to provide Bernie and his pals with some early spring sunshine.
“For the one week of inconvenience it may cause some local people, then I think they shouldn’t be so selfish quite frankly” says Coulthard. “They should think of the greater good, what it does for the local economy, what it does to inspire local children to be designers or engineers or whatever it is, engine design, tyres, whether they want to be drivers. You don’t inspire people by not giving them a taste of what is out there in the world.”
This is the rhetoric of Bernie’s team of lawyers who sign up new race promoters promising the earth in national/regional publicity and global investment worth many times more than the measly millions he demands for the privilege of hosting an F1 race. See TJ13 article “South Kore, Ecclestone and the Emperor’s New Clothes” for an explanation of the promises made of this nature and the result of one region who believed them.
Demanding tolerance and the consideration of other’s wishes, ironically the ‘new’ DC continues. “If people want to be so narrow-minded and not look beyond their personal needs then that’s disappointing of course. There are lots of things that I don’t appreciate but I don’t go campaigning against it because I understand that a lot of people do like it.” Like what David?
“I think you have to be tolerant in this world and I think for that one week that the people who don’t like the sport [they should] just tolerate the people who do. It’s a truly international event.” Mmm.
We must not be critical of the ‘new’ David Coulthard because if the legendary and heroic Jean Luc Picard can be ensnared by such fiendish technology, what hope is there for a dour Scottish ex-racing driver.
So TJ13 readers, project ‘spot the Bernie clone’ has ID’d its first cyber individual. Amongst ourselves we shall use a covert method of identifying this species – by using first the prefix ‘new’ and then their regular humanoid name. Vigilance at all times is of the essence.
Chilton under pressure
Max Chilton was looking forward to a season where he could find his feet in an F1 car and he was until recently in a win-win situation. With Timo Glock as his partner, nobody would have expected him to be consistently challenging his senior team-mate.
This then would buy Max a pass for year 2 in F1, so long as he wasn’t utterly woeful. If perchance he could qualify or finish ahead of Timo on the odd occasion, his star would be most certainly in the ascendency.
Could it be Max is now feeling the pressure. He told German media today, “It is not ideal [having 2 rookies in the team] and we will sometimes have a hard time. I had been looking forward to being Timo’s team-mate because he is very experienced.”
Whether having a rookie pairing will hinder the team is yet to be seen, however Marussia appear to have had a simple choice – have 2 rookie drivers and survive or pack up and everyone goes home.
I’ve discussed this ‘senior driver helps a small team develop better’ argument with a number of people in recent times and I’m not convinced the general media perception of this truism is as certain as most believe.
Despite Jano Truli’s recent praxis of why he left Caterham, from what I’ve been told I the decision for Caterham and Truli to part company was heavily influenced by the Italian’s persistent complaints in 2011 about the power steering. Heikki was in the same equipment and we heard little from him over this particular problem.
There have been instances where senior drivers from previously superior teams/car drive for a smaller teams and have obsessed over problems with the inferior car that they dislike. Then they lose sight of the big picture required for the direction in which the car should be developed.
If this is the case, the argument that a team suffers from having 2 rookie drivers is diminished in importance.
Max has more to say, “Neither of us is a number one or number two, because we are both rookies, the team will treat us the same and will help us. I’ll be watching Luiz’s data and he will look at mine. The team has three years of data and feedback, and although it would be nice to have an experienced team-mate, the team will be able to help us with that information.”
Of course Max will now be under the microscope far more now he is driving against the dynamic and quick Brazilian who won 1 feature race and 3 sprint races to Max’s 2 feature race wins in GP2 2012. Razia had 3 fastest laps across the season and Max had none.
When I reported way back on January 21st “Force India decision makers…” that I’d heard from an Italian connection of mine Razia had accumulated $20m of sponsors – I demonstrated from his points tally how he could have won GP2 easily in 2012 but for below par results in the final 3 weekends of the series,
Welcome to the high pressure high stakes game that is F1 – Max.
World’s Longest Ferrari
A 23-foot 360 Modena with eight seats and the biggest electric gullwing doors we’ve ever seen. It’s the handiwork of Style Limousines in Manchester, which spent more than £200,000 modifying the rear-engined 360. All eight of the seats are carbon-fibre buckets with five-point race harnesses – which might sound excessive until you discover that the 3.6-litre V8 remains, its 395bhp propelling the mega-Ferrari to 60mph in under six seconds.