Liberty Media looking at spec parts for F1 – TJ13 F1 Roundup

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F1 looking to standardise components

Chase Carey has admitted that though F1 is seeking to control spending, plans do not include standardising the cars, however he insists there does need to be more standardising of components.

“In terms of the teams we are very much focused on cost,” he said yesterday, “and I think one of our objectives is clearly to try, for the benefit of the teams as well as the sport overall, to find a way to manage and control cost and that is probably going to be through some sort of, there are many paths to get there, whether it is cost caps or other ways to address key components of the car.

“We are not looking to standardise the car,” he insisted. “We think it is very important we continue to have a sport that is competition married to state of the art technology, so we are not looking to dumb the cars down, but I think we can standardise components a bit.

“We are looking for ways to help address what some of the teams in particular spend that would improve the overall economics of the business and enable everybody within it to benefit as well as improving the competition, because I think one of the challenges we have today is there are a handful of teams that currently spend at a level that is much different to the others and you can see the results on the track.

“If we can bring the costs into an area where they are more comparable, not equal, but they are more comparable to each other and it enhances competition it would make the economics of the business much better.

“We have begun that process with the teams,” he revealed. “We have had some preliminary meetings and there are some big components to it like addressing the engine which is one of the most complicated parts of the car.

“It is certainly our goal to address those costs and we think that the sport will benefit on many levels from that.

“Today there are teams that are spending the better part of $500m to put a race car on the track. That simply doesn’t make sense and if we can put a structure in place that is healthier for the business, improve competition on the track, make the sport more attractive but manage those costs it will create significant improved profitability that all of us should benefit from.”

Hamilton: I’m definitely going to go to hang with [Valentino] Rossi at his ranch

Three-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has said that he would love to join Valentino Rossi to ride around the Doctor’s infamous ranch.

Hamilton, a self confessed big motorcycle fan, has been extremely vocal in the past about his desires to try a MotoGP machine, and in a recent interview with UK TV channel Channel 4, the 32-year-old said he would love to ride at Rossi’s ranch at his home in Tavullia.

“I love motorbikes so I’m definitely going to go to hang with Rossi at his ranch and bomb around on dirt bikes,” said Hamilton. “I’m going to definitely try and ride a MotoGP bike at some stage. Not to compete, there’s no way that I’m going to be able to beat the next 17, 18 year old.”

Ex-Formula One boss Ron Dennis buys up 175 acres of land to build a mansion and farm on a sprawling estate weeks after selling £275m share of McLaren

Former Formula One boss Ron Dennis has bought 175 acres of land to build his own mansion after selling his share of McLaren for £275million.
He has bought a huge plot of land in Henley-on-Thames, next to what was once the most expensive home in the country, Park Place.
According to the Evening Standard, Mr Dennis is drawing up plans for a mansion on the land, which comes with several cottages already.

Police still can’t find Red Bull scion

The extradition of Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya over the hit-and-run case that killed a policeman five years ago faces further delays as police investigators have failed to pinpoint his whereabouts…

Renault open to keeping Palmer if he “turns around” season

The Renault Formula 1 team says it is open to retaining Jolyon Palmer for 2018, if he can lift his disappointing form in the second half of this season.

Stroll to Force India with dad’s help?

In the midst of the F1’s summer holiday there is no better time to embrace the silly season with reports linking Lance Stroll to Force India – after his dad buys the team.

6 responses to “Liberty Media looking at spec parts for F1 – TJ13 F1 Roundup

  1. “F1 looking to standardise components”

    You have to ask why the commercial rights holder is looking to standardise components? And regardless of what the three stooges say – the real reason is that the ultimate aim is essentially a spec car. Just like IndyCar – the only thing the Americans understand.

    • Fully agree Cav, F1 is slowly losing its identity. I said that bringing in spec parts was a bad idea yrs ago. It should be a choice if you use these offered parts. Some teams can afford to develop better systems and it should stay that way.

  2. To be honest, I’d rather some teams being able to use full blown customer cars, but spec parts could work. I’d suggest starting with the front wing. They could introduce something far less effective and vunerable to turbulence.

    • And what happens if that front wing works extraordinary well on one car and doesn’t work at all on another? You going to redo all your car’s aero to suit the spec front wing? Or maybe we just have spec bodywork as well. Then why not a spec rear wing too?

      • Teams don’t have just one front or rear wing now, so why should the spec model be any different?
        There could easily be 3, 4 or 5 options, and it would still be cheaper than each team developing their own.
        Teams would get the CFD data and develop their body work accordingly.

  3. I quite liked the idea where I think it was Sauber, Force India and Genii (Renault) were going to pool their resources and produce a common chassis where they would all hang their own aero off.

    I’d assume then that they could sell the chassis to teams like Manor and Haas too, which would spread the cost even further.

    Seeing as the engines have common mounting points now, I’m sure this would be easier, and I for one wouldn’t care if multiple teams were running the same chassis with different engines and different aero, to differentiate the teams.

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