F1 implodes, for some…

 

Sochi Autodrom, 10 October 2014: Marcus Ericsson in the garage.

Sochi Autodrom, 10 October 2014: Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson in the garage.

 

Following on from Bernie’s insanity over double points for the last GP of the season, I fear those who run F1 and clearly who are far cleverer than me are either losing the plot, or more likely acting like Dr Strangelove – only this time the right people are pushing the wrong button.

Marussia F1 has ceased trading and those super people at the Caterham F1 Team are launching the #RefuelCaterhamF1 project so the team can go racing in Abu Dhabi and hopefully beyond.

As they say: “The team will reward both fans and sponsors in this unique opportunity to be the driving force behind the team by crowdfunding its return to the grid.”

If I win the lottery tonight, I’ll be the first one in. I fear though all will be in vein.

But this doesn’t matter. What does is that those who keep the cogs of the sport turning are losing their jobs, and that I find unforgiveable.

I don’t like alter slaughters at the best of times but there is no reason why smaller teams should be sacrificed.  Clearly a plan operating at a high level is being played out. I hope the buggers have a conscience.

I know F1’s a business but we’ve crossed the line here people!

Caterham F1 test images (Bahrain)

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Some nice images from Caterham F1 after their third day of pre-season testing in Bahrain with Marcus Ericsson at the wheel.

Says Marcus:

“We started with a few short runs to go through some setup options, and then ran very nearly a whole race simulation, including stops. If it hadn’t been for the late red flag just before lunch we’d have finished the whole distance, but the fact the car ran faultlessly all afternoon showed we’d pretty easily have finished a complete race mileage and that’s very good news for the start of the season.

Right: Marcus Ericsson

Right: Marcus Ericsson

“In the afternoon we put on some new parts that arrived from the factory and spent a bit of time trying various setups with those, and then, towards the end of the session we started focusing more on performance and the laptimes started coming down. The final run was my first ever laps on the supersofts and I have to say I was surprised by how much more grip they had than the softs.

“With more experience of them there’s obviously more laptime to be found from those compounds and that will come. We still have more to come from the whole package in outright pace, but we have to be pleased with the amount of work we’ve got through today, and, for me, having that much time in the car is a great way to sign off the tests.

“I’m back in the factory next week for more sim sessions, and we have more new parts coming for Australia so we have lots to look forward to. Also, for Renault, this has obviously been a tough pre-season, but they continue to improve and we know they’ll keep working harder than ever to unlock the full performance we know is there. Overall I’m happy, for the team and for me, and I’m more excited than ever about starting the race season properly in Australia.”

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Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1:

“A much more positive day for us than we have had this week, and running a full race distance shows how much progress we are making. We believe we have turned a corner with reliability and this will allow us to focus more of our efforts on outright performance, something we can look at tomorrow with Kamui.

“The objective for the final day is obviously to repeat the mileage Marcus achieved today, and then we will have a much clearer view of where we are at the end of the pre-season tests.”

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