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F1 Debrief - Echoes of last year // Singapore Grand Prix talk is overshadowed, yet again, by Renault

Published by Christine Blachford

This week's post-Singapore debrief takes in such difficult topics as the Renault hearing, who will be where in 2010, and whether the FIA need to pay more attention to their superlicences.

Intro

We tease our discussion of the epic and wonderful Sidepodradio.

Good week / Bad week

Good week for Singapore lighting crews, and Jean Todt, but a bad week for Lewis Hamilton's Italian and the BBC coverage this weekend.

News and views

Naturally there's a lot of Renault talk as we wonder what the result means for Formula 1. We listen to two voicemails, then turn our attention to the future, of the calendar, of teams and of drivers.

The race

We talk about the battle between Red Bull and Brawn, and how Button seemed to overcome all the odds to finish well. Most of the discussion centres around Sutil, though, and Mr C is not impressed.

Fantasy Racers

They... weren't ready.

Feedback

Another voicemail talking about the BBC and their interviewing skills. Plus a couple of emails catching up on the past couple of weeks.

Housekeeping

We discuss how brilliant Sidepodradio was, and how we're going to distribute it to you all - namely, lots of files in the podcast feed all in one go. Enjoy!

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  • Mystic Sara this week.

  • Mystic Sara this week.

    It will be mine oneday!

  • On the subject of the 39,256 races that are on the schedule next year, I am a little confused about reasoning behind the plan. The rhetoric from the FIA for the past year has been "F1 is too expensive". There have been mandated vacations and restrictions on development all in the name of cost savings. How is adding races (fly away races at that) going to reduce costs?

  • There have been mandated vacations and restrictions on development all in the name of cost savings. How is adding races (fly away races at that) going to reduce costs?

    that's a damn good point. teams will likely need more personnel to cover risk of exhaustion at the very least. engine life too, will presumably need be extended?

  • On the subject of the 39,256 races that are on the schedule next year, I am a little confused about reasoning behind the plan. The rhetoric from the FIA for the past year has been "F1 is too expensive". There have been mandated vacations and restrictions on development all in the name of cost savings. How is adding races (fly away races at that) going to reduce costs?

    As a great beliver in more races.. i think its a good idea.

    They are saving loads of money not testing... surely its better to race than test!

    They will also generate more revenue by having another race... more cash to the teams through both FOM and team sponsors!

  • They are saving loads of money not testing... surely its better to race than test!

    so they spend the savings from testing on racing? where's the saving?

  • so they spend the savings from testing on racing? where's the saving?

    If i was to be honest There isnt really one

    Having said that, its only 3 days more racing and a flight instead of 20 trips to spain and back with dedicated personell....

  • so they spend the savings from testing on racing? where's the saving?

    If i was to be honest There isnt really one

    Having said that, its only 3 days more racing and a flight instead of 20 trips to spain and back with dedicated personell....

    They should have done it in line with this year's testing restriction. Just about the only thing I agreed with Flavio on was cutting back on testing to pay for more racing. Fans go to see racing. People watch it on telly. There wasn't any point running around for weeks testing different tyre compounds in front of precisely no-one.

  • On the subject of the 39,256 races that are on the schedule next year, I am a little confused about reasoning behind the plan. The rhetoric from the FIA for the past year has been "F1 is too expensive". There have been mandated vacations and restrictions on development all in the name of cost savings. How is adding races (fly away races at that) going to reduce costs?

    It's not but it makes Bernie more money and that is the only thing that matters in F1.

    Do't ever believe that he or Max has a strategy of any kind. They don't. They just react to the prevailing circumstances with whatever they see as a short term move.

    At the same time as the cost cutting thing was introduced so was KERS which was massively expensive. KERS was introduced as it is environmentally friendly. 10 years earlier when McLaren tried to introduce KERS it was banned by Max because it was against the ethos of F1.

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