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Thursday Thoughts - Are the new teams welcome? // What do you think the backmarker teams have brought to F1?

Published by Christine Blachford

We have reached Thursday yet again, and it's time to get your thinking caps on. So far this off-season, we have had two questions in a row about tweaking F1 to be more to your liking. This time, we're taking the topic elsewhere, pondering over some of the things we have seen in the sport this year. The question today:

The three new teams made quite an impression on F1 this year. What do you think they brought to the sport? How would the year have been without them? Better or worse?

Don't forget that the Thursday Thoughts question is simply a prompt for you to get your ideas out there on your blog. You don't have to stick to the subject matter religiously, use it as a starting off point. If you haven't got your own slice of the web, there are plenty of blogs that would be happy to feature a guest post, us included. Answers in the comments are fine, but not really in-keeping with the spirit of it all. Publish your thoughts, and post the links in the comments for all to see. I'll also be keeping this bundle of links up to date.

Also, if you would like to host a question next week or at any point over the off-season, just let us know. It's easy to do, you simply have to remember that it's Thursday, post up a question, and point us in the right direction. For now, though, I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on those new teams.




  • 'The three new teams made quite an impression on F1 this year.' If they did, it surely wasn't a positive one!

    'What do you think they brought to the sport?' Next to nothing.

    'How would the year have been without them? Better or worse?' Better.

  • Well that's a nice positive start to things! :)

  • Well that's a nice positive start to things! :)

    :D

  • 'The three new teams made quite an impression on F1 this year.' If they did, it surely wasn't a positive one!

    Why not?

  • Why not?

    Can't wait to see the accompanying blog post.

  • The three new teams made quite an impression on F1 this year. What do you think they brought to the sport? How would the year have been without them? Better or worse?

    One gave Heikki a seat and one let me into the paddock. Therefore new teams ruuuuuuuule. #itsallaboutme

  • Ping!

    Here are my Thursday Thoughts: http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=5152

  • Here are my Thursday Thoughts: http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=5152

    Ooh, that was quick. Yay for blogging!

  • Ooh, that was quick. Yay for blogging!

    It's an article I've been meaning to write for a month so it was already thought out - it's nice to be given a helping kick to get it done.

  • It's an article I've been meaning to write for a month so it was already thought out - it's nice to be given a helping kick to get it done.

    Perfect!

  • Have started bundling: http://bit.ly/g0g38A

  • Ooh, that was quick.

    Oh, and I'm stuck at home. Actually, that's probably the real reason for the speed come to think of it. :-)

  • at 11am i thought to myself 'I won't have too much to write this week i reckon' and thought it wouldnt take too long. 40 minutes later and ive only talked about two teams 900 words in... this may be a long one from me today...

  • at 11am i thought to myself 'I won't have too much to write this week i reckon' and thought it wouldnt take too long.

    These TT's are tricksy!

  • These TT's are tricksy!

    I'm enjoying writing about it as always, it just kind of blew my mind when i looked back just a second ago at the time and how much had been written!

  • PINGETYPINGNESS: gridwalktalk.word…ms-welcome-in-f1/

  • PINGETYPINGNESS: gridwalktalk.word…ms-welcome-in-f1/

    Woo! Will add to the bundle of goodness :)

  • Have started bundling: http://bit.ly/g0g38A

    awesomeness

  • short answer= Yes. they do deserve to be there. But they also deserve to be going better. Doubt HRT will make the grid next year.

  • I think it's worth remembering that all teams were 'new' at one point. Some may last, some may not. Some may go on to greatness, some may not. It's nigh-on impossible to tell from their first season which way it will go (Andrea Moda aside!)

    For example : Williams

    Frank had raced in F1 for many years with little or no success and then had to sell his team because he ran out money. So when he formed a new team with Patrick Head, who at the time would have given him a chance? Based on his past record, would you?

    But within 5 years he was winning titles and had set the ball rolling on a hugely successful and long lasting team. Did anybody predict that? Did anybody say he didn't belong when he turned up in '76?

    Could Colin Kolles, Mike Gascoyne or Nick Wirth - all of whom have tried before with limited success - be the next Frank? Why not?

    Its unrealistic to say that the new teams do not / will not contribute anything, because we simply don't know what the future holds. They may have limited funds, but an unlimited revenue stream and massive resources are no guarantee of anything - as Toyota showed.

    From tiny acorns...

  • rom tiny acorns...

    *chants* Blog post, blog post, blog post.

  • Don't have a Blog I'm afraid - I hang out at VivaF1 and have blogged there a few times (in addition to nearly 3000 forum posts!) but Maverick has covered this one brilliantly on there.

    If you want to post this one for me you are very welcome. Ta :-)

  • Don't have a Blog I'm afraid - I hang out at VivaF1 and have blogged there a few times (in addition to nearly 3000 forum posts!) but Maverick has covered this one brilliantly on there.

    Pah! I'm going to make you do next Thursdays!

  • You are very welcome to write a guest post for here. I suspect we'd need a few more than 200 words, but you've got some great points that should be aired. If you feel like it, christine@sidepodcast.com .

  • Here's mine: sidepodcast.com/p…peed-but-it-helps

  • Well, it is still Thursday in Tundraland, and once again I seem to be in teh same library as Steven Roy, as I point out what could have happened with only 9 teams in the 2010 season.

    http://jdkallen.wordpress.com/

  • Apologies due to the delay caused by distractions..

    toomuchracing.com…ew-teams-welcome/

  • Here's mine! tripleleagueracin…bad-and-pathetic/

  • Have updated the bit.ly bundle with links: http://bit.ly/g0g38A

    I do love waking up to lots of new posts :)

  • Have updated the bit.ly bundle with links: http://bit.ly/g0g38A

    I have been added :-)

  • Have updated the bit.ly bundle with links

    dylan's is missing isn't it?

  • Oops, have added now.

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