collapse

* Welcome

Welcome to GPWizard F1 Forum!

GPWizard is the friendliest F1 forum you'll find anywhere. You have a host of new like-minded friends waiting to welcome you.

So what are you waiting for? Becoming a member is easy and free! Take a couple seconds out of your day and register now. We guarantee, you wont be sorry you did.

Click Here to become a full Member for Free

* User Info

 
 
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

* Newsletter

GPWizard F1 Forum Newsletter Email address:
Weekly
Fortnightly
Monthly

* Grid Game Deadlines

Qualifying

Race

* Shoutbox

Refresh History
  • cosworth151: This Sunday is Mothers Day here in the States. I'll be helping with the free breakfast we do at our Amvets Post every M's Day, so I'll be popping in and out of the Chat Room
    May 10, 2019, 03:57:04 PM
  • Wizzo: Mothers day here in the UK so I will be absent in the chat room today. Have fun!
    March 31, 2019, 10:47:48 AM
  • Jericoke: For newcomers to GPWizard, make sure you check out the live chat during the race!  It's the best way to turn a dull race into a great time, and the cherry on top of a great race!  (I won't be able to attend Aussie though)
    March 15, 2019, 07:48:58 PM
  • Wizzo: The 2019 Grid Game is now open. Please check out the new rules before entering.
    February 17, 2019, 04:56:33 PM
  • John S: Glad the site is back online, we don't know how much we like it til it's gone. Thanks Wizzo.
    February 02, 2019, 09:19:33 PM
  • Calman: Glad to see you back online Wizzo.  Did the issue point to a corrupted MySQL Data Table?
    February 02, 2019, 08:53:13 PM
  • Wizzo: I apologise for the downtime. Normal service has been resumed.
    February 02, 2019, 07:53:12 PM
  • Calman: Looks like the forum is experiencing Database/Server Issues! ... will check in later tonight.
    February 01, 2019, 01:11:41 AM
  • Calman: Thanks for getting back to me on that Wizzo ... I'll look at my donations when it's re-activated, thanks!
    December 14, 2018, 09:06:39 PM
  • Wizzo: No its not your imagination Cal. This option has been disabled for the time being.
    December 14, 2018, 03:50:09 PM
  • Calman: Is it my imagination, or has the "Shop" dropdown option disappeared from the navigation bar at the top of the forum?
    December 13, 2018, 07:59:13 PM
  • Wizzo: Thanks for letting me know. If anyone sees this issue again then please PM me.
    October 27, 2018, 10:19:33 AM
  • lkjohnson1950: OK, ot was alittle longer than 10 hours. Had problem 8 PM 10/24, was gone at 3:30 10/25.
    October 26, 2018, 03:53:12 PM
  • lkjohnson1950: It was working fine by yesterday PM, about 10 hours after I first got it.
    October 26, 2018, 03:48:36 PM
  • Wizzo: I cannot recreate the error that you are seeing but I have replaced the file that would cause the error. Please try again and let me know how you get on.
    October 26, 2018, 12:13:28 PM
  • Wizzo: I'm looking into this at the moment. Thanks
    October 26, 2018, 11:50:19 AM
  • lkjohnson1950: Hey Wiz, when I try to post a new topic or reply to an old one, I get a screen that says parse error.
    October 25, 2018, 04:12:09 AM
  • Dare: way to go Kimi
    October 21, 2018, 11:31:06 PM
  • Dare: I was in a steward mode....I saw nothing
    October 05, 2018, 11:37:09 PM
  • Wizzo: Just a quick note. You will not see the Chat Room at the bottom when viewing any of the Grid Game pages
    October 05, 2018, 08:55:16 AM

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 65
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 1
  • Dot Users Online:

* Top Posters

cosworth151 cosworth151
15084 Posts
Scott Scott
13788 Posts
Dare Dare
12255 Posts
John S John S
9972 Posts
Ian Ian
9674 Posts

* IntentsGP Advert

pre-erected f1 camping & glamping with intentsGP

Author Topic: So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???  (Read 367 times)

Offline Calman

So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:30:50 AM »
  • Publish
  • Billionaire Mazepin in talks with Williams about an acquisition ...

    https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/35202/rumour-billionaire-mazepin-in-talks-with-williams-about-an-acquisition-.html

    This could be the icing on the ..... hang on, I thought Mazepin was only involved in the top of a wedding cake?  :DD

    Best Regards,
    Cal :)


    Anyone Have A Decent Pen?

    Online Luke

    Re: So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???
    « Reply #1 on: April 18, 2019, 06:12:22 PM »
  • Publish
  • The Mazepin is beneath the icing if I am being pedantic  :tease:

    To be honest, I think if it happens the team is no longer Williams and I move on to follow another team, perhaps Renault or McLaren (ie, another team with no hope of winning  >:D ).  I have no interest in seeing Williams become some Russian billionaire's play thing
    Poster formerly known as Williamsfan.

    Offline John S

    • FIA President
    • ***
    • Date Registered: Jan 2007
    • Location: Lincolnshire, UK
    • Posts: 9972
    • 11580 credits
    • View Inventory
    • Send Money To John S
    • Get in there Lewis & beat the Great Fangio's 5
    Re: So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???
    « Reply #2 on: April 18, 2019, 06:36:41 PM »
  • Publish
  • Don't worry Luke there's a history of selling out the under performing team to someone with deep pockets, and Frank brings a new version onto the grid the following year.  ;)

    Remember Canadian Oil magnate Walter Wolf took control of 'Frank Williams Racing Cars' for 1976 season and raced as Wolf-Williams Racing', next year when the team was rebranded as 'Walter Wolf Racing' Frank's new outfit 'Williams Grand Prix Engineering' appeared on the scene.

    Once present Williams team gets rebranded as 'Dynamo Uralchem Racing' next year there's room for a new entrant 'Williams Unicorn GP'.  :-*

     
    Racing is life - everything else is just waiting. (Steve McQueen)

    Offline Calman

    Re: So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???
    « Reply #3 on: April 18, 2019, 06:52:37 PM »
  • Publish
  • The Mazepin is beneath the icing if I am being pedantic  :tease:

    To be honest, I think if it happens the team is no longer Williams and I move on to follow another team, perhaps Renault or McLaren (ie, another team with no hope of winning  >:D ).  I have no interest in seeing Williams become some Russian billionaire's play thing
    I feel you sugar coated your response a little there Luke!

    If Mazepin is at the heart of the future plans, I think there will be a lot of tiers!!! ... no wedding, just one big funeral  :D

    Best Regards,
    Cal :)
    Anyone Have A Decent Pen?

    Online Luke

    Re: So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???
    « Reply #4 on: April 18, 2019, 08:07:19 PM »
  • Publish
  • I love Marzipan but I get the feeling I will dislike Mazepin! 

    I know at some point, Sir Frank will cease to be involved with Williams, but I just hope it is not this way, with the father of some driver buying the team to give his son a seat (I feel mixed emotions about Strollin' Rollin').  As someone who has spent years studying and being involved in history, it is as much Williams' past as their future that interests me and the link is the Williams family. 

    However, Williams Unicorn Racing does have a nice ring to it, and Williams have a history with animals.  After all, they did try out the Walrus Tusk front nose! 
    Poster formerly known as Williamsfan.

    Offline Calman

    Re: So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???
    « Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 08:18:51 PM »
  • Publish
  • It will be a sad day when Sir Frank steps down, a far as any team involvement, as some still question how Claire has handled things in the last few years.

    This is the last article I read on this whole Mazepin speculation ...
    https://f1i.com/news/337613-is-billionaire-dmitry-mazepin-in-talks-to-take-over-williams.html

    I've seen her on the grid several times in the past, right??

    Best Regards,
    Cal :)
    Anyone Have A Decent Pen?

    Offline Alianora La Canta

    Re: So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???
    « Reply #6 on: April 21, 2019, 02:43:16 AM »
  • Publish
  • This makes me feel better about Williams' long-term chances.

    The Mazepins are to the Strolls what Johnny English is to James Bond. Say what you like about Lawrence and Lance, they have successfully got an actual team into their possession and an actual seat for "the chosen one" to drive that didn't result in the powers-that-be laughing in their faces. In comparison, please let me tell you about the Mazepins:

    Now, Nikita Mazepin has been hovering around the international junior series for the past three-and-a-bit years. So far, his biggest feat has been second in last year's GP3 series. The second most notable thing he's managed to do is punch Callum Ilott on the nose and get himself banned from the paddock for a day as a result (lest anyone think this was a minor remedy, there was a F3 race during that day that Nikita should have been in...) 

    He's not scored a point in F2 yet this season and not likely to get the top-10 position needed to get anything towards his Superlicence petition, let alone the top-5 he needs to get enough points to make it to F1 in 2020 (Nikita is 20 short of the 40 required).

    Now, part of the plan for Nikita to learn how to be speedier was to work with a team. That had been Force India. As you doubtless remember, last August, the perfect opportunity was presented for the Mazepins to purchase Force India. However they managed to present a lesser offer than the Strolls (in terms of long-term future, if not necessarily in terms of pure bid price), so lost the seat for Nikita. Strollin' Rollin' does not appear to have missed them. The Mazepins are still bitter about it.

    So, when Williams declared the rumours of the Mazepin talks were false, I wasn't surprised. More likely, the negotiation was for some method of getting Nikita into a Williams for some upcoming test days, and how much that's going to cost Dmitry. As the team needs skilled development rather more than it needs funds, I suspect the price will be rather high.

    Even if the Mazepins had been trying to buy the team (which I would suggest will only happen if Nikita's driving improves), they would be bound to mess it up anyway, with the team either not being sold or ending up in other hands. This is good because I prefer F1 teams to be run by people who know what they are doing, and the Mazepins don't give me that vibe. Hence, they're more Johnny English than James Bond. Though... ...I have seen at least one comment suggesting that Dmitry Mazepan resembles a Bond villain.
    Percussus resurgio
    @lacanta (Twitter)
    http://alianoralacanta.tumblr.com (Blog/Tumblr)

    Online Luke

    Re: So, Luke!! ... What have you heard???
    « Reply #7 on: April 21, 2019, 07:49:55 AM »
  • Publish
  • "So Mr Mazepin, do you expect me to talk?"

    "No Mr Williams, I expect you to sell, muahahaha"

    That was a good post though Ali, sums up the perils of selling out to rich daddies.  Stroll senior has done it the right way, although I do resent the fact that Lance is on the grid indefinitely due to his dad owning the team, it cannot be easy for the team working on his car etc unless there is genuine equality between both cars.  Still, I would rather have the team on the grid than not, and definitely in Stroll's hands than Mazepin's.  Williams is financially okay, it just needs to be smarter in how it operates.  Far smarter.
    Poster formerly known as Williamsfan.