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General F1 Discussion / Re: Liberty Wants Spa to "Americanize"
« Last post by lkjohnson1950 on June 24, 2022, 07:54:20 PM »
The American business model has long been that it's more important to attract new customers than to hold on to existing customers. Nearly all advertising involves "switch to" not "thanks for your business".
General F1 Discussion / Liberty Wants Spa to "Americanize"
« Last post by cosworth151 on June 24, 2022, 03:46:11 PM »
It looks like Spa is under threat from Liberty Media. It isn't glitz enough for them.

"It is true that there was a request from F1 to introduce a greater component of entertainment," Spa-Francorchamps promoter Stijn de Boever, is quoted by Italy's Autosprint. "They said that history is something great but we need more. We decided to listen to them and follow them in the new way of offering Formula events.

"This American way, with all of the entertainment that this entails."

There is a rumor that Spa could become a non-championship round with young drivers in place of the regular driver line-ups.

Seriously, that sounds like a good way to handle the events like Miami & Vegas. Formula 1 can stay a real racing series and Liberty gets its glitz fests. The target market Liberty is trying for with events like Miami & Vegas probably wouldn't notice the difference if they raced 3 year olds in pedal cars.
General F1 Discussion / Re: Canada 2022 Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by lkjohnson1950 on June 24, 2022, 08:13:28 AM »
I think it's pretty clear that barring acts of God Max and R/B are going to cruise to another title. Unfortunately.
General F1 Discussion / Re: Canada 2022 Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by Willy on June 23, 2022, 11:18:58 PM »
Jeri seems to sum up each race so well that I usually don't have much to add.
I was happy for Alpha to get Bottas up into the points.
The quali in the wet was a nice treat as it shook up the field a bit but the race sorted it all out again.
Leclerc did a decent job coming from the back but did not slice thru the field as I thought he would.
The Ferarri did not have what it takes this weekend.

GPWizard News & Announcements / Re: Andy joins the club
« Last post by cosworth151 on June 23, 2022, 03:13:54 PM »
 :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANDY!!!!  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:

I'm not far behind you.
GPWizard News & Announcements / Re: Andy joins the club
« Last post by Andy B on June 23, 2022, 08:41:52 AM »
Thanks guys it's a good club to belong to.  :D
GPWizard News & Announcements / Re: Andy joins the club
« Last post by Wizzo on June 23, 2022, 12:47:57 AM »
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GPWizard News & Announcements / Andy joins the club
« Last post by Dare on June 22, 2022, 11:46:31 PM »
Welcome to the Big 70 Club Andy joining a
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General F1 Discussion / Re: Canada 2022 Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by rmassart on June 20, 2022, 06:28:35 PM »
Pretty much sums it up.

One possible zero: Ferrari

I can't help feeling they could have somehow won this race given all the safety cars. Specifically, maybe they should have put sainz on mediums at the last pit with 20 odd laps to go, five of which behind the safety car.
General F1 Discussion / Canada 2022 Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by Jericoke on June 20, 2022, 03:59:28 PM »
Max - winning, from pole position, even in the best car is still an accomplishment.  We've seen other Red Bull drivers throw away 'guaranteed' wins at this very track, so this really does need to be noted as 'heroic'.

Sainz - It's been an up and down season, but a solid second place is good, and giving us genuine challenges for the lead, plus the fastest lap, made this an interesting race to watch.

Hamilton - he was  helped to a podium finish, but he seized his opportunity.

LeClerc - a solid performance from the back of the field.  It's not enough to have a great car, it takes skill (we saw that first hand in previous seasons where Hamilton could scythe through the field while Bottas was hung out to dry behind slower competitors).  Hopefully he and his team get everything hooked up to make 2022 somewhat of a contest.

Stroll - managed to work his way up to a points paying position for his home race.  More would've been nice, but honestly, he got more than I was expecting.

Alfa Romeo - Double points finish!

Haas - Has there ever been a more Jekyll and Hyde team?  You really don't know if they're going to be brilliant or failing spectacularly from moment to moment.

Alonso - great qualifying in the wet but didn't really seem to be able to back it up on race day.  He knew he wasn't racing for the win, but he didn't look like he was racing at all.  (And that amateur hour weaving?!)

McLaren - if it weren't for Haas I'd be wondering if THEY were the most Jekyll and Hyde team.  They didn't look like a 'best of the rest' outfit at all today.

Tsunoda - I'm not entirely clear on what happened to him, and I'm not sure he is either.

Perez - not really his fault he was out but even if his car hadn't given up, I'm not sure he'd have been a factor in the race.  Bonus points for his photogenic hike back to the pits.  Not quite the level of Alonso taking in some rays on a chair, or Kimi hopping onto a yacht, but definitely the same kind of energy.
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