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General F1 Discussion / Re: Yet another new idea
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on Today at 09:41:53 AM »
I don't think F1 understands why its popularity has increased.

It's now active on social media (so younger audiences can see it), has a popular documentary on Netflix (so people can see the humans behind the racing and technology - along with its greater honesty compared to some other sports) and has obvious competition at the front of the field (which it's lacked for a decade prior to this).

Does changing to Grand Slams make F1 more active on social media? No.

Does changing to Grand Slams make the people more obvious? No - in fact it obscures them a bit behind more complex series structuring.

Does changing to Grand Slams make F1 more honest? No - it makes it less honest by encouraging teams to put less effort into the non-Grand Slam rounds.

Does changing to Grand Slams increase competition? No - it decreases it by reducing the number of rounds where discretionary effort must be spread (making it easier for the better-resourced teams - which still exist despite the budget cap - to defeat less-resourced teams).

Do Grand Slams help with any required secondary attributes, such as safety? No.

Are Grand Slams likely to help anything in F1? No.

Will the powers-that-be notice or care in advance of the Grand Slam's failure? No. (Witness this being announced in the middle of an alleged consultation period).
The trouble is that hundreds, maybe thousands, of companies have been using "Bull", since long before Red Bull existed or even before its founders were born (in the UK alone, there's over 150 pubs with "Bull" in the name, most of which pre-date the Red Bull company). For "Bull", the standard has already been established, much as with "Red" - the word alone cannot constitute a trademark anywhere in the EU, there has to be something else included with it (even if that is also a common word, hence "Red Bull" can be trademarked even though none of its components can), or it has to be within the specific sub-sector and hence confusable with the trademarked product (which in this case I believe would be defined as "non-alcoholic beverages", so gin companies wouldn't qualify unless they're selling a 0% version). The law cannot demand that a company start a case it will inevitably lose (though it can at times require it to pursue questionable cases).

Google is different because they (accidentally) invented a new word. They had something that could easily be trademarked and defended. Amusingly, their original intent "googol" would have been more difficult to defend because although not many companies had that in their name, it was a dictionary word that meant some level of research would be needed before suing. With invented words, the onus immediately goes onto the defendent to say why they used someone else's invented word instead of their own idea or common words.

There's "vigorously defending" something and "inevitably losing the case and, potentially, the trademark, due to vexatious litigation". Red Bull chasing a gin company for a commonly-used word is the latter.
F1 Teams / Re: Haas Keeps Same Drivers for 2022
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on Today at 09:17:54 AM »
I think it’s more about Russian pronunciation of “cheese” when taking photos.  🤪

Which is approximately "brin-thay". So if the photo was taken when Nikita was saying the first syllable, that actaully makes sense!

(Otherwise I'd have to believe Nikita was thinking something like "Dad, why didn't you buy me a team in administration like the Strolls did? Why haven't we won the appeal against FRP and got hold of whatever Force India's called now?")
F1 Teams / Re: Haas Keeps Same Drivers for 2022
« Last post by Scott on Today at 02:35:08 AM »
I think it’s more about Russian pronunciation of “cheese” when taking photos.  🤪
F1 Teams / Re: Haas Keeps Same Drivers for 2022
« Last post by Andy B on September 23, 2021, 10:38:36 PM »
Going by the picture the team spirit is going to be a struggle.
Just one seat to go at Alpha then!
Anybody wishing to speculate who will join VB?
F1 Teams / Haas Keeps Same Drivers for 2022
« Last post by cosworth151 on September 23, 2021, 01:32:03 PM »
Haas has resigned Shumacher and Mazepin for the 2022 season. No real surprise. As a Haas fan, I'm very happy that the team will still have Mick and a great big pile of fertilizer rubles.

Check out the official picture. Mick sure looks a lot happier than Niki.

Other Sports / Re: Grosjean Wrecks IndyCar Pace Car
« Last post by John S on September 20, 2021, 07:34:12 PM »
What a t*t!  :fool:   See 'Wrecker' Romain is still true to form.  ::)
Other Sports / Grosjean Wrecks IndyCar Pace Car
« Last post by cosworth151 on September 20, 2021, 01:37:23 PM »
This was a first. A regular feature of pre-race TV broadcasts here in the States is having a driver do a lap of the track in the pace car (aka safety car in the rest of the world). Romain Grosjean did it for this past weekend's race at Laguna Seca. He put the pace car into the tire barrier at the entry to the pit lane.

Seriously, Grosjean has become a very popular driver in IndyCar. He finished third at Laguna and got the biggest cheers of anyone on the podium.

He did get a little lesson in American style racing from former NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson in The Corkscrew:

General F1 Discussion / Re: Spitballing ideas for assigning 'blame' for a crash
« Last post by Andy B on September 19, 2021, 10:13:37 PM »
I can see the strategists spending hours and building computer simulations working out where to have their driver take out a close rival to maximize their placement with minimum penalty.
I don't like the slippery slope that may create.

I was going to say that's ridiculous, but Nelson Piquet Jr would disagree.

He proves the point though!
Pictures & Jokes / Re: Facebook related
« Last post by John S on September 19, 2021, 10:07:29 PM »
 :DD :DD :DD

They remind me of racy postcards we used to get at the seaside to send to friends & relatives by good old snail mail, Monty.
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