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Wolff is a selfish moron at best.  I completely agree that Andretti would contribute to and generate for, F1 far more than Wolff ever has.  In fact he has spoiled his own brand and the sport itself by managing drivers he actually employs…the greed never stops with him.

But the solution is easy peasy.  Only pay out the top 10 teams.  No pie dilution and more motivation for the last place team to not remain there.
If F1 is serious about growing the American fan base, letting Andretti in would be absolutely one of the best moves they could make. Few names in American racing could garner as much media attention as Andretti.
F1 Teams / Wolff: Andretti yet to demonstrate that F1 entry is deserved
« Last post by Jericoke on May 15, 2022, 04:02:21 PM »

Wolff is worried that if Andretti joins F1 it will dilute the share of the F1 pie by 10% for the existing teams.  As such, Andretti must 'grow the pie' by at least that much to make it worthwhile for other teams to let them in.

I agree with Wolff's logic, but in what world does he think the Andretti team won't bring value to F1?  I mean, if it was JUST a name entering the sport (say, "Prost F1") with no experience running top tier championship teams, he'd have a case, but Andretti knows what's going on in F1. 

Conversely, no one is watching F1 because Wolff owns the Mercedes team.  If Andretti REPLACED Mercedes, I'd bet that F1 would be making more money.  In fact, I would posit that Andretti would bring more attention to the sport than any current team except Ferrari, Red Bull and maybe McLaren.

(Don't get me wrong, I think the 2022 line up of F1 teams is literally the most solid group in history.  All the teams are fully committed to the sport, and run like clockwork serious organizations.  Except maybe Aston Martin, although I think Stroll just needs to learn to back off and let the people he's hired do their jobs.  Follows in the footsteps of Mallya and Jordan I suppose)
General F1 Discussion / Re: Surprise!!
« Last post by Jericoke on May 11, 2022, 06:00:55 PM »
That's easy. Move it to Sebring but still call it the Miami Grand Prix. After all, Imola isn't in San Marino but they still called it that for years.

I can see the appeal for having it right in downtown Miami, on Miami Beach, or somewhere on the shoreline, but once you go for 'suburban parking lot', why not just go to a local race track with a long heritage?  You can still build a fake marina at Sebring or Homestead.
General F1 Discussion / Re: Surprise!!
« Last post by cosworth151 on May 11, 2022, 02:44:30 PM »
That's easy. Move it to Sebring but still call it the Miami Grand Prix. After all, Imola isn't in San Marino but they still called it that for years.
General F1 Discussion / Surprise!!
« Last post by lkjohnson1950 on May 11, 2022, 05:39:40 AM »
Most of the drivers want to get rid of the chicane in Miami. You know, the one where so many of them crashed. Oh yeah, they don't like the pavement either. Organizers say they're open to changes that will improve the circuit.
F1 Drivers / Re: Ralf speaks on childish protests
« Last post by John S on May 10, 2022, 09:16:36 PM »

As for Seb wearing his underwear on the outside, he's not the first one to do that:

Yeah but Seb now resembles a geriatric Superman, Cos.

He used to be able to fly (round the track), now he spends his time squabbling with the kids down the back of the field.  :D
General F1 Discussion / Re: 2022 Miami Grand Prix Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by Willy on May 10, 2022, 06:51:42 PM »
I can agree with the points made above and rmassart hits the nail on the head.

This was mostly an extremely boring race until the last 10 laps but even then we did not see much of it as the TV coverage was poor. The TV director was more concerned with having to use the cameras that were set up to show The Event and the beautiful people at The Event. Case in point, the annoying camera that flew over the picnic tables and stopped mid-track under the overhead gondola's. OVERHEAD GONDOLA'S WITH GLASS FLOORS FOR CHRISTS SAKE!!
I seriously dislike flash and glitz for it's own sake and this race was full of it.

And as mentioned, it wasn't even Monaco who seems to know how to offer tasteful flash & glitz in small measures.

F1 Drivers / Re: Ralf speaks on childish protests
« Last post by cosworth151 on May 10, 2022, 02:47:45 PM »
I didn't realize that they want drivers to remove their wedding rings & religious symbols. That's crossing the line IMO. I think K-Mag has the right idea:

“They made me take my (wedding) ring off. The wedding ring… if something bad was going to happen I want to wear my wedding ring as it kind of feels bad to take it off. Something like that, your wedding ring, there must be somehow a way to let us take responsibility and take it away from the FIA. (A waiver) will be great.

"The underwear, we can make fireproof ones, manufacturers are making it as before we were never told (of the rules), I understand that. And big chains. But small things like a wedding ring… and if you’re religious, I can understand that too.”

As for Seb wearing his underwear on the outside, he's not the first one to do that:
General F1 Discussion / Re: 2022 Miami Grand Prix Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by John S on May 10, 2022, 10:39:39 AM »

Max, the pass on Sainz into frst corner was vital to set up a chance at Charles. He also took the chance well against Leclerc, most others found difficulty keeping the car inside the white lines when going for DRS overtakes, Max judged it to perfection, sure he had more speed but he still had to get the turn in done after the overtake - and he did.

Perez for nursing a wounded car to the end and even trying to get Sainz for 3rd place after the restart, it was never certain that Checo's car would make it to the finish.

Ocon for keeping his nose clean and letting the race come to him, safety car and penalties helped him be higher at the end, however he still had to drive it from the back of the grid.

Track designers for creating jeopardy for the best drivers in the world at the tricky chichane. Stop whingeing you numpty drivers and deal with it, you deal with all the extremes of Monaco - so suck it up.  >:(

Merc for keeping Lewis out at s/c, he was behind George and would have come out much lower down if he pitted. Whilst he may have made places again not sure he would have got George or Bottas. In fact without the Mercs scrapping close behind Valtteri may not have been distracted & run wide allowing both to jump up a place.


Ferrari for not having a set of softs or mediums to use after late s/c with a free pitstop, Max had passed pit entry when full s/c called. Basic stuff surely to be prepared for such an outcome.

Alonso, Lando Gasly and especially Schumacher for just losing the plot and having unecessary wheel banging and on track fisticuffs. Mick was even scrapping with his teamate on more than one occasion - to prove what?........who knows.
Mick to finish in the points you need to be higher than 15th! Hell man even tortoise Latifi beat you. :D

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