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  1. April... so Beijing autoshow, logical enough.
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    Formula One

    this one looks great to me: This is the season opener livery... Alpine did their own version of one more thing. I think it would look ace at night races. https://www.pitpass.com/gallery/2450/2022-Launch-Alpine/#
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    Formula One

    Well it is BWT Alpine F1 team launch day. it is going to be blue and pink... I have no problem with pink except that BWT has chosen the worst hue of pink. the livery is just meeh the blue pops nicely but the pink looks faded... Is it a better livery than the BWT racing point, yes in my opinion cause the blue and black provides contrast. Is it a livery that will be remembered, no cause it appears like a complete afterthought ; the car was going to be blue, then BWT was shopping their sponsorship and alpine jumped on it and they did not find a way to integrate the pink to the colorscheme. Considering the amount of branding that BWT gets they are contributing a lot of money to the team.
  4. Interesting... one day in the future Lotus technology may buy Lotus cars outright. It is setup LT be much bigger than LC will ever be. I'm guessing this is the result of Etika not willing to divest of their stock. Lotus is on the rise it is not quite the moment to sell. But I wonder how much funding they have contributed to Lotus cars since they inherited the shares from DRB/HICOM (Proton).
  5. That front fascia has some Zeekr Zero on steroid.... I can't say I'm surprised about it, hopefully it will be distinctive enough. The Type 132 and Zero will share a lot of the interior.
  6. ^^^They are confirming a switch to SEA architecture, so the car will share some underpinnings with the Zeekr 001 , which is not what one may call a bad design. March makes sense as it is traditionnally Geneva motorshow which has been postponed (cancelled really) but should they do a studio unveil they could then formally present the car in Beijing Autoshow in April. followed quickly by press drives in the summer.
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    Formula One

    Now that the spending is manageable under 140m a year... F1 is attractive again. Andretti has developed their engineering capability lately with ATEC... But delivering a brand new team in the next two years will probably require teaming up à la Haas-Ferrari. Andretti has a natural connection with McLaren so they could leverage that and Andretti keeps saying that he is fully funded for an F1 endeavour... Haas said that also and today he has one foot out the door.
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    Formula One

    Horner did bid for the publicity and the fact that it was a good cause. He knew he was not going in beyond Toto's office and maybe a lunch room. He will give the tickets away to a bunch of kids as one does...
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    Formula One

    Mercedes F1 E W13 The return of the silver arrows Very low nose, shrinkwrapped sidepods with big intakes and triple barge elements.
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    Formula One

    Masi was not under pressure from the FIA. That is BS! He may have felt under pressure from FOM, the promoter of the race, the TVs, Redbull... But he was not under pressure from the FIA... He effectively is/was the FIA most senior officer acting that day. Whatever he said went and it did. And he royally fucked up. The Epic battle was over before the crash, Hamilton had been leading the race by a full 10 sec... The FIA needed by its own admission and rules to let all lapped cars unlap themselves, which Masi initially said he would not, then he let five cars out of eight I believe unlap, then the safety car had to lead the race for another lap to have all the cars in proper restart order, he did not let that happen either... You ask Mercedes and Hamilton and Mercedes to see the big picture... Best part of the event was Masi calling it a motor race in Toto's face! Masi fucked up! He deserved to be fired. Had Mercedes not already signed the new Fom agreement, Mercedes could have called it a day. Mercedes does not need F1. They could have said ok we are leaving and FIA and F1 would have add to clean up that mess. Now see the big picture!
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    Formula One

    Nope... had the rules and regulations been respected, some would have been upset and some would have been happy but Masi would have done his job properly and kept it. Instead of that the sporting body known as the FIA had to deal with a shitshow. The 2021 champion is still going to have a shadow over his shoulder because. Had Mercedes been a sore loser they would have taken this to court and won, because the race director did not do his due diligence in that race. LH asked Mercedes not to push it that way to which Mercedes F1 boss said ok. If you consider that being a sore loser, then I can't even imagine...
  12. That is some sever level of leakage we must be getting close to a full reveal...
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    Formula One

    Also They are bring in Eduardo Freitas from Le Mans 24/WEC and Niels Wittich from DTM, both of them have strong experience even if Wittich last year at DTM was also tinted in controversy, which also involved Mercedes and RedBull. They retained Herbie Blash and are creating a virtual remote control room hopefully it will be manned properly. I think it is interesting that the FIA president had to mention that Masi would be reassigned.
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    Formula One

    Ferrari SF75 or F1-75 That car looks extreme, I don't know if it is going to be good or bad but the treatment of the pointy nose and the excavated sidepods do make for a very interesting design. This unveiling season has not disappointed much in terms of diversity in the treatment of the new regulations by the teams. Everybody went their own way. It appears Ferrari is still hasn't found a way to display the brand of the company they get most of their sponsorship money, hence a lot of bare black wing surface on the car. While Rayban, CEVA and Shell have to share sidepods.
  15. It appears the JBXE - Lotus engineering tie up has concluded. The roundel does not feature on the picture, nor did Lotus Sport instagram shared the news. The Jenson Button Extreme-E outfit which was rumoured to shutdown if more funding could not be found, will be part of season 2 of the all electric low carbon footprint globe trotting race series. With a new line up for race one, as Kevin Hansen and reigning champion Molly Taylor will team up behing the car in the Saudi round, this week end. Taylor was not retained by RXR at the end of season 1 despite winning the championship outright with her teammate Johan Krystophersson. It may be seen as a non event but considering Lotus is about to reveal a crossover vehicle and with a competition getting a bit more interesting with McLaren joining the budding championship, it would have been interesting to keep the tie up going, I think.
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    Formula One

    The FW44 in the pictures above is a showcar aimed at displaying the livery. the real car has shrinkwrapped sidepods with gaping intakes and a distinctive nose. It looks super aggressive.
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    Formula One

    They still have DRS, many cars have been displayed in showcar configuration we'll see the real wings at the first test in a few days.
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    Formula One

    The Williams FW44 was unveiled today I prefer last year livery. But the car is quite pretty the setting for the unveil of the car makes it difficult to get a good view at some details but it appears to be a bit more conservative in design that the shrink wrapped McLaren Williams appear to have retained most of its sponsors,which is eased by the fact that most are either tied to Dorilton (Versa, Honibe) or Latifi (Sofina, Lavazza) They still managed to attract Duracell and retained Acronis. however when you are an f1 minnow it is not that easy to attract a whale of a sponsor. Hence the car's engine cover and sidepods are up for the taking.
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    Formula One

    I tend to agree with Verstappen not having done anything wrong... on that race. However the race director read and interpreted the F1 rules in a very new and creative way.... However the F1 rule in question has been one of the few, that did not need to be reinvented. under safety car as per the rule book every car that is not on lead lap gets to unlap itself before the race safety car period is over. In that instance Race director, under pressure from a certain team did only let a limited number of cars unlap themselves, creating in the process the circumstances to favour a driver, problem is F1 has rules and procedure and in the said instance they were not followed. So what good are the rules. many races before have ended under a safety car. relaunching a race for dash to the flag is not F1, it's NASCAR. Actually, I'm actually surprised that we haven't heard much from the gambling world reaction. There was a lot of money hanging in the balance and the race director essentially fixed the race live and on air.
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    Formula One

    And now the AT03 with another sidepods design and what appears to be a long low nose...
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    Emira GT4

    Still no announcement on team partners or race programs for the first year. The car being unproven. I did not really expect teams lining up at the factory with orders. Maybe now that Lotus Advanced Performance has been put in charge of competition we will have an announcement in time for the start of the european season.
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    Formula One

    The McLaren goes for most "colorful" car of the season so far with an interesting and dynamic grey, orange and blue color combination. Can't say much about the car except that side pods appear to be much less bulky than those on the Aston Martin which is interesting considering they are craddling the same engine... Once again this is mostly a livery exercise so we'll see the real car in Bahrein. By the look of things McLaren is still sponsor hunting with an engine cover mostly free of any markings as of now.
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    Formula One

    Aston Martin F1 2022 contender... No they did not present a showcar but the real thing and it does look good It looks like an F1, very distinctive nose from the show car, lots of flat and sharp surfaces No more pink replaced by yellow pinstripe... Another seriously funded effort with Aramco now a strategic sponsor.
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    Formula One

    RBR Launch today. The new car is proudly harbouring the #1... Livery is just as forgetable as last year, very on brand. The car looked very much like the FOM prototype and the Haas f1 car except for the front wing, and I think the side air intake are stretched... so longer wheel base maybe. Still it's going to be a pretty dull affair if they all look the same. The cars will change a lot before race 1 hopefully and the racing should be better... The show is very RBR scripted... they have signed their new whale of a sponsor with Oracle footing, on paper, $100m per year over the next five years, on a cost capped budget of a 145$, I think. Honda is no longer a partner but the HRC logo now appears at the back of the engine cover, so Honda is still pretty much involved and RBR is probably pushing like mad to keep them involved until Porsche steps in.
  25. Is this the new Lotus Sport/Racing umbrella brand or is it the new M, SVO or AMG division of Lotus? Are they really going to produce a CanAm racer using Elemental (Emira platform) and fit it with a chrome roll hoop and that wing?
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