Post by Sir Tim
Bernie to set up a breakaway series?
I assumed that Andrew Benson and Peter Windsor were taking the piss,
Post by Sir Tim
Maybe he could rope in youngsters like Ron Dennis and Max Mosley, who
are at a loose end. Jackie Stewart might welcome the opportunity for a
comeback. Even Stirling is only a year or so older than Bernie.
All they would need is a thunderously loud, gas-guzzling engine and I
can see it being a winner :-)
Imagine Bernie and Max sitting down over a cup of tea and a scone
(clotted cream for Bernie, Max is partial to whipped cream) talking
about what F1 would look like if they were starting it up now.
What would they take from the current series, safety features for
instance, and what would they have different with the benefit of a
Both would agree that team budgets would be well below the $100m mark.
With a clean sheet to start from policing budgets would be a lot easier
than trying to introduce them over the top of the current system.
Cars could be a lot less sophistcated but just as quick. They might
well *start* out with a lot of stock parts, especially tyres and
engines. They could choose a balance between aero and mechanical grip
that would allow cars to race one another. The key difficulty would be
in it not becoming essentially a one make series but allowing room for
designers to innovate and the engineers to create set ups which would
give cars different strengths and weaknesses.
On the flip side, if Liberty want to protect themselves and the sport
they should be doing a similar paper excercise with a view to what they
want the sport to be in five+ years time. They may well have their eye
on some short term tinkering but long term success lies in a long term