marcush. wrote:i completely fail to understand why the franchise should allow those monkeys to claim they are building a car when somewhere else creditable people are prepared to do it
and prove to be serious:see fernandez ..who really put together the one new team that
has lived up to the announcements tzhey made in the shortest timescale .
If this is business interest ..F1 will not live for long ..as Bernie will not live forever ..he seems to be guy who is pulling the strings to make it work at least...
The existing teams have an interest to keep new teams away from the championship. This is why we have a constructor status to make it difficult in the first place. This is why Montezemolo is banging on about third cars for the top teams.
F1 will be governed by the existing concord agreement until the end of the 2012 season. The Concord says that any empty slot up to thirteen teams will be filled by the FiA licensing new teams that will be selected by the F1 commission. The F1 commission is dominated by FOTA (the teams) and takes decisions with 70% majority.
I fail to see how anybody will convince FiA and FOTA to give up those privileges. It has never happened in the past and it is very unlikely to happen in the future. We might as well take it for fact that they will not change.
Any criticism by the teams and drivers with the 107% rule should be seen with an open mind for the vested interests of those players. Afaik Webber and Alonso have been the most vocal in criticizing slower drivers and telling us they should not fight for position. Alonso did it in Monaco. Webber took the same stance after his Valencia accident.
If we look at who was involved in Monaco and Valencia we find that it were not the HRT's which are the slowest. The controversy usually is about a Lotus or Virgin. Alonso fought Di Grassi's Virgin and Webber collided with Kovalainen's Lotus. So it never was the slowest car but the driver who used his right to defend his position. To expect any driver in whatever car to roll over and give a position away is childish. If they use their right to defend the position the top drivers should deal with it and shut up. The arm waiving is simply silly and undignified.
The same goes for teams who criticize small teams with 10% of the budget or resources they have themselves for being slow. Ferrari, Williams and McLaren have also started poor many years ago and were given room to breathe and grow up. They have no right to make it even more difficult by raising the bar beyond 107% to say 104%.