manchild wrote:xpensive wrote:I agree, 46 MUSD for a well-connected wannabee to try his luck is pocketchange for a rich country such as Venezuela.
Luckily enough, I belong to the generation remembering Frank Williams letting go of an almost certain 1982 WDC,
Carlos Retutemann, over the Argentinian - Falkland politics, those were the days.
Are you sure that it was his decision, or just the "offer" from MT he couldn't refuse? That was the state of war, without space for free will business decisions.
I really don't get this Chavez obsession. He is no good, I mentioned that already, just like most politicians from other nations involved in F1. I'm not defending him, just saying is that if you're going to point out such injustices, than to avoid hypocrite label, be fair and mention all countries and their presidents, prime ministers or monarchs who are doing identical thing as Chavez. There's only a dozen teams in F1, it wouldn't take too much time.
To make it clear, I'm not writing this as personal provocation, I just think that if we're going to talk about money taken from citizens without their consent, to be "invested" in F1 and likely skimmed by those are taking it, than name all of those who are doing it.
gridwalker wrote:Did ANYONE have an issue with British American Tobacco's interest in motor racing? They are one of the few western corporations that circumvent economic sanctions on the Burmese Junta, but everyone simply accepted Lucky Strike and 555 liveries.
F1 is no stranger to dirty money : Chavez has nothing on the abuses of the Myanmar Generals.
As for my personal boycott list, it is too long to put in full but includes such notable companies as :
Apple (or any company using Foxconn components)
Ben & Jerrys
Marks & Spencer
Etc, etc, etc ...
Pup wrote:He may be good, or he may suck. But he's still a pay driver, and you have to ask what exactly they're paying for. Judging by this conversation, you'd have to wonder if it's money we'll spent.
ringo wrote:I find it unfair for a Venezualan to be judged on his nationality.
Then there is this myth that the guy isn't any good, simply because he is a pay driver.
bhallg2k wrote:Wow. That's not prejudicial at all.