Sorry, not a good Sunday...
Yes, it's disappointing for sure. But at least all of this will likely translate into a big push forward in Formula E and electric sportscars for the street.
Mercedes-Benz will exit DTM next year and will also jump aboard Formula E.
Electric sports car series next?
It's a real dilemma. The problem is that all the car companies want to get into Electric cars and promote their wares, so it makes total sense for them to back Formula E. The problem is that Formula E racing is terrible. No sound, change cars half-way through the race, etc.
But what do you do if you are Formula 1? You have to have the car makers...no way could F1 afford to have all the car companies backing Formula E. I reckon Liberty Media should seriously consider moving F1 to an engine formula with an even greater reliance on KERS and hybrid technology, with the aim of switching to full electric as soon as the tech allows.
It sounds crazy in a way, but if F1 doesn't take decisive action, then it will fade behind Formula E...if it moves to take the electric mantle, then it could kill Formula E overnight.
The Diesel "strategy" of Volkswagen has been more than destructive (not only) for motor racing. Audi had to retire from WEC because they feared financial demands by Diesel customers.
Last Thursday the German ministry of traffic announced that Porsche is not allowed to bring new Diesel Cayennes on the road until they have introduced a solution for it's Diesel
problems. Only a few days later they want to retire from WEC!!!
Any questions??? They want to save the money and instead hang out the "green flag"!
And LMP1 is dead. Why should Toyota race any longer? To win against Bycolle?
Of course, Formula E is important for the future. But it also seems to be a kind of "emergency exit" to those, who have run into difficulties!
I Hope I have not gone too far. But the news brought me near to the "red ra(n)ge...
Meanwhile, there is an "official statement" of WEC on Porsche leaving LMP1!!!
For you Werner
Great stuff!!! Helpsme recover from "Black Sunday"!
Thanks a lot Hubert!!!
Perhaps I can add a poster. Or two.
Motorsport.com: McLaren: Alonso free to race at Le Mans for another team.
1995 to 2012
I'm up to date on all the winners up to 2016, waiting for the release of this years
98 Winner print, signed
And up to date, all of the above gave been reframed in white
23 Le Mans in a row
Absolutely awesome @TP61!
Also got these
birth year poster, Flying Lizards 2012, official museum and Porsche 17th victory. Bottom one is Porsche '96 1-2-3
Also got a fair size diecast collection. All Porsche except some of the winning cars
You have built a shrine/ museum.
F1 engines in the 24 Hours of Le Mans could become a reality
FIA BOSS SAYS COMMON REGULATIONS MAY CREATE NEW ERA FOR LE MANS
With Porsche leaving and Toyota being the only participant in LMP1, WEC definitively needs a new concept. Hope it will work!
I hope so too!
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