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I have worked in the mental health community for several years - psychology, counseling, education, etc. I am interested in how (or who?) I could connect within the Formula 1 community in order to start a conversation related to assisting Formula 1 staff, not only drivers. Thank you for any information to start a conversation.
So there is a Head of Talent Aquisition role live on the f1 LinkedIn right now so I thought I’d look. It’s the biggie hill media centre.
Was thinking it’s going to be really cool place to work so I looked it up and.. yea.
I applied for a role at F1 and interviewed. It was absolutely not for me. I felt like they looked down on me for being interested in actual racing/F1. It’s hard to explain. Was at their London office which was absolutely epic — had a 2022 car on display (interviewed pre-2022 season). Pay was very low for my role and nearly 30% less than the equivalent role in the teams (which already pay a fair bit less than market because, well, they’re F1 teams) so didn’t really make any sense.
Is Giovinazzi the only driver to start races with 2 different numbers since the introduction of personal driver numbers? He used #36 in his first two races with Sauber and then #99. Of course excluding Vettel and Verstappen since the situation in their case is a bit different
Vandoorne has done it too. He replaced Alonso in the 2016 Bahrain GP with #47 and then competed with #2 when he became a full time driver
Seems fair, forgot about him
With temp drives like Gio's 2 races in 2017, you tend to get the team's reserve number. Which is the only situation in which that can work.
De Vries will likely do the same. He raced with the Williams reserve number at Monza this year, and will likely pick a different number for 2023.
Of all the WC winners, Uruguay is the only one to not also have an F1 WDC
West Germany also doesn't have one, but West Germanys wins are attributed to the unified German team and I'm sure Michael, Nico or Seb were born in West Germany when it was still West Germany even though they race just as German as West Germany was no longer a country when they got to F1.
All 3 were actually born in West Germany while it was West Germany. East Germany does not have a title
"West Germany" is the same country as current day Germany. For all intents and purposes, the German Democratic Republic ("East Germany") simply ceased existing in 1990 with all of its territory being incorporated into the continuously existing Federal Republic of Germany
Does anybody know how early do Paddock tickets go for sale? I contacted F1 but they just told me to sign into the notifications list. Still no clue if it’ll be one week, month or half a year prior to the race.
you can usually get it 6 mths before the scheduled race date.
Does anybody know a good place to buy f1 merch in Canada? Looking to buy some cheap(er) clearance merch
Completely pointless question:
If we assume Max is the best driver and Latifi is the worst, which cars would you put each of them to have an equal race?
Max in an Alfa vs Latifi in an Alpine. Who wins?
Let's assume [this chart](https://www.reddit.com/r/formula1/comments/z9nto2/qualifying_average_gaps_between_teammates_and/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android_app&utm_name=androidcss&utm_term=1&utm_content=share_button) is the absolute source of truth, and these percentages have some meaning even if the drivers change teams (which they don't really).
For simplicity, let's assume Albon is a similar pace to Perez. That puts Latifi approximately 1.25% slower than Verstappen in qualifying.
If that's the case, then Latifi in a Red Bull should beat Verstappen in an Alpine or a McLaren more often than not.
The Alpine was only around 0.3% faster than the Alfa in qualifying, so Max in an Alfa would wipe the floor with Latifi in an Alpine.
In fact, Max in a Williams would wipe the floor with Latifi in an Alpine, if those percentages can be believed (which they can't really, but this just for fun). The Williams in the hands of Albon was really not a huge amount slower than the rest of the midfield.
Still Max. Latifi wasn't even extracting the Max out of the Williams and I don't think Alpine and Alfa had that big of a gap in qualifying. Especially towards the end of the season. Fact is, even if given a good car, Latifi will massively underperform.
I figure the longer the race the more certain Max wins regardless of the car. His robot like consistency would just wait out whatever mistakes Latifi eventually made. But if we are just talking about one lap, then I am not so sure.
With Latifi in his current form, Max in Alfa.
Latifi in RB and Max in Alpine could be equal
What do you all think about the following idea? Not that FIA will use it anyway...
About sprints, the Friday quali defines the order of the sprint (exactly as it is now), but instead of the results of the sprint defining Sunday grid, wouldn't it be better if the best personal time of each driver dictated their Sunday grid spot? Imagine the Williams going for supersofts in the last lap of the sprint and getting 7th or higher! Well, opinions?
Would kind of defy the idea of a sprint race, because at least the bottom half of the field would abandon racing and just do qualifying laps in the last few laps
But the sprint gives points to 8 drivers only. So why not going all or nothing if you are 18th?
Quick question on sprint races and how they affect a drivers overall record - does the driver who finishes fastest on Friday get a pole in their official results? Or does that go to the person who wins the sprint? Do they both get a pole? Does the sprint winner get a race win?
It's complicated, due to retroactive fixing of the rules and changing the officially naming and result of sprint race.
Initially with sprint races the driver who qualified for pole position was awarded to the polesitter on Sunday, which meant the sprint race winner "qualified" for the pole position.
This year the classification was cleared, so that qualifying counts towards statistics of qualifying for pole position, while the actual pole sitter on Sunday is determined through the sprint race - as qualifying for pole position and the actual pole sitter on Sunday are two different topics.
What makes the matters a bit worse is that in 2021 the sprint race was officially called sprint qualifying - while from 2022 onwards it's officially a sprint race.
Ah ok that’s interesting thanks. I thought sprint was still sprint qualifying I didn’t realise they’d changed it to a sprint race.
The award for pole position on Sprint weekends goes to the fastest person on Friday, it goes on their official tally (see Magnussen)
Sprint Winners do not get a race win on their official tally.
Thank you. It’s weird you don’t get anything for winning a sprint.
Sprints existing at all is stupid. There’s been 6 sprints between 2021 and 2022, the only good one was Brazil 22. The others sucked. Drivers just play it safe cause it’ll cost their team precious financial resources if they fuck up, as well as their starting spot for the race.
Agreed, they’re pointless. All they really do is mean if the grid is nice and mixed up from the Friday it just shuffles everyone back in to their regular positions for the Sunday race. I guess there’s always the jeopardy of someone crashing and fucking up their grid position for Sunday but how often has that actually happened?
Has anyone got the link to the full video (or just a clear/good quality clip) from Autosport Awards where Seb imitated Jean Todt?
I have watched every single interview but can't find anything except for a blurry YT Shorts video.
Hi all! I have been following F1 for a couple of seasons now, and am looking to get to the Bahrain 2023 race as a birthday present to myself! None of my friends are interested in F1 so I have no one to come with me (travelling from London). Are there any fan groups that travel / sit at the racetrack together? Don’t want it to be a completely solo experience, would love to socialise with fellow fans and make friends! Thank you!
Might have some luck posting here, not sure about any special groups for that. https://www.reddit.com/r/GrandPrixTravel/
I was thinking of getting a GA ticket for Quali in Melbourne - would be my first time. Wanted to know how crowded GA gets for quali and whether it's better trying to get a grandstand ticket. Also, any other tips for first time attendees? Thanks
Pretty sure it's already sold out
Race day tickets but they should still by some fp and quali tickets left maybe
Hello F1 fans, I have noticed on Charles Leclerc’s Instagram story that he was in his F1 car (old or new idk?) at Fiorano Circuit (Ferrari’s own circuit), and one question came into my mind:
Are F1 teams allowed to test their cars outside of the season apart from the 2 F1 Testing that were at the start of the year in Barcelona and Bahrain?
After some research I found out in a post from 2 years ago that teams are not allowed to do testing but they have 100km of ‘promotional driving’, sort of filming days. I need some clarifications if anyone has the knowledge for it.
Have the rules changed? Are they testing the old 2022 or the new car 2023? If they are not allowed to test what could Charles be doing in his car?
>After some research I found out in a post from 2 years ago that teams are not allowed to do testing but they have 100km of ‘promotional driving’, sort of filming days. I need some clarifications if anyone has the knowledge for it.
>Have the rules changed? Are they testing the old 2022 or the new car 2023? If they are not allowed to test what could Charles be doing in his car?
The teams are not allowed to run the cars outside the official test sessions, except for two cases:
- Two 100km promotional days, as you mentioned.
- To take part in one of 30 Pirelli tyre test days through the year, which are organised and run by Pirelli. Attendance of these tests is split so that all teams have the opportunity to do the same number of test days.
The test going on at Fiorano is a Pirelli test, using their 2022 car to test tyres for the 2023 season.
Alright, thank you!
And related to the car that they are testing, I guess is the updated 2023 car? I mean I see no reason to test the 2022 since they have done it all year.
The FIA want to stop teams gaining an advantage by doing tyre testing between December and March, so by the regulations they have to test a 2022 car in a specification that was used at a race in 2022, to stop teams fitting any new parts to try out.
Got it! Thank you very much for the clarifications! Cheers!
Crazy thought to increase competitiveness. Why don't they allow the smaller teams to spend more on development to catch up with the big ones. Imagine if there were 10 teams fighting for the championship instead of 2 best case 3.
Problem is small teams **don't** have more money anyway. They are already running at their top of the budget and some don't reach their budget cap anyway.
smaller teams do get more wind tunnel time comparing to the big teams.
Well, they'd first have to have the money to spend.
Because the small teams often don't have the extra money to spend. The smallest teams like Haas have historically not had the budget to reach the level of the budget cap, let alone exceed that amount.
Just rewatched when Michael was on Top Gear as The Stig. My eyes are tearing up right now. I miss him, it really hurts knowing how he is now.
It was already rumoured earlier that Cyril Abiteboul might become Hyundai’s TP in WRC, and now at least one publication is claiming that this in fact is true. Pretty weird if you ask me. I would have thought they’d stick with Moncet, bringing in an F1 guy that has no history in rally is kinda odd.
How do you guys remember Abiteboul? I feel like there was a lot of drama around him, Red Bull and Renault going back and forth about the engines around 2017. But I guess Renault did fairly well under him. I don’t recall his Caterham days that well.
>I would have thought they’d stick with Moncet, bringing in an F1 guy that has no history in rally is kinda odd.
I think Moncet was only ever supposed to be a temporary replacement for Adamo.
Formula 1 to rallying might be a strange move (or not; just ask Guenther Steiner), but Hyundai have to do *something* different. The only way to take the fight to Toyota is through consistency, which is the one quality they've been lacking before all others. Their line-up is okay; Lappi and Neuville is probably about as good as they're going to get, Sordo is reliable and Breen at least knows the team. None of their WRC-2 drivers or customers look like they're ready for promotion yet, and they ditched Solberg and lost Tanak.
>Formula 1 to rallying might be a strange move (or not; just ask Guenther Steiner)
Rally to F1 is for sure fairly common, there is of course Steiner, but also Todt and Jost Capito, probably many others as well. And I think it makes more sense that way from a career perspective. As much as I love rally and WRC is a world championship with a lot of prestiege, it’s still a lot smaller series. But a job is a job I guess, we’ll see if this report is even true.
I agree that Hyundai needs consistency, I’m just not sure bringing in a fairly high profile leader like this will bring it. Initially anyways. They did pretty well the 2nd half of the season, I would have just seen how that would have continued.
>I agree that Hyundai needs consistency, I’m just not sure bringing in a fairly high profile leader like this will bring it. Initially anyways.
The organisation needs a bit of a shake-up. In a way it makes sense to bring in an outsider. Besides, Toyota did the same thing when the promoted Jari-Matti Latvala to replace Tommi Makinen. JML didn't have any leadership experience (at least that I'm aware of) and while he inherited a very well-organised operation, he didn't just keep marking time; he actively improved Toyota's operations.
>They did pretty well the 2nd half of the season, I would have just seen how that would have continued.
I believe that part of the problem was Hyundai's late signing off on the i20 Rally1 project, so the car started well behind Toyota and M-Sport. They caught up over the season, but it sounds like they eventually got to the point that they needed to have started at.
I don't think TP in WRC is a downgrade from F1. From a career perspective if you can be successful in both it shows you are able to adapt and bring a winning culture to any series, that is very valuable. WRC is still top of its discipline and not exactly a walk in the park either. Perhaps its even preferable to F1 since there's not nearly the level of media circus following WRC.
How do I remember Cyril? He has a strong accent. Doesn't he have a tattoo now?
But I felt he was a decent fit at Enstone. For me at least it felt like they were on the upswing, Daniel got podiums in 2020, we saw him celebrating with the team, with Cyril, with Luca...and then boom. Alpine rebrand (not as good of a name & colours as Renault), Cyril moving on, Daniel moving on...
TLDR, thought things were trending upwards for Cyril in 2020 and then the team parted ways with him.
If Redbull new management suddenly decide to dissolve the racing team, what will happen to the enginners, TP, management and drivers?
Will some new owner immediately buy the team, if not where will the drivers end up?
They won’t be dissolved, but Mintzlaff is apparently a big supporter of selling to Porsche. As well documented from his stint at RB Leipzig, the guy never met a valuable asset he didn’t want to sell. Horner was concerned that Porsche would force him out and change the culture of the team. Probably should have taken a punt on Porsche owning 51% because chances are, they’ll be owning the whole lot soon.
Whether they sold Porsche 51% or not might not change the future. If they're considering selling 100% to Porsche outright then they would have also considered selling the 49% as well.
Why dissolve something that you could sell for several hundred million, if not several billion, to an interested party?
If Red Bull wanted to leave the sport, their first move would be to sell the team.
Extremely unlikely to dissolve the team as its staff and assets are worth much more money as a whole. Depending on the wording of their contracts (they might have the option for a break clauses in them in the event of a sale) they would also get Max, Checo, Newey, Horner, etc. who are all very valuable big name signings for any team, dissolving would mean buying out these expensive contracts, which would cost millions.
They would be more likely to sell as a whole, as others have mentioned Porsche have the money and desire to get into F1 at this level so they would be the most likely candidate. I doubt Andretti could afford to buy RB without a big name auto manufacturer backing him for the deal. I could see him getting the money together for AT however if they decided to sell that.
I am willing to pay the exact same amount, for RBR, as Ross payed for buying the Honda F1 team back in 2009. I may have to rely in crowdfunding though.
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I recall a project called myf1dream that was touted back in 2009 when the grid was being expanded. It was supposed to be completely crowdfunded and fan-owned.
It may have been an April Fools' Day joke, though.
I’ll give you 20 cents, we’re getting there!
The way I see it, Porsche will probably swoop in and buy the whole RB outfit. Andretti may try for AT. Most of the Engineering and support staff will be consumed by new owners. Few department heads might make way for new owners' folks. I don't know if RB is also selling their race track in Austria as the parent company owns that, not the team.
As far as drivers go, any new owner will try to hold Verstappen regardless of cost. Perez and Danny they might let go. Yuki and Nyck won't probably save their drives. The army of juniors are as good as orphaned.
Tost and Horner, are harder to say. Usually big acquisitions mean the executive staff get axed after a transition period but good F1 team bosses aren't dime a dozen and Horner is one of the best ever. Tost is probably replaceable but not immediately.
Newey will probably have the option to go to Mercedes if he wants to, especially if the new ownership doesn't keep him happy.
Marko will enjoy his hotel property in Austria, probably stalking Verstappen.
I doubt they'd give it up with their recent successes, but it is interesting thought!
My bet would be something like Honda/Brawn, where someone wanting a team - think Andretti, or possibly Audi - would buy them over, maybe replacing a few odd employees with their own, but I'm sure the main faces would remain at least for a while. They're doing their jobs well enough, after all.
If they do just dissolve it entirely it would be a bit daft. Current championship-winning team would fetch a high price for interested parties, I'm sure. But in that case, I'm sure Max at least will find a seat pretty easily, even if he has to take a reserve role for a year and replace an outgoing driver afterwards. Or he might just turn to another field entirely - like endurance racing - that he wants to try. Again, I'm sure he'll have no issue finding a backer.
Alpha Tauri could be an interesting case too. I'm assuming the same situation as the above, but at a lower price point if they're sold. Being the "junior drivers", Yuki and Debris might not be as desirable for a new owner to keep, so may end up being replaced with their own. Perhaps let them see out the next year while the new faces take on regular practice and reserve duties, before they take over full-time.
I'd bet Porsche would suddenly reappear. Apparently the thing that stopped them coming to a deal 6 months ago was RBR wanted to retain 51% ownership and keep Horner, Marko, and Newey in control. If the entire team was up for sale and they could do what they wanted they'd probably consider it.
If not Porsche, someone would come along if the price was right and buy out the entire operation keeping most folk in jobs, but most likely restructuring upper management.
If no one chooses to buy them, they'd be made redundant in line with laws of the UK most likely, and other teams would snap up their top staff in an instant, and maybe even some facilities as everything is auctioned off to recoup costs back to RBR group.
Funny thing is, we know F1 is capped at 26 cars in a race, so 13 teams, but there's little to no info on the minimum number of cars and teams that are required to be entered into a season. The only info I can find is from the leaked 1997 Concorde Agreement which said 16 cars must be entered (8 teams).
They're obligated to stay in F1 till 2026 at least, due to the Concorde Regulations.
A team can't just be dissolved, it will be, at best, sold to another entity. Red Bull Racing + Red Bull Advanced Technologies are self sustaining entities, and considering they're on top form right now, there will be many buyers. Christian Horner could himself look at asking to take the team private at a discounted rate given his loyalty to Red Bull for nearly 2 decades.
I'm sure stalwarts like Porsche, Ford etc would be very interested, though it'd be rather funny to see Ford buy it back from Red Bull, considering this was their **Jaguar** team before they left the sport. It'd be a silly move for Red Bull to sell anyway, considering how good RBR is for the marketing of the fuzzy drink.
Whatever entity the team operates under, the drivers, engineers, land, IP etc will most likely stay secure. A Horner Racing Team would be pretty hilarious though, reminiscent of the Brawn GP of yore.
> They're obligated to stay in F1 till 2026 at least, due to the Concorde Regulations.
As Concorde Agreements are private we also don't know the punishment for failing to enter. RB group could most likely just cut their losses and pay any fines if they wanted to as it'd probably be cheaper than running an F1 team for another 3 seasons. I can't see the fine being higher than 3x the budget cap.
You're right though in that in 99.99% of scenarios the team gets sold off.