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Old 26 Sep 2017, 23:37 (Ref:3770028)   #871
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Zak Brown: McLaren F1 team open to compromise on special payment.

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I think that their special payments are about to cease anyway due to non performance! ??

So hugely generous from Zak.
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Old 27 Sep 2017, 15:51 (Ref:3770120)   #872
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Are we really ready for the return of four-wheel drive in F1?
its highly road relevant, and will simplify things a great deal for all teams
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Old 12 Oct 2017, 02:35 (Ref:3773789)   #873
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Seems as though Jenson Button still pledges allegiance to Honda after this divorce?
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Old 12 Oct 2017, 11:39 (Ref:3773843)   #874
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Seems as though Jenson Button still pledges allegiance to Honda after this divorce?
I assume this is in reference to Jenson potentially driving a prototype for Penske with Honda power? Why not? Why should he hold a grudge? Does he have much of a reason to hold a grudge? The issue is more between Honda and McLaren. I expect Jenson will exit his association with McLaren at the end of this season. It's probably already a done deal, but just not announced. I believe McLaren is already talking who might be reserve driver for 2018 and it is likely not Jenson. Jenson also has a long history with Honda that goes beyond the recent McLaren partnership.

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Old 12 Oct 2017, 15:31 (Ref:3773873)   #875
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I assume this is in reference to Jenson potentially driving a prototype for Penske with Honda power? Why not? Why should he hold a grudge? Does he have much of a reason to hold a grudge? The issue is more between Honda and McLaren. I expect Jenson will exit his association with McLaren at the end of this season. It's probably already a done deal, but just not announced. I believe McLaren is already talking who might be reserve driver for 2018 and it is likely not Jenson. Jenson also has a long history with Honda that goes beyond the recent McLaren partnership.



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No reason to hold a grudge, just that I was just learning which side he has gone with. Makes sense that he is ending his official association with Mclaren as reserve driver to pursue avenues with Honda
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Seems as though Jenson Button still pledges allegiance to Honda after this divorce?
There's a big assumption that Button will be in a Penske due to Honda. But Zak Brown has a United Autosports LMP2 at Daytona as well.
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There's a big assumption that Button will be in a Penske due to Honda. But Zak Brown has a United Autosports LMP2 at Daytona as well.
After posting above, I think I read that the Button Penske deal is not going to work for undisclosed reasons ($$$?). I also read about the Zak Brown deal as well.

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After posting above, I think I read that the Button Penske deal is not going to work for undisclosed reasons ($$$?). I also read about the Zak Brown deal as well.

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And the fact there's no space left for him? The drivers were announced at the beginning of this week, Cameron/JPM/Pagenaud and Castroneves/Taylor/Rahal. And think the money Zak may have hinted at for United's LMP2 at Daytona and potentially Sebring, Petit Le Mans may have been more than Penske/Acura wanted to offer.
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Old 13 Oct 2017, 12:41 (Ref:3773992)   #879
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Button and Honda go back a long way and he did compete for them in Super GT, so I think he still has some connection with them
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if his 2017 retainer is any indication of his 2018 salary demands, can Mclaren justify spending that much for Button to maintain essentially a promotional/reserve driver role?

also seeing some silly numbers being thrown around for Alonso's 2018 salary.... 40mil euros!!!

regardless of how good he is/still might be, if that number is true then its a crazy amount for a driver not in a top car.
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Old 20 Oct 2017, 01:54 (Ref:3775128)   #881
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Alonso thinks McLaren-Renault can.

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When will the team announce their new corporate pArtners to fund the year?
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Old 20 Oct 2017, 16:08 (Ref:3775259)   #883
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Well Fred hasnít lost anything, will make a nice change to see him at the front again
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I always wondered what happened at Renault when Trulli was Blowing Alonso away then mysteriously became slow around mid-season
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I think there's still a question as to whether McLaren Renault can compete.

How many changes will be needed to that apparently great chassis to accommodate a new motor? How much will those changes bring McLaren in line with other Renault teams, basically putting them in a fight with Red Bull, and possible Renault, all a step below Mercedes and maybe still Ferrari? Although, I could see Red Bull and/or McLaren leapfrogging Ferrari.
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