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Old 28 Jul 2016, 10:45 (Ref:3661593)   #1
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Formula V8 3.5 Off 2017 News & Rumours

So lads and bella, http://www.fiawec.com/en/news/fia-we...2017_4291.html we have a tie up between two established series', although one of them have been battered recently. Do not really understand the remarks re former drivers joining FIA WEC, but I believe they had to write something so it would professional. What really worries me are them overseas visits, where the series suffered of lowest grids in their history this year, with 13 drivers racing over the weekend. Them overseas journeys are budget killers...
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Old 28 Jul 2016, 11:31 (Ref:3661602)   #2
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Maybe they are getting assistance with the travel from the WEC, after all the WEC pay the transportation costs for all of the WEC teams. I do agree with you though, with only 13 cars this year and increased costs next year, where will this head?
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Old 28 Jul 2016, 12:59 (Ref:3661619)   #3
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There's a sponsor\third-party paying the travel costs, but I'm not convinced it makes any sense to run 3.5 instead of say Blancpain (where you'll get paid to race).
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Old 28 Jul 2016, 23:30 (Ref:3661750)   #4
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I'm not convinced it makes any sense to run 3.5 instead of say Blancpain (where you'll get paid to race).
It depends on the television deal. Having a strong partner could be useful to get one.
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Old 13 Sep 2016, 14:29 (Ref:3672122)   #5
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This may go someway towards offering some flavour of the benefits the series had under Renault.

Ok, not to the same extent but if travel is going to be covered and other incentives are on the table plus the chance to race on global circuits as well as Europe it should attract more global drivers and sponsors?

This can only be a good thing for the series which has struggled this year but historically has been very strong entries and talent wise.

Could we see more South Americans and Japanese doing it if they can race in front of their home crowds?

Celis Jnr is bound to continue and Kanamaru surely.

Let's see how the close season unfolds....
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Old 19 Sep 2016, 08:05 (Ref:3674012)   #6
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I think it will struggle as it just is not on the beaten track anymore.
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Old 19 Sep 2016, 09:00 (Ref:3674033)   #7
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Not if it's on the WEC bill with Porsche, Audi, Toyota and works GT teams watching.

Drivers could do a lot worse than get picked up by one of those if they cannot progress to GP2 or beyond in single seaters?
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but the costs are still too high.
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but the costs are still too high.
Compared to GP3 or GP2?

Maybe budgets will be less next year.
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Old 21 Oct 2016, 14:46 (Ref:3681783)   #10
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2017 Formula 3.5 season

possible seat:

Lotus: Roy Nissany - René Binder
Arden: Aurélien Panis - Egor Orudzhev
AVF: Alfonso Celis jr. - Harrison Scott
Fortec. Pietro Fittipaldi - Igor Walilko
SMP: Richard Verschoor - Jarno Opmeer
Teo Martin: Beitske Visser - Yu Kanamaru
RP: Vitor Baptista - Leonardo Pulcini
Durango: Giuseppe Cipriani
Comtec: Thomas Randle
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Old 21 Oct 2016, 20:50 (Ref:3681813)   #11
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Not really sure I can see it continuing.

Those with budgets like Nissany, Binder, Celis, Delatraz, Orudzhev and Fittipaldi will move on and the make weights who filled the grid with 1/4 budgets this year won't find pots of lucre
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Old 21 Oct 2016, 20:56 (Ref:3681814)   #12
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You forgot Louis Delétraz. Unless he manages to snatch the championship from Dillmann, he'll probably be back.
Unless Renault decides otherwise and can give him a good seat in GP2 (i.e. not at MP Motorsport)

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SMP: Richard Verschoor - Jarno Opmeer
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2 Dutch drivers? Not going to happen.

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RP: Leonardo Pulcini
Jack Aitken is more likely...

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Arden: Egor Orudzhev
Will he be doing both GP3 and WSR? Busy guy ...
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Comtec: Thomas Randle
Good to see Comtec back. They haven't shown in the series since late 2014.
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Good to see Comtec back. They haven't shown in the series since late 2014.
Bwoah, (as Kimi would say) we'll have to see what happens
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Italians being Italians again.

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