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Old 16 Dec 2016, 19:19 (Ref:3696728)   #16
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So no Lotterer at TOM's? That would be very sad for the series. Why that?
I'm just guessing, but maybe Porsche is not OK with Lotterer racing a Toyota-powered car in Japan? After all, it has looked a bit odd, seeing him in a Toyota-suit one weekend, while racing against factory Toyotas the next weekend in WEC. I mean I have no problem with this at all, I like when teams are open-minded and let their drivers race other cars as well, but I could also understand if Porsche said 'no'.

Or maybe the reason is something completely different, like some personal issues (must be difficult to travel so much between Europe and Japan, maybe after 14 years he just got tired of that, especially as he now has to concentrate on a new workplace in Europe). Maybe he found a nice girl in Europe and doesn't want to be away so much, who knows. Or quite simply, maybe he just couldn't agree on a new deal with TOM's.
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Old 16 Dec 2016, 21:40 (Ref:3696755)   #17
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As it stands, there's no calendar clashes that would keep Andre from coming back. He's still as good at 35 as he was at 30 and better than he was at 25. Audi had no problems with him racing for a rival marque from WEC from 2012 to 2016, I don't see why Porsche would either.
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Old 18 Dec 2016, 10:18 (Ref:3696929)   #18
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what's the kind of budget a driver would need to bring to a team? obviously there's some drivers who aren't in that situation but if a gp2 driver was looking to compete in the series without any manufacturer links...?
The cost it's similar to GP2 series: approx. 1.5 millions of euros but, depending of each team.
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Old 18 Dec 2016, 10:24 (Ref:3696931)   #19
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Motorsport.com reports that Gasly is likely to sign with Team Lemans (Toyota engine)

http://www.motorsport.com/super-form...-gasly-854903/
I heard today: Pierre (Gasly) don't must to pay to drive the next year! #SFormula Nakajima Racing, Team le Mans, next ? So... Wait and see !

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Old 18 Dec 2016, 13:27 (Ref:3696958)   #20
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for your info Gasly is believed to have already signed for Nakajima Racing for 2017 .

Regarding costs it is likely to be much less than GP2 series as first Super Formula is a National Serie (travel costs) and also Engine,Tyres and cars itself are massivly supported by makers (Honda or Toyota for Engines and yokohama for tyres are rumoured to be free of charge) , chassis are leased to JRP organisation.

to be honest if teams request money from you to get to Super formula then you are not good enough for this championship (probably only Buller and Karthikeyan were bringing money to the team in 2016)
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Old 18 Dec 2016, 14:45 (Ref:3696964)   #21
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They also have massive backing, the TOM'S, Impuls, Cerumos, LeMans even, looks like a great series. I watched them races on YouTube sometimes, and always entertainign, although, makes me sad tey canned Swift 017.n's..... worth noting, the sponsors in Japan, SF, SGT stay long periods of time, DoCoMo, Raybrig, etc. Sometimes 20 years +....
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Old 18 Dec 2016, 16:36 (Ref:3696986)   #22
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i was wondering what lynn's move might be, hence wondering about budget really. with the lmp1 and dtm fields shrinking in size the space for factory drivers for european series based brands is looking a bit tight, perhaps super formula might open a few more doors..?
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Old 18 Dec 2016, 16:47 (Ref:3696991)   #23
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i was wondering what lynn's move might be, hence wondering about budget really. with the lmp1 and dtm fields shrinking in size the space for factory drivers for european series based brands is looking a bit tight, perhaps super formula might open a few more doors..?
As previously said if Japanese team or Japanese makers (Honda toyota or Nissan) do not pick you up then it will be a dead end to go to Japan ....
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Interesting episode about Team Impul

According to Autosport magazine/Yuhi Sekiguchi,
Sekiguchi's chassis had a low quality parts than Oliveira's chassis.
So Sekiguchi asked Hoshino-san (Team principal) to put high quality parts in his chassis by his own expenses.
Then Hoshino-san apologized for making him worry to Sekiguchi. And Hoshino-san bought him high quality parts.
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That makes Sekiguchi's Q3 run at the start of the season at Suzuka even more impressive, and then his season really, really got going when he finished 3rd at Fuji.

We talk often about how the F1 ladder only seems to reward those who have money or manufacturer ties, I think it mostly favors the people who rocket up the system with absolutely no setbacks whatsoever. Sekiguchi has neither of these things in his favour, really, but if he somehow found his way to F1, man, he'd be so fun to watch.
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Old 20 Dec 2016, 14:14 (Ref:3697360)   #26
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@bella, Japan is not a bad direction for Lynn. Super GT, GT300 class looks massively better than few years back. @Samurai, how could Sekiguchi got "lower quality" parts, is it not all manufactured by Dallara?
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No details.
But in technical regulations, it's possible to exchange chassis parts only by vehicle supplier (Dallara) except for a certain parts (on-board camera, radio etc).
According to Sekiguchi, it was a clearly low quality parts so that it appeared in the data logger.
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@bella, Japan is not a bad direction for Lynn. Super GT, GT300 class looks massively better than few years back. @Samurai, how could Sekiguchi got "lower quality" parts, is it not all manufactured by Dallara?
yeah, my thoughts exactly about lynn. seems like a sensible investment versus lmp2 or something similar over here like the other gp2 exiles.

the only sensible non-conspiracy theory thing i can think of there is that his car had parts that were at the end of their life or had been repaired where permitted and they were only using new things on the other car...?
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I reread tech regulations. It's possible to remodel/change several parts.
It might be a damper. Damper can be remodeled.
JAF will post English version 2017 tech regulations PDF file on its website soon.
Then I will link its address on this thread. Wait for it.
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It's bit old, but this is 2015 technical regulations.
http://www.jaf.or.jp/msports/rules/i...g_20140926.pdf
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