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Old 31 Oct 2016, 20:58 (Ref:3684384)   #1
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Lance Stroll to Williams F1?

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/126407

I strongly disagree with promoting F3 drivers straight into F1.

F1 drivers should have at least two seasons of experience above F3.
GP2 drivers should have at least one season of experience above F3.
GP3 drivers should have at least one season of experience in F3.
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 21:20 (Ref:3684387)   #2
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 21:27 (Ref:3684389)   #3
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Even Kimi and Jenson?
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 22:14 (Ref:3684403)   #4
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you could add Senna, Prost, Piquet & Hakkinen to that list not forgetting Martin Brundle.
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 22:39 (Ref:3684405)   #5
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You almost include James Hunt in that list as he just dabbled in F2 before writing the car off, as well. And I am sure that there are plenty of others, too.
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 23:13 (Ref:3684409)   #6
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couldn't give a stuff about the effect he'll have. i have a lot of respect for how he sorted himself out last season in f3, and no matter what you think about the manner in which his championship title came about he did a heck of a lot better than lesser talents given the same chances.

the biggest issue about this is the potential funding vacuum left behing at prema where stroll snr won't invest in the team any more, and all of a sudden every drive has to be funded to pay the huge overheads. see: carlin.

i know my records stuck, but fair play to him.
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 23:46 (Ref:3684419)   #7
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couldn't give a stuff about the effect he'll have. i have a lot of respect for how he sorted himself out last season in f3, and no matter what you think about the manner in which his championship title came about he did a heck of a lot better than lesser talents given the same chances.

the biggest issue about this is the potential funding vacuum left behing at prema where stroll snr won't invest in the team any more, and all of a sudden every drive has to be funded to pay the huge overheads. see: carlin.

i know my records stuck, but fair play to him.
The advantage should now show up with Williams, a pilot that seems to have skill behind the wheel, and can keep the books balanced..

Even if he had every opportunity that money could buy at Prema, Mr Stroll still had to drive the thing...
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couldn't give a stuff about the effect he'll have. i have a lot of respect for how he sorted himself out last season in f3, and no matter what you think about the manner in which his championship title came about he did a heck of a lot better than lesser talents given the same chances.

the biggest issue about this is the potential funding vacuum left behing at prema where stroll snr won't invest in the team any more, and all of a sudden every drive has to be funded to pay the huge overheads. see: carlin.

i know my records stuck, but fair play to him.
True that. In any case Prema has put themselves in about as good as a position as they can to attract other investments. If they can't do it now, well, I guess the team owner always has a choice if he wants to burn real bright for a while when a rich family shows up.
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Old 1 Nov 2016, 12:51 (Ref:3684513)   #9
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They bought in changes to the super licence system to avoid wholly inexperienced drivers moving from their local scalextric league straight into F1. This guy has already qualified for a super licence, so he is good to go.

Of course he is going to be slated even before he turns a wheel, because his dad is rich.
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True that. In any case Prema has put themselves in about as good as a position as they can to attract other investments. If they can't do it now, well, I guess the team owner always has a choice if he wants to burn real bright for a while when a rich family shows up.
historically trying to sell off these big dad-owned teams is awkward, because the dad is used to selling companies off at a profit for what they're worth potentially. but in motorsport the reality is it's like buying a factory standard car, and modifying it to your own tastes then trying to sell it for a price that recoups all the money you've invested. ain't going to happen. see: p1 motorsport when it was owned by the grubmullers.

the huge overheads are an inconvenience to someone looking to run it as an actual racing team to break even or run a small profit without the incentive to invest. the assets aren't really worth much more than a team run without the big investor.

you're right though, compared to other teams who have had similar investment they're in far better shape and have turned out exactly the results they needed to, and arguably exceeded them. it'll take a monster budget in each series to break even and thankfully for them they're in exactly the right position to demand that.

but like property, it takes the right buyer who shares the exact same vision as the seller to pay the kind of money the seller wants. very rare, particularly when buyers with that kind of money aren't as prevalent as people might think.
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To quote Mario Andretti, if you can drive, you can drive. He qualifies for a superlicence and has turned 18, so he ticks the necessary boxes.
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you could add Senna, Prost, Piquet & Hakkinen to that list not forgetting Martin Brundle.


I was thinking the same thing and you can also add Trulli, Sato and Sutil to the list. Although I think Prost actually did a bit of F2 before going to F1
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Nope, he won the French and European F3 titles in 1979 then signed for McLaren for 1980.
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To quote Mario Andretti, if you can drive, you can drive. He qualifies for a superlicence and has turned 18, so he ticks the necessary boxes.
He can race an F3 car.
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Of course Lance was a better choice than all the alternative choices!

Huelkenburg, Mags, Ocon, Grosjean, Palmer, Giovinazzi, Lynn, wehrlein, Ericsson, Nasr etc. etc.

The 40+ millions per year are nothing to do with it
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