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Old 30 Jun 2011, 15:49 (Ref:2908642)   #31
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The split between team people and driving talent would be pretty fascinating if Audi did remain.
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 15:49 (Ref:2908644)   #32
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While we're at it, I'd like to see another Ferrari LMP car. They built a very successful 333SP back in the 90's, so why shouldn't they again?

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The split between team people and driving talent would be pretty fascinating if Audi did remain.
IF Joest is going to leave Audi, that is. Either Penske returns to the prototype sport, or one of the GT teams rises up.
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 16:46 (Ref:2908675)   #33
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I want to see Joest returning to the Porsche fold , where he came from and where he should be .

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Old 30 Jun 2011, 16:52 (Ref:2908678)   #34
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Great news, I love Porsche, they belong in sportscars doing LMP type stuff. Can they run with Rothmans or Martini sponsors please?
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 16:52 (Ref:2908679)   #35
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For those that think this means Audi will be headed to F1 in 2014, I suggest you read some of the Adrian Newey comments that he made regarding future F1 engines and Audi, and If he is right it sounds like no chance they will go.
That they won't go to F1 dosen't mean they will stay in LMP1 though. They could be concentrating on touring cars, start a factory GTE project with the R8 or something else.

To be competitive in LMP1 you have to spend almost F1-like money and I seriously don't see VAG running two major programmes like that at once in the same series..it makes no sense.

Factories very rarely do this, for a good reason. The last instance of something like that I can remember is Peugeot & Citroen in the WRC in the early 2000s but even there PSA pulled the plug after a few years because it is a waste of money to have two of your own makes compete against each other.
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 16:58 (Ref:2908683)   #36
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That they won't go to F1 dosen't mean they will stay in LMP1 though. They could be concentrating on touring cars, start a factory GTE project with the R8 or something else.

To be competitive in LMP1 you have to spend almost F1-like money and I seriously don't see VAG running two major programmes like that at once in the same series..it makes no sense.

Factories very rarely do this, for a good reason. The last instance of something like that I can remember is Peugeot & Citroen in the WRC in the early 2000s but even there PSA pulled the plug after a few years because it is a waste of money to have two of your own makes compete against each other.
Yes, to me this makes a lot of sense, GT racing now (both GTE and WGT/GT3) is in a very lucrative and exciting time. They could still go for class wins at Le Mans as well as the Nurburgring 24 Hour honors overall. Plus I could see Audi focus on touring car racing around the world, my point was if they left LMP1 I doubt they would leave for F1.
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 17:02 (Ref:2908687)   #37
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Is there any risk of closing LMP1 category, because it's too dangerous (for example), and putting a new LMGT for supercars such as Porsche 918 and unchained McLaren MP4-12. And there's a rumour of a new super GT from Ferrari that will suit that category well. So, is there any risk to lose LMP1?
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 17:05 (Ref:2908689)   #38
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Wouldnt bother me now , if Audi chose to get involved in F1 . They have proven their point , with miltiple wins , championships , fast laps , both petrol and diesel ..... huge entertainment for the vast majority of us interested in this kinda sports . I wish them well in their next endevor .

..... Oh , and we get Porsche back where it belongs !!!
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So, is there any risk to lose LMP1?
No, the LMP1s provide the show, look at Le Mans, nobody even cared about the GT-class.

In order for the WEC to establish itself, it needs to provide spectacular racing that can somewhat compete with the "thrill" (yes, I know..) of F1 and the LMPs are what's needed.

The crashes are not getting any worse than what we´ve seen at Le Mans and given that absolutely nothing happened, we can assume that the cars are safe enough.
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 17:08 (Ref:2908694)   #40
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All we need is for Toyota/Dome to announce their future Le Mans plans and we would have a real party in LMP1.
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 17:34 (Ref:2908707)   #41
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This could be exciting times in LMP1. I echo the sentiments of many here that Porsche belongs in the top category. It has taken far too long but some of my faith has been renewed. Looking forward to seeing what happens. Can you imagine several Porsche customer teams like we had in the 1980's. If the LMP class becomes the place to be, I can see this being a very lucrative move for Porsche.

Here's to hoping that we have 4 or 5 factory teams come 2014.
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 17:37 (Ref:2908709)   #42
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Remember this? From the horse's mouth (Matthias Mueller):
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"We would not necessarily have to line up against Audi, but we would do it if we need to and it would mean there are two of the [VW] group's brands fighting in the races. The likelihood that the group wins would therefore obviously be increased."

He urged all the VW brands to get together to "agree on a motorsport strategy for the coming years".
http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/story/38588.html
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 17:40 (Ref:2908712)   #43
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And in an interview with Adrian Newey, I think linked in the V6 for 2014 thread, Audi was a driving force for the I4s and now that they have supposedly backed out the teams, including veto powered Ferrari, agreed to the V6 formula that they mostly preferred.
The link: http://en.espnf1.com/fia/motorsport/story/52832.html

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Factories very rarely do this, for a good reason. The last instance of something like that I can remember is Peugeot & Citroen in the WRC in the early 2000s but even there PSA pulled the plug after a few years because it is a waste of money to have two of your own makes compete against each other.
I think this is very good example (VAG also ran Skoda & Seat but not in such direct competition). Peugeot had success before Citroen came, but the years against Citroen didn't turn out so well for Peugeot image-wise, I think...
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 17:48 (Ref:2908717)   #45
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COME ON FERRARI ..... RISE TO THE CHALLANGE , if you can !!!

I want to see Joest returning to the Porsche fold , where he came from and where he should be .

Shove Penske !!!

As long as they are in F1, it wont happen...

As for Porsche returning to Le Mans. It's great news, I would love to be there in person to see it. Once they are in LMP1, I wonder how they will treat there GT program at Le Mans.

Because I do remember when the LMP2 Spyder was racing in the ALMS. There were a few GT2 Porsche teams upset with Porsche. I believe becasue, Porsche was not giving the GT2 teams the same effort at the LMP2 program, or was not good enough...
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