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Old 17 Jul 2018, 11:01 (Ref:3837089)   #106
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Would the manufacturers want anything to do with an F1 based on Indy type engines though?
Honda, Chevrolet, plus probably Ferrari

That's three manfuacturers. How many more do you need!?

Three is plenty. Indycar has a great field with two manufacturers.
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Old 17 Jul 2018, 11:03 (Ref:3837090)   #107
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It's the super stars that set F1 apart from every other series.
Nonsense, they are only superstars because they are in F1.
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Like them or loath them it would be commercial suicide for a manufacturer to be seen backing a sport going away from what the public perceive as "green" engines.
Nonsense. Honda and Chevrolet are happy to race without hybrids as it sensible, cost-effective motor racing and still a valuable technical and promotional opportunity.

The many manufacturers (Honda (Acura), Cadillac, Mazda) in the IMSA Sportscar series are happy to race without hybrids either. It shows manufacturers are attracted and not repelled by sensible, cost-effective motor racing.
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Would the manufacturers want anything to do with an F1 based on Indy type engines though?

Take them away and what do you have? Who's paying the mega bucks for the superstar drivers? In reality that's who 90% of the audience are there for. Not for F1 itself.

It's the super stars that set F1 apart from every other series. Sort out all the aero issues, give them amazing engines but a load of drivers in the cars that the majority of the audience have never heard of and the audience plummets overnight.
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Old 17 Jul 2018, 16:23 (Ref:3837144)   #110
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Would the manufacturers want anything to do with an F1 based on Indy type engines though?

Take them away and what do you have? Who's paying the mega bucks for the superstar drivers? In reality that's who 90% of the audience are there for. Not for F1 itself.

It's the super stars that set F1 apart from every other series. Sort out all the aero issues, give them amazing engines but a load of drivers in the cars that the majority of the audience have never heard of and the audience plummets overnight.

To me the only person who seems to understand what makes F1 special these days is Mark Webber.

Like them or loath them it would be commercial suicide for a manufacturer to be seen backing a sport going away from what the public perceive as "green" engines.
You say it'd be commercial suicide for a manufacturer to be seen backing something other than "green" engines, whilst countless manufacturers exist in other series which have made no attempt to go green.

Seemed to do just fine for superstars when manufacturers didn't have a monopoly on overly expensive engine regulations.

You've got a weird thing with cause and effect going on. You say that the amazing engines will attract the drivers due to the big bucks and that people won't watch a series with people they haven't heard of. But most drivers are unknowns outside of us super hardcore fans until they reach F1 anyway. It's F1 that makes the name. Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher had a battle royal, and whilst the Renault engine powered both cars in 1995, neither were manufacturer back and both made the name when in F1. I mean, the list of drivers who made their F1 debut without manufacturer backing and became famous afterwards is so long that you'd run out of vertical cells on an excel spreadsheet.

Nobody tunes in to watch an F1 driver's first race because he's already a superstar in F2.
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Old 17 Jul 2018, 16:47 (Ref:3837145)   #111
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Never said a thing about amazing engines attracting the drivers.

What I said was that to 90% of the F1 fan base they don't care how "petrol head nirvana" the cars are. All they care about is following their favourite driver. Make the cars "perfect" as far as the hard core fan is concerned but remove the current drivers at the same time I bet the former won't make up for the audience loss of the latter. The cars aren't the most important thing is all I was saying. How the drivers get famous is irrelevant.

F1 has to compete with football, tennis, cycling, family movies and everything else that the average joe might be watching/doing on a Sunday afternoon.

American markets are very different to European markets. What a business can get away with the average american consumer they can't with the average european.
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Never said a thing about amazing engines attracting the drivers.
No, you said - Would the manufacturers want anything to do with an F1 based on Indy type engines though?

Take them away and what do you have? Who's paying the mega bucks for the superstar drivers? In reality that's who 90% of the audience are there for. Not for F1 itself.


Saying that the manufacturers want the engines, and they pay for the drivers, thus, without these engines, you won't have manufacturers and therefore won't have the good drivers.

I don't agree with that at all. You take away the manufacturers and you still have superstar drivers. These superstars are made because they are F1 drivers. They don't earn their stripes and their following in any other series. There are only minor exceptions to that throughout the history of F1. It's being good in F1 that makes you the superstar.

I agree with you that a lot of fans want the drivers, but I don't agree that not having manufacturers means you won't have superstars. That's not how the drivers become stars and popular in the first place and it's very relevant to the point. The best drivers find their way to the top, regardless of manufacturer involvement, and then become stars. And even if there isn't a manufacturer to offer a ridiculous paycheque to a driver, doesn't mean that driver will then go elsewhere - because these sort of paydays don't exist outside F1 anyway. So if anything, not having manufacturers dictating the engine regulations would not only slash engine costs by around 90%, but also reduce the wage bill by a large margin too.

The motorsport cycle that we see in every series is that a series is popular and doing well, so manufacturers join to make the best of it whilst it's popular. They then spend 5-10 years there and then leave - either because they achieved their goal, or they failed badly, or the parent company has some issues. We've seen it in WEC a few times (Group C, Peugeot, and now modern LMP1). We've seen it in ALMS. We've seen it in BTCC. These series all went through major rebuilds to make sure the privateer and smaller teams could survive or return, thus giving the series stability.

F1 has gone the opposite way. When times got tough, they handed even more power to the manufacturers and allowed them to build a walled garden for themselves. An expensive, marble-walled garden, plated in gold. And now, when Mercedes or Renault decide they're moving house and taking the wall with them, F1 will be stuck because there's nobody capable of building these insane engines that only the manufacturers want.

Picture the Lion King, circle of life. This isn't how the circle is meant to go. The F1 circle has weird pointy angles right now.
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