View Thread: FIA going hard-line on cheaters


87 Supra Turbo
I don't know how effective this plan will be but it'll make for some interesting stories this season.

Link (http://f1.racing-live.com/en/headlines/news/detail/030119042432.shtml)

masestylez
Wow, that's a good amount of money. You think Ferrari will get a bunch of fingers pointed at it?

87 Supra Turbo
Absolutely :badass:
McLaren will too considering the amount of $$$$$$ they and Mercedes poured into the electronics to catch Ferrari.

87 Supra Turbo
Come to think of it, that seems like a great way for Jordan and Minardi to pad their budgets. *snaps pictures of Paul Stoddart and Eddie Jordan buying oversized novelty pointing fingers*

masestylez
How is Ferrari so far in the lead then? Sounds like the other companies have just dumped money into F1 to catch up, I wonder why they haven't? (Italy=mafia ;))

87 Supra Turbo
Ferrari actually had the biggest budget this year of something like $350M. They were so far ahead of everybody else for a few reasons. First is thier engine has one of the widest torque curves in F1, their gearbox is much lighter and more efficient than everybody elses and they arguably have the best group of aero designers in the business. Some would say that the engine was super reliable but I think they had so few failures because the F2002 was so good overall they didn't have to rev the engine so high. On some of the races where they had the digital feed you could see the Honda, BMW and Merc engines shifting at like 18,000 or 18,500 while the Ferrari was shifting at around 17,000. This kind of dominance isn't new. Williams in 96 and 97 were almost as dominant and Maclaren were unbeatable in the late 80's with Honda. It's just Ferrari's turn.

There are many people who would argue that Ferrari also used TC when it was illegal and thus have much more experience with it than the other teams. Personally I find that to be BS since Williams and Maclaren started developing it around the same time.

masestylez
350 mil. is a lot, their sponsers must pay well because I know their cars can't make them that much money. Well they could if they made a lot of profit per car. You hear a lot more press nowadays about the Ferrari dominance than you do about any dominating teams of the past, so it makes me think it's been that much longer.

87 Supra Turbo
Marlboro and Vodafone pour a pile of money into the Ferrari F1 program. They've won the championshib 3 years in a row ant their dominance this year hasn't been seen since the Maclaren's of the 80's but I think this year it will be a bit closer. They'll still win but Williams and especially Maclaren will be faster. All we can really ask for is the competition we had in 99.

masestylez
99 was nice, thats when I turned Ferrari fan again actually, not because of success, but just because the Ferrari bug hit me, maybe it had to do with the shiny 308 I wanted so bad.