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post Dec 3 2015, 10:53 PM
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Kick off the 2016 season chat with some champion news, Renault have confirmed that they will be purchasing Lotus!!! That means F1 will once again have a French team and I can go back to supporting Enstone after a year away although the driver line-up we've inherited leaves much to be desired.

I was sort of hoping Renault would let Lotus go bankrupt, buy the bits and the people on the cheap and then use that as a way to shred Maldonado's contract because oh my god is he useless.

There is absolutely 0 chance he has a drive with Renault in 2017. His sponsor is an oil firm and we have no need for that when our main partner is Total. (Nor the money. Renault S.A. has plenty of that)
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post Dec 18 2015, 09:33 PM
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Strong possibility that ITV could take over the free-to-air rights from the BBC:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaon...ing-season.html

We'll wait and see what happens in the upcoming days.

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post Dec 21 2015, 11:30 AM
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QUOTE(Mack @ Dec 18 2015, 09:33 PM) *
Strong possibility that ITV could take over the free-to-air rights from the BBC:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaon...ing-season.html

We'll wait and see what happens in the upcoming days.


The BBC have ended their F1 coverage which means that Channel 4 has become the new home of terrestrial coverage of F1 from next year. It will be interesting how they do with their coverage. Wasn't expecting that.

What do you think of the news?


http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/ch...ede906f68a35e34
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post Dec 21 2015, 11:31 AM
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QUOTE(Mack @ Dec 21 2015, 11:30 AM) *
The BBC have ended their F1 coverage which means that Channel 4 has become the new home of terrestrial coverage of F1 from next year. It will be interesting how they do with their coverage. Wasn't expecting that.

What do you think of the news?
http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/ch...ede906f68a35e34


I'll just stick with Sky Sports laugh.gif laugh.gif
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post Dec 21 2015, 11:36 AM
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Yeah doesn't make too much difference for those with Sky Sports F1 but one thing I will miss will be David Coulthard sad.gif
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post Dec 21 2015, 04:53 PM
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I recommend this blog about the broadcasting of F1 in the UK

https://f1broadcasting.wordpress.com/
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post Dec 21 2015, 05:47 PM
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The good news is that C4 have committed to showing the races uninterrupted.


Also Lotus F1 is officially no more. On Friday the keys were handed over officially and formally to Renault and the creditors have all been paid today. Thus HMRC can no longer wind up the Enstone team over unpaid PAYE/NI. cheer.gif

Renaults Press Release:
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Groupe Renault completes the acquisition of Lotus F1 Team
December 21, 2015 | ID: 74534

On Friday 18 December 2015, Groupe Renault and Gravity Motorsport S.a.rl, an affiliate of Genii Capital SA, formally and successfully completed the acquisition by Groupe Renault of a controlling shareholding of Lotus F1 Team Limited.

The new team name, full management structure, team partners and other details will be announced during an event to be held in Paris in February.

In the interim, a new board of directors has been appointed, with Jιrτme Stoll as Chairman and Cyril Abiteboul as Managing Director.

Following the signing of a letter of intent by Groupe Renault and Gravity Motorsport S.a.rl on 28 September 2015, the parties entered into the various agreements on 3 December 2015. Since then, all parties involved have been working relentlessly to comply with all of the contractual and legal obligations under the agreements to enable the transaction to successfully complete. The technical teams are making good progress to have the 2016 car ready for testing in Barcelona at the end of February.
Can I just take a sec to be a little smug that I predicted this waaaaaaay back in 2009 when they first sold 75% of the team:

QUOTE(Silas @ Dec 12 2009, 01:16 AM) *

It's been reported on the BBC that we're staying cheer.gif
Supposedly only as a 25% owner of the team. That'll do for me the now. happy.gif
Hopefully Prodrive have the 75% [although i would prefer it to stay 100% Renault] and when our results start to improve again and the team shakes of it's nasty Crashgate image [which i just read on the BBC was actually Piquet's idea. The scheming little Brazilian c**t. Renault should sue him [an the other 2] to bankruptcy and beyond for what the three of them have done to our brand image] once everyone stops remembering us just for 'fixing' a GP and remembers us as an amazing team again, Renault can buy the 75% back again, and it'll be happy days for me.
As long as the brand name ain't disappearing an the car is still Yellow, i'll be watching.
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post Dec 21 2015, 08:29 PM
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It will be intriguing to see how Renault do next season.

Glad that C4 will be showing the live races uninterrupted. I wonder who they'll get to present the coverage.

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post Dec 21 2015, 10:16 PM
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Not very well i'd imagine. Lotus haven't really invested in the car the past like year. It all depends on how we progress on the Engine over winter and if Maldonado gets fired or not.
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post Dec 23 2015, 11:00 AM
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Jenson Button has confirmed that he has split up with his wife Jessica Michibata:

http://m.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/351663...ear-of-marriage

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post Jan 12 2016, 07:54 PM
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QUOTE(Doboggan @ Dec 21 2015, 11:36 AM) *
Yeah doesn't make too much difference for those with Sky Sports F1 but one thing I will miss will be David Coulthard sad.gif

David Coulthard has confirmed yesterday that he will be joining Channel 4.
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post Jan 13 2016, 06:10 PM
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Possibility that "Crashtor" Maldonado might lose this Renault seat because of a late payment from his sponsors. Could see Kevin Magnussen replacing him.
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post Jan 13 2016, 10:03 PM
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I almost peed myself with excitement when I read that earlier!!! I would love to see Magnussen at Renault, if we could get him then I could see a WC coming our way around 2018/9/20.
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post Jan 19 2016, 05:09 PM
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2016 F1 UK TV Schedule:

March 20th – Australia (Melbourne) – Sky
April 3rd – Bahrain (Sakhir) – Channel 4 and Sky
April 17th – China (Shanghai) – Sky
May 1st – Russia (Sochi) – Sky
May 15th – Spain (Barcelona) – Channel 4 and Sky
May 29th – Monaco (Monaco) – Sky
June 12th – Canada (Montreal) – Sky
June 19th – Europe (Baku) – Channel 4 and Sky
July 3rd – Austria (Red Bull Ring) – Sky
July 10th – Britain (Silverstone) – Channel 4 and Sky
July 24th – Hungary (Budapest) – Channel 4 and Sky
July 31st – Germany (Hockenheim) – Sky
August 28th – Belgium (Spa) – Channel 4 and Sky
September 4th – Italy (Monza) – Channel 4 and Sky
September 18th – Singapore (Marina Bay) – Sky
October 2nd – Malaysia (Sepang) – Channel 4 and Sky
October 9th – Japan (Suzuka) – Sky
October 23rd – USA (Circuit of the Americas) – Sky
October 30th – Mexico (Mexico City) – Channel 4 and Sky
November 13th – Brazil (Interlagos) – Sky
November 27th – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – Channel 4 and Sky
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post Jan 28 2016, 04:24 PM
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Could be inevitable that they'll be no more Pastor "Crashtor" Maldonado in F1 following an disagreement between Renault and PDVSA which will mean Kevin Magnussen will take over his drive. Could be confirmed very soon.


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post Jan 30 2016, 03:22 PM
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I would be so very happy if this were to happen. I hate that talentless arse Crashtor. He's far too talentless to drive for a manufacturer team....or a backmarker.

Apparently PDVSA owe Lotus now Renault 35m Euro and Renault didn't want lotus to resign him so the fact that they haven't paid, despite Renault going to Venezula to meet them, is perfect for them.
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post Feb 1 2016, 11:17 PM
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Bye bye Maldonado. Good riddance.
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post Feb 3 2016, 12:11 AM
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Well it certainly won't be missed.

Magnussen is expected to be confirmed officially tomorrow as is the new team principal, team name, colours et al for Renaults return. A live stream of their launch is on www.renaultsport.com from 1:15pm french time (12:15pm UK time).

They've teased the new car with this image:




and this one:




#HEARUSCOMING
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post Feb 4 2016, 07:23 PM
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Still no news for non-Sky viewers on who the presenter for Channel 4 will be there have rumours suggesting that it could be Steve Jones. We only know that David Coulthard will be one of the presenters and probably part of the commentary team. Who would you want as Channel 4's F1 presenting team?


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Suzi Perry and possibly Eddie Jordan will not be part of Channel 4's presenting team.
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