Formula1blog.com Podcast #549

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Join Grace and me as we discuss the FIA engine regulations for 2021. We cover the bullet point, the team’s reactions and much more…actually a lot more than you would really want us to cover. We get segued into silly stuff like fan experience and too many sound clips but in the end, that’s what you pay for.

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Meine Postma

Don’t know if it has been acknowledged yet, but thank you for some other winners of the fashion awards beside the big HAM.

Negative Camber

You’re welcome. Let’s face it, Lewis is a snazzy dresser and makes it easy.

FryDaddy

Curious point by Bernie with words to the effect that Ferrari is going to spend what they are going to spend. If you don’t hear that as an acknowledgement that cost controls don’t work – then you’ll never hear one. The other constructors are no different. The only way you are going to get better racing is if the top tier teams are forced to spend their money on areas of the car where the payback is in thousandths of a second instead of hundredths or tenths.

Negative Camber

IT’s a tough situation. I’ve asked in the past if there isn’t a way to mitigate cost through tighter regulations that have built-in diminished returns. I know that’s nearly impossible but I do think it would require some more basic approaches and technology which isn’t the way folks want to go.

FryDaddy

“built-in diminishing returns.” word
In the end. I suspect it will be that or the series moves even closer to either spec cars to control costs, or customer cars to leverage and aggregate costs.

Negative Camber

There’s one appealing part of a customer car in that more teams might enter with lower budgets and that’s been done before if you think back to the March days. To be fair, perhaps that was more driven by a standard chassis and Ford DFV combo allowing more to enter than it was regulations of a spec series. Result was similar though.

Paul KieferJr

If the bigger teams were forced to spend some of their money on other lesser teams after they reached a specified spending limit, that might convince them that there really is a point of diminishing returns.

FryDaddy

Does the initial PU regulation change on offer by Chase&Co seem bigly persuasive in framing not just the PU changes but the upcoming concord agreement? I can’t read their offering as anything other than “Hey! Here is that list of stuff you said you wanted…”

It would appear that the only elephant left in the room is revenue sharing.

Negative Camber

They know there are major sticking points to a new agreement and perhaps they are trying the fine art of persuasion in order to at least remove the thorns from an otherwise sticky bush they have to haggle over.

Jeff Stephenson

I love the first 10 minutes. It really makes you feel like you are having a beer with friends talking F1. And Todd’s soundboard is incredible!

Negative Camber

LOL…you may be one of few. Stick with us, it’s a revolution. It’s funny how any other podcast I sample, the hosts are chatting away about all kinds of things and these are non-F1 related. Just sports or car related. I don’t feel like we’re doing anything completely different from starting a conversation just as we would if you sat at the table with us for our first beer. I’d ask you the same questions, Jeff. Thanks for listening and even enjoying the soundboard. ;)

Paul KieferJr

1. Sounds like they’re trying to make something in which you had to bring a road-relevant engine into Formula 1 (instead of the other way around). Next thing you know, they’ll have Ford cars with Ford engines, Chevy cars with Chevy engines, etc. Was this really the way to go? 2. Well, at least we won’t have diesel engines. 3. Well, it’s either Todd reading a book or Todd doing stand-up. 4. So, has anyone considered taking Ferrari out to the woodshed and beating their rear ends black-and-blue with a switch? I’ve never had a tolerance for spoiled brats. >:-(… Read more »

Sebring71

Mmmmm, reduction sauce…..Now I’m hungry.

jakobusvdl

Good podcast Todd and Grace. I can’t believe you get criticism Todd, F1B has always been high quality, entertaining and occasionally insightful.
I enjoyed the discussion around the 2021 p.u bullet points, you made a good job of covering the different view points, and wants, of the interested parties

Negative Camber

Thanks my friend. Yes, I do get some. People who listen and yet hate when we do this or that. People who continue to listen and personally dislike me/Grace/Paul or whomever. People who listen to lots of other F1 podcast and feel inclined to tell us how ours doesn’t do this or that like the other podcasts. People who just have to tell us that we suck compared to other F1 podcasts. People who have hundreds of suggestions that would require thousands of dollars and for this to be a full-time job in order to do. People who feel compelled… Read more »

jakobusvdl

Cheers Todd, thanks for sharing a bit of what goes on at the centre of FBC. I’m often surprised by people who think they can make outright rude comments to you about your editorials, then say if you don’t like that, you shouldn’t be running a website/podcast. I’d like to think there are far more of the thousands of monthly FBC listeners who appreciate all the time, effort and money that you’ve lavished on building up FBC over the last 10 years. Hopefully many more will express that appreciation, in posts, emails and better yet through Patreon. However a bit… Read more »