McLaren-Prodrive Deal Collapses!

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Autosport, as usual, breaks the story here.

Wow, seems the Concorde Agreement regarding customer cars versus manufacturer may have played a big role in McLaren backing away from the deal. It seems that if McLaren would not commit to a deal with a team who wasn’t completely clear of any FIA regulation violations, it would have been easy to know this as Aguri has been facing litigation all year from Spyker’s complaint. Where was McLaren’s legal in this? Sheesh.

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Lucas S.
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Lucas S.

Glad to hear. I thought this was a bad idea from the begining. I am just afraid we would eventually end up with 6 teams that all have a B team.

I would like to see 12 teams 12 constructors.

Lucas S.

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Problem is, many constructors are not interested in F1. Namely Audi, who I think would do well.

Lucas S.
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Lucas S.

Good Point. Maybe prodrive could make there own car and convince someone like audi to supply the engine.

Lucas S.

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I think that would be the best bet. DR has the bucks to build a chassis.

Grace
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Hello Subaru.

And I’m guessing that Ron isn’t to big on jumping the gun without the FIA back. Besides, maybe the racer in him wouldn’t let it go through… ah who am I kidding.

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I like the idea of a Subaru F1 car. ;)

Grace
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So I was reading the new article on autosport that says Prodrive may not be ready for 2008 because of the customer car hearing and I thought “where the heck has the FIA been on this?!” We’ve been hearing about it all season and we’re just now getting around to answering it? I don’t understand why they let something this fundamentally important to the sport take so long. Now Prodrive is stuck and we have the FIA to blame, yet again.

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I was wondering the same thing Grace. Why did it take so long to discuss this? It leaves little time for DR to seek alternatives.

onthepodium
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onthepodium

ok so just to clarify here, the issue is not with customer engines, like spyker or aguri, but an entire customer car? so prodrive wants to run the EXACT same car as mclaren and just tweak it? so what, double the contructors points for mclaren too?

Srehman
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Srehman

“so what, double the contructors points for mclaren too?”

Actually, triple the constructors’ points for Ferrari…

Grace
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And yes… same car… no more constructors only teams.

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That’s the rub, Podium. Spyker is claiming that already exists with Aguri and Honda.