In the round-up: Fernando Alonso would have driven Porsche’s new 919 LMP1 car at the Le Mans 24 Hours had it not been for a 11th-hour veto by Honda.
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Porsche approached Alonso to drive their third car at Le Mans this year but McLaren's new engine supplier Honda prevented the move.
"The FIA has explained that the reason it awarded F2 so much was motivated by its desire to create a more structured path to F1 for young drivers."
"By the time (Lewis) arrived in Formula One, he’d got so much experience and appreciation. But he could not have done it without karting. He could not have done it without taking his time and going through the educational process."
"Morale-sapped staff on the papers think they will struggle to cover Premier League football. The Express has already refused to send reporters to cover Formula One motor racing and some major tennis tournaments."
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) January 16, 2015
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) January 16, 2015
Lotus will call their car the E23 Hybrid. Presumably that's to distinguish it from last year's car, the E22… which was a hybrid. #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) January 16, 2015
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Comment of the day
Once again the swings and roundabouts Formula One problem is cost. Races can’t be packed to full capacity because a lot of ticket prices are an unaffordable joke.
The organisers need to charge highly though to get a place on the calendar and most of that money goes into one individuals pocket. This is a mad way for a sport to be run.
Why can the powers at be not see that cheaper prices means more fans at the gate meaning more merchandise sold and more returning fans?
From the forum
Happy birthday to Ads21, Bev, Gabal and Gerdoner!
On this day in F1
As the arguments over F1’s new engines continue, it’s worth revisiting this article from this day last year: