EX­PLOR­ING NEW HORI­ZONS

F1 man­ag­ing di­rec­tor will­ing to work to­gether with Mo­toGP

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON of Mo­toGP rights hold­ers Dorna, had dis­cussed “ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion and how we can learn from what each of us does” at last week­end’s Span­ish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

On a ba­sic level, that means work­ing to limit a clash of cal­en­dars.

The first two rounds of this year’s For­mula One and Mo­toGP cham­pi­onships were on the same week­ends, and six more will clash later in the year.

They in­clude Mo­toGP’s fi­nal round in Va­len­cia on Nov 12, the same day as For­mula One’s with some traf­fic. So, it is in­for­ma­tion I will sleep on and be a bet­ter oval driver to­mor­row.”

Alonso pro­duced the 24th best ef­fort of the 33 cars on the track on Tues­day with a top speed of 353.64kmph.

As part of the An­dretti Au­tosport sta­ble that will field six Brazil­ian Grand Prix — both ti­tlede­ciders in the past.

Brawn said such clashes were “not smart.”

“We’re not too proud to con­sult with other cham­pi­onships and work out the best way for­ward,” he said, speak­ing in For­mula One Man­age­ment’s new pad­dock hos­pi­tal­ity at the Cir­cuit de Catalunya.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to jug­gle dates, and you can’t al­ways achieve what you want, but at least we’re hav­ing a di­a­logue to try and work it out.”

There were other ar­eas where For­mula One could learn lessons, he added.

“I like the mer­i­toc­racy that they have be­tween Moto3, Moto2 and Mo­toGP. I like the pro­gres­sion that they have.

“I think it’s in­ter­est­ing look­ing at the com­mer­cial side, the way they struc­ture the teams and the deals and the way it works for the cus­tomer teams. I think it’s an in­ter­est­ing el­e­ment.”

He said the way in which Mo­toGP’s ju­nior se­ries formed part of the same race week­end was also “a great ex­am­ple of where we should be“, with tal­ent ris­ing to the top and a clear ca­reer pro­gres­sion cars for the race, Alonso is ben­e­fit­ing from the ex­pe­ri­ence of his team­mates that in­clude last year’s win­ner Alexander Rossi and 2014 win­ner Ryan Hunter-Reay.

“I’m on the best team for that; we are six cars and we were run­ning to­gether,” ex­plained Alonso. that fans could eas­ily fol­low.

For­mula One driv­ers en­ter the sport from var­i­ous se­ries and some are cho­sen by cash­strapped teams more for their fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion than tal­ent alone.

“We should have the 22 or 24 best driv­ers in the world in For­mula One,” said Brawn. “There are com­mer­cial con­sid­er­a­tions... which means we don’t al­ways achieve that.

“It’s a com­plex prob­lem be­cause you have to put the teams in a po­si­tion where they don’t have to make those com­mer­cial de­ci­sions, they just make the de­ci­sion based on the strong­est driv­ers they can find.”

A fairer dis­tri­bu­tion of rev­enues among teams, de­cid­ing what kind of fu­ture en­gine the sport should have and build­ing cars that al­low closer racing are all big long-term items in Brawn’s in-tray.

None of­fer quick so­lu­tions, with ex­ist­ing team con­tracts run­ning to 2020, and the im­me­di­ate em­pha­sis is putting the peo­ple in place to an­a­lyse and as­sess and come up with sub­stan­tial ar­gu­ments. “My team­mates were amaz­ing help­ing me.

“I was learn­ing ev­ery lap, when I fol­low them, learn­ing what they do, how they at­tack the next corner or the next lap, how they pre­pare the over­tak­ing, so, it was very use­ful and a very pro­duc­tive day.”

Brawn said he was “rea­son­ably happy” with progress.

“There’s not go­ing to be a rev­o­lu­tion in For­mula One where sud­denly we come up with a big change and ev­ery­thing gets bet­ter. It’s go­ing to be a con­stant process,” he said.

“Un­til we get the ca­pac­ity to re­ally un­der­stand the direc­tion the sport should change to, we’re not go­ing to change any of the big things. It’s just too risky.”

There has been talk about short­en­ing grands prix, and maybe adding a sprint on the Satur­day, but Brawn showed no en­thu­si­asm for that.

“I like the her­itage of a race. I think an hour 40, an hour 45 is a great pe­riod for a race. And that’s tra­di­tion­ally what we’ve had. I think it’s a good time pe­riod,” he said.

“Some peo­ple say let’s have shorter races be­cause the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion span is shorter these days. Well, with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy you can pack­age the sport in whichever way peo­ple want to watch it.

“What we have to do is de­velop the sport so there is as much en­ter­tain­ment as pos­si­ble dur­ing that pe­riod.” Reuters

Pow­er­house Penske Racing dom­i­nated Day Two with Aus­tralian Will Power at the top of tim­ing charts, post­ing the fastest lap of 359.44kmph fol­lowed by team­mate Brazil­ian He­lio Cas­tron­eves, who is chas­ing a record equalling fourth Indy 500 win. Reuters

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Fer­nando Alonso com­pleted 117 laps dur­ing prac­tice at the Indianapolis Mo­tor Speed­way onTues­day. The two-time For­mula One cham­pion will race at the Indy 500 at the end of month.

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