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GP Week : Issue 216
F1 >>> BUsinEss was Mercedes allowing their two drivers to race each other. The racing was good, wasn’t it? What was not so good? I think the gap between the winners and the losers. What about crowds and TV support? At the beginning they were a bit weaker but as the season went on they seemed to come back again so I hope that’s what will continue. You said that Formula One could have been a lousy season in 2014. Two things. Had Mercedes not been all right it would have been a good season because the rest of the racing down the grid was very good. If one of the guys broke his leg skiing or something it would have been a lousy season because the other one would have won earlier. Does that make it one of the worst seasons in recent years? No. There have been worse? I don’t want to think about it. I was hoping that you guys would tell me what you think of the season. It’s difficult because if you go out there and ask people what’s the most iconic season they remember they say ‘88 when McLaren swept up all but one race and now they look back at that as a golden age of Formula One so maybe 2014 will be the same. I tell you what, if you had asked me as the season progressed that year, I would have said exactly the same because people were wondering 'are they going to win the next race?' It’s a bit like with Schuey – was he going to? You have admit that double points at the end did give you that sense that anything could happen. I’m surprised that you guys didn’t write up earlier what could have happened. There was always this, ‘he has got to win and he has got to be second’ and at the last race he would have won if he hadn’t won the race. But it was a tightrope because if Lewis had blown up and rosberg had finished fifth and won the title it could have been disastrous for the sport because the guy wins 10 races and the other guy wins five and is champion. so it was a risky strategy wasn’t it? It was. As I said, we got lucky. Do you guys remember when we used to have two different types of engines in races? The turbos and normally aspirated ones, in the ‘80s. Continuing what I was talking about earlier, what I proposed was that we have an engine, a normally aspirated engine, that we will develop to around the same sort of power as the current one maybe a bit more, and the other teams get together and get someone to build the rest of the car basically like GP2. Super GP2 if you want to say that. So they buy the chassis, put this engine in and off they go. Obviously we could refine that idea but the people that objected most to that were the people that are in trouble financially and say ‘we are constructors’. The incredible thing is that the people that said we want more money are the people that don’t seem to want to support it. They wouldn’t need more money if the engine was cheap. They would probably still want more money. 38 GPWEEK.com // 38 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: