From F3/GP3 straight into F1…
We had a lot of fun with this week’s show, which probably explains why it’s a little bit longer than normal. So many excellent people with whom to talk! I won’t give too much away, but suffice to say that we catch up with Scuderia Toro Rosso’s new signing for 2014 (Daniil Kvyat); with the versatile Alex Wurz (after his win for Toyota in last Sunday’s Fuji Six Hours); with the eloquent Karun Chandhok (on the eve of his home Grand Prix, hoping, obviously that the race will be on again in 2015); with the talented Italian, Raffaele Marciello, the new Euro F3 Champion; and, in the studio, keeping me honest, the Editor of F1 Racing, Anthony Rowlinson. In between all of this we also manage to look at some amazing retro F1 colour schemes (as applied to a current F1 car); to see some recent footage shot from a drone over Brands Hatch (it’s amazing, believe me); and to compare start-line reaction times with Pastor Maldonado. But that’s enough of me. Enjoy Episode 34.
The interview with Karun Chandhok touched on a rarely discussed topic, namely the effects of government subsidy on F1. It is a fact that the F1 calender is not the result of market forces as Mr Ecclestone likes to pretend, but simply represents the pursuit of state subsidies. Now it is an economic axiom that if something is subsidised we will see more of it, whether it means wine lakes, butter mountains or an excess of F1 races in places where there is little real demand! This is important because I simply do not believe these subsidies will last forever. They will end, probably sooner than people think and when they do, F1 will have to fundamentally change to be viable.
Another interesting episode, Many thanks!
Good to see that you are wearing the same jumper as me Peter!