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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Something caught my eye in an article on another topic regarding McLaren and a possible IndyCar entry:

https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news ... 61/?nrt=86
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The second reason for McLaren to join IndyCar in either ’19 or ’20 is the budget cap set to be introduced to Formula 1 for the ’21 season. In order to not exceed this limit yet also keep skilled personnel, McLaren needs to find a new outlet for their talents.


This got me thinking, as it's a good point with regards to the budget cap, if we are likely to see the other big budget teams increase their presence in other racing categories? The dream scenario would be a Ferrari/Mercedes LMP1 entry for example.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:20 pm 
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I'd love Ferrari and other big names to return to Le Mans, especially with the new regs coming in soon.

Either that or with the astonishing looking Monza SP1 and SP2 that they have launched this week!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:14 pm 
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I think that to attract the big names to LeMans seriously they would need to restructure it into a whole season with good media coverage, in the F1 mold.

They want people to have their cars in mind and to most non followers of a particular type of motor sport LeMans is one weekend a year. The other enduro/sport/whatever are not automatically linked to the 1 event of 24 hours.

A season of shorter races and the classics spaced nicely cumulating in a double points Le Mans may have the attraction to viewers, if they can get a major broadcaster on board.

Would be nice, but it could not be a half arsed attempt or it would flop. Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche Toyota, etc are well known to the general public and the real bread-and-butter race cars are not. Bringing in badges like Bentley, Aston, Jaguar etc would also be a draw, but would the general public warm to Ginetta or Dallara with one of these premium names on, and indeed would the builders be happy to do it?

The ideal would be a 3 or 5 year plan to set it up and get the general public interested, but then fitting a race into the sort of timeframe it would be allowed on TV would be a struggle.


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