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Santander will switch from McLaren to Ferrari from 2010 season

Santander will switch from McLaren to Ferrari from 2010 season

I planned only one round up a week (roughly) during this off season but this day deserves its own wrap up. Some of the developments of last 24 hours may have some serious implications of the future of Formula 1. Or not …

First Bernie Ecclestone managed to convince somebody that Formula 1 is a good investment even in these rough times. LG Electronics will become new technology partner of Formula One from January 2009. The most visible part of this arrangment will be the LG logo on live timing screens. Let’s hope LG brings also some technology to make that live timing a bit more 21st century like.

Then the same Ecclestone said it again and loud, the medal system is going to happen next year. The whole reason for this is that Bernie is

“fed up with people talking about no overtaking. The reason there’s no overtaking is nothing to do with the circuit or the people involved, it’s to do with the drivers not needing to overtake.”

All the teams are happy and Ecclestone says and hopes this will be approved next time FIA meets.

Now to the teams. Big changes in Toro Rosso. Gerhard Berger is not only no longer a co-owner (see the earlier post), it looks like he is also leaving his post with the team although I haven’t seen that said out loud anywhere yet. But what else to make from this statement (to

“The new rules leave no room for improvement for a small team as STR. Also, Dietrich’s interest will focus on Red Bull Racing, therefore the support for STR will become smaller and prevent the team from improving further from sixth. I don’t want to decline, that is not in my nature. Yes, I will be out of STR, but the split with STR and Dietrich is completely amicable and there was no rift between us.”

It now looks more and more likely we will see Red Bull favourite Sebastien Buemi and the marketing ace (for Japanese market) Takuma Sato in the cockpits to Toro Rosso cars next year.

Fernando Alonso only very recently announced his commitment to Renault for another two seasons but the Alonso to Ferrari speculations are not going to stop anytime soon. Banco Santander boss Emilio Botin confirmed the switch of sponsorship from McLaren to Ferrari from 2010 (see the article here on And he made it clear whom he wants to have in the team:

“Alonso is the best driver in the world and we would like to work with him, but that’s not something that depends only on us.”

I hope that As is more reliable source than the one that said de la Rosa already signed for Force India :-) . It wil be interesting to see how this story develops. Both current Ferrari drivers are under contract for 2009 and 2010, Alonso is to stay with Renault for two more seasons as well. Will Santander be patient and wait for Alonso till 2011 or will they push for the switch a season earlier ?

By the way, it looks like new tradition is developing in F1 – Ferrari and McLaren stealing sponsors from each other :-) (Vodafone moved from Ferrari to McLaren after 2006 season).

15 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    So, we won’t have TAG-Heur timesheets anymore??? Well, let’s see how the LG ones look next year :-) Hopefully they think this time to take care about the image quality with the new brand LG. I’m pleased with those electronics, cheaper and not that bad working :-) But always wishig to buy a Sony Bravia or a Philips with ambilighting. Wow, what do yo think for next year prediction game prize??? HAHAHA Just kidding ;-)

    Kotenoks last blog post..RubberGoat

  2. Dave StopherNo Gravatar says:

    I think that Santander will only ever work on either Ferrari or MacLaren.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      there were some talks before that Santander may sponsor both – using Santander on Ferrari and Abbey on McLaren. But now it looks like it is going to all for Ferrari from 2010

  3. kaushalNo Gravatar says:

    ALonso to Ferrari!
    and regarding Rosa, I read somewhere that it was a pre plotted rumour to get publicity :)
    how 2 get publicity for my blog?
    any idea


    kaushals last blog post..Indian Driver on F1 track in 5 years

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      good question, there are many “experts’ offering sure answers, but from my experience the most important is to be patient, keep writing your own articles and also engage in debates on other F1 blogs

  4. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    This time Mr. Ecclestone said something intelligent which convinces me more with his ideas, I didn’t care much about that factor of overtaking before, well spotted Wolf!! I’m almost pro-medal system :-P Let me think about it some more time and I will be 100% in his favor.

    Well, It makes sense in Vodafone interests, it’s a British company after all. Banco Santander, well they keep dreaming to suit Alonso in red, that also makes sense if they plan to bring him to 2011. The guy won’t be too old, but a hole veteran :-)

    So, Berger will drop in his function of team chief??? I didn’t really understand what wants to do RedBull in F1 if they still do not focus all their efforts in one team and one car and just bring more often different drivers to the F1 world championships.

    Kotenoks last blog post..RubberGoat

  5. AthleteNo Gravatar says:

    I cant wait for Santander to sponsored Ferrari. I may look forward to it. If its a rumored, it maybe true or maybe not. Let us wait and see.

  6. Sergio MNo Gravatar says:

    In fact, the possibility that Santander would become in sponsor of Ferrari, was argued as the main reason to give the seat to Alonso. But… Santander looks like doesn’t care much about Alonso. They sponsored a lot of GP this year. It’s truth that without Alonso in F1, they wouldn’t be hear, but… Mr. Botin only thinks in money, with or without Alonso! And the Ferrari’s red is in line with Santander’s red hehe

    Sergio Ms last blog post..Bono da un empujón al "p2p solidario"

  7. Sergio MNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, and it’s in line with F1 Wolf’s red of header and footer template, it would be a great sponsorship :P

    Sergio Ms last blog post..Bono da un empujón al "p2p solidario"

  8. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    I would like to do a loud EHEM to make me notice :-)

    These older cars (with exception of the latest cars seen in the post, Williams 2004 and BMW-Sauber 2006) are not really mistaken, they’re functional cars. But the that times bring crazy inventions and strange innovations which ever have been well studied. Earlier it wasn’t possible to afford such investigations like we can see nowadays with the wind flow in wind tunnels and using super-computers, technically was impossible to demonstrate how currently would the ideas really work on the track. The principles were there, written in mathematical expressions and were used complicated physic’s calculations to determinate somehow the downforce.
    During 60’s, 70’s and the early 80’s, engineers couldn’t know how these “pre-historical ” aero packages did really work, and they fitted the first piece of junk that was thought (they weren’t very aero DYNAMIC, just serious walls made of sheet and fibers, and I imagine they were developed by great experts!!).
    The wings were designed bigger and bigger, and side skirts were rising and rising, because it was known that in this way cars will stick to the ground. But therefore the teams needed to have monster motors to make these upside-down airplanes move faster. So, what’s wrong here??? The factor of downforce-power was rising, but very unbalanced with what really was needed, it was almost sick adding that huge wings when they just did to slow down the car. Or create the motors with bigger torque. The cars were heavy, too much heavy for being agile enough as the cars which exist nowadays, and stop that cars in high speed for sure was a great pursuit for the drivers, and thanks to this enormous downforce range they managed to turn the cars.

    Nowadays, the aerodynamical studies in F1 or any motorsports turned very accurate, it’s possible to determinate efficient solutions and almost perfect ways to cut the air in the best way to create the exact downforce for the car and the specific tracks. These cars last years have been better than ever before, and if the older inventions as side skirts, fans or flat bottomed chassis were still allowed maybe they wouldn’t be that fast, but I guess that all those ideas would evolve getting much more good season after season, so they could be pretty well developed in our current days. Anyway, I still think that these older car pictures have some glamour on them :-) The cars were created by myths and driven by heroes from other times. But for sure I like more the look from the cars which we will have the upcoming season!! HAHA I think they look unusual, but they look not bad. I felt the BMW-Sauber on track very fast for now, and that seems to be very exciting while we’re waiting all the teams to uncover their new cars and let us see!!

    Kotenoks last blog post..RubberGoat

  9. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I understand the desire to entice drivers to overtake, but what about the teams that have almost no chance for a podium. The current point system at least gives them a chance.

    I would have thought a larger point spread at the top would accomplish both, or going back to the system where teams keep their top 10 races, thus making firsts more valuable then a string of 3rds and 4ths.

    The way Torro Rosso performed last year, you would think Berger would become a very hot commodity.

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