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>> >> FOTA had a vote on dumping KERS. Williams - alone - want it
>> retained >> for next season. Why? Because their sponsors like it.
>> >> I reckon FW is losing it.
>> > not really... this is a good threat to pull on the FOTA group... on
>> > top of that, it is a smart move in some ways... its allowed by the
>> > rules, and it would seem that no one else is going to use it... it
>> > has proven it can be advantagious... seems like a sound choice to
>> > me.
>> Yes but you're playing the Williams song, you could just as easily
>> view it as disreputable. McLaren and Ferrari have the most to lose on
>> this one and agreed to bin it, so we have two very clear examples of
>> teams losing their advantage while one looks to take advantage of
>> simply not being party to the agreement.
>> "Oh - you've all agreed not to use a turbo? Well we just might then.."
>> As I've said already - were Ferrari or McLaren the ones doing this
>> their opponents would be slinging the mud. I think on balance I
>> believe Williams would be advised that it's in their best interests
>> financially and politically to not spend any more dollars and rock
>> the boat.
>> But go ahead. Pull the trigger Frank - Ferrari and McLaren are too
>> quick on the draw and you're going to look foolish.
> There is an important principal here. FOTA are not the F1 commission.
> It is not their place to decide the rules for the whole grid. How many
> teams does it take to get an agreement like this in FOTA?; how many
> teams on the grid next year?
> I also think it highlights a flaw in the FOTA procedures. It is one
> thing to go by majority decisions when every team is a member but
> McLaren and whoever else it was that wanted to keep KERS have shot
> themselves in the foot by making an agreement to which it appears 5 or
> more teams that could be on the grid next season are not a party.
> Simply blaming Williams is naive.
> Let's see what the commission have to say.
Yes - FOTA isn't the governing body and what Williams may choose to do
isn't 'wrong' but rather unwise imo.
Politically they oppose the consensus of the FOTA teams. This is
different to being tossed out of FOTA when they had to re-sign with the
FIA. They didn't feel they could run the risk with the other teams. And
then I expect there was felt to be a reasonable justification of their
position, being the minnow.
Secondly, also as I mentioned, they presumably believe they will gain
some advantage doing so. I don't think this is likely though of course
they have all the facts that we don't. I don't think McLaren and
Ferrari's season long experience will be lost when it comes to the
effectiveness of the solutions next season.
Thirdly, Williams *must* know that if they run KERS, then given McLaren
and Ferrari's current form and endor***t of it, EVERYONE will have to
run it. More money spent by all and no competitive advantage for WIlliams
(of being one of the few who do run it). This then leads back to my first
point - the other teams will be justifiably annoyed because they're
having to devote time and resources that they'd rather just ignore.
I don't think Williams will do this, I think it more likely to be a ploy.
"What you thought was freedom is just greed."