Clones, customer cars and playing by the spirit of F1

The 2018 Haas F1 car is not a ‘Ferrari clone’ but neither is it in the spirit of Formula 1. And that is where the problem lies as the issue of undefined technology partnerships rears its head once more. The pace of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen during the recent Australian Grand Prix raised eyebrows…

F1: Manor’s financial woes strengthen case for customer cars

News that the Manor F1 team has gone into administration and is on the brink of financial collapse once more raises serious questions about how small teams can survive in F1. In recent years the F1 off season news has focused on which teams are in financial trouble as much as driver rumours and new car launches. But with the successful arrival…

F1: Haas debut points to customer cars future for F1

After a point-scoring debut for Haas F1, their continued success in 2016 will leave F1 with a dilemma over customer cars. MotorSportNotes examines the reasons why Formula 1 continues to fight against customer cars in the modern era. Customer cars are a taboo subject. Many F1 purists stick their fingers in their ears at its very…