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Bystonemonkey
#437503 Let the chips fall where they may
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Bysagi58
#437504 :rofl:

((Almost missed that, as we don't call them "chips" around here!))
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Bystonemonkey
#437505 Your chips are still made from spuds though, no?
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Bydarwin dali
#437506
stonemonkey wrote:Your chips are still made from spuds though, no?

No, in Canada they make them from cold-pressed poutine!
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Bysagi58
#437507
darwin dali wrote:
stonemonkey wrote:Your chips are still made from spuds though, no?

No, in Canada they make them from cold-pressed poutine!


Uh-uh!! The poutine are made from cold-pressed spuds!! :P
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Bysagi58
#439400
Image wrote:Formula 1: A closer look at the drivers' cars for the 2016 season

Formula 1 constructors have revealed the designs of their new cars for the 2016 campaign.

But what should we be looking out for ahead of pre-season testing? BBC Sport highlights a selection of key features...

...Force India

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Force India revealed their VJM09 car just before pre-season testing got under way in Barcelona and development driver Alfonso Celis had the honour of getting behind the wheel first.

Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer: "The wind tunnel programme in Cologne is maturing nicely and I'm encouraged by the gains we have made over the winter. We've found our rhythm with the tunnel and adjusted our working practices to improve efficiency. The same is true of our CFD tools in Brackley, where we invested heavily in 2014, which means we are making better use of our supercomputer capacity.

"The first major aero updates should be on the car in time for Melbourne and we also plan another big step for the start of the European season."

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Bysagi58
#439419
On Image Nate Saunders wrote:The biggest issue facing each F1 team in 2016

Force India

Making the next step

Force India was one of the most impressive teams in the second half of 2015. Spurred on by the introduction of the B-Spec VJM08 at Silverstone, it only failed to register a point at one race after the British Grand Prix. Sergio Perez's superb drive to a podium in Russia was just reward for the team after that improvement but now the key is building on that into 2016. It is clear no Aston Martin deal will happen in 2016 but there is no indication the team is behind schedule on delivering this year's car to the first test this time around. The aim must be to build on the successes of last year and perhaps challenge fellow Mercedes customer Williams higher up the grid. The team has limited resources compared to most of its rivals, but, in the last two seasons especially, has demonstrated the uncanny ability to do more with less. With the talented pairing of Perez and Nico Hulkenberg Force India has to be targeting a third consecutive year with at least one podium finish to its name.

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Bymyownalias
#444752 Force India may not be allowed to race in Spa; Stroll's consortium bought everything needed to race, however, Vijay Mallya and his group own the current entry, the net result, Stroll and his consortium don't have a legal entry because the sale is assets only and not a sale as a going concern.

https://www.racefans.net/2018/08/22/leg ... rand-prix/
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Bydarwin dali
#446235 ESPNF1:
Racing Point to become Aston Martin in 2021
31 Jan, 2020

Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll has agreed to buy up to 20% of Aston Martin and rename his Racing Point Formula One team after the 107-year-old company.

The agreement, which was made on Friday, will see Racing Point become the Aston Martin F1 Works team from the 2021 season.

A decline in sales of Aston Martin's luxury sports cars since it floated on the London Stock Exchange in October 2018 has put the company's shares and finances under sustained pressure, forcing it to seek help.

Aston Martin shares surged by as much as 30% after the announcement of the agreement and were 25% higher at 9:20 a.m. GMT.

Under the deal, Stroll will pay £182 million for a 16.7% stake, which could rise to 20% upon completion of the company's plan, to raise a total of £500m, including a rights issue from exiting shareholders.

The brand, which is mainly owned by Italian and Kuwaiti private equity groups and is famed for being fictional secret agent James Bond's car of choice, has come late to the lucrative sports-utility vehicle (SUV) market and has struggled to keep up with rivals owned by major global carmakers.

Aston Martin also held talks with Chinese carmaker Geely, which makes Volvos, but it wanted to instigate more fundamental change than the plan outlined on Friday, a source said.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Andy Palmer said the consortium led by Stroll, whose son Lance drives for Racing Point's F1 team, will bring several benefits.

"He brings with him his experiences and access to his Formula One team," Palmer said.

"We've talked a lot in the past few years about wanting to be clearly rooted in luxury and obviously Mr Stroll knows an awful lot about luxury."

Stroll, who made his money through investing in fashion brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors, has been involved in F1 and motor racing for years and also owns Canada's Mont-Tremblant circuit in Quebec.

Carmakers of all sizes are using alliances, partnerships and mergers as ways to share the cost and challenge of meeting new emissions regulations, electrifying model ranges and competing on new technologies such as autonomous driving. The sector has been hit by a decline in China and a slump in diesel sales in Europe, prompting several automakers to post disappointing results, but Aston has also suffered as a small player.

Rivals such as Bentley and Rolls-Royce are part of bigger automotive groups, meaning they benefit from the larger cost and expertise sharing.

But despite more stringent emissions rules being enforced over the next few years, Aston said plans to invest in electric vehicles will now be delayed beyond 2025 as part of cost-cutting attempts.

"I look forward to working with the board and management team ... to continue to invest in the development of new models and technologies and to start to rebalance production to prioritise demand over supply," Stroll said.

Stroll will join Aston Martin's board as executive chairman, replacing Penny Hughes, who will step down.

The consortium, led by Stroll, is likely to include several other people such as JCB Chairman Anthony Bamford, entrepreneur Andre Desmarais, Michael de Picciotto, telecoms investor John McCaw and Hong Kong fashion sector investor Silas Chou, all of whom have worked with Stroll before.



Hm, I wonder what this all means for Red Bull? :scratchchin:
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Byoverboost
#446236 I wonder if Lance will be the next James Bond?!
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