Dummy’s guide to team strategy or It’s all about expected cash flows

Is Formula 1 a team sport? The question might sound simple, but the answer is not. Technically, according to the regulatory framework of the FIA it is both team and individual sports. We have World Drivers’ Championship and World Constructors’ Championship. Despite high correlation of the performances in those two, sometimes – and rather often – a huge conflict of interests arises.

At the first glance good performance in WCC appears to be more important from the economic point of view. It gives the team a certain cash inflow in addition to the positive media coverage, which is beneficial for the team’s sponsors and therefore improves their chances to secure further less certain cash inflows. On the other hand, it would be wrong to underestimate an economic impact that a driver’s personality has on sponsorship deals.
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Quick Vettel qoute and some IMHO

The Red Bulletin, March 2013

The Red Bulletin, March 2013

Exam period is not exactly the most convenient time to start a blog, that’s why this one will be a real quickie.

At my university there are a lot of flyers, information brochures and magazines lying around, and once as I showed up too early for my hour of aerobics, among all this paper I have found an issue of The Red Bulletin for March 2013. I am not a huge fan of interviews in general – people lie anyway, saying things that make them appear more likeable. But I had 15 minutes to kill and a magazine about Formula 1 in my hands, so I sacrificed the time to an interview with Sebastian Vettel. (One might have an impression that I am secretly obsessed with Vettel and simply cannot admit it, sometimes it’s exactly what I think, but there was not a single word about Mark in the magazine, so I was stuck with Seb.)
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About virtues…

Naïve person as I am, I have always believed that trust is a fundamental thing in Formula one. How much trust you have to have in your mechanics and engineers to drive a hand made car at a speed exceeding 200 mph? How much trust you have to have in your rival to go wheel-on-wheel into Eau Rouge? The only one you can’t trust on an F1 circuit is your team mate.

Yesterday’s Malaysian Grand Prix has provided fans, journalists and pretty much everyone even vaguely informed about Formula One with a theme for a discussion and it would be a shame to miss this opportunity to start a blog with a post on such an adorably controversial topic. The funny thing is, though, that I don’t really see too much of a controversy in the situation, maybe a bit of managerial inconsistencies. But let’s take one step at a time.
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