Many teams last week rejected Marussia’s bid to return to Formula One so why did Williams say yes
Williams will support Marussia return
Williams say they will support Marussia’s bid to return to the grid this season and would have let them run last year’s car.
In an interview with Sky Sports deputy principal Claire Williams said “We’ve been very clear on our position around Marussia and their entry: we want a full competitive line-up on the grid…and we will do anything to support Marussia coming back in.”
Marussia folded last year however the team found new funding and came out of administration on Monday. Force India last week called Marussia’s application as “speculative” and lacking substance.
She described the team as “a middle team, not a small team. We go racing based on the sponsorship budget that we can generate, coupled with the prize money that we get. But it’s a hard fight.”
Surprising comments from not just a F1 boss but a businessman so why does Ron Dennis rather not have a title sponsor
Title sponsor vs under selling – Dennis
Ron Dennis says he would rather be without a title sponsor than undersell the space on his team’s Formula 1 car.
The Woking-based team has been without a title partner since its Vodafone deal ended in 2013. He says the concept of a title sponsor doesn’t’ exist anymore.
The team however has not given up on the idea because it brings in a lot of money than other sponsorship. He added “The last thing you should do is suddenly start doing deals that are last place in the league table. That is maybe flawed, but I don’t think so. That is the way I think.”
Sharing TV rights is not new to any sport. But what does this mean for Australia?
Australia heads to shared rights
A new deal between Fox Sports and Network Ten in Australian mean that F1 Fans will only been able to see half the races live. Fox will show all the races on pay to view while Network Ten will show half the races live with highlights of the others.
A similar deal came into effect in the UK in 2012 after the BBC sold half it live rights to Sky. Like the BBC / Sky agreement the nation’s home race and season finale will remain on free to air TV. But practice sessions and qualifying sessions will also be broadcast live on Fox Sport.
Their partnership already includes three motor sport categories in MotoGP, V8 Supercars and now F1. “This new partnership means Fox Sports will broadcast Formula 1 how it is meant to be” Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany said.
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