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Old 08-31-2004, 19:41   #1 (permalink)
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Jaguar F1 to become Ford F1 in 2005

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Jaguar to switch to Ford branding in 2005

Mark Webber, Belgian GP 2004© The Cahier ArchiveJaguar Racing will be transformed next year into a Ford-branded F1 team, according to the latest word from the F1 paddock. There is a strong body of opinion at Ford that the company should benefit from the programme if it is spending all the money. Jaguar Cars, a Ford subsidiary, is currently the beneficiary of the investment but Jaguar sales have been faltering in recent months and production is currently being streamlined to meet demand.

Using the Ford brand will open up many more possibilities for marketing but we hear that Ford wants to reduce its costs a little more and is looking for a partner to take over 30% of the team and help with the funding. The management of the team should not be affected by any of the changes.

We hear that there was a proposal for a deal between Red Bull and Ford but that the Ford management in Dearborn, Michigan, decided that bit did not want to enter into a partnership with the Austrian drink company, perhaps because of the fact that Red Bull is often mixed with vodka by the younger generations and automobile companies are very wary of associations with liquor companies.

We have heard that the same deal is being discussed with the Korean conglomerate LG and it may be that we will end up with a team known as something like LG Ford Racing. There will be other sponsors involved and it is anticipated that HSBC will remain as a backer and it is possible that Red Bull will also have an involvement as a backer of Christian Klien. The team is happy to keep the promising Austrian now that he has spent a year learning about F1.
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Well I just hope that they improve next year.
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Old 08-31-2004, 20:32   #3 (permalink)
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Ford & F1 are a waste of time and money IMO.
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Only part I don't like is they want to spend less money. FFS. If they're going
to continue like this I'm going to start laughing at their feble attempts to explain
why they bother putting a show in at all. They win no credit from their involvement.
It just portrays them as a cut price, no hope of winning anything, going nowhere,
CHEAP.....F1 pretender. They're not exactly a struggling privately owned team
but they're not going to get anywhere without sound investment but they don't
seem to understand. I was happy when I thought with a few good results they
may win some support but they're really taking the piss.

Anyone would think they're not doing it just for me. Nearly that is.
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Ford & F1 are a waste of time and money IMO.
i agree....i dont understand how they get irl and indy right and screw up so badly with F1?

I wish ford were good in F1, imagine how good that would be. But ever since Jackie Stewart racing or whatever it was they have no improved at all.

Very dissapointing.
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Mind you a Royal Blue F1 car with the ford logo in white would look freaking stunning!

More money and development is the answer however..
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I hope they don't really & if they do decide to change there is no point doing unless they are going to get serious & put real money into it otherwise whats the point of dragging both names through the mud.
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I recalled a figure somewhere, probably a bit outdated but it pretty much said

THe more money the team spent on development testing the further up the ladder they were, eg Ferrari was on top, then either williams or mclaren (thought renault would be up there somewhere now)

im hoping ford when they say "reducing cost" means reducing redundant costs, and putting it towards the development of the car, (heres hoping but not hoping that much as i dont believe it will happen)
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fal·ter intr.v.

1. To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver.
2. To speak hesitatingly; stammer.
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1. To move ineptly or haltingly; stumble.
2. To operate or perform unsteadily or with a loss of effectiveness:

So why are they trying to meet demand, wouldnt it mean that less people are buying there cars?
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fal·ter intr.v.

1. To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver.
2. To speak hesitatingly; stammer.
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2. To operate or perform unsteadily or with a loss of effectiveness:

So why are they trying to meet demand, wouldnt it mean that less people are buying there cars?
They are reducing the amount of cars they are making, so they meet demand, reather than exceed it.
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