Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Moved to the hills of Tennessee - Chattanooga is a great town
Guess I need to eat my words of a few day ago. So, Alfa is back as an Alfa Romeo-Sauber with a second tier Ferrari engine badged as an Alfa. Hopefully, Sauber can do better in 2018 than they did this year - dead last - but I can't believe it's likely. The only hope is that the Honda-engined Toro Rosso will be last on the grid instead of Sauber.
As for our viewing pleasure, I read in the most recent Auto-everyother-Week that all 21 2018 races will be shown on ESPN or ESPN2 with a couple shown live on ABC (US and Mexican races). Monaco will be broadcast live on one of the ESPN channels; ABC will also broadcast it but after the Indy 500. There will be no ESPN presence at the races - all commentary will be from a British channel's team. The reason NBC decided not to renew with Liberty is competition - Liberty intends to pursue other avenues (pay-per-view and internet) for race coverage, and NBC saw that as having a contract with an entity that is trying to replace them.
So much happening in so little time, including a new F1 logo, which sucks big time. Liberty media isn't making me feel warm and fuzzy about their ideas for F1, especially after that idiot they hired to do driver intros in Austin. I haven't attended an F1 race since I stopped covering the Alfa team back in the '80s, and I have no inclination to attend one ever again. I will continue to watch every race, though, at least until they go pay-per-view.
Oh, and Totto Wolf has said MB might join Ferrari and leave F1 is the engine rules and spending caps are enacted in 2020.
Certainly, Liberty Media will learn and improve F1. They can't possibly be worse than Bernie.
A Chattanooga resident as of July 29, 2016
Current cool cars:
2013 Focus ST
1991 Lotus Elan M100
1973 Giulia Super 1.3 with a very hot 2.0L