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#1 BoschKurve

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 13:57

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So what are the opinions on what his presence at Marussia will bring?

Can Flavio be much further behind...?

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#2 David Lightman

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 14:03

I like Pat but it's odd how he seems to have got away with it all. He writes articles in mags, works in F1 and his character doesn't seem to have been tainted by all this.

#3 Szoelloe

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 14:14

Symonds is a great asset to Marussia, in fact would have been an asset to any F1 team. Best wishes to him. Briatore will never have a place in any F1 team though. He always was an opportunist, he has HR skills, but nothing else. He has nothing to offer, but his mouth, and that has no value whatsoever.

#4 BoschKurve

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 14:40

I was disappointed Marussia just barely got nipped by Caterham towards the end of the season. I'm wondering if having Symonds there might set a solid foundation for Marussia to surpass Caterham if not in 2013, but in 2014 at least.

#5 ayali

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 14:50

Personally I feel both he and Flavio should have never been allowed anywhere near the sport again.
But as FiA goofed on the lifetime penalty it's only fair that he re-enters now.

Don't think it will make a HUGE difference as he's been working as a consultant for them the last 2 years.

I do hope however that every time a Marussia crashes the various commentators bring up Singapore 2008 and Symonds' role in it. ;)

#6 Fastcake

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 15:10

Well he's served his time out so I see no problem with him coming back into the sport full time again.

#7 boldhakka

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 15:32

At least the teams and drivers could have voluntarily blocked out this crowd. But nooooo, they lay down the red carpet for them.

#8 olliek88

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 15:38

Well he's served his time out so I see no problem with him coming back into the sport full time again.


I have no problem with Pat at all and he comes across as a very like-able bloke but he's never really been away from the sport. The last couple of years he has basically been working for Marussia, officially he was a consultant but i don't think this changes much, other than seeing his face around the paddock.

#9 Gagá Bueno

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 16:05

I only hope it doesn't mean Glock's first win, after Chilton binning it in the wall... :stoned:

Edited by Gagá Bueno, 21 December 2012 - 17:08.


#10 r4mses

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 16:57

I only hope it doesn't mean Pic's first win, after Chilton binning it in the wall... :stoned:


eh, Glock?! Or did I miss smth in the silly season?

#11 Gagá Bueno

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:07

eh, Glock?! Or did I miss smth in the silly season?


You're right, :down: on me... Will edit it.

#12 Clatter

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:35

Well he's served his time out so I see no problem with him coming back into the sport full time again.


Seems to have been forgotten that he was offered immunity by MM. If he had accepted it then he would never have been absent from the sport. MM\FIA didn't really care about what happened other than a means to get rid of FB.

#13 Craven Morehead

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:45

Time served. Welcome back.

Wonder if Ferrari will announce Flav soon? :)

#14 BoschKurve

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 20:45

Time served. Welcome back.

Wonder if Ferrari will announce Flav soon? :)


Announce him as what?

#15 Szoelloe

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 20:59

Announce him as what?


Official office cleaning advisor? In a uniform with a "Crash Bandicoot" badge?

#16 BoschKurve

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 21:05

Official office cleaning advisor? In a uniform with a "Crash Bandicoot" badge?


:lol:

I'm sure Fernando would be thrilled to have him back in any form.

#17 MustangSally

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:50

I like Pat but it's odd how he seems to have got away with it all. He writes articles in mags, works in F1 and his character doesn't seem to have been tainted by all this.


By contrast, Mike Coughlan has kept a very low profile. I don't know whether that's due to his nature or the unforgiving nature of Ferrari?


#18 dau

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:04

By contrast, Mike Coughlan has kept a very low profile. I don't know whether that's due to his nature or the unforgiving nature of Ferrari?

Becoming Williams' TD isn't really keeping a very low profile though.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 13:28

Those who conjured up Singapore 2008 (like Briatore and Symonds) should never be allowed back to F1.

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#20 Boing 2

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 13:28

By contrast, Mike Coughlan has kept a very low profile. I don't know whether that's due to his nature or the unforgiving nature of Ferrari?


Can't remember ever seeing him pop up much before the scandal.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 14:18

Becoming Williams' TD isn't really keeping a very low profile though.


He's kept at arm's length from the media and Gillan fronted the team at races. That's low profile for a TD, no?