Merc will have a significant head start from their experience in the AC36 especially from being on the front line in Auckland, the Xmas Cup etc, along with important competitor data. That's when they really believed Merc could make significant contributions. Importantly they would have built up the language and trust between the sailors and the car folk, in a way an F1 driver can explain feedback from the car to the engineers. They would also have been putting new resources and systems in place right after Ineos was eliminated. No waiting for decisions on high and limited budgets.I don't think any other team will get as much out of the F1 ties as the Brits. All the red bull engineering talent is in the UK (like most teams). So logistics will make it less effective. Whereas the Brits are now colocated of course. The Italians could do that but won't I suspect. The Swiss could in theory but have used the wrong F1 team if they wanted to
Not so much any more. They now have a shed out the back of Ferrari with Ferrari lending them resources in the same way the F1 teams are reported to be helping AC teams.Haas contracts all design work to Dallara
only one error, Red Bull is an Austrian companyjust added Bypass paywall browser extension on chrome...bazinga!
Alinghi's challenge for the 37th America's Cup is not only imbuing the next regatta with a large dose of credibility, it is moving the Cup closer to F1.
Literally. The yachting bars and gossip mills are alive with the possibility that Alinghi may be entering not just with Swiss billionaire owner Ernesto Bertarelli's millions but also with the reputed backing of F1 team Red Bull – also a Swiss sporting icon. That puts them on a par, at least, with Ineos Team UK and their connection with the Mercedes F1 team.
There's more – talk is also reaching receptive ears that Luna Rossa, not to be outdone, may be hooking up with another F1 giant, Ferrari. It's just gossip for now – but Alinghi's involvement was just bar talk for a long time too. Until it wasn't.
Alinghi themselves haven't said anything yet but scroll around the world's media and yachting media and the name Red Bull crops up more than once. The giant, foiling AC75s are powered by highly advanced technology and, just like F1, a small advantage in aerodynamics or hydrodynamics can mean big results.
The America's Cup has always been a technology race – never more so than now. The F1 connection is an intriguing development in a regatta still without a venue and, presumably, without the money to stage it yet.
Even the strict nationality rules – designed so Emirates Team New Zealand doesn't lose Kiwi sailors to competing teams – don't seem to have deterred Alinghi. Swiss sailors are racing in Sail GP and the T35s (foiling yachts) to be sailed this year in Switzerland, France and Italy; Alinghi was also the last champion in the now defunct Extreme Sailing Series (40-foot catamarans, a beefed-up version of the Tornados used in the Olympics).
One of their Sail GP sailors, Arnaud Psarophagis, even deputised for Peter Burling and Blair Tuke in that series when the Kiwi pair were preparing for the Olympics this year.
So Alinghi seem to have the sailors – and we are still waiting to hear if Burling and Tuke will re-sign with Team NZ. There's been some talk an offer from Alinghi was a possibility, even if the duo couldn't sail for them (nationality rules again). However, they could bring a whole heap of knowledge and experience with them in an advisory capacity. That still seems a long shot but…watch this space.
Now for a boat – and the talk has been for a long time that Alinghi have been sniffing round Team NZ and Luna Rossa to buy an AC75 from the last regatta – to begin getting to grips with sailing these foiling behemoths (and designing the next one).
Gave 250k to T***p, yecch!
Yep, saw that. Just like Larry himself btw.Gave 250k to T***p, yecch!
Still could be, that is his daughter isn't it?Genuinely thought LE was gay.
I always did appreciate EB's support for SAAC.But nice arse licking, and good to see Ernesto back nevertheless.
Your hatred for Erne$to was only exceeded by your hatred for Dalts and TNZ..Your man love for Lazza, ehman and Coutts has been disguised by time, 85K posts and massive spin…I always did appreciate EB's support for SAAC.
Isn't that his daughter? Met her once, somewhat pretty but not that pretty.In 2010 LE picked out a 19 year old.
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Or they just don’t care anymore? (Not a sarcastic question). If I were a Kiwi I’d be upset by GD moves. We’re not talking about LE or EB that never asked the Government to back them with public money. We’re talking about a team that’s the national team, partly “owned” by the people, always backed up by the Gov. So that’s why I’m asking if they are not upset or they just don’t care.TNZ reputation at home is just fine, Zaal. You're possibly talking to, or listening to, the wrong people.
No. This picture is Megan, one of the 2 older kids.Isn't that his daughter? Met her once, somewhat pretty but not that pretty.
View attachment 477713 the same woman, she is called Megan Ellison. What a very good make up artist can do to a woman is incredible.
No, we're not upset.Or they just don’t care anymore? (Not a sarcastic question). If I were a Kiwi I’d be upset by GD moves. We’re not talking about LE or EB that never asked the Government to back them with public money. We’re talking about a team that’s the national team, partly “owned” by the people, always backed up by the Gov. So that’s why I’m asking if they are not upset or they just don’t care.
She is not unpretty.No. This picture is Megan, one of the 2 older kids.
The woman with tasteful shoes is Nikita Khan, 19 at the time. Google her if you are still not convinced. LE bought her naming rights for a rhino sanctuary in San Diego.