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Minichamps Restores My Faith

Patrick AllenAnalyst INovember 6, 2009

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 18:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP leads from Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos Circuit on October 18, 2009 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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I wondered if there was any point in writing this article, but I decided that I had given a slightly wrong message out in my previous rant.

As I have amended in my original article (The disgusting side of F1…..yet again!), I became aware after my fit of rage that it seems the £100 Jenson Championship set is a company exclusive. Needless to say my argument still stands as people will always milk us fans out of all the cash in our wallets!

However, I feel I might have painted minichamps in a negative light. If you’ve read my first article you’ll know I contacted my supplier and got a less than helpful response.

Well, soon after, I contacted minichamps directly and asked them if they had plans to release a 1:43 scale Button from Brazil (1:43 hopefully equalling affordable).

Minichamps were quick to reply "yes we have…..".

I wanted to get this quick article out primarily to correct mistakes I made through anger, but also to show that there are some companies that seem to care about fans. I’m the first to admit that the minichamps models aren’t cheap. However, the company nearly always releases an expensive model and a cheaper version. This is important, and I hope I speak for F1 fans in appreciating it.

I still believe that F1 on the whole overcharges us for stuff that will be unthinkably cheaper when next seasons products come around. I suppose you could argue that this makes good commercial sense, but where would F1 be without their fans?!

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