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Powerline 2008 - Unregistered

April 17, 2009 9:03 AM

A podium finish for Red Bull? That's quite possible. The field is looking very leveled this year. So it could be a good year for most teams but I suspect Brawn GP will have an exceptional year.

piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

April 17, 2009 9:17 AM

Nice to see that the top three places are occupied by teams who's ethos is more 'racing for its own sake' than 'racing as a billionaires hobby' or 'racing to promote a brand'. Rock on Nico, I want a Williams win this year.

Frank (NL) - Unregistered

April 17, 2009 9:27 AM

I'm starting to wonder why Kimi is still in the business. He's so uninspired that it's starting to irritate me.
Put him out of his misery and give Alonso the seat. Massa still is a good second driver. Would make a great team.

simon - Unregistered

April 17, 2009 1:07 PM

isnt it great to see the 3 big teams struggle. Where are all the Alonso fans who say he is the best driver and the best developement driver out there. He's 19th,,wow what a genius,,,it goes to show he isnt great and just another good driver who given a good car can produce results,,but thats it,,hes useless this year.Same with Raikkonen and Massa,,very ordinary,at least Hamilton does overtake people.

john - Unregistered

April 17, 2009 3:24 PM

At first I thought it is good to have a level playing field but looking at the results here, it is so obvious the diffuser plays a huge part in the performance of the cars and not really the drivers. You have the 'diffuser' teams right at the top and the rest at the bottom. What good can come out of this ? How can it be a level playing field ? It is just an exchange of places from from previous seasons where a couple of teams are fighting for the top positions. It is just like another Michelin vs Bridgestone situation. I want to see a field where everyone stands a chance to be at the top. Now the situation is same as previous seasons where the winners are so predictable.

Nealio - Unregistered

April 17, 2009 4:49 PM

A level playing field means equal opportunity under impartial enforcement of the rules, doesn't it? Racing is about who is best on the field and the day. This idea of everybody can win is OK, for kindergarten hopscotch, but it's got nothing to do with F1! It's not called the piranha club for nothing. Que up the theme song... "Live and let die."

Barry Wilkinson

April 18, 2009 12:32 AM

Simon i totally agree it is nice to see the top three teams struggle with their design on the cars but i do think it has been the fia's intention to make this happen. Alonso yes i agree he is an average driver but so are all of the other F1 drivers who are in average cars on the grid, the car makes the driver in my opinion and i think that is why frank williams does not keep champions driving his cars very often as all of the drivers are within 100 of a second if the car is setup right. I really do think that the top three will gain the ground needed to overtake brawn, ferrari continued:

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