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April 10, 2014 3:26 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: Jean Todt and the noises off

Wiseguy: Hi Seashack. Where were you when Williams, Mclarens, Ferrari and Red Bull (last year) completely dominated the sport for years at a time? I for one am glad that Mercedes are finally successful after trying for so long even though I believe that their advantage will not last much longer - after all we have only had 3 races so far!
We had 3 different winners and constructors win the first three races last year. None of the teams that you list was as dominant as Merc is this year.

Mark _

April 10, 2014 12:20 AM

F1 » Rosberg’s pride at silencing ‘very unfair’ critics

@Sunny - Yes, their extreme dominance is bad for F1 or more specifically for the fans. Typically the longer the regulations have been in place the closer the competition is. These new regulations have indirectly reshuffled the deck of cards. Kudos to Merc for hitting a home run this year. I get the feeling that there will be one race between the Mercs (like Ferrari at Indy in 2005) and another race between the rest of the field.

Mark _

April 08, 2014 4:46 PM

F1 » Maldonado penalised for Gutierrez clash

@Jez - I am pretty sure if Lotus had the choice they would trade the 3 penalty points for a 5 grid place drop. I disagree that Ricciardo's penalty was too harsh. Perhaps you have not seen what happens when a wheel comes off at speed and hits someone in pit lane or even worse a spectator. The FIA has rightly designed the penalty for an unsafe release to be very harsh so as to do as much as possible to stop the teams from putting other people in real danger. The punishment is for breaking the rule not for how much damage was actually caused. One incident was a racing incident which is to be expected and the other incident was down right negligent. On the possibility of contact for starting mid pack, that is all that it is a possibility. If there had been an incident at the front it may have helped him to be further back. In this era of F1 with it's fake passing it really doesn't matter were you start. That is why we have seen some cars not even bother to complete lap in Q3.

Mark _

April 09, 2014 12:12 AM

F1 » Maldonado penalised for Gutierrez clash

Slagheap: Ricciardo as I stated before did nothing himself to justify his penalty...ask Martin Brundle, if you didnt hear his comment.....whereas Nutter Pastor was the main reason the accident happened, even if you think mirror signal man
@Slag - the penalty for an unsafe release is clear and accepted by the team(s). Perhaps since they accept it as is, you should too. I think that we can all accept that cars are going to collide occasionally when fighting for a position or even from a driver error but I don't think that we should ever accept that wheels may become detached from the car with the potential for harming people who are not even competing in the event. I believe that part of the problem here is that one of these drivers is well liked and the other isn't. Be glad that the evil Pastor has received penalty points that may very well result in him having to sit out a race.

Mark _

April 08, 2014 4:56 PM
Last Edited 108 days ago

F1 » Maldonado penalised for Gutierrez clash

Because a freak incident occured once and the FIA needs to look like they're doing something about it? "Unsafe" releases have happened many, many times, yet the occurrence of actual injury or damage to a car as a result is so low it is barely worth considering.
If you think that this has only happened once you are either new to F1 or have a poor memory. The reason that we now have pit lane speed limits is because of a wheel coming off at speed in the pits in Imola 1994. Ironically the one injury that you do recall was also caused by this same team. Perhaps they are the "Maldonodo's" of unsafe pit releases?

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