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Paul Buckland

December 08, 2009 8:49 PM

F1 » Ferrari: Alonso 'better' than Raikkonen, 'similar to Schumi'

So Ferrari reckon their expensive new driver is better than their fantastically expensive old driver that they just got rid of - surprise surprise I never thought I'd hear them say that. Also surprising is that the new car is reputed to look a bit like a Red Bull, funny that. I thought it was only McLaren that was supposed to copy other teams designs.

Paul Buckland

December 02, 2009 8:07 PM

MotoGP » 'Positive feedback' for 1000cc MotoGP - Pt 1.

Dolmio Man - I think the reason why we have dull MotoGP's now is because of the make up of the field. We have 2 works Yamahas, 2 satellite Yamahas, 2 factory Hondas, several sat Hondas, 2 factory Ducatis, 4 sat Ducatis, 2 factory Suzukis ( only ). There are performance gaps between the Yams, Honda, Sukis, Dukes. The other series all have several of one or two, or of each, manufacturer and the similar bikes are therefore more evenly matched. There just has to be more bikes, especially the better ones. If there were several Yams and Suzukis they would be racing closer together, as the private Honda usually are, as their performances are much more on a level with each other.

Paul Buckland

November 30, 2009 8:01 PM

F1 » Kubica out, Briatore back in at Renault F1?

Well, Love, I think it is more that Toyota were always quite conservative about race strategy and as Trulli gets older, that suites his mindset too, so consequently he is usually lapping half a second slower in race mode than his grid position would allow, and being quite an experienced guy, he usually get the car off the line better than most, jumping a couple or more places too. Riding kerbs is one way of wearing out tyres and suspension components, and some of the hard-chargers are not so worried about that. I would think Tulli rides the kerbs less thas most, although I haven't studied that.

Paul Buckland

November 28, 2009 9:20 PM

F1 » Mercedes ramp up efforts to poach Schumacher

To clarify my position on Schumacher being too old now, it is because he hasn't been racing for a quite a while that it makes a difference. If he'd been constantly competing, like Rubens, then it wouldn't be such an issue, but as I said, there is a new generation of drivers now who will barge him off like he used to do to others ( Hill, Villenueve - attempt failed, and others ), and he won't have improved with inactivity. Kimi will find the same thing if he takes a year off. Lauda left and returned successfully, but that was a generation ago and the cars had hardly changed. These F1 cars are a bit different to the ones he won so often in. He'd be a fool to risk his reputation.

Paul Buckland

November 28, 2009 4:14 PM

F1 » Mercedes ramp up efforts to poach Schumacher

I am not bothered if Schuie makes a come back in the cockpit or not, but he retired because he realised Alonso was too quick for him, and Michael has not got quicker since. There have been one or two more quick guys turn up, who won't be intimidated by his reputation. Not only is he now too old, he's been away for a while and he will find that he won't be able to just pick it up from where he left off. He may be quick enough for top six but no higher. Anyway, I can't see Ferrari letting him go just so that he can join a big name rival in whatever capacity. No doubt this will be interpreted by his hero-worshippers as me hating Schumacher, but I don't at all, I am actually being realistic.

Paul Buckland

November 26, 2009 8:35 PM

WSBK » Leon Camier confirmed at Aprilia.

I hope Aprilia give him both time to get settled in and not all of the best bits to Max, and that he does really well. Let's not get carried away though, he was on the best bike and didn't have much to beat this year in BSB and last year he was usually trailing behind Shaky on the Ducati. The more Brits in the top classes of world championships the better, we have really good crop of young riders at the moment.

Paul Buckland

November 25, 2009 8:24 PM

F1 » Renault chief Ghosn questions 'importance' of F1

IanH, yes I do, just about. It was the Rothmans 50000, a 500 km race for any type of car and the large prize fund, for those days, attracted quite a few F1 teams like Lotus and BRM as well as several F2, F Atlantic and F5000's and a couple of sports cars, but I can't remember if any sports cars started. I think all the cars had enlarged fuel tanks and a basic refuelling system, but I can't remember too many details now. I went with my dad to the qualifying, but not the race itself, and I don't think it was televised back then. I'm sure Fittipaldi won it in a Lotus 72. 500ks in a F1 car. What would today's superstars think ?

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