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Paul Buckland

April 21, 2010 9:42 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: Stop complaining about Hamilton's driving!


If I was in Button's position, leading the race, on cold tyres coming into a wet hairpin, I would slow right down to make sure I didn't make the schoolboy error of slithering off and chucking it all away. No matter who had been leading he would have done the same if he were one of the more experienced guys. It was not a brake test, he was making sure he didn't **** it up. If I was in second place, I would have used some commonsense and not have been so close behind, no need to be. There was a rear facing camera that was shown once, and you saw them bunching up way before the corner.

Paul Buckland

April 21, 2010 8:55 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: Stop complaining about Hamilton's driving!


Richard - wrong on two counts. Button didn't brake test anyone. In case you hadn't noticed there was a hairpin to get round, and it was everyone else who were too close behind him and each other, hence the traffic jam. It's the same on the track as on the highway, you run into the back of someone, it's your fault. And secondly, on the re-start, as soon as you cross the 'first safety car line' you can start racing and overtake. It's got nothing to do with the lap start line anymore. If you don't know about the 'first safety car line' look up the rules on the FIA website.

Paul Buckland

April 21, 2010 6:37 PM

F1 » Avon could be calling, decision by Barcelona?


Here's an off-the-wall, barmy suggestion - just throw it open to anyone who can produce a racing slick, or even better, an all-weather tyre, like a hard wearing intermediate. You can't use slicks on the road, so why should you be able to race with them ? You'd see Michelin, Bridgestone, Hankook, Pirelli, Avon and everyone involved. Do other series, like the various LM type series, restrict themselves to one designated supplier ? Let the FIA produce a spec, issue a licence to any supplier that wants to join in to ensure quality, and let them get on with it. I'm not necessarily saying that's what I want, but it would be different !

Paul Buckland

April 21, 2010 6:22 PM

MotoGP » Ferrari 'would do everything' to get Rossi into F1


Motojunkie - you cannot be serious !? VR would get murdered in F1 by all and sundry. All sorts have tested F1 cars and been quick on an empty track, and then been completely swamped in races. He done sports cars, but there is plenty of metalwork to hide in and lumber about with, and an F1 car is very nimble and exposed. Yes, Surtees did it, and then Hailwood and Ceccotto to a lesser extent have tried it, but those cars were so much simpler and basic than these modern F1 cars. Watch the disagrees fly, as I dare to fail to worship the god Valentino !! Genius on a bike, sure, but he would not be the same in a car.

Paul Buckland

April 20, 2010 9:30 PM

F1 » Brawn: Schumacher pace 'a problem' – and 'difficult to understand'


Hakkinen was cooler under pressure, Raikkonen braver, Montoya a more decisive overtaker, Barrichello smoother, and so on. But Schuey was next best at ALL these, which added up to far better all round. However, he is now in his 40's and having taken a break, he has lost that edge. He is now 92%, not the 97% he was before, and today, with these cars, with these other drivers, these tyres, the current budget and technical back up that is OK, but not enough to take him back to where he was before. Well that's what I think ! You may have guessed I am not his greatest fan, although I have never 'hated' him, not like some seem to hate Hamilton or Alonso, but I could see why he was so successful.

Paul Buckland

April 20, 2010 9:30 PM

F1 » Brawn: Schumacher pace 'a problem' – and 'difficult to understand'


Schuey has been very lucky with his career. Just when he was getting going in F1 Senna died. At Benetton he hooked up with Ross Brawn who brought lateral thinking into race strategy, and Rory Byrne designing the most innovative cars. They all went to Ferrari together which threw money and resources at them. He eventually had the best team and car money could buy with a limitless budget and an army of technicians and test drivers run by Jean Todt. He had few worthy opponents, Bridgestone in his pocket supplying tyres suited mainly to his style and the FIA looking the other way over his boorish on track tactics. He was quick, brave, tactically brilliant, consistent, ruthless and super fit.

Paul Buckland

April 20, 2010 8:17 PM

F1 » Button: I'm driving like a world champion!


Haven't bothered to read through all of these posts, so if I'm repeating someone, apologies, but lucky and gambles, my a*se. If the sainted Schuey had done what Jensen has then he'd be being praised to the heavens a the genius having returned. Contrary to the couch-riding experts, Jensen is out there getting the decisions right, and Lewis is giving us something to watch. And why is all somehow lessened by the fact that some of the races have been wet ? I'd rather they were all wet/dry/wet races if they are exciting. Whatever happened to Boring F1 ? I think I said at the time that was 75% due to the Bahrain track. I still think aero mods and iron brakes would improve things further, though.


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