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Paul Buckland

April 19, 2010 8:29 PM

F1 » Button: I had my heart in my mouth


And by the way SpaghettiEddie, we British used plenty of slave labour in the past, and usually paid others to fight our wars for us. Read a history of the British Empire. Most 'British' soldiers in the American War Of Independence were in fact German mercenaries. The Germans have nothing to be Mercedes and other German companies have nothing to be ashamed of. What happened in the past is in the past, it is not the same people running these companies today, and if the Allies had lost, how do you think Rolls Royce, Avro, Pratt & Whitney and Boeing would be regarded by history ?

Paul Buckland

April 19, 2010 8:21 PM

F1 » Button: I had my heart in my mouth


There is a lot of pointless discussion about the nationality of companies. These days every company is partially owned by multinational pension funds and global investment banks. It is almost impossible now to say with certainty that any particular worldwide branded company is wholly British, German, American or whatever. And in F1, each team is funded by multinational corporations, so who is paying for the team ? Is Williams British ? Phillips ( Dutch ) or RBS ( British ) main sponsor ? Mercedes is sponsored by Petronas ( Malaysian ) oil company, so is that a German team ? Would it be on the grid without the Maslaysian cash ? What nationality is the Red Bull F1 team ? Take your pick.

Paul Buckland

April 18, 2010 9:44 PM

F1 » Button: Chinese GP triumph is my best F1 victory


Walter - before you slag drivers off for breaking the rules, try finding out what they are first. When the safety car pulls in, you are allowed to overtake as soon as you pass the first safety car line, which is more or less level with the beginning of the pits, not the start/finish line. I read someone else calling McLaren 'McCheats' for the same incident. You are wrong, find out what you are talking about first, or hasn't it dawned on you why such an obvious 'cheat' has not been punished ?

Paul Buckland

April 18, 2010 4:41 PM

F1 » Button heads McLaren 1-2 after another bold tyre call


The word I decided to loose for space was 'towards', as in "pushed him over 'towards' the airlines", and if there had have been crews standing there, then Lewis would have undoubtedly dropped in behind Vettel, but there were not. It seems Vettel is letting his frustration show. He has a very quick car, but can't seem to get it together on race day, something seems to go wrong, either his car or his luck, and I agree, he is beginning to annoy me slightly, like Lewis does others. And I also agree it's great to see Renault bouncing back from what could be described as a difficult year. Petrov has it, whatever it is, but he does. All he needs is confidence and experience.

Paul Buckland

April 18, 2010 3:22 PM

F1 » Button heads McLaren 1-2 after another bold tyre call


RickB.. I think you will see, if you bother to open your eyes, that Vettel was leaning on Hamilton, pushing him over the air lines down the pit lane, hence his reprimand. Lewis only went when his lollipop man told him to. Lewis could have dropped behind, hence his. As for the restart from the safetycar, after Button's traffic jam, again Vettel was leaning on Lewis, who had nowhere to go, except to lean on Webber. There should be no penalties handed out post race, there is no need. Nobody crashed or failed to finish. Penalties have been handed out too easily in the past, and some spectators have become too quick to call for them. It's motor racing, not ballroom dancing. Get over it.

Paul Buckland

April 09, 2010 9:25 PM

BTCC » Next Generation Touring Car gears up for 2011!


Unless I've completely misunderstood this, which is more than possible, it looks like the BTCC will become NASCAR lite, with the cars mechanically similar, only being either silhouette bodyshells, or identical bodyshells just badged appropriately to whoever's engine is used, and front wheel drive unless BMW want to develop a motor, hence the rear drive option for that badged car. I suppose its worth a try, as currently BTCC, despite the TOCA propaganda, is on the downslope with greatly reduced factory interest and mostly now privateers running off-the-shelf over-the-counter machinery on reduced budgets. It needs a rethink, and this may be the best way to go.

Paul Buckland

April 05, 2010 9:46 PM

F1 » KERS to return?


I think the reason why we tend to get better racing in the wet, even if more wing is cranked on by the teams, is the aero downforce has less effect because the wet track doesn't allow for the tyres to grip the track as firmly as slick tyres do a dry surface, so the braking, traction and lateral forces are less efficient, leading to longer braking time, poorer acceleration and cornering. The higher wing angles also result in lower top speeds. The performance advantage of a Red Bull over a, say, Sauber can be less pronounced. A wet track throws in more variables, like spins and driver mistakes, team tactical errors.


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