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Paul Buckland

April 04, 2010 11:49 AM

F1 » Vettel, Webber punch back with the ol' Red Bull 1-2!

Once the well matched cars and drivers get together on the track, the overtaking stops, but it has always been thus. If the aero rules can be changed to allow the cars to follow each other more closely then we may get more passing action, but overall it wasn't too bad a race. Shame it didn't rain, as that would have spiced things up. However, its China next, another Herman Tilka design, so set the Skyplus box now and watch the highlights if there are any.

Paul Buckland

March 30, 2010 9:40 PM

F1 » Hamilton: I understand what the team was doing

I do get fed up with those who dismiss Button's victory with 'Jensen just got lucky'. That's very lazy thinking. You don't dominate a race through luck. How many seasons of bad luck did he endure ? Also, Gary Player always said ' the harder I practice, the luckier I get ' and it is the same with any 'fortunate' sportsman. Long term luck has to be worked at, and sometimes it is well deserved. He didn't become WDC by pure chance, there are too many others out there fighting for the title for that. If it really was down to fortune alone, someone like Piquet Jnr in a rubbish car and a two-bit team would by WDC now, with everyone falling off and breaking down.

Paul Buckland

March 28, 2010 1:39 PM

F1 » Button: I thought I'd made a catastrophic mistake...

It just proves that the driver must always make the call. Jenson took a chance and it worked for him. Lewis could have said I'm not coming in, everything is fine, but he probably thought the others would come in too, although I suspected they would just keep track position rather than risk having to charge through traffic all over again - I was right for once. A mistake by the team. That's twice in two Red Bull have thrown away a win. Could be one of those seasons for Vettel, dominatingly quick but a fragile car.

Paul Buckland

March 28, 2010 1:31 PM

F1 » Button calls shots for superb Melbourne F1 triumph

I think I may have mentioned that the Bahrain track was at least as responsible for a dull first race as anything else. That was an awful lot better, I don't think anyone could disagree. The aero rules are still hampering good racing, as the Ferrari's couldn't get past the Renault and Schuey was stuck behing a couple of slow guys for ages too, but I have also been calling for HARD TYRES. Today's race, in the damp, was the equivalent of racing on HARD TYRES. See what happens. Less grip, more sliding, longer braking, drivers pushing harder. It still wasn't perfect, but it was a hell of a lot better. Don't be surprised if Michael gets fed up with soon, if he doesn't go as well as he expects.

Paul Buckland

March 21, 2010 7:05 PM

F1 » Red Bull 'ridiculously fast' insists Hamilton

CarCrazed - are you an aerodynamicist ? Of course you are. So am I. Why is Lewis Hamilton not allowed to express his opinion, even though he is in a far better position to have a meaningful one, while most of you lot, who in the main are load of know-nothing armchair enthusiasts, are allowed to say what you think from a position of complete ignorance ? Anyone, no matter who they are, gets it the neck for daring to say anything, then the moan is there are no personalities in the sport anymore. Just what is it you want ?

Paul Buckland

March 18, 2010 10:04 PM

F1 » F1 'badly-designed' with no 'will to please the public'

At last some are coming around to my view - long held - that the tyres are too soft. They never used to be years ago, and the racing was better, and I know the difference the modern aero regs have contributed. But combined with smaller front wings and iron brakes, harder tyres will mean longer braking distances and more scope for overtaking. I also wonder about people's short term memory loss about MotoGP recently. I'm a great bike fan too, but recently the complaint has been those races are ( order variable ) Rossi-gap-Lorenzo-gap-Stoner-gap-Pedrosa-very big gap-the humans, who we don't see. It hasn't been too exciting itself recently. And I agree, IRL cars look and sound odd.

Paul Buckland

March 17, 2010 9:47 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: F1 rules can't be changed during season

I don't understand why people keep going on about re-introducing refuelling, as if that will make the racing better. It won't - the racing was rubbish when there was refuelling, the only overtaking was in the pits. The only way to make the racing better, in any category of motor racing, is to let the cars run in close proximity by reducing the reliance on aerodynamics, but that can't be done now because of the agreements to keep the rules stable. Changing all the car designs now would be a nightmare, especially for the new teams, the work done to design the cars as they are would be binned and to start again from scratch doesn't bear thinking about. The short term answer is the tyres.

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