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Paul Buckland

March 17, 2010 5:49 PM

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


Haven't people been complaining about boring racing for quite some time ? I thought the usual complaint was that the only overtaking was done in the pits. Sure these aero regs contributed to one hell of a boring race, but so did the track, so did the tyres. I know most people want softer tyres, but I reckon harder rubber is the answer in the short term, as that will allow the drivers to push on full tanks without destroying their Bridgestones. Funny how they used to manage in the sixties through to the eighties. Of course the aero rules need to be changed, I've argued for ages that front wings should be much smaller, not bigger, to make the cars rely on mechanical, not aero grip.

Paul Buckland

March 14, 2010 9:04 PM

F1 » Hamilton admits work to do despite podium


Yes this was a boring race, for two reasons. Firstly Bahrain has always produced a dull race, it is a factor of the track and with the extra pointless mickey-mouse section, now even more so. Second, surprise, surprise, the FIA and Bridgestone have not thought through how fully fuelled cars destroy the current soft compound tyres. The main race tyre has to be of a harder compound to withstand the wear in the first half of the race, and while that will mean slower speeds it also will allow the guys to push without rooting their rubber. Don't forget, F1 managed to produce good racing before fuel stops were thought of, so it is simply an organisational issue as far as I am concerned.

Paul Buckland

January 18, 2010 10:03 PM

MotoGP » Simoncelli: MotoGP limit higher than WSBK.


Look, I'm not trying to pick a fight with anyone, I'm only repeating what I've read, that the Yamaha was the better bike last year. Gardner is entitled to say he doesn't like the Yamaha. Spies is an excellent rider, especially if Gardner reckons the Yam is a dog, and so is Toseland, who apparently also won on a rubbish bike. Doesn't say much for Haga. You don't need the best bike to win if you are so good, but it helps.

Paul Buckland

January 18, 2010 6:54 PM

MotoGP » Simoncelli: MotoGP limit higher than WSBK.


Of course Superbikes are easier to ride that GP bikes. Superbikes are based on easy to ride road bikes, GP bikes are prototypes at the sharp end of every technology you can name, so I'd be amazed if they weren't. Oddly enough a touring car is easier to drive than a formula car for the same reason. Of course a rider like Simoncelli who has been racing a prototype would find it straightforward to hop on a highly modified road bike and go fast, and nobody can argue that Superbike riders are generally 97% of a top GP rider, but there are only half a dozen top GP riders, and what TLRJohnny says about Toseland's debut is correct. Also, don't forget Spies had by far the best bike last year.

Paul Buckland

January 16, 2010 4:30 PM

F1 » Vettel confident 12 days enough for RBR.


Love - you make very good points, and I agree with you, actually. All I am saying is that is no reason for all the hate mail. It's just the way he is, he's a bit of a bighead, but that doesn't mean he's evil. It is odd how all the recent WDC attract bad comments on these pages, except the Finns for some reason. Lewis and Alonso get more than their share though. I think you need a bit of arrogance and a little bit of ruthlessness to be WDC.

Paul Buckland

January 16, 2010 2:09 PM

F1 » Vettel confident 12 days enough for RBR.


Well, Love, it may be because Vettel and Massa have not won the WDC, are not British, don't drive for a British team, and, yes, don't get quoted in the British press quite as often as Hamilton. OK he attracts criticism because of some of the answers he gives, but would you rather he said 'no comment' everytime he was asked something slightly contoversial ? Then he'd be Mr Boring. I am not his number one fan, but I just don't get why so many feel the need to let everyone know that they hate him so much, and for no particularly good reason.

Paul Buckland

January 16, 2010 11:12 AM

F1 » Vettel confident 12 days enough for RBR.


Funny how if Hamilton had been quoted saying all this, the haters would be piling in about how arrogant he was being, wanting to be the best etc. Every driver wants to be world champion, win every race. That's why they do it, and it wouldn't be worth watching otherwise. Also amusing how some are still going on about the double diffusers. It's like complaining that someone had the most powerful engine because of a loophole in the regs they and nobody else spotted. That's what it is about. Get over it.

Paul Buckland

January 15, 2010 5:25 PM

BTCC » Aon considering LPG switch


I didn't think they had re-fuelling pit stops in BTCC, do they ? My only thought is that the fuel tank would need to be a pressurised type, so would be a lot heavier than a conventional tank, and there is the crash worthiness to consider too. They may be able to run a slightly lighter car to make up for the weight difference, but it depends where they can site the heavy fuel tank, and it could affect the centre of gravity. Still, worth looking into I suppose.


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