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August 29, 2013 10:36 AM

F1 » van der Garde not short of options

Sometimes he's been completely useless (Canada comes to mind) but he's had some favourable moments too. However I think he needs a lot more of those if he is to deserve a seat in a midfield team on merit. And I doubt that will happen. If you look at his career as a whole, to me it looks like he's a very good racer but just not quite up there with the very best.


August 26, 2013 1:15 PM

F1 » Has Webber revealed identity of successor?

But then Hamilton's biggest strength is his single lap pace, and has always been. I think Alonso is still in a different league when it comes to race craft, but I do think Hamilton has improved. But anyway this, in a way, is the curse of the good qualifier. Remember Trulli for example, who at first was celebrated as a qualifying expert - but somehow that turned into mocking him for the resulting "Trulli trains". Going backwards in a race never looks good, but it's hard to say if it's because you're underperforming in the race or because you're overperforming in quali.


August 16, 2013 12:56 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: There are pros and cons for everything

Yeah this'll be tough for sure, Dovi has had a full season on the Ducati so that'll be an advantage. When they were last teammates, Cal had a year on the machine whereas Dovi had more years of experience in MotoGP, so hard to say who had the advantage beforehand. Dovi clearly beat him though, but I feel since then Cal has upped his game a lot this year. Even with Dovi's Ducati experience I expect them to be pretty close... They'll need to be, and he'll need to beat Dovi proper at least in year two of his contract if he is to be considered potential WC material.


August 16, 2013 8:04 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: There are pros and cons for everything

Well this was the only way though, wasn't it? He wasn't going to get a factory Yamaha or Honda in the next few years anyway, and they both have new young guns that they seem to be lining up. And at a customer team he will never have the same equipment as the factory riders. Ducati may be the worst bike now, but if they improve then he will be fully supported to go for the title on it - which he won't be at Tech 3... Alternatively, they don't improve but he'll do well against Andrea, then he might have a shot at a factory Suzuki later.


August 10, 2013 9:58 AM

WSBK » 2014 WSBK rule changes, EVO class announced

Just have to point this out: Factory teams does not equal good racing. Often times it has actually been quite the opposite... If you let the manufacturer teams get too much influence then noone else will bother competing because they will never be on the same level. And then you get small grid numbers. Look at MotoGP a few years ago. I think generally it's a good idea to let the manufacturers build the bikes and then let (private) racing teams do the racing. NASCAR for example has several manufacturers, but you can still enter it as a small team knowing you'll have the same equipment as everyone else. Just saying.

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