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February 06, 2014 7:11 PM

F1 » Ecclestone tips Rosberg for title


Is it really that unthinkable though? Actually, the little testing we've had indicates that the Merc engine may well be the best one. Their car was quick last year but ate the tyres, but there's good reason to believe that won't be as much of an issue this year. So yeah, the Merc may well turn out to be the fastest car and if indeed it is then I can definitely see Nico winning the WDC. He'd still have to beat Hamilton of course, but remember that Button did just that despite Hamilton having the advantage on raw pace. I think Nico is a smart racer and I think he could probably do exactly what Jenson did that year. Anyway, my point is it's too early to predict and definitely too early to count anyone out.

sodesu

February 24, 2014 11:46 PM

F1 » Susie Wolff to get two FP1 runs with Williams F1


I was thinking they might be trying to make her their own Paffett or Turvey, but I don't think she has any engineering background. Not sure if Paffett does either though, but I know Turvey does. That doesn't mean she can't be a good development driver obviously, but it would probably help. All in all she could well be a valuable team assett in combining testing with PR work, but I can't see how she'd ever be seriously considered for a race seat unless she does really brilliantly in testing. I think De Silvestro is a far better bet but even she seems like a stretch. I am certain there will be many great female racers in the future, if interest keeps growing in motorsports and better possibilities for development keep emerging, but we're just not quite there yet. Would absolutely love to be proven wrong though!

sodesu

February 19, 2014 3:05 PM

F1 » Bahrain F1 test times - day one: 19 February


Still hard to draw any real conclusions, but it's definitely good to see the times get quicker, and also closer. And I am relieved to not only see Merc powered cars at the top here, it would not be good for the championship if the Merc engine was too dominant. Even harder to say much about the bulls with the limited running they had today, but at least it's not looking like they've built a slow car. But could this turn out to be one of those cars that Newey has had a reputation for sometimes in the past - fast but fragile?

sodesu

February 18, 2014 8:21 AM
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F1 » Red Bull signs Nissan gamer Mardenborough


kma55: I do believe you can learn a lot from racing sims and a decent steering wheel. They are getting pretty good these days, I'd say if you can do fast laps in Assetto Corsa or RFactor 2, it is definitely possible to translate those skills into a real life racing car. What gets me though is the Nissan Driver Academy is based on Gran Turismo ffs, hardly a sim!
Part of a sponsorship deal obviously. Pretty sure Sony are the ones paying the bigger part of the bill for all the race seats Mardenborough has been getting from this. They are marketing their game, and selling a dream, and in that sense to make it seem closer to real racing can be worth a lot. Nissan on the other hand are marketing their cars and have a pretty sweet marketing spot in teenagers' homes all over the world from cooperating with Playstation. Pretty clever, but you have to realise that finding talent is only a small part of this scheme. The main purpose is marketing.

sodesu

February 17, 2014 11:18 AM

F1 » Red Bull signs Nissan gamer Mardenborough


The financial aspect of this is the most interesting I think. The enormous amount of money you need to compete even in the junior series is a part of the problem that leads to an F1 grid half occupied by pay drivers, but it is certainly not the only aspect. I personally think that one big reason for the pay driver situation is that today's sponsors want to have a bigger say in the team decisions, and that they're often not interested in sponsoring teams at all but rather people. They want a face for their brand and thus they look for a driver that they consider a good brand ambassador rather than completely focus on who's quick, and they could have various sets of criteria for that. Nationality, image, anything really. Picking gamers over rich kids will not be enough to change that.

sodesu

February 14, 2014 2:46 PM

F1 » Sauber names De Silvestro ‘affiliated driver’


Interesting deal, definitely. Her nationality won't hurt her either... But I think she's shown she can cut it with the boys, though whether she's actually good enough for F1 is a whole other matter. She was good in FBMW and Lights, and has been doing well enough if perhaps not being quite spectacular in Indycar. Midfield performances in a midfield team, pretty much, but with a touch of brilliance here and there. And it is quite possible that an F1 car will actually suit her better than the Indycar. Also, pace aside, she's shown to be a mature and steady hand, and I was very much impressed with her work ethic a few years ago, keeping her head down and doing her best without whining despite being the only driver using the utterly hopeless "Lotus" engine. Anyway, it'll be tough for sure and realistically she probably has the odds against her, but I would absolutely love to see her doing well in F1!

sodesu

February 06, 2014 3:38 PM

F1 » Ecclestone tips Rosberg for title


Agree that Nico is probably a more complete racer, has better race craft etc but on the other hand, Hamilton is just quicker on raw pace and that will always be an advantage. Actually if the Merc was the quickest car this would probably be the most interesting battle between team mates, hard to tell who'd come out on top. In Hamilton's favour, he was new in the team last year and matched Nico. So with a full year under his belt he might be able to use that experience to his favour and have the upper hand. However, I've read that the brakes are very different this year and much less sharp and effective, that would be a huge setback for him as his driving style relies heavily on sharp and aggressive braking. Kimi vs Alonso will also be very interesting, so I'm kinda hoping the Merc and the Ferrari will both be at or near the top... As for RBR, I could definitely live with a season without Vettel's finger.

sodesu

January 31, 2014 11:36 PM

F1 » Renault admits to power unit errors


Yeah I think a lot of people are jumping the gun here, to say it's the biggest fall-from-Grace in the history of F1 certainly seems way over the top considering we're still well over a month from the first race. There's definitely time to get their act sorted, but whether they can make up for the testing time they've lost is a whole other story. The other teams will have plenty of data to work on between this test and the next, RBR and the other Renault teams, not so much. One thing is clear though, the people who were saying that Lotus missing the first test was a complete disaster have now been proven wrong! :)


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