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JJJ

April 02, 2014 4:32 PM

F1 » Bahrain Grand Prix preview


Seems like the engine situation is by far the most interesting thing to watch this year. You can already see the politicking going on continuously with Horner again claiming that their progress will be up to Renault developing the engine (so are we now publicly just glossing over the 'freeze' like everyone knows we are behind closed doors?) and at the same time Merc doing everything they can to play down their advantage and point to RBR's competitiveness. Honestly I'm kind of wondering how big the advantage really is cause so far, only the Mercedes team itself is really in front of RBR and Ferrari. FI and McLaren seem to be only marginally more competitive than last year and Williams made a step forward but still is only about as quick as the other Merc customer teams. Also, STR and Caterham aren't worse than last year either. If anything I think the Ferrari unit is a bit behind at the moment...Sauber already said it's too heavy. Of course it's a bit tricky PR wise for Ferrari to lob

JJJ

March 30, 2014 7:04 PM
Last Edited 417 days ago

F1 » Bottas was told not to attack Massa


Well I also feel like Bottas wouldn't have been able to pass Button, but from a team perspective it was worth a try...but Williams (was that Massa's own race engineer) made the situation way heavier than it should be by phrasing it the way they did. In these types of situations I think the most important thing for the driver is knowing that in the reversed situation the other guy would move out of the way for you too. What Williams should really look at though is their fuel consumption...as in they need to use a bit more and eke out a bit more HP. All the others were using more fuel than them.

JJJ

March 30, 2014 12:18 PM

F1 » Malaysian Grand Prix - Race results


Taipan: They're saying on the BBC Forum that Ricciardo will get a 10 place grid penalty at the next race. I thought he got a 10 second penalty for that during the race or did I imagine that?
Perhaps it's got something to do with the fuel flow meter failing again at the beginning of the race. I watched the German coverage again and after the race Lauda asked Horner if the fuel flow meter had indeed failed again on DR's car and Horner confirmed it. Horner tried to pass it off as 'yeah we informed the FIA immediately and that was that' but...it might not be so simple. Wouldn't put it past RBR to force the fuel flow meter issue a bit, but if the FIA holds firm they could be in a bit of bother.

JJJ

March 30, 2014 12:23 PM

F1 » Malaysian Grand Prix - Race results


On a different fuel issue note: When the graph came up showing the fuel consumption of the cars, all the Merc engined cars but particularly Williams cars showed a lower percentage of fuel used...So I was thinking, why don't they turn up the powah a little bit? Do they run a smaller fuel tank? Start with less fuel? (both wouldn't explain percentage but who knows how that figure is actually measured, maybe they just base it on a assumed fixed amount of fuel at the start)

JJJ

March 29, 2014 9:03 PM

F1 » Alonso delighted with fourth after Kvyat clash


I think Kvyat anticipated FA going a little further to the edge of the track and delay his turn in as he appeared to be giving up track position going very slowly...Then when FA turned in anyway effectively shortening the room Kvyat had to brake it caught Kvyat out and he was forced to turn in or else he would have locked up and possibly rammed FA. As a result he went into the corner and they touched sides...at that point I don't think Kvyat, at the speed he was still going and at the compromised angle he went into it, would have held the corner if it weren't for the touch with FA. Anyway, typical racing incident in the wet, nobody really too much at fault... I was most interested in what Kvyat would say after the session and predictably, he blamed FA for the most part...So I guess that's one of the requisites to become a succesful racing driver that he has already covered.

JJJ

March 29, 2014 8:48 PM

F1 » Raikkonen surprised to be as high as sixth


I like how he demanded that Ferrari change the tyres, Massa woud have probably just been obedient and plowed on like the team told him to. That said he was quite a bit slower than FA again... I know, I know...difficult conditions, too early to make any judgements etc etc. But one thing we can already say is that he isn't exactly owning 'nando from moment 1.

JJJ

March 19, 2014 8:44 PM

F1 » Horner sure deficit is solely engine


While I think this is the truth for the most part...it is also clear that RB will do anything it can PR wise to make sure Renault is allowed to upgrade its power unit, including overplaying the deficit. The last few years have shown they go through great lenghts to make sure they get any edge they can get (financial or technical) and deny the other teams (even the smaller ones) any advantage they may have. Which is fine in and of itself...it is F1 after all and thus a cutthroat competitive world as it should be, but at the same time it's a far cry from the 'happy go lucky' attitude RB wishes to portray to the outside world.

JJJ

March 19, 2014 11:38 PM
Last Edited 429 days ago

F1 » Horner sure deficit is solely engine


107SS2009: JJJ, I read report that all three engine makers has already applied to the FIA for updates to their PU'S.
I have no doubt they all did...Nature of the game. End of the day it's a bit of a shame that political lobbying now determines engine performance instead of the technical prowess of the engine builders but apparently it's necessary to reduce costs. Still I can't help but feel that especially the big teams don't spend that much less these days than they did a year or 10 ago, but rather the expense has just fully concentrated on aero. While I do like aero as much as any cutting edge technology...I think that if the fans would have been given the choice years ago what the competition should concentrate on and what should be 'frozen' by the FIA the vast majority would have said give us firebreathing engines on the absolute limit and standardize the aerodynamics in large part if you really have to to cut costs. Obviously F1 went another way.


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