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March 17, 2014 8:50 PM

F1 » 'Ferrari is behind' - Stefano Domenicali

Personally I'm mainly wondering about how the engine situation will play out. Mercedes has the advantage now but I just can't see how they'll be allowed to keep that advantage under the engine freeze regulation for years to come. Renault will be allowed to catch up under the veil of 'reliability' but what about Ferrari, they seem to have the most reliable engine package of the three so far? I'm still sure that one way or the other, tweaks will be allowed to close the gap. Then we'll see the real picture. I was watching German coverage this weekend and Nicky Lauda was saying the Mercedes was winning because of the engine but that the RBR chassis and the Ferrari looked better in the corners... But other than that so far the performance is obviously disappointing and eerily similar to the previous years. The more things change...


March 14, 2014 6:41 PM

F1 » Grosjean fears Lotus in midfield

The car seems like a low budget bucket at the moment. Aside from the reliability issues the car seems like a handful handlingwise. At one time he had a huge oversteer moment in the 2nd to last corner and then massive understeer in the next one...They always say when a car is that inconsistent there's something intrinsically wrong with the balance. I wonder if they can turn it around this year and what will happen financially. Also if Williams starts scoring consistent points and maybe the odd podium here and there Pastor will be fuming...


March 14, 2014 3:16 AM

F1 » Alonso quickest in FP1 as Hamilton hits trouble

The Ferrari looked pretty sharp out there, really eager to turn in...a bit nervous almost. Hope Kimi can get it under control a bit better than he did now though, otherwise we can already wave any notions of epic battles between FA and Kimi goodbye. Other than the Ferrari being quickest so far instead of a Mercedes powered car it was all pretty much as expected after winter I guess sometimes times do mean something in testing. Final note: I was actually annoyed at first by the engine noise, but then I got used to it although it's still a lot worse than the V8s and V10s. The Ferrari sounds best on know, in that filtered cigs are better for your health than unfiltered ones kinda way.


March 07, 2014 1:59 AM
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F1 » McLaren 'will win races this year' - Dennis

Well luckily for Button I think he will quite easily beat the Dane, both cause the Dane is probably a bit overhyped but also because IMO Button has upped his game these last few years with McLaren. I didn't really expect him to hang with Hamilton but he did and then still I thought Perez might just beat him cause he was often mightily fast in GP2...And ok he came reasonably close at the end but not close enough. So question is, if JB beats his teammate again this year, which he will, will RD still have the balls to kick him out and if so what about the young Dane?


February 24, 2014 6:57 PM

F1 » Kobayashi: Caterham F1 have to be worried

I still think Renault are angling for some special treatment from the FIA...I mean they have a big history in motorracing, they have enough resources allocated to the motorsports division: I simply refuse to believe they can actually be this bad and this far off of their competitors in this day and age. Mercedes and Ferrari don't seem to be seperated by that much (a bit off a gap but not lightyears) and for Renault to then be several seconds off the pace within the same set of specs... Either they're sandbagging or they actually went into full oppertunistic mode and developed this unit on the cheap knowing full well that ultimately the FIA will allow everyone to freeze the engines at about the same performance level. No point outspending Merc and Ferrari just to be artificially cut down anyway, only have to take the temporary PR hit among hardcore fans on the cheek.


February 25, 2014 3:16 PM

F1 » Smedley move to Williams confirmed

Based on the results Felipe got with Rob @ Ferrari I'm kind of surprised he's not wanting to try his luck with a different engineer. I mean I get wanting to take your team with you if you've enjoyed success in the past, but in this case I think Felipe should have tried to work with the guys that Williams have already in place. I mean, they did manage to win a GP with Maldonado, after all, which is 1 GP more than Felipe has won these past few years @ Ferrari under Rob's guidance.


February 22, 2014 2:59 AM

F1 » Renault ‘too weak pace-wise’ – Kobayashi

Meh...I think they may be posturing a bit. They did the same thing last time around with the V8s. Cry, cry, we have too little power, they are big and we are small and it's unfair, cry cry... In the long run they were allowed changes and probably had the best package in the end for years, maybe not in terms of pure power but definitely in terms of driveability and with the extra benefit of the trick to blow the diffuser better to boot. Wouldn't put it past Red Bull in particular to play hide and seek for a bit in order to push the FIA to give them what they want in the longer term. Giving up a few races now, winning the championship the four years after is a pretty good deal.


February 20, 2014 3:17 PM

F1 » Caterham not ‘anywhere near full performance levels’

Best young talent out there at the moment. People rave about Magnussen now for winning the WSBR in his 2nd year, but Frijns won it in his first year, beating Bianchi, Bird and Magnussen among others. He also won championships in FR 2.0 and FBMW Europe in the two years before that and got a 1st in the 2nd GP2 feature race he entered. On the one hand it's good to see that Caterham at least let's him get some time in the car but in reality based on his results this guy is the biggest talent in racing in a long time and he should already be in a competitive race seat in F1 instead of dwindling away on the pit wall with some headphones on listening to a guy like Ericsson in the car.

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