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JJJ

November 04, 2013 3:45 PM
Last Edited 170 days ago

F1 » van der Garde: That's one of my best ever races


I think this 2nd half of the season has shown that vdG is quite a good driver. Of course having already won a world karting and WSBR title and having been part of first the Renault and then the Mclaren driver development programs it was clear that he must have some talent but in GP2 it never really came to fruition championshipwise for whatever reason, despite winning a bunch of races over the years. Especially the 2nd year next to Perez did him no favours eventhough it later turned out his engine was down on power for at least two weekends. Things like that can kill a carreer. In the press he gets more flack than he deserves I think while others like Chilton and Guttierez are 'protected' a bit, but I hope Caterham re-signs him...I don't think other teams will really have a spot free that isn't all but spoken for already apart from just maybe Williams.

JJJ

October 31, 2013 6:39 PM
Last Edited 174 days ago

F1 » Kate Walker: The price of Pastor


It's just way too easy to pen this down about Venezuela and then afterward go to the shop and buy a gift for your kid or cousin or whatever that's made in China, a country that has all of the same problems (without the oil). To some extent we need to respect the soveriegnty of nations, I thought Brits were always big on that? Even if we don't always agree with the way other countries go about their business, what's to stop them from lifting the finger at us as we are doing to them...Just because for the time being 'us westerners' are still in charge (barely) doesn't mean we'll always be and when we're not, we'd like to be able to set up a country the way we like it too, for better or for worse. Of course there's a line to be drawn somewhere in deciding if we should maintain relations with certain nations, but if we do that line needs to be clear, needs to be broadly supported internationally and most of all IMO, needs to be consistently applied. This is hypocritical finger wagging.

JJJ

October 31, 2013 6:46 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: The price of Pastor


Also finally Hulk isn't our brave poor sponsorless hero here as depicted in this story. Yes results have shown he's a good driver, I think he's a likeable guy, he even speaks Dutch as he spend some time in Dutch teams :D and I'd like to see him end up in a good car but come on, the guy has had good sponsorship all through his carreer like any driver who makes it into F1 these days. You can say Pastor is the villain compared to Hulk, but moneywise Hulk is the villain compared to a bunch of other talented drivers that have less funding than him. It's all relative.

JJJ

October 31, 2013 6:29 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: The price of Pastor


Always a sad thing to see people turn on their countrymen...I'm not Hamilton's biggest fan but his results speak for themselves and to claim otherwise is just silly. The guy equalled FA in his first year, thrashed Kovalainen, more or less equalled Button over two years and is beating Rosberg this year in quali and on points... On topic: I think it's quite a tendencious article. I'm well aware of Venezuela's problems and have been for some time as I met a friend from there during studying abroad and he told me a lot about Chavez and the regime that back then wasn't the common knowledge in Europe that it is now. But to make Pastor/the teams that hire him the villain and Hulk the hero...no.

JJJ

October 29, 2013 6:08 PM
Last Edited 176 days ago

F1 » Maldonado to leave Williams for destination unknown


@ThePaddock1 Actually it was quite a remarkable win...how many times have you seen a guy win a race in a car that finishes 8th or 9th in the constructor's championship in F1 in the last 3 decades? And in the dry at that... To get your first (and quite possibly only) chance to win a grand prix, start from pole and not buckle under the pressure of FA trying to win his home race was a special achievement, no matter what kind of silly mistakes he made in other races and city racing exhibitions. That one race was flawless and not down to luck like some other sole victories from other drivers have been.

JJJ

October 29, 2013 5:54 PM
Last Edited 176 days ago

F1 » Maldonado to leave Williams for destination unknown


I understand that Maldonado is fed up with Williams given their abysmal performance this year, even if Maldonado isn't the best driver out there he has shown some speed last year and I'm pretty sure the crappy Williams this year is worse than Maldonado compared to their respective rivals. In the three years he's been there, there's only been one year they've built a halfway decent car and he did do some remarkable things with it. That said even if a move to Lotus actually happens it may backfire hugely...how good next year's Lotus will be with some important designers leaving is anyone's guess (probably the reason Kimi leaves), while Williams now have Pat Symonds on board (probably on the cheap after crashgate) and get Mercedes power (supposedly the best engine in the early stages at least) next year. Williams have messed up for a long time now but you'd think if everything falls into place they may turn it around...

JJJ

October 28, 2013 2:25 PM

F1 » Van der Garde blames Chilton for early exit


Chilton is a muppet, both for crashing out vdG and for trying to acquit himself from the blame. He just cut straight across the front of Giedo's car after turn 1 while Giedo had nowhere to go with Pic on the edge of the track beside him. I think Chilton probably hadn't even noticed that they were three wide with Pic beside vdG and just tried to force vdG to bail out by squeezing him. Shame the stewards didn't take a good look at it. I guess Max is feeling the pressure from again qualifying 1.3 seconds behind his teammate.


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