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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.


February 14, 2014 3:42 PM

F1 » Sauber names De Silvestro ‘affiliated driver’

One of the best women in a high level of racing, sure, I'll give her that. Good enough performances to be considered for an F1 seat, no def not. Indycar is a racing series where guys like Sato win races (also not with the best teams) and guys like franchitti, dixon and power are the main championship contenders. Even guys who are (multiple) champions in the US have not been able to cut it in F1 (Zanardi, Da Matta, Bourdais), so I hardly feel that a midfield runner has a great chance to succeed. Also I doubt she'll get much running. Aside from the two racing drivers who can use all the running they can get with the new car they have vdG there who probably brought some coin and wouldn't be pleased to see his (presumably limited) running with the car cut short and then there's still Sirotkin hovering about as well... All in all...file this under not going to happen unless she brings 30 million from brasil to the ailing sauber team.


February 16, 2014 5:28 PM

F1 » Bahrain test important for Renault amid Red Bull rumours

Thing is the engines will ultimately be 'freezed' again for a couple of years, which means inevitably all of them will end up about equal again. Simple reality is none of the three (next year 4) manufacturers will accept having to run around behind the others on power cause the FIA says so, so if they have the weakest engine they'll threaten to leave and as F1 can't afford to lose yet another engine manufacturer they'll just have to be allowed to bring their engine up to par. Same thing happened last time around when the Merc unit all of a sudden turned out to be the best (eventhough they were blowing up like not tomorrow before the rev limit) and Ferrari was allowed to make changes to make its engine more reliable and Renault to make it more powerful. Any advantages any of them may have will be temporary, so changing a year on would just be panicky bad management. Only real reason to change now the Cossie is gone is if you can snag the full (financial) support of a manufacturer like


February 15, 2014 5:00 PM

F1 » F1 field is ‘mediocre’ – Villeneuve

Don't agree with Villeneuve. I would agree that there are some drivers currently out of an F1 race seat that deserve one over some of the guys in F1 but still, I'd say these days the average level of talent in F1 is probably higher or at least as high as ever. Even the paydrivers can't just bring money anymore like the Gaston Mazzacanes of days past, as even the worst driver on the grid Max Chilton has at least won some races and ended up a decent 4th in GP2 (reserve judgement for Ericsson but the same goes for him as far as winning some races in GP2 goes). With the exception of Max all of the drivers in F1 this year have won at least one championship in formula cars during their carreers.

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