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October 28, 2013 12:24 AM

F1 » Webber still smiling despite DNF

I think the smiling is probably cause he realises that even if he'd had a good year personally there would have been too much car trouble for him to become world champion. It kind of absolves him from the fact that in reality this year has been the weakest from him personally too. Don't get me wrong I have no doubt that at least on a symphaty level the important figures in the team have always had Seb's back but at this point Mark is just picking up a paycheck...Maybe he's still hoping he can still take a victory in one of these last three races but I doubt this point why not call it a day already, have Ricciardo do the last few races and Kvyat the last two for STR (after abu dhabi) to get their feet wet before next year...


October 27, 2013 12:40 PM
Last Edited 171 days ago

F1 » Perez: Rumours and reality are different

In 2010 Rubens ended up with 47 points for Williams while Hulkenberg had 22... I did expect Perez to show a bit more on track and a bit more maturity in his reaction to incidents but he has not been far off of Button all year and certainly not as far as some would have you believe. I think it would be a rediculous move by McLaren to discard him after this one year unless they could actually get FA, which in reality is a pipe dream.


October 26, 2013 5:14 PM

F1 » Horner: F1 should be open-minded on customer cars

Problem is, in the short term it might not be that bad, but in the long term it will no longer be profitable for all the smaller teams to build their own cars and you end up with either Indycar or a MotoGP type situation where 2 or 3 serious teams are complemented by a bunch of runners who are not really allowed to compete to have the idea of a full grid. Because they run on different rules and cheaper, they can never be allowed to surpass the real serious teams.


October 25, 2013 6:59 PM
Last Edited 173 days ago

F1 » Chilton, vd Garde still waiting on 2014

Don't think the situation is exactly the same for these two. For Max it will purely be about coin whether he can stay or not cause he hasn't shown much if anything performance wise to warrant an extended stay in F1...if anything it's probably better for him if Marussia doesn't get 10th in the constructors' since then they need his money even more. For vdG obviously a lot will also depend on his sponsors but at least he has shown he's not out of place in F1. In general Pic has probably been slightly more consistent, but two things that are good for vdG is that he showed some highlights on important tracks (Monaco, Belgium) and he's been getting the better of Pic on more occassions as the year went on. With a year under his belt Pic started as the 1st driver, getting the updates 1st, but now the team also probably considers them equal. He's always had ties to Williams so maybe the speculations finally lead to something next year.


October 23, 2013 8:18 PM

F1 » How soon is too soon for a seat in F1?

Well I don't like the 'requirement' part of having to run in GP2, it should be a free choice for the teams but I do think GP2 usually is the best route. Yes some guys have come in straight from junior categories and did well...some also failed miserably. I feel like if someone really proves himself in GP2 than that's the best proof that he's ready for F1. Also it usually doesn't hurt the real talents to do GP2...I get they want to take any chance to jump to F1 cause who knows what will happen in GP2 but it didn't really hurt guys like Hamilton or Hulkenberg to do GP2 after winning in other categories, did it? Only one can become champion each year but if the talent is there you can win races in GP2 in most of the teams and ideally that would be the proof of a good driver IMO.


October 22, 2013 4:18 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: Racetrack intrusions

The Heyer story reminds me of a somewhat similar story involving Michael Bleekemolen in 1978 who entered 4 F1 races for ATS, making the grid once in the end. He too didn't qualify for his home race at Zandvoort that year but his manager altered his time on the timing sheet by detracting a second (apparently these things were possible back then), no doubt with some help from the officials. They would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for IIRC Lauda complaining that his time wasn't recorded correctly on race day, which led to a re evaluation of the timing sheet and the foul play with Bleekemolen was discovered. Ultimately Bleekemolen did start one race though, at the Glen that same year. In hindsight it turned out that the car he used had a chassis that had been crashed a few times and had been 'patched back up'...The thing was apparently still crooked. F1 must have been more fun in those days in many ways :)


October 22, 2013 2:45 PM

F1 » Daniil Kvyat to join Vergne at Toro Rosso

Admittedly I rarely watch GP3. Watched some races the first year when countryman Nigel Melker put the car on pole for the first two races IIRC but the cars were unreliable then. Seemed like it was largely due to luck who won the championship. It's probably better now but it gets no coverage here in the Netherlands and I haven't bothered to watch a stream. Sometimes guys get on well with less powered machinery and sometimes the opposite but if Sainz jr had a bad year then it's understandable he's been looked over for now.

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