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October 25, 2015 2:42 PM

F1 » Ron Dennis trying to block Red Bull-Honda deal

MrJones85: I guess Adrian Newey was right. Everybody feels threatened by RB. That's the price of winning. If it was Manor would Ron still feel the same way?
Think he still might. Fact is McLaren didn't really build a good chassis in 2013 and 2014. They were about equal to FI with the same engine and fought for P5 with them till the last race in both years. Any comparison with another team using the same engine is not in McLaren's interest right now. Even if it's Manor...what if they're not 2 seconds faster but only 1 or even less next year...Suddenly all the finger pointing at Honda and claiming the chassis is good is out of the window. Plus, Honda picks up a big part of the cheque at McLaren these days. Big sponsors are absent. Weirdly Honda is the best thing McLaren has going for them now. And ok they've got two decent drivers as well, but they'll be gone if the factory support goes.


October 21, 2015 2:25 PM
Last Edited 14 days ago

F1 » Six of the Best: Mismatched team-mates

A lot of these, especially the older ones, are due to the team not really having two equal cars. The best known and documented case probably being Schumacher at Benetton. The FIA actually proved that Schuey's '94 car had illegal software in it for launch control/traction control that could be activated by pressing an elaborate sequence of button's on the steering wheel. The official reason for not disqualifying him completely from the championship was because they couldn't prove Schuey had actually used it (come on). The real reason was onbviously cause it would have been a PR nightmare to do so in the wake of Senna's accident. That was probably the dirtiest championship ever won with the fuel ring incident, the illegal software and the clash with Hill in Australia. But with Flava 'crashgate' Flav on the pitwall and Schuey Adelaide 94, Jerez 97, Monaco 06 behind the wheel not surprising I guess


October 24, 2015 12:35 AM
Last Edited 47 days ago

F1 » Lotus confirms Palmer for 2016 F1 race drive

Didn't really see that coming. I tend to agree with Firefly that this isn't the most obvious choice that Ren-0 would make. Also not really convinced of Jolyon's ultimate talent. Yes, he won the GP2 series last year. It was his 4th year. Pastor won it as well 4th time around. In the first three seasons Jolyon was 28th, 11th and 7th...Not quite the results that make you take notice and a lot worse than F1 also-rans like for instance Charles Pic, vd Garde, Ericsson, Nasr and Guttierez achieved. Pastor as well did quite a bit better with an 11th, 5th and 6th before taking the title. Finally in de FP outings he had he has generally been outperformed, which may be sort of expected but the biggest talents would probably show at least once or twice that they can beat the regulars. So I'm guessing a thank you for paying a few bills to keep the team afloat this year. I wonder what happens next year, whether the takeover happens or not.


October 26, 2015 4:19 PM
Last Edited 187 days ago

F1 » Raikkonen owns up as Arrivabene praises determination

I also enjoyed seeing how Kimi tried to break free of the advertisement board...but that said it's sad to see his performance level these days, not necessarily this race but in general over the last two years. I know that as usual this will get a ton of dislikes because we can't say anything negative about the Kimi, much like we couldn't say Michael Schumacher got demolished by Rosberg over the three years they were teammates despite what the numbers say, but having been (and still being to some extent) a fan myself and wanting him to do well...can't deny the hard facts that it's pretty much over. Ferrari need someone in the other car that at least qualifies and finishes in front of Vettel say 30% of the time even if Vettel doesn't want it. Actually seeing as though Vettel isn't exactly unbeatable himself (ricciardo) maybe it should be more than 30%. As for Kimi who has always relied on talent to do well instead of working hard with the team et cetera, seems like time has eroded it.


October 24, 2015 4:34 PM
Last Edited 191 days ago

F1 » Lotus confirms Palmer for 2016 F1 race drive

Michael Damgaard:
MrJones85: Is he doing the pay thing also?
Palmer will bring private money and his Comma sponsor...
Very lame! I should've known. Question, After Button & Hamilton are there any British drivers in the pipeline that has the talent to stick on the grid without paying for it?
From a non-British perspective I think Alex Lynn is 'your' best prospect. Wouldn't be my first choice of young drivers for F1 but he has decent enough results to sort of get to F1 on merit. GP3 champion and currently 5th in his first GP2 season is not bad at all. Although the fact that Haryanto and Sirotkin are in front of him and his teammate is pretty close could be signs that he isn't super good...but I do think good enough for the F1 midfield, which is nothing to be embarassed about these days. With few exceptions I think the F1 field is pretty good these days. The Mazzacane's have left the building.


October 23, 2015 12:57 AM
Last Edited 192 days ago

F1 » Ricciardo unsure on value of engine upgrade

Just read they're not going to use the new engine. As I read that I felt a slowly growing annoyance with Red Bull and their politicking suddenly boiled over. So you got your special financial deal with Bernie. Ok, Ferrari has one too so why not try to get one for yourself, although the classier move would be to try and get every team the same kind of deal since you seem to be so in favour of a level playing field in other areas when it suits you like engine equality. Why hello there, double standard! Also on another note you're not Ferrari who've been there since 1950. Then you bash you're engine partner you've won 4 championships with all year and when they come up with a better engine you snub them? Come on, everyone knows 1 10-place gridpenalty for even something like maybe 10 extra horses for 4 entire races/qualys is a no-brainer. 'ooh, ooh, if you don't give us exactly what we want we'll leave and take 4 cars away...ooh' It's reached that point IMO: don't let the door hit ya.


October 17, 2015 1:41 AM

F1 » McLaren confirms Kevin Magnussen exit

Exactly. Apparently we have a case of not being allowed to say a driver from Scandinavia wasn't actually that good again. I don't know what it is but it's weird, Kovalainen reloaded. Come on guys the naked facts: Magnussen lost the qualy duel vs Button 9-10 and scored 55 points to Button's 126 (43.7 prct). That's a big points difference. Even if you expect him to score a bit less points given that it is his rookie year and Button has tons of experience. Plus he should have at least won the qualy duel as a young gun against Button who is not known for his blistering pace in qualy. To make it even more objective and damning facts: Perez who was let go after one year in 2013 actually did much better in comparison. He won the qualy duel 10-9 and got 49 points compared to Button's 73 (67.1 prct). Count me unimpressed.


October 17, 2015 10:14 PM
Last Edited 196 days ago

F1 » Magnussen: Shame it didn’t work out…

The birthday bit is typical McLaren douchebaggery, but the sacking is just the simple rules of F1 that usually apply, if you're not good enough, you're out. Personally I'd be surprised if he gets another shot in F1, most of the good seats are taken already and I don't believe he has millions of dollars of backing to get a seat at Manor. The only seat that's sort of open and may not require tons of dough to get is the one at Ren-0, but I'd take a number of drivers before Magnussen if I were Ren-0, for instance Vergne or Stoffel or even Frijns. After all Robin beat Magnussen (and Jules Bianchi RIP) to the title in WSBR in his first year.


October 19, 2015 12:09 PM
Last Edited 196 days ago

F1 » Haas move a 'great opportunity' for Grosjean

ZEDX: Haas wanted a "European" flavour to his new team, didn't he? Probably decided to play-down the " all-American conquerors" label that his entry was in danger of getting (and mindful of previous US teams ignominious failures), plus he couldn't get a superstar US driver anyway! ...
I'm guessing cause they know they can't cut it in F1. Some of the frontrunners in 'Murican open wheel racing like Rahal and Marco have raced in Europe (A1GP and F1 testing in case of Andretti) and didn't exactly set the world on fire. IIRC in testing with Honda F1, Marco was 2 seconds off the pace. Since no 'Murican drivers in IRL are thrashing these guys on a regular basis it stands to reason that they too wouldn't be quick enough. Well except Montoya maybe, but he's not from the US of A.


October 17, 2015 1:30 PM
Last Edited 198 days ago

F1 » McLaren confirms Kevin Magnussen exit

...Even if you expect him to score a bit less points given that it is his ROOKIE YEAR and Button has tons of experience. Plus he should have at least won the qualy duel as a young gun against Button who is not known for his blistering qualifying pace. Count me unimpressed.
You omit to mention the naked fact that 2013 was Perez's third year in F1 (after two years at Sauber), 2014 was Magnussen's first year.
No I didn't actually, but 4 agrees testify to the fact that you can't say anything realistic about Scandinavian drivers here. Even accounting for the rookie year factor, it's still a pretty skinny points haul. And mind you, they sacked Perez as well. Maybe with experience he'd have come a bit closer to Perez' performance, sure, but then it'd still not be good enough.

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