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JJJ

September 22, 2015 3:10 PM

F1 » Grosjean set to lead Haas F1 in 2016


I'm impressed with the way he's beaten Maldonado this year in qualy. People often laugh about Maldo but he wasn't that bad pacewise compared to his previous teammates Barichello, Bruno and Bottas. He had Bruno in the bag and was pretty equal to Barri and Bottas. I think it may be a good move for him, Lotus isn't that good this year despite the Merc engine and if Renault does take over the chassis may be better next year but will the engine be any good? At Haas next year even if the car ends up not being any good he'll probably end up beating Guttierez every race and look like a hero doing that...then for 2017 he'll be a shoe-in to take Kimi's seat. At that time he'll be 30 odd years old and have a bunch of experience...exactly what Ferrari usually looks for in a (2nd) driver.

JJJ

September 22, 2015 4:03 PM
Last Edited 142 days ago

F1 » Grosjean set to lead Haas F1 in 2016


rdc: From what will probably be a mid-field new works team, to what is probably going to be a backmarker team? Im pretty skeptical that the Haas team will last more then 2-3 years
Considering Gene's net worth is apparently 'only' 250 million that's definitely a possibility...we've seen and still see even billionaires struggle to keep their teams afloat. But as for Grosjean, does he need the team to survive for more than 2-3 years? Not really.

JJJ

September 18, 2015 5:40 PM

F1 » Singapore Grand Prix - Free practice results (2)


here4thesun2:
Tomco:
rob01:
goldenoldie: So when power matters less, you see the real talent showing what they are capable off! (Remember Seb's maiden win in the Monza GP in a Toro Rosso!) And with weather forecasted for tomorrow and after tomorrow, we might get even bigger surprises. That the best might win.
That Toro was a Red Bull. And i also remember a wet last lap in Canada while leading that didn't turn out so well.
No it wasnt. Sebs maiden win was in a Torro Rosso. The only win so far in that car.
He is saying the only differences between the two were stickers.
The two stickers and the engine. Which was the Ferrari unit that had more top end power. On Monza. Wet Monza but still Monza. Bourdais was 3rd on the grid in the sister car. So good point bad example :)

JJJ

September 17, 2015 9:45 PM
Last Edited 147 days ago

F1 » Grosjean future decided, Haas in the frame?


Taz: If you the choice of Gutierrez or JEV, why choose Gutierrez unless he has a bag of sponsorship money. He was very average in an F1 car.
Obviously chosing Guttierez over pretty much anyone except Max Chilton and Gaston Mazzacane is motivated only by Mexican money and Ferrari ties after what he has shown in his two years at Sauber (which should have been one year to start with).

JJJ

September 17, 2015 1:09 PM

F1 » Rossi set for F1 debut with Manor in Singapore


@RDix I don't know about Sean Rahal but Sage Karam and Josef Newgarden would be rubbish in F1. We've seen in the past that the level is just higher in F1 than in ChampCar/Indycar/CART, both through champions in those series coming to F1 and failing to impress (for instance Michael Andretti, Da Matta) and by mediocre F1 drivers who lost their (test)seat going to Murica and winning races or even championships there (Sato, Doornbos, Scheckter, Briscoe, Franchitti et cetera). Heck, in Alex Zanardi and Bourdais we even have both things in one driver...Only exceptions are Montoya and Villeneuve but they came from European junior formulae to the US and then went back to F1. A driver that isn't utterly dominating that series can't be expected to be any good in F1. Rossi would own those guys.

JJJ

September 16, 2015 6:09 PM

F1 » Rossi set for F1 debut with Manor in Singapore


Desperate attempt to make Haas have to come up with a different excuse to put Guttierez in the car? I kind of like the change though, Mehri for whatever reason has mostly come up short versus Stevens this year so let's see what Rossi can do. I think he's a pretty decent driver, not top 5 and most likely not top 10 material in F1 but he's the best 'Murican out there right now and I look at it like this: I'd rather see a fairly decent driver in F1 that hasn't had a chance yet than someone who has already had two full years of getting beaten badly by subsequently Hulk and Sutil. If Guttierez gets that seat it's a lost seat to me. If Rossi gets it who knows what he can do...he's not gonna be much worse (if any) and at least with him there is upside potential. Who knows maybe he gets along well with these F1 cars.

JJJ

September 13, 2015 12:37 PM
Last Edited 149 days ago

F1 » Haas rules out Alexander Rossi F1 move


I understand the logic of having one known quantity there instead of two rookies so you can make a judgement of the performance level of the car based on the past performances of an experienced driver in other cars. Two experienced drivers though...I don't understand that. If you make sure the 1st driver is halfway decent and reasonably consistent (like Grosjean or Vergne) then IMO there's not much benefit to having another experienced driver there, unless you can manage to land one of the let's say top 10 drivers in F1. Someone like Guttierez who in his two seasons was fighting Chilton for worst driver on the grid status definitely doesn't make sense apart from the Mexican money/keeping Ferrari happy angle, but don't try to sell it as 'I want an experienced driver' please.

JJJ

August 31, 2015 4:54 PM
Last Edited 164 days ago

F1 » Kimi: Keeping line-up good for Ferrari


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I know the feeling. In the past before Kovalainen got a chance at Lotus you were pretty much literally not allowed to say he was overrated here. Two races and two lacklustre performances with zero points later in a car that yielded Grosjean a podium and IIRC a decent points position I felt pretty vindicated. But anyway as a fellow Dutchman I also don't really believe there's a pre contract signed. It's just not Ferrari's style to sign drivers with so little experience, the only ones that come sort of close in the last 30 odd years are Alesi and Massa. And they let Massa do a full year of testing before giving him the raceseat. Other than that they pretty much signed drivers who had years of experiece in F1 and preferably had already won races or even championships (MS, Kimi, Alonso, Vettel, Kimi again, Berger, Irvine, Rubens, Nige, Prost). Also while I do believe in Max, the cold hard fact is in qualy he's so far outdone by Sainz, so...


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