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May 14, 2015 1:33 AM
Last Edited 139 days ago

F1 » Barcelona - F1 test times [Wednesday Final]

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For all the hype it's getting now they switched to Mercedes powah, the Locust isn't all that great itself. They now have that sweet Merc engine but they're still miles off the pace of not only Merc AMG but also Williams. Coming off of two good years in 2012 and 2013 it seems like everyone is thinking last year's troubles were all down to Renault and now they can go right back to the podium again but don't forget they're still a bit underfunded despite the millions Genii poured in and the coin Pastor brings and as a result they lost a couple of key people who made the 2012 and 2013 competitive. I would say that in race trim if they don't have any issues they're the fourth team but IMO too far behind Williams and mostly because RBR and STR have to turn down the engine in the race to make it to the end. Put the Merc unit in the STR or RBR and I reckon they'd both go quite a bit faster than the Lotus chassis.


May 22, 2015 2:37 PM
Last Edited 263 days ago

F1 » Hulkenberg blames ‘timing’ for missing top drive

I would have liked to have seen him get a shot at a big team, but now it hasn't happened and time has passed...meh. Problem he has now is that he has a pretty good teammate in Checo who is maybe just a little bit less consistent but at the same time so far has shown that at times when the car is working well like in some races last year, he is the one that gets the most out of it. Maybe the sample size is a bit too small to definitively establish that but I found it pretty telling that when they got that podium last year it was Perez that got it, beating Hulk fair and square on track to boot. Then again in the Canada race it was again Perez who seemed to be headed for the podium until the incident with Massa on the final lap, while Hulk was a couple places back. I always feel like the top teams are (rightly so) more attracted to the standout performances rather than consistency, cause they feel consistency can be learned with a good team around the driver, but raw speed not so much.


May 08, 2015 9:54 PM
Last Edited 282 days ago

F1 » Verstappen eyeing Williams scalp in qualifying

I definitely think the kid is the real deal. Fair disclosure I'm Dutch but still I think I can be pretty objective (as far as anyone can be anyway). As he was already being touted as the next big thing for Dutch motorsport for a while before this year I saw some of his races in F3 and he just does some special things in the car sometimes that immediate convince you of his talent. Particularly the weekend at Spa last year was fantastic, the moves he made offensively and defensively on Ocon were top notch. Then to win all three races that weekend at Spa and follow it up with 3 race wins on a wet Norisring the race weekend after...that in itself should be enough for everyone to conclude the obvious. But...I also think like Alonso said once, miracles don't exist in F1. I certainly don't expect him to beat Sainz every race, Carlos is no slouch. If Max can get 1 or two eye catching results this year and end the year with more points that's great.


May 27, 2015 2:50 PM

F1 » Arrivabene urges Raikkonen to improve qualifying

Although I don't like to say it cause the grid wouldn't be the same without Kimi, you'd have to say that Kimi's performance is not good enough anymore to be in that Ferrari seat. 5 qualifyings and 5 races so far and the only time he's beaten Vettel is in the Bahrain race where Vettel had a scrappy race. The problem might be that he his natural style is too smooth to get the tyres in the right window but come on, already last year he only managed to beat Alonso (not the absolute best of qualifiers himself) in qualifying 3 times IIRC and it's not looking any better so far this year. Adapt already. He seems to actually want an extension to prolongue his F1 carreer more than ever so I hope he turns it around but if not Ferrari should give a different guy a chance.


May 15, 2015 3:36 PM

F1 » F1 refuelling return proposed for 2017

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Agreed. Refueling serves no purpose if they're still going to limit the amount of fuel to be used, that makes no sense at all. Also more downforce and possibly wider tyres is going to mean the cars can't follow close enough to overtake again cause they'll be losing downforce and damaging the tires while following too close. The best way to improve 'the show' IMO is to add a bunch more horsepower while not adding more downforce. That's also what makes the cars a challenge to drive for the drivers and it makes it easier to overtake. I also feel that in general it's a mistake to focus on cost cutting, cause it's just going to mean F1 is no longer bleeding edge and why as a sponsor should I pay tens of millions a year to be on a car that no longer has that technology halo around it.


March 21, 2015 8:36 PM
Last Edited 410 days ago

F1 » Nasr irked by ‘pay driver’ assumption

A little bit hard to argue you're not a pay driver when the entire livery of the car you drive consists of the colors and logos of your sponsor and you're in the car despite the team already having signed other drivers simply because you bring even more money to the table than said other drivers :D The whole discussion is a bit of a mute point though, every driver has been to some extent a pay driver during his or her carreer. Simple enough if your family doens't have the means/will/time to fund and support you in your early days in karting or junior formulae, that where's it ends immediately. Even champions like the aforementioned Lauda, but also Schumacher and Alonso initially got into F1 by paying for a seat, either with their own money in case of Lauda or with help from a personal backer.


March 22, 2015 1:37 AM
Last Edited 411 days ago

F1 » Nasr irked by ‘pay driver’ assumption did about the same or better in junior formulae. Even Chilton got 4th in GP2. Guttierez 3rd, Senna and Vit both got a 2nd. vdG a couple of 5ths but he won WSBR before that. Nasr actually got thumped his 1st year in GP2 by Davide Valsecchi. Granted it was his first year and Davide was a veteran at that point but still, he ultimately ended up 10th with no victories while his teammate won the championship. Let's just say I'm not convinced Nasr is better than most of those guys...I just think Ericsson is a bit slow.


March 22, 2015 1:32 AM

F1 » Nasr irked by ‘pay driver’ assumption

Liam94: Just because someone brings a lot of money to a team doesn't mean they don't deserve to be there. Alonso brought a lot of a Santander money to Ferrari for example. Nasr does bring a huge amount of money with him (I read almost enough to run a 3 rider MotoGP team for an entire season) but he does have a lot of promise as well, a lot more than Ericsson, Chilton, VDG, Gutierrez, Petrov, Senna etc etc all had. If he gets the results (which although there has only been one round he's done so far, and outperformed comfortably his more experienced teammate) then the pay driver tag will soon go away.
Meh...don't really agree on the promise bit. He got a 3rd in GP2...yay. I saw most of the races and he got that 3rd more on the basis of consistency and not so much on speed. He did 3 seasons in GP2 and got 2 feature race victories, 2 sprint race victories and only one pole. They always say you can learn consistency but you can't learn raw pace. The others you na

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