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April 06, 2014 1:26 AM

F1 » Raikkonen ‘more confident’ after Ferrari improvements

I'll be interested to see what happens now he starts in front of Fernando...If both have troublefree races I wonder if FA can get any closer to Kimi on racepace like he did every time with Massa or if Kimi can in fact give him a run for his money. I believe Kimi might have an extra set of new tyres though (or did he use more earlier on in quali?), so maybe he can do something with that as well and nab Bottas and Perez for a podium, that'd be nice.


April 08, 2014 6:29 PM
Last Edited 452 days ago

F1 » Rosberg fastest on day one of test in Bahrain

AyrtonSenna: The fact is the race was still artificial. Safety car made the race slightly exciting. Hamilton was in the distance by some margin. The fact that the mercs are 3s a lap faster than the rest will make for a very boring year of f1.
1988 was pretty good. You for one should know. It's only boring if one team is dominant AND has a clear first and second driver, either by design or talent (or a combination of both). Like someone said before the Shuey Ferrari days (particularly 02 and 04) and the last few years with Vettel/RBR (particularly 11 and 13) must have largely sucked for the casual F1 watcher I'd imagine. If the dominant team has two capable drivers and let's them race, good stuff can happen, especially if both drivers have different strengths and weaknesses.


April 08, 2014 10:05 AM
Last Edited 454 days ago

F1 » Perez sure he has more to come

sprulz: Many Williams fans may disagree but that Force India looks pretty fast, probably the fastest package they've ever put together. It easily outperformed the Ferraris and was able to fend off the McLarens (until Button retired, of course). In my honest opinion, it looks like it's on par with the Williams. Perez can get more podiums to stick in Ron Dennis' face, and Hulkenberg can get some podiums too, and prove how wrong the top teams were.
I think they're pretty close, but apparently Williams has a problem with downforce on the rear of the car. That's the reason they were so slow in the wet at the first two events and maybe the reason they went through tyres faster than the others in Bahrain (although it's kind of a mixed bag, IIRC last year people said RBR ate through tyres cause they had so much downforce so more friction and load on the tyres, but with too little downforce the car slides around and the tyres go off as well...)


April 06, 2014 2:04 PM
Last Edited 457 days ago

F1 » Wolff: Rule change requests ‘absurd’

It was always going to happen this way. I think they're going to allow Mercedes to win the championship this year as a fair reward for building the best PU, but for the next years, the 'freeze' will definitely be allowed to thaw. In a sport like F1 where millions are spent to design some winglets to gain half a tenth in laptime you just can't say 'oh but if you fail to design the best engine you'll have a .5-1s a lap disadvantage for the next five years to come, good luck trying to overcome it with aero'. It's nonsense to say that if Ferrari would have built the best unit then Mercedes wouldn't do exactly the same. And RBR have proven that they will do everything politics wise to get a competitive edge (including not allowing to let Sauber trade testing days for more windtunnel time for instance...cause who knows they might suddenly pose a threat). The artificial freeze leaves just one workable solution: PU equality provided by the FIA.


April 06, 2014 1:21 AM

F1 » Perez ‘surprised’ by Force India pace

Bluetusk: I do say, the action between Bottas and Perez should more than atone for my jadedness towards the sport. Who else is surprised by Perez's gap to his stablemate?
Yes I am, a bit. From the year I watched Perez do GP2, I know he can be really fast, but I started to doubt him a little bit after he paled in comparison to Hulkenberg the first two to see the situation completely reversed (for now) is kind of surprising. It was interesting to see a couple of drivers outqualify their teammates this time around after being beaten the first two rounds, as Raikkonen, Bottas, Button and Kvyat managed the same feat.


April 04, 2014 2:32 PM

F1 » Bahrain Grand Prix – FP1 results

Wrong. BOOM! vdG was faster than Maxie Also, haters gonna hate. It is a bit of a travesty though that Chilton has a race seat in a car that allows him to be quicker than a succesive Formula BMW Europe, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and (1st year) WSBR champion in the Caterham, but that's modern day F1 for you. This while a guy who needed a 2nd year in WSBR to win it (after getting beaten first time around along with Bird and Bianchi amongst others) is doing quite well in the McLaren.


April 04, 2014 2:36 PM
Last Edited 458 days ago

F1 » Hamilton heads disjointed FP1

kimired: cont- for Homologation regards the engine and powertan which cant be changed in other words the rest of the teams cant react to the Mercs advantage, not unless Newey an come up with some Aero design that can challenge the Mercs advantage mechanics wise. As I see it the 2014 season is Lewis v Nico.
Enjoyed reading the technical comment. This 2nd point is the issue though, not only for 2014 but also the rest of the engine freeze period. F1 being F1 I predict that the rules will be broken once again in order to let the other manufacturers compete. EDIT: as Mercedes won't be to happy about this I kinda speculate that a compromise will be reached behind the scenes where Mercedes basically gets to win a championship this year (fair play to them for building the best engine after all) and subsequently the others demand an engine upgrade for the years to come and overtly or covertly threaten to leave F1 otherwise.

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