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December 03, 2014 8:38 AM

IndyCar » Series drops standing starts in 2015

Nice to see IndyCar taking inspiration from F1. Only next time, maybe don't take the most universally-hated rule in F1 history - double points for the last race to artificially keep the championship close. Double points for the 500-mile ovals made a degree of sense, due to their length and the overall lower proportion of ovals, but this is silly. Glad the standing starts are gone as they were a failure, but this is another misguided rule change.


November 03, 2014 8:46 PM

WSBK » Sykes, Baz step up feud on social media

I've gained some respect for Tom as a rider these past few years, but not as a person - smug when he wins, stroppy and angry when he doesn't, conceited and incapable of rational analysis of the bad days. Social media often brings the worst out in successful young people in all fields, but both he and Baz really need some coaching on this. I'm hoping that Rea can bring him down a step or two next year after his heroics on that geriatric Honda in recent years. Delighted that Guintoli won, he's got far more class than Sykes, Baz or Melandri.


March 10, 2015 2:54 AM

F1 » Van der Garde legal decision with Sauber delayed

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the case, Giedo is not improving his situation by going to these extreme measures, especially so close to the start of the season. He could end up paying serious money to driving a car he doesn't know, for a team who don't want him, against a decent team-mate who will probably resent his presence. Does that set of ingredients make him likely to do enough to earn a 2016 drive with anyone, even before the toxic reputation he's buying himself is considered? And if he loses the case, nobody will touch him again. Ultimately, he's died by the very sword he lived by, it's not as if he got to F1 on talent alone.


January 02, 2015 7:43 PM

F1 » Ex-F1 driver Montagny fails drugs test

Presumably there was enough left in his bloodstream to be affecting his reaction times and hazard perception - which seems unacceptable in such a high-speed high-risk sport. The fact that he didn't appeal suggests that he was fully aware of what he was doing too. I really hope he gets a chance of rehabilitation and gets to return, with the same skill and racecraft but as a much happier and more grounded person.


December 02, 2014 8:54 AM

MotoGP » MotoGP pay TV 'something we must face'

BT Sport's coverage is excellent (unlike their football with its excessive picture-in-picture usage) but it's sad when people simply can't afford it. The point that this isn't ballet or opera is an excellent one - bike racers and team owners have always come from working-class backgrounds, and for many of those £15 a month is a heck of a lot of money, especially if you don't follow their other sports. AT least this time the BBC was outbid fair and square, unlike the devious immoral way they sold F1 fans down the river.


November 03, 2014 10:37 AM

WSBK » Baz: I am only nice to those who are nice to me

Guintoli has consistently proved himself to be the only man in the top two teams this season - Sykes, Baz and Melandri are all temperamental, immature, self-centred and disloyal. Baz has time to calm down as he's still young and found himself in a factory ride in tough circumstances, but if he does fail in MotoGP he's made himself look like a big risk for any leading Supervike team in future. Melandri has put his future at risk, and Sykes can't accept a simple racing incident like Sepang. There was nothing in his year-and-a-bit racing against the much less experienced Lascorz o suggest he was the more capable rider.

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