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JeffS86

January 28, 2012 11:57 PM

F1 » McLaren chief leaps to Hamilton defence


Angelina, Not sure who I was disrespectful to, unless having a difference of opinion is considered disrespectful. Everything I said in regards to Richard was polite and in no way a personal attack. As far as mozartist goes I simply asked a question. No degrading remarks in either post, so I'm not really sure where you're coming from. I really don't think either of them have a problem with me having a different opinion or asking where their information is coming from. As far the Red Bull being faster.... 15/19 poles to Vettel, 3/19 to Webber, 1/19 to Hamilton. Vettel was able to quickly pull out the gap and negate DRS by the time it was active on many occasions. The RBR car also took 10/19 fastest laps but this isn't a great stat for comparison because of the increased tire wear on the Pirelli tires

JeffS86

January 28, 2012 11:14 PM

F1 » McLaren chief leaps to Hamilton defence


Richard, I have to disagree with you in regards to Hamilton "having a car capable of winning the WDC championship." For anyone other than Vettel, including Lewis, to have had a shot at the WDC, Red Bull would have needed to show some of the reliability problems they had in 2010 or made massive missteps. Vettel won 11 of the 19 grands prix which is quite an accomplishment, but possibly even more important was that he only finished off the podium twice (4th place in Germany and the retirement in Abu Dhabi).

JeffS86

January 20, 2012 4:48 PM

F1 » Your views: Why no American in F1?


Richard, The figures for attendance at the Indianapolis motor speedway for the last 6 years the US GP was run there were estimated to be somewhere around 125,000 people. I may be mistaken, but even today wouldn't those numbers make it one of the best attended GPs on the calendar? The reason there are so many empty seats in the grand stand is that the permanent seating capacity at Indianapolis is around 250,000. So with 125,000 people for 250,000 seats - 1/2 the seats would empty.

JeffS86

January 19, 2012 7:03 PM

F1 » Your views: Why no American in F1?


(continued) in the morning to watch golf or something I didn't love. Also - just noticed that my previous post was cut off as well. Was trying to say that the commitment from a young racer's family would have to be massive to make the move to Europe (not that the financial side of any type of racing in any location is really cheap for the average family to afford)

JeffS86

January 19, 2012 7:01 PM

F1 » Your views: Why no American in F1?


As far as fans go, I think it's difficult for a lot of people in the States to get interested in F1. My first exposure to motor racing was of course NASCAR, and although I'm sure I'll take a fair amount of flack for it here, I admit that I still watch some of the races and follow a driver or two. However, as I've gotten older the technology and capabilities of F1 cars have drawn more and more of my attention. Being a fan of F1 in the US either requires a DVR or a commitment to get up early in the morning. For example, I live in Arizona and for the majority of the grands prix or qualifying i need to get up at 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning to tune in. SPEED channel is a cable channel, and in recent years they've run all the races with the exception of the 1 or 2 that a free-to-air station picks up and broadcasts on tape-delay. I get up and watch Quali and the race because its something I love. For someone with a casual interest, that seems less likely to me - I know I wouldn't get up at 3

JeffS86

January 19, 2012 6:54 PM

F1 » Your views: Why no American in F1?


Being from the states I'd have to say that exposure to F1 here is certainly part of the issue. NASCAR certainly gets more of the spotlight. For younger kids starting out the karting scene is far less developed (I imagine) that what is available in Europe. They've got the option to run dirt ovals here with midget cars, legends and sprint cars and there's a more developed NASCAR feeder series in the States (K&N, ARCA, Trucks, and Nationwide). For open wheel feeder series here the only things that come to mind are the STAR Mazda series. I'm not terribly familiar with how well developed the formula ford scene is here though, i think the skip barber championship is somewhat similar. For any US driver with a desire to race in F1 the reality is at some point there will likely need to be a move to Europe to get noticed and have a chance to compete in the European F1 feeder series. This would require a move while the driver is fairly young and thus would mean a massive commitment from the famil

JeffS86

January 17, 2012 9:00 PM

F1 » Button to debut new McLaren


Looking forward to seeing all of the 2012 cars as they are unveiled. Doubtful that I'll be able to catch any of the unveils live, but look forward to seeing the photos. Somewhat off the main topic of the thread, but since somebody brought up the FIA's desire to have more on-the-fly strategy calls by teams - I'd really like to have seen refueling brought back into the strategy game. Wishful thinking

JeffS86

January 16, 2012 4:55 AM

F1 » Hamilton 'his own biggest critic'


I don't understand why someone deserves to be shot or mocked because they happen to be a fan of a driver. I'd like to think that it'd be possible to have intelligent discussions between individuals with different points of view. Maybe that is an idealistic stance. I'm a fan of Hamilton, but I'd also classify myself as a fan of Button. I'm a fan of McLaren as a team. I don't think the "sun shines from Hamilton's ass" as has been suggested, but I like watching him drive when he's on form. I think his aggression is exciting. That said, I firmly believe he needs to temper it with a little bit of patience (you need to finish to score), dump the celebrity management team and focus on driving. Hopefully being outscored by his teammate this season has taught him a few things, and he'll be back on form for 2012.


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