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1Jez

March 13, 2015 11:54 AM

F1 » Mercedes dominant as Sauber, Manor skip FP1


I take back what I said about the Honda engines - they sound pretty good. Perhaps McLaren turned them up a bit for FP2? They're actually pretty close (in an auditory sense) to the Mercedes. The F1 car used in the Ultimate Speed Comparison wasn't a Red Bull this year, it was the old two seat Minardi. It genuinely sent shivers down my spine when it screamed past me just prior to the braking zone into turn one.

1Jez

March 13, 2015 3:21 AM

F1 » Mercedes dominant as Sauber, Manor skip FP1


I'm sitting just on the inside of turn 11 as I write this - the Mercedes engines are definitely louder than last year. The Renault and Ferrari engines are a little harder to tell, they sound fairly similar to last year but they may be a bit louder as well. The Honda is closer to the Ferrari sound than the Mercedes, but doesn't sound particularly unique. The Mercs have a much raspier sound on throttle and more crackle and pop off throttle, finally they sound like race cars again! It still has nothing on the V8 era, but it is a distinct improvement. Hanging out for the speed comparison where they run a V8 powered Red Bull...

1Jez

March 12, 2015 6:25 AM

F1 » Sauber appeal against van der Garde court decision


I agree, Sunny. Even with the Court of Appeal upholding the High Court's decision that Sauber must allow van der Garde to race, I don't think he will be on the grid. Kaltenborn has stated the team will not participate in the GP if the appeal failed, but that presumably has financial implications with the commercial rights holder and sponsors. All in all - VERY poorly managed on Kaltenborn's part.

1Jez

March 11, 2015 3:30 AM

F1 » Sauber won't 'jeopardise safety' by letting vd Garde drive


ProfessorX: if it's on the grounds that fielding a 3rd car would be unsafe because of lack of resources and material/support, I can see that, but clearly him being unprepared to drive wouldn't work very well, especially if hes been taxed and licensed. maybe one of Sauber's drivers can call in sick? at least until they clear up the mess with something that all parties can agree to. This is one of those battles where everyone ends up losing, unless VDG wants money and no drive.
There has never been any suggestion that any team will run three cars this year. If van der Garde drives, it will be at the expense of one of the other drivers.

1Jez

March 11, 2015 4:09 AM

F1 » van der Garde wins court battle over Sauber drive


This is likely to drag on for some time. Copied directly from Justice Croft's decision - "It should also be borne in mind in relation to futility that the critical dispositive provision sought to be enforced applies to the whole of the 2015 Formula 1 Season - not just in relation to the coming few days in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix." I.e. van der Garde should be driving for Sauber for the whole season. Obviously, this is unlikely to happen as the matter will likely be settled such that he doesn't drive, but the implications for Sauber are not restricted to this weekend. Somewhere there's a contract lawyer that previously represented Sauber that is probably looking for a new career...

1Jez

March 06, 2015 4:59 AM

F1 » Van der Garde begins legal hearing against Sauber


richard: if i am correct, it will be FRENCH law that would prevail.
I don't think you are correct. Why would France have legal jurisdiction? Sauber is a Swiss company, so the contract would have been executed in Switzerland and apparently broken in Switzerland. How does France have anything to do with it? Don't say because the FIA is in France - they have nothing to do with the contract between a driver and his or her employer.


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