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July 18, 2013 1:27 AM

F1 » Horner 'keen to try Ricciardo'

Based entirely on proven ability, you can't go past Raikkonen. He is probably the best choice of driver. HOWEVER... is he the best business/long term choice? If Raikkonen goes to Red Bull, how long would he stay, either with the team or in the sport? There's every chance that he'll bail in two or three years time. With Ricciardo, on the other hand, you could expect five-plus years out of him. Possibly up to 10 years. If Ricciardo is near enough to Raikkonen in whatever way you want to assess driving and racing ability, then I'd go for the former as a long term investment. But if there is daylight between them, Raikkonen has to be the choice.


July 08, 2013 12:41 AM

F1 » Force India, Red Bull fined for pit-lane incidents

This is great news for the teams, because the positions they can hold on the track due to unsafe releases are worth far more to them than the measly financial penalties handed out by the stewards. What a joke. The penalty for an unsafe release MUST be a drive through as soon after the incident as possible. Very weak adjudicating by the stewards on this occasion.


July 01, 2013 12:26 AM

F1 » Ricciardo: Eighth good result, but I see it as a missed opportunity

Sutil should have been penalised for pushing Ricciardo off the track at the entry to Copse. He's already moved to defend his line from Ricciardo, then when Ricciardo switched to the outside and was charging past, Sutil came back to the outside as well. ONE move, Adrian. ONE. Great racing from Ricciardo, though. He kept Alonso at bay for a very large chunk of the race and that is no small feat. It's just a shame that he was let down in a fall other small areas, like losing three seconds in the pit stop to a sticky wheel nut.


June 29, 2013 7:19 PM
Last Edited 1039 days ago

F1 » Ricciardo: Future is in my hands

@Biggerthinking1 - we get it, you're in love with di Resta. Can you please give up on this "quarter decade" nonsense? For a start, who says that? And in any case, like I explained in a previous comment, it's wrong - Ricciardo has been an F1 race driver for under 2 years, half a year of which was in an HRT. How many points would you have expected you're beloved di Resta to score in an HRT, for comparative purposes? Ricciardo has been in a Torro Rosso for one and a third seasons which, up until recently, has been a very long way off the relative performance of the Torro Rosso Vettel won in (which was a Red Bull chassis).


June 28, 2013 2:17 PM

F1 » F1 POLL: Who next for Red Bull Racing?

@Biggerthinking1 - Neither Chilton or Bianchi have scored a top 6 finish, should they be considered as not good enough? And don't bleat on "quater of a decade" like it's an age, it's 2.5 years, which is wrong anyway - he came into HRT half way through the 2011 season, meaning he's had under 2 years as an F1 race driver. What was he supposed to do in an HRT, anyway? In fact, he's actually had only one and a third seasons in a Torro Rosso. So to whom are you comparing Ricciardo's results? How can you gauge his talent when there's no way to know how the Torro Rosso stacks up in relative terms to the rest of the field? For all you know, it could well be a worse car than the Marussia and Ricciardo and Vernge are working miracles with it every weekend.


June 28, 2013 12:31 PM

F1 » F1 POLL: Who next for Red Bull Racing?

@MaddMe - Yes, Vettel managed higher results - in a Torro Rosso that was half Red Bull. It is no longer an apples and apples comparison as STR build their own cars in toto. One must also consider the relative pace of the car against the rest of the field. This is why I used the 2010 young driver test as an example of Ricciardo's ability - the relative pace of the Red Bull was a known quantity & Ricciardo tore than quantity apart.


June 28, 2013 6:10 AM
Last Edited 1040 days ago

F1 » F1 POLL: Who next for Red Bull Racing?

@Biggerthinking1, @MaddMe - you can't compare Vettel's Torro Rosso win with Ricciardo and Vergne. It most definitely was not "the same car". For Vettel's win, the team gambled on a wet set up and it payed off and the car was a Red Bull chassis, not a genuine Torro Rosso car like the regulations now require. The Ricciardo detractors on here have short memories. Do you not remember his 2010 Young Driver Test at Abu Dhabi, where he annihilated the field? That included going more than 1.6s quicker than experienced test driver Gary Paffett in a McLaren that was only 0.03s behind the Red Bull's pole time in Q3. Vettel was only 0.03s quicker than the next best - Ricciardo was well over a second quicker on the first day and exactly 0.7s quicker on the second day. He also consistently out-performed the regular Torro Rosso drivers when he was driving for that team in FP1 during 2011. The kid is a star, it's just damn hard to show that in a pretty crappy STR7 or STR8.

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