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March 20, 2015 10:24 AM

F1 » Boullier defends cautious McLaren-Honda start

So one car didn't make it to the start line and the other didn't manage full race distance. Yes, that is pretty cautious. "we are now in a season so we don't want to do anything stupid with the engine and blow anything" And so they blew Magnussens engine on the warm up lap..... Best keep it down to 70mph or maybe just leave the cars in their boxes in case they get scratched. Honda will get up to speed eventually and at least we can have a good laugh at Eric's utterly feasible excuses in the meantime. Hope it takes less time than the new money that Eric promised would be at Lotus - 'next weekend, next race, very soon' etc etc


March 26, 2015 12:58 AM

F1 » Renault slams Red Bull, accuses it of ‘lies’

107SS2009: Talking of “engine horsepower/power output” and talking of “PU/power unit horsepower/power output” are two totally different things and are for sure misleading a lot of people. ....
the real problem is efficiency/reliable power output, not power production (peak horse power figure, what consumers think is important). Pretty sure about that. The design of the chassis/aero is heavily dependent on what the power unit can produce over race distance with 100kg of fuel. Merc have their lean burn process squared away, Renault don't have a clue and Ferrari are getting somewhere, Honda, don't even have a working prototype. the real problem is the idea that forcing people to do something is progress.
Forcing some teams to abide by the rules would be progress


March 26, 2015 12:48 AM

F1 » Watson: Too much self-interest in F1

If the FIA are so concerned about cost saving (reduced testing, fewer PUs etc) why did they not push through their rule about limiting the price of the PU at the time? The failure to implement such a simple rule has led to the current position and was entirely foreseeable. If you allow a manufacturer to charge what they like for a PU, they will. Merc and Ferrari have it nicely stitched up. The other big names can't leave because they're contractually bound and the rest just have to pay up or go bust. And there's little chance of a new PU supplier appearing, especially after the Honda effort has not hit the spot. Unless VW, in some guise, decides to play (and with the best will in the world it would take a couple of years for that to be effective), F1 will continue as it is. Problem is, VW doesn't really need F1.


March 23, 2015 1:40 PM

F1 » Williams urges more fan research to develop F1

richard: on the other hand, merc rely heavily on f1 as they are trying to make their cars more acceptable to younger drivers, and the only way to do this is through their f1 success.
No mention of F1 on their website flogging their cars - even the AMG section. Perhaps they have the same view as Bernie - that F1 doesn't need young people, only rich oldies (which, by observation, is most of the Merc drivers I see). Fact is, F1 doesn't sell road cars. Toyota, BMW and Renault prove that. All once had factory teams, which (bar Renault) were spectacularly disappointing. And they are all still selling cars. VAG don't seem to be suffering either...


March 23, 2015 2:00 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP: 'Never go back to 800cc'

tommytrojan1: Get rid of electronic aids. Electronics are for computers, power drills and washing machines - NOT motorcycles. At least not to the extent that they govern racing and mask rider input to the high degree that they do now. Most of us will never ever ride fast enough on public roads (nor should we) for these aids to trickle down to production bikes to be relevant anyway. .
I suppose clockwork driven fuel injection needs to be invented then. Disc brakes, TC, ABS, fuel injection, alloy wheels have all come from racing and all are widely available on a huge number of road bikes and are very relevant. Today's riders use all these tools to go faster - and they do - they are all part of the machine. Those that excel, win races, those that can't cope, don't.


March 16, 2015 10:04 PM

F1 » Ecclestone backs Red Bull's 'equalisation mechanism' call

richard: standardisation of the ers would be more effective.
I do not believe it is the mechanical side that is the problem. It is the electronics that control everything (and I mean everything) that need reining in. It really isn't 'an engine formula' now but a 'computer engineer formula' and the rules are not in place to prevent one team from having a huge advantage through having a properly integrated PU for themselves. Even if Merc allowed user maps, they would insist on them being 'vetted' by their engineers and any new tweak unknown to MB would become a new 'feature' in their cars the next day. Advantage maintained....

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