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September 15, 2015 8:33 PM

F1 » Verstappen targets top ten in rookie F1 season

His age is neither here nor there. He has proved he is capable of doing the job - rather well so far actually. Sainz also. Reminiscent of Perez when he had a really good year a couple of seasons ago. A dose of McLaren sorted that out though Verstappen does have a bit of an x-factor about him. He doesn't look like the usual rookie on the track, and the last one like that was Alonso.


September 17, 2015 8:10 PM
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F1 » Grosjean future decided, Haas in the frame?

I've not seen anything so far but if the Renault deal does go through, I could see someone named Prost getting involved. Nicolas as driver and/or Alain as Principal. Perhaps Grosjean saw no chance and has baled out while a vacant seat is around. If he stayed he would be a quasi-Frenchman in a French works team, which is rather more appealing than being another driver in a yank upstart team with little hope. Unless you have no choice. There again, he might just stay. Its a better choice.


September 17, 2015 11:18 AM

F1 » Boullier urges F1 ‘dictatorship’

*plays music from X-Files*

ProfessorX: I think this has more to do with Mercedes, the FIA and possibly Ferrari, and to some extent Williams (3 teams on the strategy group). Macca and RBR are conquered, and the next best team is Mercedes powered. Mercedes owns the spot light, they determine who gets on the top step, and the FIA is covering for them. Everyone else is scrambling about to get their share of the cake, and eat it too. I would wager there is enough dirt at the FIA to keep them from doing anything against the interests of Merc or Ferrari.
So Mercedes must be controlled by Repsol and Bernie is just the Flamenco dancer. But I'm very disappointed that Pirelli, Kim Jon-Il, Scooby Doo and the Coldstream Guards have been omitted from the grand conspiracy. Still, it will all get resolved when the FIA and Mercedes launch their spaceship and they take on the Klingons


September 16, 2015 1:26 PM

F1 » Pirelli and FIA draws up 'clearer procedure' for tyre use

Sunny, Forgetting to put in a homologation date for 2015 (the loophole) allowed the PU makers to argue that it meant they could have in-season upgrades. Rightly or wrongly, once that was accepted, the 'one spec' rule was contrary and could not be enforced. If the final homologation date had been included, only one spec could be used for the season, although Appendix 4 (1) does permit variations for non-token upgrades and the rule has not been changed since June 2014, way before the Manor dispensation. In theory.this should all get resolved for 2016 with a final homologation date but I suspect the dwarf and teams will not let this happen as its 'good for the show'....


September 16, 2015 1:00 AM

F1 » Pirelli and FIA draws up 'clearer procedure' for tyre use

107SS2009: Both RBR/STR knows all this too well, as they both also have been running different specification PU'S as supplied by Renault, I personally have photographic evidence of different turbocharger set-ups on both these cars at the same race.
If one car was on PU 2 (version 1) and one was on PU 4 (version 2) because there was an upgrade between versions, that is to be expected. RBR/STR have gone through quite a few PUs after all. The first car does not have to have an enforced PU change (and possible penalty) just because of an upgrade. Also retired engines can be re-used - as Rosberg did - they do not scrap them all.


September 16, 2015 12:50 AM

F1 » Pirelli and FIA draws up 'clearer procedure' for tyre use

The problem is that the intention was to homologate a unit before the season start and to not allow any updates. However, a 'loophole' was found which allowed in-season updates, resulting in a variation of versions run. It is, after all, not practical to synchronise PU use across 8 cars. Supposedly this will not happen in 2016 as in-season updates will not happen. I suspect this might get forgotten. The Strategy Group (masters of the helmet design change ban) have discussed the use of previous spec engine to cut costs for the minnows. RBR do not really fit into that category and could afford the latest. So in 2016 there should be the current PU for the rich and the 2015 PU for the paupers. A rule change to allow a PU maker to refuse to sell a 2016 version would be needed. And that could easily be contested.

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