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benignlyindifferent

August 23, 2015 6:45 PM

F1 » Furious Vettel fumes at Pirelli after tyre blow


Soothsayer:
benignlyindifferent: Yup, Can't agree with him on this one. Years ago, Kimi's tires fell of the cliff and he lost positions to the sudden deterioration of his tire. The complaints from the teams demanded a tire that did not fall off the cliff but degraded much more gradually, inviting teams to push them for many more laps than they were designed. Vettel and Ferrari gambled by pushing these tires to this degree and it appears the thread bare tread remaining separated from the carcass, causing the sudden failure. Don't think it had anything to do with Rosberg's failure, and I cannot remember the last time a Pirelli had a sudden tire failure. Wish someone from the team had got to him before he talked in anger.
Wasn't there a mess with tyre failures at the 2013 British GP?
Yes, but I believe these failures were clearly the fault of the teams, who were mounting them backwards, dialling in significantly more than the prescribed

benignlyindifferent

August 27, 2015 11:23 AM

F1 » Red Bull waiting on Renault for answers


I enjoy the irony. Red Bull's Horner postured publicly through much of the early season that if Renault did not pull up their socks, Red Bull might dump them and seek their power units elsewhere. After chronic public shaming, during which time the two Renault powered teams have become more competitive, Renault has said enough and seems prepared to buy its own team, leaving Red Bull to get exactly what it threatened months ago. And now Red Bull is saying not so fast, we have a contract. Mercedes might be the only option but this is not assured. And Red Bull will never again enjoy factory status. I suspect they wish they had kept their grumblings quiet and worked with Renault through the hard time. Renault might not be seeking to buy a team and might even have looked to strengthen ownership in Red Bull, as they are contemplating with Force India.

benignlyindifferent

August 26, 2015 11:14 AM

F1 » FIA to study closed-cockpit concepts


I do not like to concept as F1 is an open wheel category. But I strongly agree that something must be done. However, it is important to differentiate between Bianchi's accident, which saw him leave the track and hit a rescue crane, and Wilson's, which saw flying debris hit his unprotected helmet. Accidents like Bianchi's can be almost completely eliminated with proper procedures in rules, some which have now been implemented. Wilson's accident will always remain a possibility as long as helmets are exposed. The canopy is one solution. A proper windscreen not dissimilar from a MotoGP bike that does not restrict the cockpit but travels above the horizon of the eyes would almost completely eliminate the threat of debris striking the helmet in high speed situations like the tragic one we witnessed on the weekend. And it would not create new and unanticipated risks that a canopy might.

benignlyindifferent

August 26, 2015 12:44 PM

F1 » FIA to study closed-cockpit concepts


My previous comment has two disagrees, either for rejecting the closed cockpit or for suggesting a windscreen. I would be interested in knowing which reason. I remember years ago having a bird strike part of my helmet and my upper torso in a shifter Kart race. I was travelling on the straight at about 140 kph, the bird was small, and yet I was winded and very nearly left the track. Later I thought that I would have preferred to be on my sport bike, tucked in behind the screen, knowing that it would have taken the blow. That is why I prefer an integrated wind screen that could rise to a level near the top of the helmet. I suspect the engineers would quickly integrate one into the aero package and it would have eliminated or greatly lessened the blow in the case of Massa's or Wilson's accident. I think a complete closure of the cockpit changes the sport and creates other problems with driver extraction, fire, etc. It would also likely eliminate any wet weather running whatsoever. But I

benignlyindifferent

August 25, 2015 10:50 PM

F1 » Lotus urges Renault sale as bailiffs move in


Sasha Alexandrovich: The questions are these a. Does Renault have the budget for the buyout b. Does Renault have the budget and capabilities for increasing engine performance, because the Renault is not a Mercedes and Lotus will be at the back of the grid with a Renault. The problem is that it is getting more and more expensive by the minute. Lotus debt is increasing day by day, Renault engine performance and reliability is still pretty bad and the problems with the RBR contract are going to leave a big hole in the Renault budget for 2016. And Bernie still needs the go ahead for making Renault a historic team while his revenue side is dropping (for example RTL Germany just got a huge discount and Sky Germany doesn't want any rights. So even if Renault is granted historic status, the financial reward is still unsure. That is not a good climate to buy a team with financial and legal trouble.
The team problems are problematic but not insurmountable for a large com

benignlyindifferent

August 25, 2015 10:48 AM

F1 » Lotus urges Renault sale as bailiffs move in


I suspect Renault very much wish to buy the team but do not wish to buy the debt. And I suspect the amount of debt has remained cloudy at best. If they allow the team to go into receivership, they can probably get it for a more realistic price and agree to pay debtors a fraction on each dollar. The downside is we might lose Lotus for several races or for the remainder of the season. Hopefully a deal can be struck soon.


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