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June 11, 2014 12:46 PM

F1 » Haas wants Patrick in F1 team

I am naive. Despite the past failings of previous U.S. based teams I somehow convinced myself that this time would be different. Here was a very wealthy man with a motor sport pedigree whomight finally field a respectable F1 team. Wrong. This marketing exercise is unlikely to work and should the unexpected occur and he does field a team, it is likely destined for failure. Think about it. Let's take a driver who has never won anything of significance in any of the lesser categories, put her in an F1 car comprised of various parts from various suppliers, base it in the U.S., and try to compete with other F1 teams. Nonsense. Even the minnows of F1 are very large, established outfits and Haas, if he truly wants a successful F1 team, should purchase a team like Caterham, build its technology and manufacturing capabilities, learn, and field an experienced F1 driver with a young American talent such as Kyle Larson. Danica Patrick? Beyond belief.


June 11, 2014 1:48 PM

F1 » Haas wants Patrick in F1 team

To add to my earlier comment. Listening to Haas makes me think he is clearly underestimating the enormity of the challenge or he is arrogant. His response to the question concerning the size of the successful teams was dismissive. He said, I think when you have 600-plus people nobody really knows what everybody is doing. Really? Nobody? Not Mercedes who lead the championship and have close to 1,200? Or Red Bull who have won the past four with nearly 1,000? How about McLaren, with close to 1,000, an incredible racing pedigree, and known well beyond F1 for their sophisticated space age technologies? (and winless in quite some time too) None of these teams know what they are doing? I think they know exactly what they are doing and they understand exactly what it takes to be successful. Ron Dennis talks about the enormous challenge to get back to winning ways. Haas makes it sound like a foregone conclusion. Yes, I think it is arrogance.


June 07, 2014 11:38 AM

F1 » Pirelli unhappy over testing proposal

Arrogant. This best describes the upper echelon of the F1 decision makers and their decision making methodology. There seems to never be a consultative process on anything. Over the years we have had races on strange tracks in countries with no interest in the sport. We have had ridiculous rule changes. We have the most inequitable funding model for the smaller teams, though if they left we would lose more than half the grid. And we continue to see decisions made that make nearly impossible for any tire company to properly develop a tire product for the sport. So, we again find ourselves in a situation where Pirelli will produce what the drivers will claim is a substandard product and will suffer the negative publicity that goes with this. All because of stupid rules by arrogant leadership.


June 03, 2014 11:36 AM

F1 » Boullier: McLaren progress won’t be evident in Canada

I have read seemingly differing views as well. I think he means that they expect to be better in Montreal but they still will not know how much this is due to their improvements to the car and how much is due to the unique nature of the circuit. It is not surprising, really, that he is becoming more difficult to understand as he has now had a couple of months learning RonSpeak:)

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