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March 19, 2015 3:26 PM

F1 » Only a matter of time until Ferrari catches, says Wolff

Googleplex, I agree. It is an issue of attitude and culture. Williams and Ferrari just want to get on with business. They have acknowledged the Mercedes advantage, congratulated them accordingly, and are working hard to close the gap. Red Bull is whining about the advantage, publicly berating their engine supplier, and threatening to quit, which can only strike fear into the hearts of their 1,000 employees. I think Red Bull needs a change in senior leadership if they are to return to full competitiveness.


March 20, 2015 8:23 PM

F1 » Do Honda’s issues harm more than just McLaren?

This article tries to blur two issues into one and come to a conclusion that states the engine rules are too complex and may drive the manufactures away. As noted by several above, the new engine formula kept Renault and Mercedes and lured Honda back. VW is taking a sniff and Renault may go for a works team. Clearly the complexity has not deterred entries. One race for the McLaren with a clearly detuned engine is not a great body of information to declare failure. I fully expect they will be on par with most of the teams and possibly fighting with Williams and Ferrari by mid-season. Time will tell but certainly time is required. Are the rules too complex? For whom? For me? Yes, I would prefer the V8's but this isn't going to happen. Therefore I would next prefer 2.75 Litre V6's with no rev limits and 150 litres of fuel. Still not going to happen. Hybrid technology? Well, perhaps opening it up to allow other possibilities such as compressed air instead of batteries would be interesting


March 19, 2015 6:09 PM

F1 » Only a matter of time until Ferrari catches, says Wolff

Richard, I understand your position but culture begins at the top. I believe Horner's public statements concerning Renault and the longer term fate of Red Bull racing can only do harm to the organization. Even if the withdrawal from the sport is a bluff his statements on numerous occasions regarding Renault have almost certainly guaranteed that they will no longer have preferred status. Renault will return to competitiveness, but I think they will almost certainly now purchase Torro Rosso or Lotus and create the manufacturer team. Red Bull can switch engines all they like, they are now doomed to being a customer like all the others. I personally think Horner bears most of the responsibility for this due to his comments. A new leader might be able to rebuild the fractured relationship before it's too late.


March 19, 2015 1:14 PM

F1 » Only a matter of time until Ferrari catches, says Wolff

Hmm, I doubt it will take that long. New regulations often see a major gap opened by one team that gets it right. Then it becomes the law of diminishing returns as others catch up. With stable rules there is less likelihood of the lead car finding another major advantage. Consider Red Bull last year. Three wins but had they had a Mercedes in the back it could have been five or six. I suspect Malaysia will demonstrate that Mercedes has an advantage but that Ferrari will be very close and possible Williams as well. I also think McLaren will cut their lap time deficit by half. Bold predictions, I know, but I really think this will happen.


March 18, 2015 12:41 PM

F1 » Horner denies Mercedes complaints are hypocritical

I suspect Horner is feeling some heat for his comments and now feels some justification is required. Fine. However, none of the rule changes in the past five or six years targeted Red Bull alone, though it is correct that the team might have paid more dearly than others. Horner is asking for something different. He wants one particular engine manufacturer to be targeted and dumbed down, so to speak. Can you imagine how any of the engine manufacturers might respond if so targeted by the FIA? At this point in time the FIA will need to determine which is more important to F1. An engine manufacture for half the grid and owner of the now dominant team, or, the once dominant drinks billboard that is once again threatening to quit the sport? Not much thought required.


March 18, 2015 5:16 PM

MotoGP » ‘The GP15 is a real Ducati’

The doom and gloomers a couple of years ago stated Ducati should withdraw and focus on super bike. However, others like me suggested that the change in ownership would see incremental steps required to return to being a competitive force. Now they are, with some help from the rules. However, where will they be in two year's time? There is no reason to think they will again be an equal force in MotoGP.


March 18, 2015 12:36 PM

F1 » van der Garde reaches agreement, takes parting shot at Sauber

I agree with Richard. Despite the optics, both sides of the story have not been heard and I will reserve judgment until this has occurred. Peter Sauber has always struck me as an honest man and his failure to publicly admonish or fire the team manager is at this point a mark of quiet support. I agree also with DC that this mess has hurt the credibility of F1 and that an independent inquiry is needed to review the chronology of events that led to this mess and make recommendations to ensure another like situation does not occur again.

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